1962-63 CTPL Season & Grand FInal Review
The point standings at the end of the roster series were as follows: Glenorchy 71, New Town 68, North Hobart 58 and South Hobart 53.
“Same old” Glenorchy scored 217/6 (Mike Hyland 79) to put South Hobart, 139, into moth-balls after the first day of their semi-final was washed out; and New Town, with former Australian Test wicketkeeper Len Madocks scoring 100, amassed 258 and 82/1 to have the better of North Hobart, 185, in the other semi to advance to the final.
Glenorchy was well pleased at stumps on the first day of the final, largely due to an exhibition of sustained hard hitting by tail-ender Des Kenna. He was well supported by nineteen-year-old Ian Simmons and another tail-ender, keeper Reg Barling. Kenna made 69, including a glorious on-drive for six and ten fours; he was out when he played Brian Eade onto his wicket. In 22 minutes he and Ken Ryan put on 34 for the 8th wicket, then with Barling in support added 80 runs for the 9th wicket – it was scintillating stuff with the runs coming in only 60 minutes.
Glenorchy skipper Emerson Rodwell won the toss and elected to bat on an easy wicket. Openers Bill Murray and Lloyd Smith gave the team its best start of the season and had 68 sound runs on the board before Murray was out to a dazzling left-hand catch by keeper Maddocks. Then three wickets fell for 12 runs and, although Mike Hyland batted attractively for 23, half the side was out for 105 and New Town was right on top.
Glenorchy gradually regained the upper hand when Simmons and Kel Cobern became associated, and their 74-run partnership was the turning point of the innings. Both drove well and neither was frightened to step down the wicket to hit the slow bowlers on the half volley.
When Kenna lost his wicket at 294/9, Glenorchy had achieved its best score of the season, and the innings closed just on stumps when Bowden was snapped up by Maddocks off Eade to give the pair their fourth dismissal of the innings.
Leon Braslin sent down a record 33 overs, five of which were maidens; he was still bowling lion-heartedly at the close of play but he looked and must have felt a very tired man. He had the figures of 2/104. Brian Eade was New Town’s most successful bowler – he was hostile throughout and attacked the stumps all the time to deserve his 4/77 from 24.7 overs.
The second day of the final was quite outstanding – it was a day of fluctuating fortunes and the excitement provided a Test match atmosphere.
New Town lost two early wickets to give Glenorchy the advantage at 17/2, but recovered grandly to reach 150 when the tide turned in Glenorchy’s favour again and two wickets fell in quick succession at 154 and 157, before Maddocks was joined by Eade and the pair carried the score to 232/6.
When left-hand paceman Ken Ryan took the new ball, the game swung back to Glenorchy with wickets falling on 273 and 279 which left only the tail-enders to help Maddocks score the remaining 32 runs for victory.
Enter Doug Banks, and an unforgettable partnership unfolded, with the pair adding 35 for the 9th wicket – and Banks didn’t score at all. Playing a straight bat to anything in line with the stumps and making no effort to score, he held up his end for 55 minutes – at stumps he remained 0*.
Maddocks eventually spooned a simple catch back to Roy Bowden in the last over of the day and Leon Braslin came out to score eight. Maddocks batted for 394 minutes and his majestic 168 included 16 boundaries.
Glenorchy had opportunities to win but failed to take advantage of them. Maddocks made only one mistake – on 111 he attempted to pull a ball from Kenna but Simmons, who’d earlier held a magnificent catch to dismiss Keith Hyland, dropped him!
Eade, who made a stylish 44, and added 75 in 79 minutes with Maddocks for the 6th wicket, should have been stumped, but the ball ran up the keeper’s sleeve and by the time Barling retrieved the ball and dislodged the bails, Eade had managed to regain his crease.
Ryan (4/58) was the most successful bowler, taking 3/39 with the new ball towards the end of New Town’s innings.
During the season New Town lost only one match – to Glenorchy by six runs – and Glenorchy lost two. New Town was undoubtedly the best-balanced team in the competition and their trump card, Maddocks, showed his best batting form at the end of the season with centuries in both final matches.
Mercury reporter – Keith Welsh