In its initial season (1947-48) Northern Districts Club was very successful. Their first and second grade finished the season undefeated. However, the firsts had to share the title of joint premiers with Central (formerly Robins) which with more outright wins finished equal on the points table. The second grade “carried all before them” and with the exception of one match had outright wins against all teams.
The first grade won their final against Central in a closely fought match that extended over four Saturdays, while play in the second grade final was abandoned after the first two days’ play was washed out.
The Club also won the Club Championship – a new competition introduced in 1947-48 based on the point score of the three grades in district cricket. The outcome hinged on a deferred third grade match which was won outright by Northern Division.
For the next three seasons (1948-51) the Club did not have the same level of success. Their first grade was shaded by the strong Central team which with players of the calibre of Mick Hinman, Ross Macmillan and the Denny brothers won three successive premierships and two finals. However, the Club did win the third grade premiership in 1949-50 and the Club Championship in 1950-51.
The last five seasons of district cricket (1951-56) were to be among the most successful in the history of the club and were to match the successes of the late twenties and early thirties.
From 1952-56 the first grade under the captaincy of Col Johnston won four consecutive premierships. They also won two first grade finals in 1951-52 and 1952-53 before finals were abandoned up until I 1957.
Testimony to the Club’s first grade strength was that after the introduction of district cricket in 1947, they participated in five of the six finals and won three of them.
During this short period of district cricket the first grade was a particularly strong combination. Spearheaded by the pace attack of Norm Mudd and Keith Smith, with the back-up spin at various stages of Merv Osborne, Charlie O’Connor, Aub Newman and David Rutherford, together with a strong batting line.-up headed by the experienced Colin and Alan Johnston, the team formed a formidable and well balanced unit. They were also fortunate in having a blend of senior players such as Brian Price, Jim Lindsay, Norm Dolman, Ernie Kent, George Wolstenholme Snr. and Doug Rawling, together with a crop of promising youngsters such as Mick Cummins, Max Stuckings, Peter Ross, Bill Stuckings, Doug March, Paul and Peter Maher, who made their way into first grade.
Added to the first grade success was a second grade premiership in 1951-52 and three more Club Championships from 1951-54, making it four in a row.