PL Season Review 1961-62

 1961-62 CTPL Season & Grand Final Review

North Hobart and South Hobart lined up in the one-day last round encounter to decide which of the two teams would progress to the finals.  After collapsing to the pace of Gary Brakey (7/34) and Sam Randall for 61, South then routed North for 57 with David McGuire taking 6/14.  Final points:- New Town 71, Clarence 68, Glenorchy (1) 62 and South Hobart 46.  There was a hint of a changing of the guard in the air.


At the TCA ground, minor premier New Town, with 188 and 144, won a sensational semi-final against South Hobart which fought all the way with 101 and 228/9.  The match is worth reporting in some detail:


The situation looked grim for South at the start of play on the second day at 88/6 in reply to New Town’s 188.  When they added only fifteen more – all out for 101 – New Town seemed assured of victory when it started its second innings to the bowling of Tidswell and Broughton, the latter bowling medium-pace instead of his usual spinners.  Why he was preferred to McGuire was difficult to understand.


McGuire was not called upon until the score was 51/0, and, varying his pace and cutting the ball from the off, he was the principal cause of New Town collapsing.  After a procession of batsmen back to the pavilion it was left to John Oxley and last-man-in Leon Braslin to save the Townies.  They added 25 – well, Oxley scored all the runs for the tenth wicket – but importantly they used up twelve overs of the remaining time available to South.  McGuire’s bowling analysis was 9/49 off 17 overs, including eight maidens.


South’s batsmen went looking for runs and found them through the agency of Dufty, Tulk and McGuire.  Eventually South required eleven runs with two wickets in hand but when Broughton was dismissed it was left to Wylie.  He scored two from the last ball, leaving South still three behind.  South scored 228/9 in 190 minutes – it was a brave attempt.


Glenorchy, having scored 258 and 224/8, won another close match when Clarence, in a winning position at lunch, was dismissed for 238 after being 186/4 when Derreck Calvert (77) lost his wicket and the batting collapsed after Glenorchy took the new ball.


At stumps on the first day of the final New Town had scored 337 in its innings and Glenorchy, with all wickets intact, had not scored, having faced eleven deliveries before a light appeal was upheld.  New Town’s big score was not achieved without difficulty.  Fortunes fluctuated but courageous batting, especially by those in the middle and lower register, when New Town was in difficulty, gave them a distinct advantage by the end of play.


Top marks go to all-rounder Bob Doran, who batted nobly for his 98.  He showed great concentration and as the day advanced he stroked crisply.  He was unfortunate to miss his century.  He’d just hit two glorious boundaries when the second saw the ball run under the fence and become lost.  Some time elapsed before a new ball was summoned and in that time he probably lost concentration, for the next ball he was brilliantly caught and bowled, low down, by Roy Bowden.  He hit eleven fours in his 262-minute stay at the wicket.  Doran went to the crease after opener Graeme Hill was dismissed with the score on one, and left at 210/7.


Glenorchy was on top when Pinkus and Wiseman lost their wickets cheaply to Diprose; at 82/4 Glenorchy was well pleased with their morning’s work.  However, with Doran the sheet-anchor, Brian Eade attacked strongly; together they brought up New Town’s 100 in 129 minutes and at lunch had regained lost ground to be 116/4.


Eade continued to hit lustily after lunch, and on-drove Bowden over the boundary.  At 29 he was fortunate when he hit a ball deep to Kenna but, with the sun in the eyes, the fielder allowed the ball to run to the fence.  He was eventually caught at square leg by Diprose off Bowden for 39, which included five fours and a six.


New Town was 226/7 at tea, which set the stage for its batsmen to make an assault on the Glenorchy bowlers in the last session.  Banks and Direen were particularly severe; when Bower took the new ball, Direen hit him for three fours and a six – the most expensive over of the match.  The 250 came up in 297 minutes with the last fifty in 38 minutes.  Despite quick bowling changes the score mounted.  Diprose, who had bowled 20 consecutive overs for 3/44, returned at 271 and got through Direen’s defence – his 52 occupied only 55 minutes and included eight fours and a six.


Oxley and Braslin joined in the run slog and added a further 37 in a last-wicket stand.  With the exception of Diprose the Glenorchy bowlers disappointed.

During the week it rained.  Rain on Wednesday seeped under the covers and affected the pitch.  Had the conditions been good, Glenorchy would still have had a stupendous task, but with the wicket favouring the New Town attack, recognized as the best in the TCA, Glenorchy’s chances were scant.


It was an uneven contest from the start.  Driving home the advantage of a bowlers’ wicket New Town easily defeated Glenorchy.  Left-arm opening bowler Leon Braslin was New Town’s hero taking 8/86 off 22.4 overs; he bowled unchanged, exploiting the damp conditions to the full.


For a while the wicket played easily and Lloyd Smith and Kel Cobern put on 52 for the 2nd wicket with Smith making 39.  He batted intelligently and his defence was sound and, when the fielders gathered closely around him, he was not afraid to loft the ball into the outfield.  Later when the wicket deteriorated some of the batsmen developed an inferiority complex and assisted by getting themselves out.


When Smith left, three valuable wickets – Johnston, Tozer and Hyland – fell for the addition of eight runs and only a long-handle approach by Des Kenna, who scored 38, delayed the inevitable.  Veteran Noel Diprose was given a tremendous reception by the New Town players and public when he went to bat in his last 1st grade match.  The innings ended when Kenna lofted Braslin to deep mid-on, where the safe hands of Brian Eade secured the catch and the match.


Following on with the pressure off, Glenorchy batted with aggression.  Smith and Murray added 89 for the 1st  wicket before Smith (43) was dismissed; Murray stroked the ball crisply in his entertaining innings of 81.  With 30 minutes to play, an appeal by the batsmen was upheld with Glenorchy 190/5.


New Town had proven themselves the most accomplished team in the TCA and thoroughly deserved their success – the club’s first senior premiership in 31 years.  The team lost only one match during the season when it was defeated outright by North Hobart in a low-scoring affair in the opening round.


The team was capably led by Max Cashion; they had excellent pace bowlers in Braslin, Ron Direen and Eade with spin effectively provided by Doran and Banks, and batsmen capable of good scores down to the last man. 


Mercury reporter – Keith Welsh