1976/77 - the struggle begins

SEASON 1976/77 came around, and Long Island Cricket Club was still partying on. The problem was that the competition in which we were drawn was a lot better than what we experienced over the past couple of years. At the Club's Annual General Meeting all went smoothly even to the effect that there were no changes to the off-field team - Lionel Harris: President, Roger Vivian: Vice President, Wayne Ross: Secretary and Andy Gilroy-Scott: Treasurer. Les Thomas, Ray Vivian, Jeff Wheaton, Russ Wealands, Kevin Cook and Armin Otto were Committeemen. The Membership Fee was increased to $10, and the Match Fee remained at $2. In addition, a third Senior team was added. The MPCA placed the teams in the District 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades.

Although the 1st XI was not able to maintain its high standard, it did manage to steer clear of relegation, and did show that it was as good as the top bracket teams by beating Flinders and Tootgarook, both of whom made the finals. Col Munro was again the on-field leader, but the team suffered because it did not have enough players who consistently scored runs or took wickets, and consequently the team struggled for much of the Season. In it's first game in the District Grade, we only managed to score 116 runs, and while Main Ridge struggled for runs early, it managed to score 19 runs more. Paul Jones made his debut (and only game in 76/77) in Round 2 and scored 48 runs. Sorrento however managed some 30 runs more than our total, resulting in our 2nd loss in 2 games. Col Munro (5/52) put us right in the next game against Dromana, but our batting was pathetic and we only managed 107 - a devastating loss! In Round 4 our bowlers again toiled hard with Alan Moulden (4/10) and Gordon McLeod (6/25) taking all wickets. "Bish" Batey (41) and Andy Gilroy-Scott (45) showed the way with the bat - our first victory! We followed this with another good win (Batey 47 and Ray Vivian 5/46) against Flinders, and with Gordon McLeod in top flight, scoring 74, we made it 3 in a row against Rye. After Christmas we lost all 5 games, three by only small margins, but with only Gordon McLeod, Rob Gailey and Alan Moulden showing any consistency. The Club knew after this initial Season that District Cricket was not going to be easy, and to maintain our place in the Grade was going to be extremely difficult.

The 2nd XI was initially led by Roger Vivian, but Graeme Meadows took over from the second match. We started the Season with a bad loss to Main Ridge, then with Brett Harris - match figures of 10/41 - and Graeme Meadows scoring 42, we had a handsome win against Sorrento. All players seemed to be firing after that initial win, and with Brett Harris in great form with the ball and Graeme Meadows and Russell Wealands leading with the bat, we were well-placed at the Christmas Break. After Christmas Roger Vivian resumed playing and was soon in sensational form - 38 against Rye, 39, 5/16 & 3/19 against Boneo - and with Bill Dunn, Les Thomas and Graeme Meadows (still) doing well. we entered the Finals pretty confident of success. Hastings had other thoughts and we were savaged, scoring only 63 and watching them score almost 300.

The 3rd XI , in its inaugural year was captained by Les Munro, and while it only won three games for the Season, these included the last two matches. We almost lost the first match outright even though there were only 11 runs in the 1st Innings result. Newcomer Nick Crossley showed good form with 8/71 for the match. Rounds 2, 3 and 4 were disasters - Kevin Cook 54 & 4/23 and Steve Clark 53, but in Round 5 we won our first game, with Paul Whelan taking 9/44 for the match. We struggled in the next few Rounds although there were some good contributors - Clarrie Swan 48 & 63, "Tucky" Fry 50, and Alan Griffiths 44. But in the last two Rounds we were winners with Cooky and Tucky scoring 40's and Mark French doing well with the ball.

In this Season 15 new players represented the Club - Bill Dunn, Rob Gailey, Alan Griffiths, Clarrie Swan, Nick Crossley, Mark French, Paul Whelan, Stephen Clark, Barry Cotterell, Bob Kent, Dave Martin, Mick Worthington, Chas Buccilli and Terry Peacock. Paul Jones filled-in for one game, and made such an impact that the Club tried to secure his services thereafter. While we were not successful in doing so, we did have patience, and in 1982/83 our patience and persistence was finally rewarded. Some of the players who joined this Season were to last at the Club for a substantial period of time, while others disappeared to greener (not necessarily cricket) fields.

The players who left the Club included Trevor Griffin, Mike Last, Mal Williams and Mal Smith.

Award winners in this Season were :

  Batting Bowling Fielding
1st XI Lindsay Batey Gordon McLeod Jeff Wheaton
2nd XI Graeme Meadows Graeme Spence John Peacock
3rd XI Kevin Cook Paul Whelan Ian Fry
Captain's:   Gordon McLeod  
Best Clubman John Peacock
Player of the Year Brett Harris

During the Season, Lindsay Batey scored his 1000th run for the Club, while Wayne Ross and Ray Vivian each took their 50th wicket.

