The selection of Owen Burrows for a third successive decade and prolific all-rounder Gerald James highlights the CTPL Teams of the Decades for the 1926/27 – 1935/36 and 1936/37 – 1945/46 periods.
Burrows was a fast-medium bowler with a high action, and as a batsman possessed a solid defence.
After making steady progress through the New Town ranks, Burrows made his first-class debut against Victoria in 1923/24, going on to play 32 First Class matches. In 1929 Burrows’ form earned him a spot in the Test Trial match prior to the selection of the team to tour England in 1930.
Burrows was one of Tasmania’s finest cricketers during the 1920’s and 1930’s, scoring 1054 runs and claiming 77 wickets in First Class matches.
In club cricket Burrows played 24 games for Wellington early in his career followed by 223 for New Town. In his 247 game career across both clubs Burrows scored 7,934 runs at 29.06 and claimed 592 wickets at 18.83. He took five wickets in an innings 33 times.
Gerald James was another of a number of quality all-rounders produced by Tasmania between the two World Wars.
James was first selected for Tasmania to play Victoria and New South Wales in 1927/28, but was unable to obtain leave from work. He made his debut the following season going on to play 35 first-class matches, the last being in 1945/46.
James played the majority of his club cricket for Glenorchy, also representing New Town, North Hobart and Colts. In a career lasting thirty years he played 322 games and took a competition record 949 wickets at 15.90. He captured five wickets in an innings on 61 occasions and ten or more in a match seven times. His best figures were 9/11 against New Town in 1945-46 when he was well into the veteran stage. He won the Association bowling average on three occasions, 1927-28, 1941-42 and 1942-43 and was the leading wicket-taker five times.
With the bat James scored 9,455 runs at 26.12 with 12 centuries, which is the eight highest career runs by an individual in the competition’s history. James’ highest score was 166* against Kingborough in 1938-39
The competition’s all-time leading run scorer Ron Morrisby makes his first appearances in the teams of the decade. His 7,205 runs in the 1936/37 – 1945/46 decade is the highest aggregate for any individual selected in any decade.
Max Combes in another notable selection. Combes ranks tenth in the leading run scorers in the competition’s history, having amassed 8,840 runs at 36.23 in his 226 game career with Kingborough, South Hobart & New Town. Artie Combes is selected as one of the bowlers in the sides, whose career is equally impressive having taken 676 wickets at just 12.33 in 160 matches for Kingborough. Another of Kingborough’s greats, Jim Tringrove, is also one of the bowlers selected. Tringrove is one of the competition’s most prolific wicket takers having claimed 722 wickets during his career.
The decades are the first where players have played over 100 games in the ten year periods, a reflection of the increasing quantity of cricket being scheduled. New Town, Kingborough and South Hobart were the most successful clubs, each winning five premierships between 1926 and 1946.
There were also some changes to the clubs participating in the competition, with Sandy Bay replacing Eastern Suburbs in 1926/27, and Glenorchy and Kingborough admitted in 1931/32, although Kingborough withdrew from the competition for the last two years of the Second World War.