In Volume 1 “Long Island Cricket Club - A History”, we covered the Seasons from 1974/75 - when the Club was formed - to 1992/93 - the Club’s 19th Season. We knew at that point in time that the next few years were going to be the most successful in the Club’s existence. We had retained Brian McCue as Coach and had, prior to the start of Season 1993/94, secured two players whose reputations and abilities could do nothing but put Long Island near the top of the table in the MPCA. Robert Bedford was appointed as Captain of the 1st XI and was responsible for the top two teams, and Stephen Johnson passed on his vast knowledge throughout the Club. Just prior to the start of the Season, Peter Bedford joined his younger brother and during the Season Paul Hartle and Phil D’Agostino came over from Seaford. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself...

Season 1993/94 - A Season of Victories

To lead the Club through the Season, Alan Splatt was reappointed as President, Peter Worland was Vice President , Gordon McLeod continued as Secretary and Wayne Ross remained as Treasurer. The other members of the Committee were Bob Hough, Dale McCurdy, Jeff Roach, Roy Watts, Peter Watson, Doug Van Raay, Brian Chapman, Adam Chubb, Daniel Watts, Steve Wisniewski, Clarrie Swan, Matthew Parkinson and Mal Ritchie.

Plans for the Club’s 20th Season had commenced soon after the completion of the 1992/93 Season with the Executive meeting with Cuey to talk about the possibility of new players coming to the Club and the Club’s policy relating to newcomers - it being resolved that anybody was welcome but no guarantees were to be given. The first announcement of the Club was to effect the appointments of Brian McCue as Coach of the Club and Robert Bedford as Captain. Cuey’s feats were well known to us - we’d heard them more often than not - and he’d been our most successful leader to date with a Sub-District Premiership in 91/92, Semi-Finalists (District 1sts) in 92/93, District 2nds Premiership in 92/93 and MPCA Club Championship winners in 91/92 and 92/93. Robert was the Association’s premier batsman - touted to be the best player never to have tried District (VCA, not MPCA) Cricket, had been Captain/Coach of the Karingal Cricket Club and had led them to two Provincial Premierships and was the current MPCA Country Week captain.

In addition, Stephen Johnson - former Pines, Mornington and Rosebud Captain/Coach (He tries to keep the last one quiet!) and former MPCA Country Week captain, declared his intentions to also play with the Club. The momentum continued - training started in July - and Peter Bedford - Country Week wicketkeeper/batsman and former Karingal Captain/Coach - began training with us. There were a number of others who were rumoured to be coming but there were no appearances, Your Honour! The Season however couldn’t start quickly enough as the long and hard work and toil which had already been put in by Cuey, Rob and many senior players was starting to show that a big Season lay ahead.

New players at the Club for the 93/94 Season were -
Paul Barton, Peter Bedford (Karingal), Robert Bedford (Karingal), John Brown, Phil D’Agostino (Seaford), Ty Hanley, Paul Hartle (Seaford), Stephen Johnson (Pines), Stuart Kahle, James Khan, Ryan Lee (former Junior), Barry Mills (Chelsea RSL), Gerard Rabot (Langwarrin) and Craig Ryan (former Junior). Junior players who graduated to the seniors in 93/94 were Sam Cooper, Paul Henderson, Nathan Swan and Chris Traynor.

In addition, Junior players Leigh Batey, Matthew Burr, Dale Chubb, Ben Coates, David Collins, John Forrest, Michael Godfrey, Tom Griffiths, Grant Jefferies, Trevor Johnston, Baden McWilliams, Josh Murphy, Joel Newman, Luke Ritchie, David Smith, Joel Stevenson, Stuart Swift, Jonathon Tait, Luke Van Raay, Patrick Van Raay, Peter Wilkinson, Michael Wilson and David Wisniewski represented seniors during the Season. Season 1993/94 also saw a number of players return to the fold - Lindsay Bish Batey, Andrew Gilroy-Scott, Antony Griffin, Grant Hateley, Armin Otto, Dave Tex Phillips, Michael Mouse Scott and Bob Smith.
At the start of the Season we had seven senior teams and had no problem in filling them although a number of faces were missing from the previous Season -

Sean Bicknell, Gary Buckley (90 games, 1376 runs [HS : 130] at 22.93% & 128 wickets at 20.36%), John Denton (101 games & 152 wickets at 16.63%), Steve Fishwick (78 games & 1756 runs [HS : 107} at 25.45%), Ray Harley (136 games & 1245 runs), Dave Postie Hastings (37 games, 909 runs [HS : 104] at 34.96% & 16 wickets), Doug Heller, Grant Kellerman, Bob Martin (52 games & 1151 runs [HS : 170] at 26.77%), Ivan Meddings, Shane Oxley, Wayne Ross (206 games, 1853 runs & 299 wickets at 19.33%), Paul Colonel Rudd (43 games & 820 runs [HS : 121] at 21.50%, David Simpkin and David Splatt (533 runs at 23.17%).

