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 team was under the leadership of Col Munro, and Wayne Ross was made Vice Captain, while Roger Vivian led the 2nd XI. The 1st XI won six Home and Home games, lost four and drew one, finishing (again) in fourth position, while the 2nd XI won 9 games and lost two to finish in 2nd spot on the ladder. Both teams made the finals, and both made the Grand Final for one Premiership and one Runner-up.

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.
In the Semi Final, we played YCW - the team which finished on top of the ladder, and with Alan Moulden (2/43), Gordon McLeod (2/28) and Mike Last (3/9) bowling tightly, had them dismissed for 142. Long Island at last batted consistently, and as a team, and cruised to 6/240 with Dave Phillips getting his best score for the Club (55), Col Munro (42), Gordon McLeod (32) and another "best" - Russ Wealands with 52 not out. We met Navy in the Grand Final, and the strong Navy batting line-up took first stint at the batting crease. It scored 208 with Russ Wealands (2/27), Ray Vivian (2/19) and Col Munro (3/9) doing the damage. We passed Navy's score with four remaining wickets, and thanks to a relentless 115 not out from Gordon McLeod, Long Island was able to amass 260 runs. Once again, the openers, Col Munro (62) and Dave Phillips (38) gave us a great start with another Century Partnership. The author would be lynched if he didn't mention that Les Thomas scored the run which took our score past Navy's 1st Innings Total. Navy, with everything to gain, threw everything in an effort to get an outright victory, and declared at 8/181. Alan Moulden (2/34) and Colin Munro (3/44) made things more difficult. With about 2 hours to play, we lost both openers without bothering the scorers, but Lindsay Batey (57 not out), Russ Wealands and Gordon McLeod played out time to reach 3/104 at the end of the match, and thus win the Club's first Premiership, and a promotion to the District Grade in 1976/77.

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 :

Batting 1sts Mike Last 2nds Roger Vivian
Bowling 1sts Ray Vivian 2nds Roger Vivian
Fielding 1sts Les Thomas 2nds John Peacock
Captain's 1sts Russ Wealands 2nds Graeme Spence
Best Clubman Les Munro
Player of the Year Col Munro

 

1st XI -Results :
1 Long Island 137 (C.Munro 50, Smith 35, Last 10, K.Cook 20) defeated Belvedere 134 (Last 4/22)
2 Long Island 177 (Last 71, W.Ross 14, R.Wealands 19, Gilroy-Scott 17, N.Williams 23) v YCW - Washed Out
3 Long Island 78(C.Munro 40 no, W.Ross 21) lost to French Island 226 (Ray Vivian 6/33)
4 Long Island 5/302 (McLeod 50, C.Munro 141 no) defeated Kananook 185 (Last 4/43, McLeod 3/11, R.Vivian 2/37)
5 Long Island 7/202 (C.Munro 67, Ross 37, Last 37, J.Wheaton 14) defeated Red Hill 171 (Last 3/39, Ray Vivian 4/42J.Wheaten 2/31)
6 Long Island 72 lost to Diggers 261 (C.Munro 3/58, Ray Vivian 4/73, W.Ross2/23)
7 Long Island 99 (Vivian 16, Munro 13, Batey 16, Last 17, Phillips 12) and 199 (Batey 52, C.Munro 48, Last 67) lost to Navy 244 (Ross 4/16, Vivian 2/35, Last 2/45)
8 Long Island 153 (Last 63) lost to YCW 8/160 (McLeod 3/22)
9 Long Island 250 (C.Munro 114, McLeod 21, Wealands 25, Moulden 34, Meadows 13) defeated Kananook 161(Harris 3/23) and 2/74
10 Long Island 169 (McLeod 25, Last 29, Moulden, 28, Thomas 26no) defeated Belvedere 150 (Moulden 4/50)
11 Long Island 188 (C.Munro 55, McLeod 92, Thomas 11) defeated French Island 214 (C.Munro 3/25)

Semi Final :
Long Island 6/240 (Phillips 52, Whelan 52no, Munro 46, McLeod 32, Batey 16 defeated YCW 142 (Last 3/9, McLeod 2/28, Moulden 2/43)

Grand Final :
Long Island 260 (C.Munro 62, D.Phillips 38, G.McLeod 115no) and 3/91 (L.Batey 56no)
defeated Navy 208 (C.Munro 3/9, Wealands 2/27, Vivian 2/19) and 7/181 (C.Munro 3/44)


2nd XI - Semi Final :
Long Island 122 (Ross 37) defeated Mt Eliza 118 (Roger Vivian 3/25, Ross 3/27)

Grand Final :
Long Island 174 (J.Wheaton 25, A.Gilroy-Scott 30, Roger Vivian 32)
lost to Kananook 345 (W.Ross 3/70, J.Wheaton 4/95)

The Season's best performances were as follows :

Centuries :
Col Munro 141 no, 114
Gordon McLeod 115 no
Bill Craig 110
Jeff Wheaton 101 no

Hat-trick :
Roger Vivian

5-Wickets per Innings :
Noel Williams 6/16, 5/13 and 6/30
Alan Moulden 5/30
Roger Vivian 7/11, 5/27 and 5/34
Ray Vivian 6/33
Jeff Wheaton 5/24 and 5/34

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 :

Runs :
681 Col Munro
356 Gordon McLeod
333 Mike Last
274 Dave Phillips
247 Wayne Ross
236 Roger Vivian
196 Jeff Wheaton
187 Les Thomas
174 Russ Wealands
168 Andy Gilroy-Scott
163 Lindsay Batey
156 Bill Craig

Wickets :
43 Roger Vivian
34 Noel Williams
26 Ray Vivian
20 Wayne Ross and Jeff Wheaton
19 Mike Last
16 Alan Moulden and Mal Williams
14 Brett Harris and Gordon McLeod
12 Col Munro, Russ Wealands and Mick Ambler