The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948
Though a very keen eleven was entered in the Senior Championships consisting of experienced players and improved colts the eleven did not achieve the success of the previous two years.
It is to be said of the eleven that they were unbeaten in the knockout competition, and but for rain robbing them of an outright win they might have easily won it.
The team was under the capable leadership of Tom Larkin, a discerning and keen captain who played some useful knocks with his precise and neat shots.
The most improved batsman was Bob Vance whose keenness should be an inspiration to all cricketers. He kept wicket very well, as many batsmen found to their cost, and, with John Oakley, represented Wellington in the Colts' tour and against the Fijians.
John Oakley is another batsman of no mean ability who played some enterprising cricket, especially in the second half of the season. He represented Victoria at the Easter Tournament, and played for the N.Z.U. team.
Don Bryan, Mel Matheson and Roy Woolley were trundlers who kept the opposing batsmen quiet and took their toll of wickets.
With the eleven were the evergreen Peter Wilson and Gilbert Stringer, who can always be relied on for their fair share of the rungetting.
Slow right hand spinners from Hamish Henderson caused many a senior cricketer to lose his wicket, and in his first two innings Thompson took thirteen wickets for 108 runs. Left hand slow spinners from Peter Sim also had their marked effect. Opening batsman Lou Cornish continued to give the impression that he is developing into a really first class batsman.
Promoted to the eleven were Harold Lewis, a promising right hand bat, and Ray O'Connor, who bowls a useful ball but has also developed into a really useful bat, as shown by his knock of 68 against Old Boys in the knockout competition.
Capably led by Cathel MacLeod, our second eleven finished third in their competition, being only three points behind the winners. John Murray took over fifty wickets, ably supported by Paddy Mullins, who was selected for the second grade reps. on Anniversary Day. Our second grade batsmen included K.page 47
Gajadhar, R. Wilde, J. Orbson, and R. Berry, with T. Mullinder keeping wickets early in the season, and later Vivian. Led by Guy Smith the third grade team had some meritorious victories.
The fourth grade team, led by Bill Treadwell, and later Don Moore, improved with the weeks and had some promising players. Treadwell was selected for the fourth grade reps. on Anniversary Day.
Under Pix Hurrell's leadership the fifth grade team finished on the right foot by winning their last game.
Victoria played in the final of the Easter Tournament cricket, having beaten A.U.C. in the first round, but were themselves beaten by Otago in the last round. Our Christmas tour was a great success, as we won every game we played.
Club Captain: J. Carrad. Secretary: W. J. Tread-well. Teams Officer: K. Gajardhar.