1985/86 - a wasted season!

WAYNE ROSS was still Club President, Bob Kent as his Deputy, with Norm Stickland, Treasurer. Members of the General Committee were Kevin Cook, Gordon McLeod, Dave Crompton, John Kitson, Peter Watson, Peter Worland, Bob Bowden, Ian Cookman, Ross Lacy and Steve Reynolds. Again, the Club was unable to fill the position of Secretary until Ross Lacy and Steve Reynolds offered to do the job jointly. Steve however was transferred in his job which required him to move interstate (some people will do anything to get out of this job!!!), so Ross took over as Club Secretary. Russ Wealands replaced Steve on the Committee. Membership Fees were increased to $60 (Family $80, Student $30, Junior $25) and the Match Fee became $5. Cricket was becoming an expensive sport to play - but it was becoming quite costly to run a Club. The Social Committee comprised David Crompton (Chairman), Peter Worland, Rhonda Ross and Anne Harley. Rhonda Smith was handling the after-match meals (don't take that literally!) with assistance from Anne Harley.

The Club advertised the position of Coach, and received applications from Paul Jones and Colin Bowes. Paul had been a very successful coach with the Club for the past two Seasons, however his employment during the previous Season had rendered him unavailable to train regularly. Paul had changed his employment during the off-season, and the Committee felt that this would lessen his opportunities even more to coach the Club in 1985/86. Colin Bowes was also a successful player who had played Country Week for the MPCA and who had coached Seaford and Frankston YCW to Premierships. The Committee decided to appoint Colin Bowes as Coach for the 1985/86 Season. The Committee's first decision after that was to let Paul know of the decision and that the Club wished him to continue as a senior player. Gordon McLeod and Wayne Ross were given this task, and to the credit of Paul Jones, he agreed to stay with the Club and to give it 100%. This Paul did, and continued to give until his retirement from the game after the 1989/90 Season.

The Club was confident that it could improve the one place to take out the Premiership in the District Grade. Apart from Colin, it recruited Jason Gulbin, whose most recent Club was Frankston, and who was a fine all-rounder to boot. Jason, although only 20 years of age, was an experienced player who had played a good class of cricket.

The Club also regained the services of Lindsay Batey, Barry Morgan and Dave Muir, all of whom played with the 1st XI during the Season, Bill Fowler and Wal Guthrie. Other new players were Mark Anderson, Paul Attwood, Steve Denton, Paul Carroll, Marc and Jason Gilbert (Frankston), Mark Harris and Roy Watts. Junior players who made the transition from Junior to Senior cricket were Jason Day and Chris Burke. Junior players who represented the seniors during the Season were Shane Brown, Christopher Firth, Sam Griffiths, Martin Kelly, Neil Kent, Andrew Kitson, Simon Leighton, Stephen Nennsteil, Cameron Park, David Worland and Aaron Wright.

Players who left the Club, albeit for a short period (one Season), were Kevin Ryan, Gary Buckley and Greg Carbis, and for a slightly longer break - Greg Pretty, Steve Reynolds and Clarrie Swan - and Ian Cookman - 68 games 1273 runs [Highest Score 101] at 17.93%, David Dodson - 53 games, 480 runs [Highest Score 42] and 27 wickets, Ray Kinsey - 63 games, 1014 runs [Highest Score 71] and 26 wickets, Ray Vivian - 103 games, 344 runs and 256 wickets at 16.83%, Ray Allen - 37 games, Steve Coe, Peter Lipscomb, Paul Spencer - 25 games and 54 wickets at 14.67%, Trevor Ryan (Cleared to Somerville), Tony Tait and Russ Wealands - 73 games, 1253 runs [Highest Score 105] at 19.58% and 41 wickets at 17.88%.

The 1st XI , after a promising start to the Season, were placed in the four right up to the last match. We lost this one to Mt Martha by a mere 3 runs, and as a result dropped to 5th position, 0.03 points from the 4th-placed team.

