The final round (Rd 23) saw Clarence defeat SHSB outright to gain maximum points – enough to climb above Glenorchy and Lindisfarne, which both had wins over the eventual grand finalists, into third spot and demote Glenorchy to fifth. The final placings were: North Hobart 70, University 64, Clarence and Lindisfarne 48, Glenorchy 46, SHSB 38, New Town 31 with Greater Northern and Kingborough equal last with 25 points. Kingborough won the club championship for the second successive year.
The Demons and Lions dominated the season – playing off in all three finals. North winning the T20 title while University took out the Kookaburra and 1st Grade Premiership Cups. Both were exceptionally entertaining matches that could have gone either way dominated by outstanding batting by opposing captains Caleb Jewell and Jake Doran.
It was a season where the bat tended to dominate the ball with several high individual scores led by Greater Northern Raiders openers Evan Gulbis (226*) and Brayden Stepien (223) who’s stand of 386 at the NTCA ground in Rd 5 v SHSB was the third highest 3rd wicket partnership in TCA/CTPL history eclipsing the old mark of 357 set back in 1895 between Wellington’s Louden MacLeod and Kenneth Burns. When Alex Doolan hit up 210* in SHSB’s innings to draw the match the sequence of three double centuries in the same match was a first in Tasmanian cricket history.
The best bowling performance was Anthony Marr’s 9/58 for Lindisfarne v Greater Northern Raiders.
The Grand Final could have produced more records had University batted on in its innings. By the time Andrew Kealy declared University’s innings closed at 473/4 – the highest ever team score in a Grand Final – the fifth wicket pair of Tim Ward and Tim Paine had amassed 194 passing the old record by Doug Walton and Mike Hyland (Glenorchy) in 1958-59. Ward’s 181* was within striking distance of Lindisfarne’s Ben McDermott’s score of 210 made in the previous final two years earlier.
Following a long-awaited review CTPL Women's Grade was restructured with four clubs – North Hobart, New Town, Clarence and Greater Northern Raiders forming the Premier Grade. The remaining clubs fielded teams in 2nd Grade and acted as feeders to the Premier clubs.
Live video streaming over the internet of grade cricket was introduced.
Premiers in other grades were:
Individual trophy winners were:
Inductees to the CTPL Hall of Fame were Artie Combes (Kingborough), Brad Thomas (University) and Enrico Di Venuto (Coach at North Hobart, University and Kingborough)
Men's 1st Grade Grand Final Report
Having won the toss North Hobart had little hesitation inviting University to bat and when two wickets, including that of crack-bat Jake Doran first ball, fell on 21, the decision by captain Caleb Jewell appeared to have been the correct call. Alas for the minor premiers this was to be the only glimmer of hope the Demons would have for the rest of the match which concluded mid-stream on the third day – University convincing winners by 232 runs.
By stumps on the first day University was well placed. How long to bat the next day to give themselves adequate time to take ten wickets was the burning question confronting TUCC for their overnight score of 340/4 was already an imposing challenge for the Demons. Batting all day Tim Ward was undefeated on 142 while his partner, Australian Test skipper, Tim Paine was comfortably placed on 28.
Ward had been dismissed for a golden duck in the T20 final and managed only 22 in the Kookaburra final but he more than made amends with the red ball. “Missing out with the bat in the other two finals meant I really wanted to be the one to put my team in the driver’s seat”, said Ward who notched his third century of the season having transferred down from the Sydney Grades. “Today was about grinding it out and being the one – hopefully we can continue on.”
He first helped rebuild the University innings after Tom Rogers struck twice in the fifth over and his partnership with Nuwan Kavinda (63) added 124 for the third wicket before Rogers chimed in to trap Kavinda lbw just before the tea break. However that brought James Faulkner (68 from 70 balls) to the wicket and the the run rate increased substantially – their 134-run stand ended when Faulkner edged to point to bring Paine to the crease and the pair safely negotiated play until stumps were drawn.
On the second day Ward and Paine picked up the pace and motored the overnight score to 473/4 at lunch when the declaration was made. Their unbroken partnership was 13 runs short of an all-time University club record. Paine raised his century by smashing three consecutive sixes off an over from Jack White. Ward was resolute with 181* - the fourth highest individual score in a grand final.
When North Hobart came to bat Andrew Kealy struck in the second over when he trapped Brad Smith lbw and Patrick Page fell for 30 shortly after drinks when his stumps were shattered by Sam Harbinson’s second delivery. Tigers’ duo Jordan Silk (86) and Caleb Jewell(46) joined forces in an untroubled 103-run partnership until Ryan Lees made a telling break-through courtesy of Wade and Paine combining again to complete a juggled slips catch. Ward more than made amends in the shadows of stumps by hanging onto a low diving chance to remove Silk who had loomed as a major road-block for the Lions heading into the final day with North Hobart on 186/4 needing to hold out for a draw to win the premiership for the prospect of scoring the required 288 more runs was highly unlikely with just six wickets in hand.
It took less than an hour and a half on the final day for University to take those wickets. The stubborn North defence ended when Kealy took the new ball at 11.49am and with the fourth ball clean bowled Ben Fraser and TUCC was premiers again for the first time since 2008-09. Tim Ward was awarded the Roger Woolley Medal as Man of the Match.
Back: Noah van der Werken, Ryan Lees, Zac Phair, Nuwan Kavinda, Tim Paine
Front: Sam Harbinson, Joel Logan, James Faulkner, Andrew Kealy (Jt Capt), Tim Ward, Jake Doran (Jt Capt)