Of the seven finals that the first grade contested during this period, none was closer than that in 1973-74 against Black Hill.

The match proved to be a fitting climax to the season for it produced the closest finish seen in a Maitland first grade final for many seasons.

On the Saturday Black Hill which was appearing for the first time in a first grade final batted and after a steady start were 2 for 46 when a thunderstorm washed out play for the day at 2.15 p.m . Resuming the next day, the Black Hill batsmen found runs hard to come by on the soft wicket and were dismissed for 136, with Alan Wells top-scoring with 69. The most successful bowlers for Norths were Warren Trappel with 4-47, David Rutherford 3-39 and Peter Rawling 2-26.

After a solid opening partnership of 35 between Doug and David Rawling, Northern looked set for a comfortable victory. However wickets began to tumble to the left arm spin of former Norths’ player, Paul Moore.

Northern still needed 4 runs to win when its last batsman, Trevor Deamer came to the crease. Trevor and young Des Hitchcock hung on grimly to score the winning run off the second last ball of the last over of the match. Paul Moore finished with the outstanding bowling performance of 8-43 off 15 overs.