Season Results :

1 Long Island 1/169 (R.Penberthy 37, G.Vose 100no) defeated Carrum Downs 7/124 (P.Worland 3/57, C.Bowes 3/45)
2 Long Island 279 (R.Penberthy 44, C.Small 40, D.Brown 60no) defeated Tootgarook 141 (G.McLeod 4/40)
3 Long Island 164 (C.Bowes 58) defeated Dromana 154 (C.Bowes 8/29) and 1/5
4 Long Island 9/228 (R.Penberthy 38, P.Jones 30, C.Bowes 46, D.Brown 37) and 2/47
defeated Rosebud 183 (M.Ridgway 6/78)
5 Long Island 182 (R.Penberthy 47, P.Jones 38) drew with Frankston YCW 1/50
6 Long Island 146 (R.Penberthy 35) lost to Delacombe Park 9/194 (D.Muir 4/51)
7 Long Island 8/154 (P.Jones 61) and 4/38 defeated Rye 71 (J.Gulbin 4/29, M.McDonald 3/26)
and 119 (J.Gulbin 4/42, D.Muir 3/13)
8 Long Island 196 (M.Ridgway 48) lost to Red Hill 9/202 (J.Gulbin 3/81, M.Ridgway 3/52)
9 Long Island 206 (G.McLeod 71no) lost to Frankston East 221 (M.Ridgway 3/95) and 0/14
10 Long Island 6/272 (P.Jones 60, G.Vose 100 no) and 0/29 defeated Boneo 209 (M.Ridgway 4/75, D.Muir 4/56)
11 Long Island 9/162 (P.Conell 40, P.Jones 38) lost to Mt Martha 7/173

The performance of the 1sts overall was not what was hoped for, nor was it up to our expectations. While we may expect or anticipate things going better than they usually are, it was the feeling of the Committee that the Season was one hell of a waste. Another disappointing note was that a number of 1st XI players had made it known that they would not be playing with Long Island in the coming Season. At Season's end, the Long Island Cricket Club knew that it was in for a hard time in the coming Season.

The 2nd XI worked hard all Season, but like the 1sts, finished just out of the four. Again, the team was good enough to reach the Finals, but the attitude was not good and some crucial games were lost.

Season's Results :

1 Long Island 7/175 (P.Lipscomb 50, C.Small 34) lost to Carrum Downs 8/130 (D.McCurdy 4/48, P.Lipscomb 3/21)
2 Long Island 157 (P.Heller 41, N.Stirling 38) lost to Tootgarook 9/158 (S.Griffin 4/41)
3 Long Island 5/280 (P.Heller 33, C.Ainalidis 51, L.Batey 75, S.Staggard 39, C.Firth 48)
defeated Dromana 160 (W.Ross 6/11) and 7/37 (D.McCurdy 4/9)
4 Long Island 2/186 (N.Stirling 106no, C.Small 53no) defeated Rosebud 9/156 (M.Anderson 3/27, W.Ross 5/51)
5 Long Island 5/227 (R.Hall 95, N.Stirling 58) drew with Frankston YCW 1/9
6 Long Island 8/191 (N.Stirling 41, R.Hall 43, T.Jury 31, L.Thomas 41) drew with Delacombe Park 8/84 (J.Gulbin 4/40)
7 Long Island 5/201 (R.Hall 31, L.Batey 45, P.Conell 73no) defeated Rye 106 (D.McCurdy 5/39, W.Ross 3/44) and 2/23
8 Long Island 186 (S.Staggard 41) lost to Red Hill 9/198 (W.Ross 3/60)
9 Long Island 7/226 (R.Hall 43, T.Jury 58, D.Brown 37) and 5/41 defeated Frankston East 178 (P.Worland 6/43)
10 Long Island 178 (L.Batey 33, R.Hall 41) lost to Boneo 274 (B.Morgan 3/34, W.Ross 3/62) and 1/16
11 Long Island 8/159 (L.Batey 53) defeated Mt Martha 129

The 3rd XI again had a fairly ordinary Season, but did pick up a few wins in the strong "A" Grade competition. The team was well served by skipper Dave Crompton who scored 238 runs and took 10 wickets, Mark Harris - 184 runs, Norm Stickland - 138 runs, Chris Firth - 111 runs, Bill Fowler - 103 runs, Mark Anderson - 15 wickets and Barry Morgan - 14 wickets. Chris, Mark Anderson and Barry Morgan all played games with the 2nds during the Season. There was no doubt that we were on the improve, especially with the blooding of the good young players.

