Brian Davison named Captain of the CTPL Team of the Decade for 1976/77 – 1985/86
Clarence middle order batsman Brian Davison has been named as captain of the CTPL Team of the Decade for the 1976/77 to 1985/86 period.
Davison came to Tasmania as an import player for the 1979-80 season to replace John Hampshire as captain of the Tasmanian team. Playing 41 Sheffield Shield matches for Tasmania between 1979 and 1988, 27 as captain, Davison amassed 3,060 runs at an average of 45.00 with nine centuries.
For Clarence Davison played 70 matches scoring 2,620 runs at an average of 52.40 with six centuries in his career, and was a member of Clarence’s inaugural premiership side in 1981/82. Davison is also one of only eight players in CTPL history to have scored over 2000 career runs at an average above fifty.
Selected for the second successive decade as wicket keeper is Glenorchy’s Don Holland. Holland claimed 374 dismissals, the second highest in the competition’s history, in his lengthy 248 game career in which he also amassed 4,364 runs at a healthy average of 25.37.
Davison’s Clarence team mate and four-time Rodwell Medalist Ian Beven is selected as one of the openers in the side. Beven has one of the great all-rounder records in the competition, having scored 6,624 runs at 32.94 and claimed 445 wickets at just 15.37.
Colin Tully and Ray Brown are two other all-rounders from the era that have been included in the side. Tully’s 143 game career for North Hobart, South Hobart and Brighton saw 282 wickets taken at 20.09 and 3,482 runs scored at 27.63, whilst University’s Ray Brown took 495 wickets at 17.93 and 3,413 runs at 19.39 from 242 games, also winning the Rodwell Medal in 1980-81.
Selected as one of the bowler’s is Michael Allen who won the 1978/79 and 1981/82 Rodwell Medal’s with South Hobart. In 291 games Allen claimed 575 wickets at 19.19 and 3,657 runs at 18.75.
With the likes of Davison and Beven Clarence won four premierships during the decade, University two with Ray Brown named player of the final in both, with Glenorchy, North Hobart, South Hobart and Sandy Bay claiming one each.