1st XI

1 Long Island 116 (Batey 38) and 0/15 lost to Main Ridge 135 (Munro 4/32, Vivian 3/23)
2 Long Island 9/143 (Jones 48) lost to Sorrento 7/173 (Munro 4/55)
3 Long Island 107 (Gailey 54) lost to Dromana 146 (Munro 5/52) and 2/50
4

Long Island 8/161 (Batey 41, Gilroy-Scott 45) defeated Tootgarook 66 (Moulden 4/10, McLeod 6/25) & 7/100 (Moulden 3/28)

5 Long Island 179 (Ross 39, Batey 47, Munro 39 no) defeated Flinders 151 (McLeod 3/46, Vivian 5/46) & 5/77 (Vivian 4/25)
6 Long Island 222 (Wheaton 37, McLeod 72) and 1/19 defeated Rye 155 (Vivian 3/56)
7 Long Island 151 (Gailey 35) lost to Boneo 213 (Harris 3/30, Vivian 3/62) and 1/26
8 Long Island 113 (McLeod 74 no) and 6/117 (Gailey 51, Batey 37) lost to Langwarrin 3/117
9 Long Island 105 (McLeod 33) and 9/98 (Gailey 63) lost to Hastings 6/119 (McLeod 3/37)
10 Long Island 122 (Gailey 54) lost to Pearcedale 126 (Moulden 3/36, McLeod 5/37) & 109 (Moulden 4/29, Wealands 3/28)
11 Long Island 7/262 (Gilroy-Scott 39, Batey 54, McLeod 66, Munro 34) defeated Moorooduc 9/258 (Vivian 3/79)

2nd XI

1 Long Island 103 and 1/4 lost to Main Ridge 141 (Roger Vivian 3/32)
2 Long Island 122 (Meadows 42 no) defeated Sorrento 51(Harris 6/21) and 7/60 (Harris 4/20)
3 Long Island 166 (Meadows 54, Otto 42) defeated Dromana 136 (Crossley 4/34, Otto 3/17) and 6/61
4 Long Island 8/166 Peacock 37, Wealands 55 & 1/17 def. Tootgarook 130 Harris 5/58, Wealands 3/14 & 45 Harris 3/19, Spence 5/13
5 Long Island 52 and 6/105 lost to Flinders 92(Harris 3/6, Kent 3/18, Spence 3/34) and 5/26
6 Long Island 197 (Vivian 38, Thomas 30, Dunn 49, Meadows 32) and 0/42 defeated Rye 117 Kent 3/26, Spence 4/32)
7 Long Island 151 (Vivian 39, Dunn 61) and 4/59 defeated Boneo 64 (Vivian 5/16) and 8/55 (Vivian 3/19)
8 Long Island 205 (Dunn 57, Meadows 34) defeated Langwarrin 162 (Muir 4/76)
9 Long Island 6/182 (Thomas 63) lost to Hastings 7/304 (Muir 4/90)
10 Long Island 272 (Thomas 53, Meadows 88, Stabb 39) defeated Pearcedale 267 (Harris 5/52)
11 Long Island 106 (Meadows 52 no) and 6/84 (Meadows 46) lost to Moorooduc 227 (Harris 3/59)

Semi Final :
Long Island 63 lost to Hastings 7/281

3rd XI

1
Long Island 130 and 7/44 lost to Sorrento 141 (Crossley 3/41, Cook 5/31) and 8/70 (Crossley 5/30)
2
Long Island 9/98 (Gilroy-Scott 39) lost to Belvedere 2/145
3
Long Island 60 and 97 (Clark 53) lost to Pearcedale 7/69 (Whelan 3/34, French 3/28) and 6/91 (Whelan 3/34)
4
Long Island 91 (Cook 54) and 49 lost to Langwarrin 92 (Swan 4/23, Cook 4/23) and 6/56 (Whelan 3/22)
5
Long Island 88 and 90 defeated Frankston East 84 (Whelan 6/36) and 8/41 (Whelan 3/8, Swan 3/12)
6
Long Island 60 and 91 (Swan 48) lost to Kananook 3/251
7
Long Island 122 (Fry 50 no) and 184 (Munro 30, Swan 63) lost to Tootgarook 6/187 (Whelan 3/53)
8
Long Island 165 (Craig 36, Davies 30) lost to Main Ridge 6/198 (Whelan 3/66)
9
Long Island 73 and 5/151 (Cook 33, Griffiths 44, Gilroy-Scott 34no) lost to Hastings 5/200
10
Long Island 230 (Cook 46, Griffiths 31, Cotterell 35, Fry 49) defeated Sorrento 184 (Neilson 3/17, French 3/30)
11
Long Island 111 (Cook 40) and 7/131 (Griffiths 38) defeated Pearcedale 39 (Whelan 4/17, Swan 3/12) & 9/151 (French 4/31)

Major contributors on-field during the Season were :

Runs :
432 Graeme Meadows
330 Rob Gailey
315 Lindsay Batey
299 Kevin Cook
281 Gordon McLeod
244 Bill Dunn
212 Andy Gilroy-Scott
204 Col Munro
200 Les Thomas
191 Les Munro
176 Roger Vivian
175 Bob Parker
162 Alan Griffiths
150 John Peacock

Wickets :
42 Brett Harris
36 Paul Whelan
30 Ray Vivian
22 Gordon McLeod & Graeme Spence
20 Bob Kent
18 Alan Moulden, Col Munro & Clarrie Swan
17 Kevin Cook & Nick Crossley
14 Roger Vivian
13 Dave Muir
10 Wayne Ross