Season's Details :

1 Long Island 9/99 (C.Park 28, D.Crompton 27no) drew with Delacombe Park 7/119 (C.Park 3/27, S.Griffin 2/43)
2 Long Island 118 (R.Hall 33) lost to Mt Eliza 5/154
3 Long Island 150 (C.Park 41, L.Thomas 23) lost to Hastings 8/289 (K.Stokes 4/46, C.Park 2/31)
4 Long Island 119 (M.Harris 37, W.Fowler 29) and 3/102 (C.Burke 39no) lost to Tootgarook 3/127
5 Long Island 233 (N.Stickland 88, B.Morgan 42) drew with Seaford 0/34
6 Long Island lost to Frankston YCW 9/171 (N.Stickland 3/35)
7 Long Island 9/255 (J.Gilbert 38, C.Firth 91) defeated Pines 202 (J.Gilbert 3/62, B.Morgan 6/46)
8 Long Island 9/212 (B.Warner 35, D.Crompton 32, W.Fowler 39no) defeated Karingal 182 (B.Morgan 6/37)
9 Long Island 174 (D.Buckley 54, C.Firth 76) lost to Heatherhill 5/212
10 Long Island 206 (D.Crompton 67, P.Denton 33) and 5/66 defeated Balnarring 126 (S.Griffin 6/39)
and 7/119 (M.Anderson 3/60)

The 4th XI made the Finals and looked to be heading for a Grand Final berth until a spirited Seaford partnership sent Watto's plans askew. The extra runs made were the difference between the two teams, and our batsmen faultered under pressure - we had to be satisfied with a minor placing for the Season.

The team did have a very good Season, with some excellent performances - David Buckley scored 410 runs at an average of 80.50%, Cameron Park - 184 runs, Mark Watson - 155 runs, Peter Watson - 142 runs and 11 wickets, Des Stickland - 147 runs, Grant Kellerman - 135 runs, Armin Otto - 123 runs, Dave Phillips - 116 runs and 10 wickets, Phil Dunning - 21 wickets at 21.00% and Bob Kent - 16 wickets.

Season's Details :

1 Long Island 3/182 (G.Kellerman 31, D.Phillips 40no, R.Kent 40no) defeated Delacombe Park 88 (M.Anderson 5/40)
2 Long Island 237 (P.Watson 46, S.Frey 27, D.Phillips 25, N.Stickland 23, M.Harris 27) defeated Tyabb 8/159 (P.Dunning 5/33)
3 Long Island 193 (A.Otto 66) defeated Seaford 109 (D.Phillips 3/19)
4 Long Island 6/279 (D.Buckley 100, G.Kellerman 54) defeated Tootgarook 59 (P.Dunning 2/9, S.Frey 3/26)
5 Long Island 1/18 drew with Langwarrin 7/341
6 Long Island9/204 (D.Stickland 43, R.Lacy 40, P.Dunning 33) defeated Mornington
7 Long Island 8/176 (W.Carter 51, D.Phillips 29) defeated Red Hill 8/168 (R.Kent 4/47, D.Phillips 3/38)
8 Long Island 6/229 (D.Buckley 83no, C.Park 58, M.Watson 46) defeated Heatherhill 110 (R.Kent 5/17, P.Watson 2/12, M.Watson 2/30)
9 Long Island 6/159 (M.Watson 57no, M.Harris 35, N.Stickland 31) lost to Mt Eliza 5/208
10 Long Island 8/190 (M.Watson 47, R.Bowden 42no) lost to Baden Powell 9/194 (M.Watson 3/41)

Semi-Final :
Long Island 97 lost to Seaford 9/234 (M.Watson 4/38)

The 5th XI struggled throughout the Season with only a handful of players able to hold their heads high at the end of the Season. Skipper Ron McWilliams scored 149 runs and took 13 wickets, Richard Carter also scored 149 runs and Neil Kent scored 148 runs.

