Mike Howell was installed as First Grade captain, the university reign of Gary
Potts having come to an end.
Once again a premiership slipped past. The first day’s play of the semi-final
was washed out and the second day’s play began 45 minutes late.
This time bowling first, ANU dismissed Woden one short of a hundred with Jack
Curtis' hat-trick being the highlight of a three over spell that netted six
wickets. ANU needed 100 from thirteen eight-ball overs but fell frustratingly
27 runs short of the target. The drawn result meant that Woden advanced to the
Final thanks to their higher placing at the end of the competition rounds.
Barry Strang adopted the Potts mantle of best batsman with 324 runs (av 29.45).
Mark Clews, later in his career to represent New South Wales, promised more
than the 290 runs (av 20.78) he scored. Bill Frilay moved up from Second Grade
and scored 262 inns (av 17.46).
The strength of the side was its bowling depth arid variety. Mark Clews fell
just short of the 50 wicket mark with his aggressive fast bowling reaping 48
wickets (av 11.50) whilst in contrast Mike Howell’s spinners brought 39 wickets
(av 13.64). The ever reliable Graham Morey took 37 wickets (av 15.00).
Wicketkeeper Keith MeRac in his first season behind the stumps was an
outstanding success snaring a record 31 catches and 5 stumpings.
Jim Parker’s Second Grade side narrowly missed out on two outright victories
that cost them a Semi-Final berth. Parker’s 287 inns (av 26.11) was the leading
run aggregate just shading Mark Harrison 234 runs (av 26.00) in the averages.
Bowling honours were shared by Lyn Jones 25 wickets (av 20.12) and Ian Shann 20
wickets (av 13.40).
Bruce Chapman took the Eric Bachelard led Third Grade batting honours with 257
runs (av 31.13) while Mike Foley and Graham Feletti each took 27 wickets.
Dave McPherson led the Fourth Grade side to the first of many premiership
honours enjoyed by Fourths in the years to follow. In winning the minor
premiership the side won the Bel-Air Shield for achieving the most competition
Ian Tilley’s 110 in the Semi-Final against Northern Suburbs II and 107 in the
Final against Northern Suburbs I highlighted an excellent seasons batting that
brought him 547 runs at the imposing average of 78.14. He also took 29 wickets
(av 9.69). Dave McPherson enjoyed greatest itward with 33 wickets (av 13.33).
This season marked the beginning of Gary Samuels’ illustrious career with the
Club. His performances justify his consideration as the one of the best
cricketers for the Club in its history along with Gary Potts and Greg Irvine.
First Grade again made the Semi-final again, only to lose with somewhat
indifferent batting and dropped catches sinking any chance of victory.
After the competition rounds Keith McRae’s First Grade side finished minor
premiers. Four batsmen finished with over 300 runs John Kaye 405 (av 23.82),
Ian Fraser 385 (av 32.08), Ian Tilley 359 (av 18.89), and Bill Frilay 312 (av
Gary Samuels with 46 wickets (av 8.91) was the dominant bawler and received most
valuable support from off-spinner Malcolm Allen 38 wickets (av 13.13) and
Graham Morey 34 (av 16.48).
Jim Parker’s Second Grade side made the Semi-Final against Woden but its batting
failed miserably, to lose in comprehensive fashion.
Dave Buckingham scored most runs throughout the season with 285 (av 20.36).
Gavan Easom took most wickets with 32 (av 11.88).
Dave McPherson’s Third Grade side had an unhappy season finishing seventh. Mike
Foley 205 runs (15.76) and 24 wickets (av 9.75) took the batting and bowling
The Fourth Grade side first captained by Ian Stevenson and then Tony Smith
emulated their predecessors of the previous season in winning the premiership
in a tense battle after ANU just failed to secure a first innings lead and were
therefore required to beat the clock and win outright which they duly did.
Tony Smith led the averages with an imposing 536 runs (av 41.23) followed by
Mark Dudzinski 224 (av 22.40), Phil Creaser 220 (av 15.70), and Bob Chalmers
209 runs (av 29.86).
The very strong and balanced bowling line-up was led by Allen Grant with 60
wickets (av 9.84). Peter Crick 36 (14.98), Jim Avraamides 33 (11.60) and Bob
Chalmers 24 (av 9.13).who took a hat-trick in the final.
