The completion of the 2020-21 Manning Cricket season marked the 75th Anniversary of the 1945-46 Grand Final.
That season was the resumption of the sport in the Manning following World War II.
The Village Green (Central Park), Wingham was the venue for the decider between neighbouring villages Burrell Creek and Tinonee. Neither club had ever won an A Grade title since the Manning Association was formed in 1893. Thus, the stakes were high for Tinonee, an original government town and nearby Burrell Creek, a close knit rural community.
Burrell Creek batted first and tallied a worthy team total of 268 runs. Vince Martin at just nineteen and a half years of age dominated the Tinonee bowling with a majestic 137. George Titcume (24) and Bob Cox (22) were the next best while four other batsmen reached double figures. The Tinonee side was best served by Weller Maiden with 5-95.
In reply Tinonee was dismissed for a meagre 70 runs, to all but hand the title to the Creek boys. Jack Abbott took the bowling honours with four wickets.
In the second innings Tinonee showed some resolve to compile 166, Fred George (42), Dudley Johnston (31) and J Gollan 25 not out, the principal run-getters.
The spin bowling of Ron Martin with four wickets for 61 dashed any hopes of a Tinonee comeback.
Fred Lambert captained Tinonee while Jack Abbott was the skipper of the victorious Burrell Creek side.
Numerous players from both sides continued playing well beyond this game and also served as officials of the MRD Cricket Association.
Among spectators at the game were cousins Johnny and Alan Martin cheering their home team, Burrell Creek.
Incidentally, this was the sole A Grade premiership win by Burrell Creek while Tinonee never registered a top grade title.
Burrell Creek: Eric Easton Ron Martin Vince Martin Jack Abbott Stan Wells Jack Keppie George Titcume Bob Cox Tom Cox Warwick Martin Neville Andrews
Tinonee: R Smith Weller Maiden Will Muldoon Bill Lambert Arch Murray Fred Lambert Dudley Johnston Fred George Royce Johnston Charlie Edwards J Gollan