There had been two earlier visits of Chegwyn teams to Lorn Park in the 1940’s and these had been followed by another in 1953. During the 1960’s there were to be two further visits – one in 1962 and the other in 1966.
Jack Chegwyn’s team in 1962 was a “star-studded” line-up that included Willy Watson, Warren Saunders, Jim Burke, Graham Thomas, Jim de Courcy, Sid Carroll, Norm O’Neill, Doug Ford, Gordon Rorke, Ron Guy and Gamini Gooneseena.
The Maitland team was captained by Col Johnston and included a number of other Northern Districts players – David Rutherford, Colin and AIlan EIliott. The main interest in the Maitland team was the inclusion of Doug Waiters from Dungog. Col Johnston later claimed that he selected Doug “sight unseen” to play against Chegwyn’s X1 on the recommendation of John Hayward, who at that stage was Maitland’s Association Secretary and representative captain.
This match was to be an important stepping-stone in Doug’s cricket career. In the first innings he took 4-28 with Watson, Saunders, O’Neill and De Courcy among his victims, and in the second innings scored an impressive 51 not out. Within three months Doug was to be selected in the State Colts and the State team. So some of the credit for starting Doug on his way to a famous State and Test career should probably go to this match at Lorn Park.
David Rutherford also had his moment of glory in the match when he captured the wickets of Burke and Thomas with successive deliveries.