A Grade Premiership (1938/39)


Regent v Dennis

This match was commenced on the East Preston wicket on Saturday.  Dennis won the toss and sent their opponents in to bat.  Dennis secured their first wicket for 9 McLaren 4 being dismissed by N. Smith.  Thurgood followed and also fell a victim to Smith.  Two wickets were now down for 17 – a bad start for Regent.  B. Monagle was the only batsmen to take charge of the bowling and before being dismissed by Smith he had top score.  When the board showed 3/73 without addition two more wickets fell.  Samblebe’s 19 (which included three 4’s) was a highlight in the final stages of the innings.  Regent’s total was 103.  N. Smith, who is bowling well, took 5/32.

Dennis opened with Steele and Ireland who gave the side a good start, 85 appearing on the board before the first wicket fell.  Steele was dismissed for 59.  He had a charmed life through faulty fielding, which however improved in the latter stages when the first wicket fell.  Two more wickets went in quick succession.  At the call of time the score stood at 3/87, McLaren taking 2/10.

Scores – Regent 103 (B. Monagle 23, Samblebe 19, F. Monagle 13; N. Smith 5/32, Constance 2/6, L. Smith 2/36) v Dennis 3/87 (Steele 59, Ireland 22; McLaren 2/10).

-from Northcote Leader March 1939 (after day 1)


Delightful weather prevailed on Saturday for the resumption of the A grade final.  Dennis secured one of the easiest premierships on record, knocking up 226 in reply to regents 103.  The latter in the second innings were all disposed of for 54, Dennis thus winning their second A grade premiership by an innings and 69 runs.

Outstanding Performances

The Smith Brothers played a prominent part in Dennis’ victory. Norm knocked up 40 and secured 11/60, while Len was responsible for 51 and 5/41.


Regent v Dennis

Resuming on Saturday with 3/87, Dennis carried their score to 226 before their last wicket fell N. Smith was responsible for a nicely made 40, and L. Smith passed the half century before losing his wicket. Constance, 23, also did well.  E. McLaren 3/59 and Samblebe 3/41 were Regent’s outstanding bowlers.

Faced with a deficit of 123 runs, Regent lost their first wicket at 5: Clements joined F. Monagle and both batsmen scored freely. With the board showing 42 the former was out for 15, going lbw to L. Smith (2/42).  Thence followed a procession, the remaining eight batsmen only putting on 12 runs, and the innings concluded at 54.  N. Smith was on the spot and secured 6/28, while L. Smith took 3/3.

-from Northcote Leader March 1939 (after day 2)

Scores – Dennis 226 (Steele 59, L. Smith 51, N. Smith 40, C. Constance 23; Samblebe 3/41, McLaren 3/59, Bernard-Haig 2/17) defeated Regent 103 (B. Monagle 23, F. Monagle 13, Samblebe 19; N. Smith 5/32, Constance 2/6, L. Smith 2/36) and 54 (F. Monagle 23, Clements 15; N. Smith 6/28, L. Smith 3/3) outright by an innings and 69 runs.