In the beginning ...

DURING the 1972/73 Cricket Season, Colin Munro and Andy Gilroy-Scott joined the Frankston East Cricket Club and were welcomed by the Club Secretary, Wayne Ross. Frankston East put in a fairly ordinary Season on the field, but off-field, things fairly sizzled. Without trying to romanticise the role of any person, Col, Andy and Wayne decided to stand out of cricket the following Season, but their thoughts throughout that Summer were on what the future would hold. The future was to form a new Club - the other alternatives, to rejoin Frankston East, or to join Karingal were soon discarded. While Col Munro spent the Summer playing for the Harbour Trust, Wayne was busily in contact with the MPCA and the Frankston Council in an effort to get the new Club off the ground. The Frankston Council was contacted seeking permission to use a ground, and a recruiting drive was soon underway. The Council granted the Club the use of Worland Park - not the MCG of the South (although the condition of the MCG in the late 80's was not the best) - but the ground you have is much better than the ground you don't have. When dealing with the request, Council wanted to know the name of the Club it was dealing with. Being a keen (but ordinary!) golfer, Wayne seized upon the name LONG ISLAND , mainly in the hope that the Golf Club would offer reciprocal rights. Alas, it was not to be!!!
The MPCA was approached, and indicated that the new Club would be welcome. In August 1974, the MPCA approved the entry of the Long Island Cricket Club into the Sub-District Grade of the Association. The first meeting of the Long Island Cricket Club was held on the 3rd October 1974, at Col Munro's home in McMahons Road, Frankston, where the Club officials nominated were Colin Munro as President, Wayne Ross as Secretary and Andrew Gilroy-Scott as Treasurer - not the most democratic election ever undertaken, but the three incumbents resolved to do the best they could. At a later meeting, Lionel Harris was appointed Vice President and Les Munro, Trevor Griffin and Greg Wassell were elected as the Committee. The Membership Fee was set at $10 for the Season, and the Match Fee was $1.
By this time, the recruiting drive was reaping rewards and the early practice sessions saw enough players - and some talent! - available to have us think that we could field a competitive team. With a ground, MPCA blessing, new gear (thanks to Clive Fairbairn - a great benefactor to the Club in it's early days), and players raring to go, we were looking to the start of the Season with eagerness and anticipation. However, the inevitable hitch, in the form of our nearest neighbour - Karingal - almost stopped the momentum before the Season began. Four of our recruits, Karingal footballers Lindsay Batey, Alan Moulden, Gordon McLeod and Dave Muir had all signed Registration Forms to play with Karingal Cricket Club during the Winter, despite none of them having any inclination to play with that Club. As they had signed, Clearances were required. While our momentum almost stopped, so too did the spirit of the game of cricket, when Karingal decided to let the Clearance Deadline lapse. This resulted in the four players being cleared automatically, but not until after the first game was played. Despite this, Round 1 couldn't get around fast enough. Colin Munro was named Captain and Greg Wassell as Vice Captain.

The first match was against Kananook (now Delacombe Park), and the first Long Island team to take the field was :

Colin Munro (Captain), Greg Wassell (Vice Captain), Wayne Ross,
Andrew Gilroy-Scott, Geoff Ridgway, Alan Morris, Peter Hewitt,
Trevor Griffin, Roger Vivian and Denis Casey.

In this game, Long Island batted first, and was soon in trouble, losing 4 quick wickets. Skipper Col Munro however pulled the Innings together with a fine 73, and was last man out. The bowlers tried hard, but were unable to penetrate, and so Long Island lost it's first match, although only by 14 runs. The next game saw Lindsay Batey and Dave Muir in the side, and with Roger Vivian getting the first 5-wicket haul for the Club, we saw Pines dismissed for a paultry 40 runs. With Wayne Ross showing some fine style as an opening batsman, Long Island reached 136 before Col closed the Innings, an easy winner. Game 3 saw another victory, with both Col Munro and Dave Muir amongst the wickets and "Bishen" Batey and Wayne Ross both scoring 50's. The following game saw the team take it's first trek across Westernport Bay to play French Island. The trip seemed to take it's toll on the players, and we lost quite easily. In Round 5, "Bish" Batey scored the first Century for the Club - 101 not out - and helped the team to a good total of 5/214. Col Munro then took 5/45 to lead the team to an 8 run victory.