This season marked the introduction of a Fifth Grade competition. Julian Oakley
began a long period as Club secretary and the first comprehensive statistical
records of the Club were created and the quality of the Club’s Annual Report
and Year Book was significantly improved.
Gary Samuels enjoyed an unparalleled season with the ball to ensure Ian Tilley’s
First Grade side a Semi-Final berth and his ten wicket haul should have been
better rewarded than with the loss that ensued.
Murray Stokes in his second year with the Club rose to be leading rungetter with
335 runs (av 15.23) just ahead of Col Thomson 300 (av16.67).
Gary Samuels’ 75 wickets (av 10.23) to this day stands as a Club record. Eight
five-wicket hauls were highlighted by a nine for 9 performance against City
District. The scoreboard for this match:
A lack of experience and stability were principal causes in the poor performance
by Dolf Matthews’ Second Grade side for whom only two batsmen scored more than
200 runs: Bill Frilay 244 (av 18.77) and Sandy Clugston 215 (av 19.58).
Spinners Jon Collings 18 wickets (av 15.61) and captain Dolf Matthews 16 wickets
(av 22.06) shared the bowling honours.
Third Grade led by Neil McDonald fared even worse coming in last though,
arguably, they suffered from the selectors’ attempt to maintain a strong fourth
grade side chasing a hat-trick of premierships.
Bruce Chapman with 235 runs (av 15.67) and 14 wickets (av 6.5O) and Kevin
Fewster with 19 wickets (av 15.84) stood out from the rest.
Fourth Grade was ultimately thwarted in the Final by its old adversary Northern
Suburbs from obtaining another premiership.
Julian Oakley was leading run-getter with 315 runs (av 16.00) ahead of Gavan
Hedwig 281 runs (av 23.41) and Gary McKenzie 211 runs (av 15.07).
Tearaway Peter Crick reached 51 wickets (av 10.71) while captain Jim Avraamides’
beguiling off-spiimers reaped 40 wickets (av 9.25) just ahead of Jon Hickman 39
wickets (av 10.9).
David Cook’s Fifth Grade side christened their first match with an outright
victory over Queanbeyan but despite a successful first half of the season,
failures in the second half proved the side’s undoing as they finished seventh.
Barry Leahy turned in a rare all-round performance of 345 runs (av 21.56) and 52
wickets (av 12.02).
The Club’s first year book recording the deeds of the season and an extensive
statistical Club history was produced.
The First Grade side failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time since
1965-66 The batting lacked the authority of the earlier years. It was left to
opening bowler Zoran Pirievec with 323 runs (av 21.53) and Brian Sawford 206
runs (av 14.07) to head the batting.
Pirjevec was also leading wicket-taker with 45 wickets (av 15.64) ahead of
captain Gary Samuels 33 wickets (10.73) and Mike Howell 20 wickets (av 16.20)
which included a hat-trick against City District.
Second Grade side just failed to reach the semifinals. Sandy Clugston dominated
the batting with 392 runs (av 32.67) ahead of Jon Collings 246 runs (av 12.95).
Captain Dolf Matthews earned the bowling honours with 35 wickets (ay 10.63)
while the pace duo of Arthur Preston 23 wickets (av 13.83) and Sandy Clugston
22 wickets (av 15.36) bore the heaviest workloads.
Third Grade again finished last with captain Paul Fraser being the best of a
poor batting side with 213 runs (av 19.36).
The bowling by comparison was much the stronger with David Hume 32 wickets (av
10.25), Murray Macdonald 22 wickets (av 11,09) and Mick Martin 20 wickets (av
16.35) leading the way.
The Fourth Grade side captained by Julian Oakley failed to reach the semi-finals
for the first time since the inception of the competition in 1969-70.
Oakley’s 278 runs (av 17.38) and Nick Warner’s 47 wickets (av 9.94) dominated a
side for which only seven players played more than four games.
A decline in fortunes in the latter part of the season marred Dave Cook’s Fifth
Grade side’s chase for the Semi-Finals.
Michael Dack with 169 runs (av 8.89) and Howard Hanley with 18 wickets (av
6.72) were the best performers.
The undoubted highlight in the history of the ANU Cricket Club came this
season with the winning of the First Grade Premiership for the first time.
Fresh recruit Tony Irvine captained the side to the minor premiership while his
batting in the first innings averted what might have been a disaster. Dolf
Matthews’ spin bowling during which he conceded just over one run an over and
took five wickets proved decisive.
