1975/76 - first blood
At the Club's Annual General Meeting, Col Munro decided that one year as President was enough - after all if he was going to score nearly 700 runs and take 16 wickets, then wicket-keep, he wouldn't have much more to give! The Club members agreed, and Lionel Harris took over as President. Last Season's Best Clubman, Roger Vivian became Vice President, while Wayne Ross and Andrew Gilroy-Scott continued in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer. Colin agreed to serve on the Committee, as did Ian "Tucky" Fry and Les Munro. In addition to the election of Office-Bearers, the Club decided to enter a second team in the MPCA. Once again the MPCA agreed that this was the way to go, and placed the second team in the Sub-District 3rd Grade. At it's first meeting, the Committee agreed to lower the Membership Fee to $5, but doubled the Match Fee to $2.
During the Season, 34 players represented the Club, with
new players being Mal Williams, Bill Craig, Jeff Wheaton, Russell Wealands,
Les Thomas, Mal Smith, Noel Williams (ex-French Island), John Peacock
(ex-Frankston YCW), Terry Peacock, Bernie Stabb, Mick Ambler, Graeme Meadows,
Dave Peters, Kevin Cook (ex-Frankston East), Ray Vivian, Peter Williams,
Armin Otto, Graeme Spence and Ian Fry. However, Peter Hewitt, Alan Morris,
Dave Muir and Greg Wassell all left the Club.
The 1st XI commenced the Season with a hard-fought win
over Belvedere (by 3 runs) thanks to Mike Last (4/22), Col Munro (50)
and Mal Smith (34). Another Frankston East recruit, Kevin Cook, in his
first game for the Club chimed in with 20 runs. Mike Last continued his
good form, this time with the bat, when he scored 71 runs against YCW
in a rain-effected match, then the annual sojourn to French Island took
place, and once again we were humbled. The only good sign was that newcomer,
Ray Vivian - Roger's younger brother - took 6/33. In the following Round,
Col Munro scored the then highest individual score for the Club when he
hammered Kananook bowlers for 141 not out, then in the following game
scored 67 against Red Hill to lead the side to victory. Then followed
three losses in a row and only individual efforts from Col Munro, Mike
Last and Gordon McLeod saved the team from complete embarrassment. Col
Munro took the bull by the horns in the next game and plundered the Kananook
(who else!) bowlers for yet another Century against that team (114), and
the last two games also resulted in victories for the team, which ensured
it a place in the finals.
The 2nd XI started it's quest for a flag in sensational style when skipper Roger Vivian took a Club and Personal best - 7/11, including the Club's first hat-trick. The team went from chocolates to boiled lollies in the next Round and almost suffered an outright loss, but with Roger back at the helm, five wins in a row followed. Roger was superbly backed up by former French Island tear-away, Noel Williams who had sensational bowling stints during these games - 6/16 v Tyabb, 5/13 v Mt Eliza, 4/22 and 3/20 against Langwarrin, 6/30 against Mt Eliza (again!), and finally 4/43 against Kananook. Another recruit, Mal Williams (no relation), joined the Club in mid-Season, and picked up wickets on a regular basis and scored runs, and with Roger Vivian and Noel in top form, the 2nds was becoming a top combination.
Late in the Season, the Club's first double-century partnership occurred, when Bill Craig (110) and Jeff Wheaton (101 not out) put on 216 against Pearcedale. Jeff also took 9 wickets for the match (4/20 and 5/34) and it was no surprise when he was named Man of the Match. The team finished in second position, but in the Semi Final struggled to be all out for 122, with only Wayne Ross (37) giving the Mt Eliza bowlers any concern. However, the bowlers really came to the fore, and bowling an excellent line, dismissed Mt Eliza for 118. Roger Vivian (3/25), Wayne Ross (3/27 off 25 overs) and Noel Williams (2/29 off 21 overs) put in superb performances. This victory meant that the Club's two teams were now in the Grand Final. In a fight for the ultimate victory, the 2nds luck deserted it, and Kananook took full advantage of some dreadful fielding scoring a mammoth 345. Jeff Wheaton (4/95), Wayne Ross (3/70) and Noel Williams (2/89) toiled manfully, and no doubt the injury to Roger Vivian which resticted him to only 7 overs didn't help the cause. The batsmen were never really in the event, and scored 174 in reply. Andy Gilroy-Scott scored 30 and Roger Vivian 32.
From humble beginnings only a year earlier, Long Island had become a force on the Peninsula with a Premiership and Promotion, and a Runner-up effort by it's 2nd XI.
The following players received awards for the Season :
Semi Final :
Grand Final :
The Season's best performances were as follows :
5-Wickets per Innings :
During the Season, Col Munro became the first Long Island batsman to score 1000 runs, and completed the Season with 1376 runs to his credit at an average of 59.8%. Roger Vivian became the first bowler to dismiss 50 batsmen, and he finished the Season with an aggregate of 52/597, at an average of 11.48%.
Major contributors during the Season were :