Season's Details :

1 Long Island 97 (R.Carter 33) lost to Karingal 5/155 (P.Smith 2/25)
2 Long Island 189 (G.Buckley 50, R.Smith 34) defeated Moorooduc 138 (N.Kent 3/42)
3 Long Island 174 (N.Kent 45, T.Griffin 29, J.Kitson 26) defeated Baxter 162 (A.Kitson 3/38, A.Wright 2/31, J.Day 4/19) and 3/85
4 Long Island won
5 Long Island 85 lost to Pines (5/95 (R.McWilliams 4/21)
6 Long Island 91 (C.Firth 24) lost to Carrum Downs
7 Long Island 119 (R.Carter 35) and 122 (R.McWilliams 43no) lost to Mt Eliza 1/146 and 4/99 (R.Carter 3/21)
8 Long Island 134 lost to Heatherhill 9/285
9 Long Island 5/117 lost to Pines 5/200
10 Long Island 7/249 (M.Spence 65, R.McWilliams 39no, S.Frey 37, R.Carter 32) lost to Mt Eliza 7/258 (S.Frey 3/82)

The 6th XI made the finals after a successful run in the Home and Home Games but lost their Semi Final in a very tight game to the strong Pearcedale team. The team had excellent contributors during the Season - Antony Griffin - 157 runs, Peter Ridgway - 200 runs, Andrew Kitson - 131 runs and 29 wickets, Christopher Firth (Jr) - 186 runs, Trevor Griffin - 185 runs, Bob Smith - 167 runs, Kevin Cook - 18 wickets, Trevor Bailey - 160 runs and 10 wickets, Ray Harley - 149 runs and Geoff Sargant - 124 runs.

Season's Details :

1 Long Island 134 (R.Smith 36, K.Cook 25) defeated Baden Powell 99 (K.Cook 3/15, C.Burke 2/28, A.Kitson 2/13)
2 Long Island 7/154 (T.Griffin 100) defeated Carrum Downs 144 (D.Coe 5/29, K.Cook 3/41)
3 Long Island had a great victory, but no scores are available.
4 Long Island 215 (R.McWilliams 61, T.Bailey 25, D.Coe 20) defeated Rosebud 9/164
5 Long Island 189 (S.Jury 51, T.Bailey 47) drew with Pearcedale 0/21
6 Long Island 178 (A.Wright 35, S.Frey 41) lost to Heatherhill, and Cookie was called a cheat!
7 Long Island 239 (P.Ridgway 91, A.Wright 30, A.Kitson 32) tied with Rye 239 and 1/9
8 Long Island 257 (R.Harley 49, P.Ridgway 42, T.Griffin 38) defeated Langwarrin 134 (A.Kitson 4/41, P.Carroll 3/54) and 5/59
9 Long Island's opponents didn't put the scores in, so we probably won!
10 Long Island 8/218 (R.Smith 49, A.Kitson 36) defeated Rye 173

Semi-Final :
Long Island 9/263 (T.Griffin 56, G.Sargant 44, R.Smith 33) lost to Pearcedale 9/274 (A.Kitson 3/101, K.Cook 3/24)

During the Season, the major contributors with Bat and Ball were :

Runs :
444 David Buckley
341 Richard Hall
310 Neil Stirling
306 Chris Firth
286 Lindsay Batey
277 Mark Harris
273 Cameron Park
255 Ross Penberthy
245 Trevor Griffin
242 Dave Crompton
239 Paul Jones
219 Craig Small & Geoff Sargant
216 Peter Ridgway
210 Ron McWilliams
209 Colin Bowes
208 Peter Conell
204 Norm Stickland
198 Daryl Brown
192 Shaun Staggard
180 Trevor Bailey
172 Mike McDonald
170 Antony Griffin
169 Graham Vose
166 Bob Bowden & Gordon McLeod
155 Ray Harley, Paul Heller & Mark Watson
153 Bill Fowler

Centuries were scored by Jason Gulbin, Trevor Griffin, Graham Vose, Neil Stirling and David Buckley.