Tony Irvine 348 runs (av 21.75) and Gary Samuels 278 runs (av 34.75) enjoyed the
batting honours but the efforts of Alan Walker 230 runs (av 14.37), Julian
Philip 218 runs (av 19.81) and Robin Topham 207 runs (av 20.70) are deserving
Gary Samuels bore the brunt of the bowling workload and secured 43 wickets (av
13.04) while Dolf Matthews became an invaluable ally in taking 31 wickets (av
Colin Thomson’s Second Grade side just failed to earn a berth in the Final after
losing to City in the Semi-Final.
Mark Harrison led the batting with 291 runs (av 36.38) while Sandy Clugston 41
wickets (av 11.39) and Graham Morey 41 wickets (av 14.08) shared the bowling
The fortunes of the Third Grade side improved under the captaincy of John
Macleod as it fell just one point short of the minor premiership. Despite Dave
Humes consistent good form with the ball the batsmen let slip the opportunity
of figuring in the Final.
Surprisingly for such a successful side Bill Collins leading aggregate of 133
(av 22.17) was so meagre. Not so the bowling though, with David Hume again
leading the way with his inswingers accounting for 20 wickets (av 9.22) and
aided by Nick Warner 21 wickets (av 10.05) and Mick Martin 20 wickets (av
Club Coach Trevor Barker led the Fourth Grade side throughout the season but
handed over the reins to Julian Oakley for the Semi-Final against East
Canberra. Despite a strong ANU bowling line-up East Canberra’s middle-order
were able to compile a formidable enough total.
Julian Oakley with 197 runs (av 14.09) and Phil Creaser 180 runs (av 16.35)
carried the batting load for a side that had a surprising turnover of bowlers
throughout the season.
After two previous attempts Dave Cook's Fifth Grade side won a semi-finals berth
against East Canberra in a struggle that saw the sides only separated by one
George Lombard season's aggregate of 316 runs (av 17.56) was highlighted by his
109 against Queanbeyan. Alan Sullivan 230 runs (av 19.17) provided the batting
with a vital measure of consistency. Dave Cook dominated the bowling with 36
wickets (av 10.81)
The growth in player membership justified the fielding of seven sides. The old
Fourth and Fifth Grade competitions were replaced by A and B Grades in a
First Grade failed to emulate the premiership deeds of their predecessor,
stumbling badly in the semi-final against Western District. Batting second the
batsmen succumbed to Dene Moore, one of the best bowlers in the history of
Canberra cricket. His figures of 7-19 from 12 overs speak for themselves.
The batting lacked the authority of the past with only captain Tony Irvine 445
runs (av 34.23) and Sandy Ciugstori 214 runs (av 19.45) reaching 200 runs.
The bowling was not as penetrative as in previous seasons though Dolf Matthews
30 wickets (av 11.97), Malcolm Allen 29 wickets (13.79) and Gary Samuels 29
wickets (av 15.34) were as reliable as ever.
The Cal Thomson led Second Grade finished in fifth place. Murray Stokes scored
208 runs (av 34.67) though 167 n.o. came from one superb innings against
Queanbeyan. Paceman Murray Bartle with 32 wickets (av 11.88) and off-spinner
Fred Trewartha with 20 wickets (av 12.50) were the most successful bowlers.
The inability to bowl out sides cheaply enough cost Ian Cunliffe’s Third Grade
dearly during the season. Barry Critchley with 198 runs (av 18.00) and Ivor
Wolstencroft with 20 wickets (av 11.80) headed the aggregates.
The A Grade side led by Mike Badham and John Gamble began the season sluggishly,
then galloped through the Semi-Final.
In that match they defeated South Woden outright with Dave Hume turning in an
exceptional bawling performance taking 5/30 in the first innings and 4/26 in
the second innings. Unfortunately they stumbled at the end in the Final against
Jim O’Brien 194 runs (av 19.50) and John Gamble 188 runs (av 23.50) led the
batting that was generally disappointing but such was not the case with the
Alan Harding’s pace bowling earned 26 wickets (av 8.31) while John Gamble proved
his all-round worth with 25 wickets (av 13.48).
David Cook’s B Grade North Blue earned a joint premiership by drawing with
Highlanders in a rain-marred Final.
