1\ lthough the HRDCA went into recess for the
1″‘lremainder of the war period, some of the
Association’s clubs combined to enter the Newcastle
competition. These teams were organised by the
Maitland District Cricket Club which was formed in
1942 with Bob Brown as President and Cliff Adam as
During the 1942-43 season Maitland teams entered
the first and second grade competitions in Newcastle,
where all matches because of war time conditions were
one day fixtures.
Lorn Park was used as the club’s home ground.
However the Maitland teams played the majority of
their matches in Newcastle, and at one stage there was
a break of thirteen weeks between home games for the
first grade team.
The club’s two teams contained players from every
A grade club in the HRDCA. Among the players who
represented in first grade were V Fitzpatrick, J Leacy,
A D’Ornbrain, C Johnston, R Macmillan, R Brown,
N Mud d, A McGill, F Kent, J Risby, E Kent and
J Arthur. There were also three players from Singleton –
R Bates, P Bates and E Mumbler. The latter (Eric
“Nug” Mumbler) was a popular aboriginal tracker who
was renowned for his big hitting and his agile slip
Neither team made the finals but there were some
excellent individual performances. In first grade Jack
Leacy scored 411 runs and Ross Macmillan took 54
wickets at an average of 11.1. In second grade Iim
Lindsay, the captain, had a fine all round performance
with 427 runs and 44 wickets, and the veteran Iim
Arthur scored 360 runs.