The CTPL Teams of the Decade for the 1906/07 to 1915/16 period is led by the selection of Reg Hawson, who was regarded as Tasmania’s best batsman in the decade prior to the Great War.
Born in Hobart in 1880, Hawson joined the Derwent Cricket Club and made his first-class debut against Victoria in 1898-99. He became a regular member of the side, and regardless of Tasmania’s limited program he soon became a leading player. Following the retirements of Ken Burn and Charles Eady, Hawson became Tasmania’s leading batsman and on many occasions captained the side. Hawson’s finest innings was an undefeated 199 against Victoria at Melbourne in 1912-13. The innings remained the Tasmanian record first-class score until Jack Badcock made 274 in 1933-34.
In club cricket Hawson was a dominant player first for Derwent and then following the introduction of district cricket for North Hobart and New Town. He won the TCA batting average on three occasions and scored he scored 7,039 runs at the excellent average of 51.01 with 23 centuries in 167 games.
In addition to cricket, Hawson represented Tasmania at baseball.
Also selected in the 1906/07 to 1915/16 side and the 1916/17 to 1925/26 side is Colin “Picca” Newton. Newton was a left-hand batsman who struck the ball with considerable power. As a bowler he alternated between medium-pacer and an orthodox spinner. Following the Great War Newton became a regular member of the Tasmanian team, with his First-Class career spanning 22 years.
In the selected twenty year period Newton scored 3427 runs and claimed 553 wickets at an average of just 14.69 playing for East Hobart, South Hobart, Break o’Day and Eastern Suburbs.
Like Hawson, Newton succeeded in other sports winning eight Tasmanian Tennis championships between 1924 and 1933. In 1937 Newton was made a TCA Life Member.
One of Tasmanian cricket’s most highly regarded captains, Alf Rushforth, is selected as captain of the 1916/17 to 1925/26 team. Rushforth made his first-class debut against Victoria in 1922/23, and in just his second match he was given the captaincy.
In club cricket Rushforth played for a number of clubs – East Hobart, Wellington, Risdon, Break o’Day, North Hobart and New Town - scoring 4,422 runs at an average of 30.71 from 120 matches across his career.