Ian Gook found his being mute no impediment to dominating the scene be it as a
batsman with 323 runs (av 26.92) or as a bowler with 16 wickets (av 10.50).
Julian Oakley scored 222 runs (av 31.71) while 28 wicket hauls were taken by
Dave Cook (av 10.86) and Hamish McNab (av 11.00).
The B Grade South side finished 10th while the B Grade North side finished 12th.
The strong batting lineup was headed by Alan Walker 373 runs (av 31.08) and
supported by captain Gary Samuels 333 runs (av 37.00), Murray Stokes 298 runs
(19.87) and Julian Philip 272 runs (av 22.67)
Murray Bartle was the leading wicket-taker with 29 wickets (av 15.24), followed
by Gary Samuels 27 wickets (av 16.67) and Mike Howell 23 wickets (av 10.48).
The Second Grade side found the competition too stiff, winning only two games
and finishing last on the points table.
Bill Frilay 247 runs (av 20.58) was the only batsman to reach the 200 run mark
while captain Nick Warner with 25 wickets (av 14.48) was the only bowler to
take 20 wickets.
Greg Jackson led the Third Grade side to the Semi-Final against South Woden
whose total proved insurmountable.
Leading run-scorer was captain Greg Jackson 169 runs (ay 15.08) while David Hume
with 26 wickets (av 9.65) proved the most penetrative bowler in a season
highlighted by his 9/44 against Northern Suburbs.
For the second year in a row the A Grade featured in the Final only to see the
spoils go to the opposition, on this occasion, South Woden.
Tony Mair 279 runs (av 39.86), Mike Wallis 242 runs (av 18.62) and Peter Kane
241 runs(av 34.42) were the best performing batsmen whereas for the bowling
captain Mike Badham was clearly the best with 50 wickets (av 10.64) highlighted
by 9/49 against East Canberra.
Michael Cullen’s B Grade One-Day side took out the minor premiership but in
quest of the premiership lost in a close tussle with Ginninderra this time by a
mere two runs.
Julian Oakley with 223 runs (av 20.27) topped the batting aggregates while Mick
Cullen heading the bowling aggregates with 37 wickets (av 11.65) followed by
Peter Newbigin 21 wickets (11.90).
The B Grade North side captained by Pat Mooney finished sixth while the B Grade
South side led by Peter Foley finished tenth on the points table.
A narrow defeat in the final competition match against Western District by Gary
Samuels’ First Grade side allowed their opponents a berth in the Semi-Final.
The strength of the side lay in its batting. Best performers were Julian Philip
393 runs (av 32.75), Gary Samuels 290 runs (32.22), J. Collings 249 runs (av
22.64), Ian Shaw 242 runs (av 20.17) Alan Walker 216 runs (av 15.43) and Murray
Stokes 205 runs (av 14.64).
Gary Samuels 39 wickets (av 16.41) and Mike Howell 31 wickets (av 12.58) headed
the bowling line-up that lacked experience and depth.
Bill Frilay’s Second Grade side were not a force in the competition finishing
second last. Peter Hennessy 309 runs (av 51.50) including an undefeated 109
against Western District and Michael Heggen 294 runs (av 17.29) were the
Fred Trewartha with 16 wickets (av 16.25) was the leading bowler of a somewhat
Third Grade, led by Phil Creaser, also finished seventh with Creaser 179 runs
(ay 11.90) and Andrew Smee 24 wickets (av 12.17) the leading players.
The A Grade side fell far short of comparison with its predecessors,
languishing in eighth position. Had it not been for the fine all-round efforts
of its captain, Greg Quinn with 428 runs (av 25.18) and 31 wickets (av 17.61)
the disappointments would have been more pronounced.
The B Grade North side led by Ian Miller finished a distant ninth with Andrew
Thornley’s 21 wickets (av 15.14) being the only memorable aspect.
Paul Robilliard’s B Grade One-Day side the Semi-Final only to have its batting
weaknesses exposed in a crushing defeat.
David Morrison with 163 runs (av 23.29) and Malcolm Jamieson 24 wickets (av 12.04) were the best performed.
Tim Nicholson’s B Grade South side finished in eighth position.
Gary Samuels’ career with ANU ended with his being enticed to Queanbeyan. The
reins of captaincy passed to Sandy Clugston. The side finished a distant last
winning only one match.