Wickets :
32 Andrew Kitson
27 Wayne Ross
23 Mark Anderson & Colin Bowes
22 Mark Ridgway
21 Phil Dunning & Bob Kent
20 Barry Morgan
19 Jason Gulbin & Dale McCurdy
18 Kevin Cook
17 Dave Muir
15 Ron McWilliams & Peter Worland
14 Steve Griffin
13 Scott Frey
10 Trevor Bailey, Dave Phillips, Dave Crompton & Mark Watson

Colin Bowes took 8/29 in an innings against Dromana, when he set up the victory (also scoring 58 in our innings), Scott Frey took 7/89 with the 4ths, while Barry Morgan and Mark Anderson both captured a hat-trick while representing the 3rds. Colin Bowes won the Player of The Year Award, Paul Jones, the President's Award and Gordon McLeod, the Best Clubman Award.

Other personal Milestones achieved during the Season were :

100 Games
Les Thomas,
Bob Kent
Armin Otto

50 Games
Peter Conell,
Geoff Sargant
Neil Stirling

150 Wickets
Bob Kent,
Mark Ridgway
Wayne Ross

50 Wickets
Phil Dunning,
Steve Griffin
Dale McCurdy

2000 Runs
Les Thomas
Wayne Carter

1000 Runs
Norm Stickland
Graham Vose

During the Season, Jason Gulbin and Graham Vose played for the MPCA's Under 21 team in the (then) International Harvester Cup, and Neil Kent and Justin Bridgeman were selected for the Frankston Hatch Shield (Under 14) team. While not selected to represent the MPCA Country Week team, Mark Ridgway and Mike McDonald were selected in the initial Under 19 and Under 21 Squads.

The Club's Juniors continued to make their impact on the grades in which they played, and Long Island Cricket Club was fast becoming recognised as the MPCA's innovators in respect of Junior Cricket. In 1985/86 we fielded two teams in both the Under 14 and Under 16 Grades as well as Under 12 teams.

1 U14 East Long Island 4/74 S.Leighton 36 defeated Baxter 4/73 J.Groves 2/25
2 U14 East Long Island 6/111 T.Swan 38no, J.Groves 32, A.Vose 19 & 0/29
defeated Frankston YCW 10/56 D.Van Raay 3/2, N.Kent 3/15
3 U14 East Long Island 10/98 J.Bridgeman 52no & 0/21 defeated Karingal 10/65 T.Swan 3/8
4 U14 East Long Island 5/138 J.Bridgeman 37, S.Doolan 23, D.Van Raay 18ret, S.Leighton 18ret
defeated Mt Eliza 10/68 S.Perry 2/13, A.Vose 2/5
5 U14 East Long Island 7/92 J.Groves 22, N.Kent 21
defeated Pines 10/48 N.Kent 3/10, A.Vose 3/9, S.Perry 2/0 & 6/42 N.Kent 3/9
6 U14 East Long Island 7/121 A.Wright 31no, N.Kent 30 lost to Seaford 7/145 T.Swan 2/33, A.Vose 2/13
7 U14 East Long Island 6/136 A.Wright 50ret, S.McLeod 24, N.Kent 5
defeated Baden Powell 10/92 A.Wright 2/9, M.Parkinson 2/11
8 U14 East Long Island 4/162 J.Bridgeman 50ret, J.Groves 43, A.Wright 23
defeated Heatherhill 10/152 S.Doolan 4/13, J.Groves 2/18
9 U14 East Long Island 9/93 J.Bridgeman 44 defeated Delacombe Park 10/67 J.Groves 3/14
Semi Final U14 East Long Island 10/145 T.Swan 44, S.Leighton 25 defeated Frankston YCW 10/59 S.Perry 6/14

 

Our two Under 14 teams made the Finals with the Under 14 East team going on to the Grand Final. In the Semi Finals, the East team easily accounted for Frankston YCW by scoring 149, then dismissing them for only 59. The Central team lowered their colours to the strong Heatherhill team - 101 to 7/205. In the Grand Final, the East team, chasing Seaford's 4/161, could only manage 133, with Doug Van Raay, Stuart McLeod and Simon Leighton getting runs.

