History_The 1950's - Joe Goodyear

It seemed that Canterbury, as it had done so successfully in the early 1930's, had been able to find replacements for the old guard, and were about to embark upon another successful decade. But the premiership win of 1947-48 was the club's last first XI premiership for 26 years, and the last club premiership for 17 years. Throughout the 50's the club performed solidly; both first and second XIs making the four consistently; the first XI being runners up on three occasions.

The bowling was the club's strength. In the early 1950's Maguire and Baker continued their dominance with the new ball, Shores and Goodear provided able spin assistance, but the batting proved brittle. Neilsen and Matthews had retired, perhaps prematurely and Len Larkin had finally decided to call a halt to his 20 year plus cricket career. Much of Canterbury's batting success depended on Joe Goodear. Joe was magnificent. Joe believed in attacking cricket, and the best place to attack was from the front, and so Joe opened the batting. In 10 seasons during the 50's decade Joe scored over 500 runs in a season 4 times, 400 runs twice and 300 once. Examination of the ESCA records shows his importance to Canterbury and its reliance on his run making ability. Joe figures in the top ten of the batting averages 7 times during this period (topping the ESCA averages in 1953-54), Norm Shores twice appears in the top ten, but no other Canterbury batsman rates a mention. The lack of consistent batting support for Joe was a major factor in the club's inability to achieve that ultimate premiership success in the 1950's.

Joe's talent extended also to bowling. Joe approached his bowling in a similar vein to that of his batting; minimum effort for maximum result. When batting Joe would rely on either a strongly hit 4 or a leisurely run single, and with his bowling Joe's effort was equally economical - 2 1/2 paces to the wicket, a flick of the fingers and so on, over after over. Once in the late fifties, up at Surrey Hills, Canterbury for a variety of reasons played two bowlers short. Joe bowled from one end all day, completing 40 consecutive 8-ball overs.

Administratively the club was well served by its Presidents, Councillor Roy Kinnear and Len Larkin both serving in that position. The Grace family, Jim as President and Graeme, his son, as Secretary, dealt effectively with club management in the late 1950's. Wally Bates spent 14 years as club treasurer, and of course there was the tireless Norm Shores who became President in 1960 and served in this role until 1974.

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