Sandy Clugston with 404 runs (av 31.1), Dave Carland 341 runs (av 26.23), Geoff
Knuckey 279 runs (av 19.93) and Peter Hennessy 208 runs (av 17.33) were the
leading batsmen while leading bowler status was enjoed by Dolf Matthews with 23
wickes (av 21.13).
Peter Wright’s Second Grade side only did marginally better by comparison
finishing equal sixth.
Bob Porter with 170 runs (av 21.25) and Ian Wilson with 17 wickets (av 9.82)
were best performers in a generally lacklustre performance save Peter Young’s
8/22 performance against South Woden.
The Third Grade side led by Julian Oakley found their form drop off dramatically
in the second half of the season to finish a disappointing seventh with John
Maclead 186 runs (av 16.91) and Murray Macdonald 23 wickets (av 16.17) standing
Phil Creaser’s Fourth Grade side fared even worse finishing last despite winning
three matches in the season. Julian Oakley with 169 runs (av 18.78) and Peter
Newbigin with 18 wickets (av 17.95) led the aggregates.
Paul Robilliard led the A Grade side into the Final only to see rain rob the
side of a chance of premiership victory.
Stewart McKeachie with 213 runs (av 14.20) and Peter Foley 192 runs (av 24.00)
were best baismen while Paul Robilliard dominated the bowling with 30 wickets
(av 12.30) ably assisted by Richard Pashley 22 wickets (av 17.23).
Julian Rood’s B Grade Two-Day side finished in eleventh position while the
veteran Jim Gale led the B Grade One-Day side to the same table position.
Colin Rowe was installed as captain of the First Grade side having been
attracted to the Club from Western District to the position of Club Coach.
The side, however, finished a very disappointing tenth and last placed. It was a
case of individuals on occasions doing very well but the team not so.
Col Rowe with 362 runs (av 20.14) had many allies in Greg Quinn 312 runs (av
17.33), Dave Williams 270 (av 22.50), Sandy Clugston 218 runs (av 14.53) arid
John Richardson 207 runs (av, 18.89).
The bowling honours were shared by Mike Howel 26 wickets (av 21.27), Sandy
Clugston 20 wickets (av 15.20), John Quinn 20 wickets (av 19.65) and Chris
Barnard 19 wickets (av 27.89) whose season highlights came with 7/34 against
Northern Suburbs and taking ten catches in the field.
The end of the decade heralded the early domination by ANU’s Second Grade sides.
This season Peter Wright’s side won the premiership with the pace trio of Phil
Brew, Murray Radcliffe and Doug Anderson running through the East Canberra
batsmen to decide the winner before the close of play on the first day.
Bob Porter with 323 runs (av 24.85) led the batting aggregates followed by Jon
Collings 251 runs(av 31.38) and Jon Richardson 202 runs (av 28.86)
Doug Anderson was the side’s leading bowler with 30 wickets (av 9.53) from Peter
Neal 26 wickets(av 12.27)
Julian Oakley led the Third Grade team to the Semi-Finals where, against
Northern Suburbs, his and Greg Stacey’s opening partnership of 63 was
effectively wasted when ten wickets fell for just 86 runs and the momentum was
Oakley with 256 runs (av 17.07) and Ric Lucas with 244 runs (av 34.86) were the
leading batsmen while Kumar Srinivasan was the leading bowler with 22 wickets
Phil Creaser’s Fourth Grade side competed well throughout the season and looked
to have won a berth in the Final when only needing six runs to win with two
wickets in hand. Frustratingly, the side fell just two runs short.
Ian Naumann with 333 runs (av 30.3) led the batting while Peter Newbigin's
leggies claimed 32 wickets (av 11.7).
Ed Newbigin’s A Grade Division 1 side finished seventh, while Dennis Arnold’s A
Grade Division II side finished one better in sixth position.
Vladimir Goryachev with 256 runs (av 25.17), David Bulbeck 256 runs (av 21.33)
and Dennis Arnold 212 runs (av 14.13) performed best as batsmen while Trevor
Dooley with 21 wickets (av 16.67) and Andrew Sutcliffe 20 wickets (av 8.60)
performed best with the ball.
The B Grade One-Day side led by Owain Tilley finished just out of the
Semi-Finals thanks to the efforts of Cameron Galloway with 211 runs (av 35.17)
and Tilley with 207 runs (av 10.35) and 25 wickets (av 20.40)