The following matches were against strong sides in Baden Powell and Diggers. In both games, Col Munro scored Centuries while Dave Muir took a total of 9 wickets. Both games were victories for the team. In Round 7, Red Hill inflicted the team's 3rd defeat for the Season, mainly through it's express bowler and hard-hitting batsman, Roy Watts, but more about him later! Gordon McLeod played his best Innings with the Club to date in this match, with 76 runs to his name. Gordon, of course remained not out! The last three games before the finals resulted in victories, including two high scores, 4/262 against Heatherhill and 9/330 against top team Frankston YCW and an Outright victory against Tyabb. Col Munro scored 118 not out in the first match, and 106 in the other, and he was well supported by Lindsay Batey with 126 in the YCW match, and 70 from Alan Moulden against Heatherhill. Brett Harris (5/19 and 3/19), Dave Muir (4/43 and 3/22), Wayne Ross (4/6 and 7/31) and Gordon McLeod (4/14) really hit their straps with the ball. In the Semi Final, Long Island batted first and with consistency the name of the game, scored 9/228. Col Munro top-scored with 42, while Dave Muir, Wayne Ross and Andy Gilroy-Scott got 30's, and Trevor Griffin, Lindsay Batey, Dave Phillips and Roger Vivian scored in the 20's. When Diggers (which finished on top of the ladder) batted, they started brilliantly with a Century partnership. Then Dave Muir (5/70) and Wayne Ross (3/51) got on top to see the 9th wicket fall with the score at 218. Unfortunately, that 10th wicket proved too elusive, and Diggers took the game by 10 runs. Diggers, incidentally won the Grand Final and were offered a place in the District 1st Grade (which they did not take-up!).

The Season was a tremendous start for the Club, both on and off the field. A total of 20 players took the field during the Season, so the Club started looking at the possibility of fielding two teams in 1975/76, and after it's first year performance, taking out a flag in that year.
The Season's Award Winners were Lindsay Batey (Batting), Wayne Ross (Bowling),
Roger Vivian (Fielding and Best Clubman) and Colin Munro (Player of the Year).

1974/75 Results :

1 Long Island 8/155 (C.Munro 73) lost to Kananook 6/169 (Ross 3/30)
2 Long Island 9/136 (Ross 36) and 3/42 defeated Pines 40 (Hewitt 3/7, Roger Vivian 5/7) and 6/59
3 Long Island 2/138 Ross 58 no, Batey 58 defeated Mt Eliza 73 C.Munro 4/16, Muir 4/19) and 4/107
4 Long Island 106 and 4/125 (Batey 41) lost to French Island 157 (Harris 4/52)
5 Long Island 5/214 (Wassell 43, Batey 101 no) defeated Belvedere 208 (C.Munro 5/45)
6 Long Island 304 (Batey 70, C.Munro 125 no, Hewitt 24, Griffin 27) defeated Baden Powell 133 (Harris 4/21, Muir 4/34)
7 Long Island 9/262 (C.Munro 100, L.Munro 55, G.McLeod 32, A.Moulden 18) defeated Diggers 8/226 (Muir 5/40, G.McLeod 2/39)
8 Long Island 7/177 (McLeod 76 no) lost to Red Hill 253 (Moulden 4/67, Last 3/69, C.Munro 3/54)
9 Long Island 4/262 (Batey 38, C.Munro 118 no, Moulden 70) defeated Heatherhill 138 Harris 5/19, Muir 4/43) and 5/86 (Muir 3/22)
10 Long Island 8/135 (L.Batey 33, McLeod 40, T.Griffin 23no) and 1/69 (Ross 36 no) defeated Tyabb 69 (Harris 3/19, Ross 4/6) and 133 (McLeod 3/14)
11 Long Island 9/330 (Batey 126, C.Munro 106) defeated YCW 133 (Ross 7/31)

Semi Final :
Long Island 9/228 ( W.Ross 33, D.Phillips 11, L.Batey 20, C.Munro 42, Muir 37, A.Gilroy Scott 20, J.Griffin 23, R.Vivian 22no, L.Munro 10) lost to Diggers 9/238 (Ross 3/51, Muir 5/70) @ Hastings

During the Season, many good performances occurred. Col Munro started the ball rolling with four Centuries and 695 runs for the Season. It was not until the 1991/92 Season that this aggregate of runs was surpassed, and to date, no Long Island batsman has scored as many centuries in a Season.

Centuries :
Col Munro 125, 118, 106 and 100
Lindsay Batey 126 and 101

Bowling :
Dave Muir 5/40 & 5/70
Wayne Ross 7/31
Roger Vivian 5/7
Brett Harris 5/19
Col Munro 5/45

Runs :
695 Col Munro
538 Lindsay Batey
297 Wayne Ross
164 Gordon McLeod
147 Andy Gilroy-Scott

Wickets :
28 Dave Muir
24 Wayne Ross
23 Brett Harris
16 Col Munro
10 Mike Last
9 Roger Vivian