Grand Final :
Under 14 East

Long Island
Seaford
Justin Bridgeman b P.Poulious 7 G.Smith b J.Goves 30
Aaron Wright b P.Poulious 0 J.Murchie Stp b N.Kent 21
Justin Groves b P.Poulious 6 J.Marsh c ? b N.Kent 7
Simon Leighton c& b B.McDonald 23 B.McDonald Not Out 35
Neil Kent b P.Poulious 0 G.Hiku caught behind b N.Kent 1
Stuart McLeod c G.Hiku b B.McDonald 21 E.Jeffrey Not Out 50
Andrew Vose b P.Poulious 1 K.Johns    
Doug Van Raay b G.Smith 43 D.McGennisken    
Terry Swan b P.Poulious 0 P.Poulious    
Stuart Doolan Run Out 7 D.Prentice    
Stephen Perry Not Out 7 M.Spencer    
Extras   7 Extras   3
    10/133     4/161
           
P.Poulious 11.3.6/33   Terry Swan 7.1.0/30  
K.Johns 11.3.0/23   Stephen Perry 5.2.0/18  
D.McGennisken 2.0.0/9   Neil Kent 11.2.3/24  
J.Marsh 5.0.0/14   Aaron Wright 6.0.0/33  
B.McDonald 11.5.2/24   Justin Groves 11.5.1/21  
G.Smith 3.4.0.1/17   Stuart Doolan 2.0.0/9  
J.Murchie 3.0.0/6   Andrew Vose 3.3.0.0/11  
      Stuart McLeod 2.0.0/15  
Seaford Won


Long Island 133 (D.Van Raay 43, S.McLeod 21, S.Leighton 23) lost to Seaford 4/161.

During the Season, a number of Juniors did well -

Under 16's :
Batting

Cameron Park - 115no, 89, 39, 49no & 53;
Richard Hall - 102no, 84, 46, 42 & 75no;
Matthew Spence - 43 and 40;
Chris Burke - 41,

Bowling
Andrew Kitson - 5/11 (inc Hat-trick) and 3/24;
Jason Day - 5/22;
Cameron Park - 4/29 and 3/24;
Matthew Spence - 3/10.

Under 14's :
Batting
Aaron Wright - 50;
Stuart McLeod - 50, 50 & 50;
Shane Brown - 50, 33no;
Justin Bridgeman - 52, 37no & 50;
Sean Kelly - 50;
Terry Swan - 38no;
Justin Groves - 43.

Bowling

Doug Van Raay - 3/2 (inc Hat-trick);
Matt Parkinson - 5/14 & 5/16 ;
Martin Kelly - 4/8, 3/50 & 4/15;
David Worland - 3/6;
Terry Swan - 3/8;
Laurence Hall - 3/1;
Neil Kent - 3/9 and 3/10;
Andrew Vose - 3/9

Under 12's :
Batting

Gareth Park - 30, 31 and 32no;
Mark Perry - 30 & 24;
Paul McMillan - 24 and 33no;
Steve Wisniewski - 32no and 28;
Cameron McLeod - 33no;
Dean Stirling - 32no and 43no;
Alistair Black - 32no.

Bowling

Brendan Kelly - 4/14 ;
Cameron McLeod - 3/2 (inc Hat-trick);
Dean Stirling - 4/3, 3/3 and 3/1;
Gareth Park - 4/3, 4/15 & 4/18;
Sean Kelly - 4/4;
Steve Wisniewski - 3/2;
Mark Sargant - 4/3;
Mark Perry - 3/19
Adam Easterby - 3/17.

At the end of the Season, Colin Bowes reported that the Season started very well, but we were not able to sustain our early efforts. Still we did finish just outside the Four so the effort wasn't that bad. The Club (and its members) held a different view, considering the side finished Runner-up in the previous Season, and further considering the available talent - Colin Bowes, Daryl Brown, Gordon McLeod, Graham Vose, Mike McDonald, Jason Gulbin, Mark Ridgway, Paul Jones and Ross Penberthy. During the Season the Club called a special meeting because the Committee could see that not everything was going to plan. There was widespread dissatisfaction with the fact that players appeared to be selected on reputation rather than form, and that new players to the Club only had to say where they wished to play, and they would play there. These problems had been occurring for some time, so it was not right that these problems should have been aimed only at Colin Bowes, or Paul Jones for that matter! The Club had been more intent on retaining new players rather than looking after those who had been around for some time. As stated earlier, the Club had no pretensions about what it would face in 1986/87 - although when the Season came around, it was quite a shock.