The CTPL team of the decade for the 1966/67 – 1975/76 period features the selection of great all-rounders Brian Patterson, Brent Palfreyman, Brian Richardson and Brian Eade.
Named captain of the team, Richardson represented Kingborough, Glenorchy, North Hobart and University during his career and across 269 games scored 9,612 runs (fifth highest all-time) at an average of 35.21 and took 306 wickets at 18.50. Richardson also played five first-class games for Tasmania.
Regarded as one of the best players in Tasmania during the 1960’s having played 16 first-class games, Patterson amazingly features in both the top ten run scorers and wicket takers in the competition’s 150 year history. Playing with Sandy Bay and Clarence, the left-hand batter and spin-bowler amassed 9,609 runs at 35.07 and took 731 wickets at 15.06 in 269 matches.
The 1977/78 Rodwell Medal (then TCA Medal) winner Palfreyman played 232 games with Sandy Bay and University accumulating 7,342 runs at 32.63 and 331 wickets at 20.34. Palfreyman also represented Tasmania and in 2002 was awarded Life Membership of Cricket Tasmania following many years of administrative service to the organisation.
Eade’s career contained much team success in addition to his individual achievements, with Eade having participated in 11 Grand Finals, the second most by any player. For New Town, North Hobart and Glenorchy Eade claimed 481 wickets at 15.94 and 5,907 runs at 25.35 in his 281 match career.
The teams is a reflection of the stronger clubs in the period, with New Town having won four successive premierships from 1966/67 – 1969/70, and for the remainder of the period Glenorchy and North Hobart two, and Kingborough and University one apiece. University’s success in 1974/75 was the club’s first in the competition, whilst New Town has not tasted success since its 1969/70 flag.
Umpire Jim Stevens who officiated in a record 12 Grand Finals has been named, along with Max Thomas who umpires six Grand Finals during his career.