1958-59 CTPL Season & Grand Final Review
Final standings at the end of the roster: Glenorchy 78, South Hobart 66, North Hobart 64 and Clarence 57.
Clarence lost its third successive finals appearance in its semi-final against minor premiers Glenorchy, and South Hobart earned the right to play in its first final after a good win over North Hobart in the other semi.
A 5th wicket partnership of 183 between Doug Walton and Mike Hyland placed Glenorchy in an almost unassailable position on the first day of the final. Coming together at 96/4 the pair batted for 153 minutes before Walton was caught at square leg after scoring 140 runs out of 204 while he was at the crease.
Hyland carried his score to 94*, including five fours and a six, made in 184 minutes, to lift Glenorchy’s total to an impressive 348. Fred Tidswell claimed his 50th wicket of the season when he bowled Dal Johnston; he finished with 3/104 but it was his medium-pace off-sider Ross Dufty, with 3/84, who took the bowling honours.
South Hobart had 40 minutes to bat till stumps, and in 30 minutes before bad light stopped play had taken 54 off the target without loss. Alby Drew, having his best season with the bat, set about flaying the Glenorchy bowlers with such purpose that he hit six boundaries in an undefeated knock of 36.
South required an additional 295 runs the following day. And this they achieved with four wickets in hand and forty minutes to spare.
When Tidswell hit the winning run the Glenorchy players crowded round South Hobart captain Jules Murfett, batting at the other end, to congratulate him on his team’s success – the club’s first premiership since 1944-45. They gave him three cheers to the full, and when he threw his wicket away the next ball he was applauded by the spectators all the way to the pavilion.
Drew and Ian Cowley had put on 112 for the 1st wicket with Drew hitting nine fours in his 71. With Cowley’s dismissal for 72, Dufty and Robin Ormond then added another 132 in a match-winning 4th wicket stand before both left the scene at 307. Dufty (42) had taken 78 minutes to reach double figures, but he was the rock to build the team innings on. Ormond, dropped on 68 when the score was 281/3, played powerful strokes all round the wicket in a stay of 138 minutes. His 86 included six fours.
Coming in at 307/5 Murfett scored 34 in quick time to remove any threat of a major breakthrough although he too was dropped when his score was 9.
Glenorchy was severely handicapped when David McGuire injured his leg and was unable to bowl. Captain Emerson Rodwell was forced to take up the bowling for the first time in three seasons; he still sent down 13 consecutive overs for the smart figures of 3/37. The bowlers lacked penetration on a perfect wicket; spinners Diprose and Bowden looked the most dangerous before Rodwell chimed in.
In the end the strength of South Hobart’s middle-order, building on the great start by Drew and Cowley, won the day. For the second season the minor premiers had lowered their colours in the final. The success was a triumph for South’s skipper Murfett, whose three-year plan had culminated in bringing long-awaited success to the club.
Mercury reporter – Keith Welsh