The named captains were Rob Bedford (1sts), Craig Small (2nds), Kevin Ryan (3rds), Trevor Ryan (4ths), Jim Chubb (5ths), Roy Watts (6ths) and Clarrie Swan (7ths). Things didn’t pan out the way we thought and during the Season several changes were made to this line-up.

In addition to the senior teams, we fielded two Under 16 teams, three Under 14’s and two Under 12’s. Steve Wisniewski was appointed as Colts Co-ordinator and he immediately appointed Gordon McLeod in charge of the Under 16 East team, Cameron Park and Neil Kent shared the responsibilities with the 16 Central side, Doug Slug Van Raay did the Under 14 East team, Marty Kelly and Dave Simons led the 14 Centrals and Jeff Boag and Nathan Ross controlled the 14 Wests. The brothers Worland had charge of one Under 12 team and the ever-reliable Graham Cox supervised and pampered the other team.

With all that in place, let the Season begin...


Round 1

1sts : Long Island 5/81 defeated Carrum Downs 80 (N.Kent 6/23)
2nds : Long Island 4/265 (A.Wright 70, M.Parkinson 107no, D.McCurdy 42no) defeated Carrum Downs 174
3rds : Long Island 7/175 (K.Ryan 88) defeated Frankston YCW 68 (K.Worland 6/16) & 1/18
4ths : Long Island 156 (R.Hall 56) drew with Balnarring 0/36
5ths : Long Island drew with Baden Powell 3/28
6ths : Long Island 0/26 drew with Somerville
7ths : Long Island 124 lost to Baxter 126 (P.Roach 5/35)
U16's : Long Island 3/201 (D.Wisniewski 91, B.Coates 73no) & 5/83 defeated Baxter 7/28 (D.Smith 3/6)
U16's : Long Island 9/160 (J.Tait 57, N.Sly 30) defeated Baxter 76 (B.Ferguson 5/10)
U14's : Long Island 6/102 (J.Murphy 43) defeated Mt Eliza 64 (J.Stevenson 3/19)
U14's : Long Island 128 (S.McDonald 50, M.Heller 36) & 51 defeated Seaford 36 (M.Law 3/11)
U14's : Long Island 70 lost to Somerville 73 (C.Wilson 4/23, B.Grant 3/14) & 4/50

Round 2

1sts : Long Island 2/260 (S.McLeod 93, G.Vose 118no, R.Bedford 37no) defeated Crib Point 196 (B.McCue 5/55) & 0/27
2nds : Long Island 126 (P.Conell 70) & 4/110 (C.Small 55) defeated Crib Point 31 (D.Simons 4/14, K.Worland 5/17)
& 7/93 (G.Lamb 3/30)
3rds : Long Island 228 (G.Palmer 86no) defeated Pines 216 (C.Traynor 3/41, G.Palmer 3/48, G.McLeod 3/20)
4ths : Long Island 187 (C.Burke 34, D.Wisniewski 33, T.Ryan 51) defeated Pines 109 (S.Griffin 7/37) & 7/130 (A.Rodrigues 4/22)
5ths : Long Island 202 (R.Bowden 30, J.Chubb 56, R.Hough 40) defeated Pines 196 (B.Chapman 4/41)
6ths : Long Island 7/210 (R.Watts 99no, M.Godfrey 38) drew with Delacombe Park 6/121 (S.Swift 3/34)
7ths : Long Island 154 (J.Roach 31) defeated Mornington 130 (D.Smith 3/19)
 
U 16's : Long Island 1/35 & 4/62 (G.Jefferies 30) defeated Carrum Downs 34 (N.Sly 3/12) & 108 (L.Ritchie 3/19, M.Wilson 3/29)
U 14's : Long Island 9/119 (D.Collins 45) drew with Seaford
U 14's : Long Island 86 lost to Langwarrin 9/113 (M.Heller 4/9) & 4/34
U 14's : Long Island 65 lost to Mt Martha 107 (C.Wilson 4/22) & 4/32
U 12's : Long Island Red 9/112 (C.Hocking 24) v Pearcedale 8/120 (S.Vivian 2/12)

KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup - Round 1
Long Island 9/230 (D.Van Raay 34, C.Park 38, S.Meddings 33, R.Bedford 52no) defeated Sorrento 9/146 (N.Kent 3/53)

Melbourne Cup Weekend 1993 celebrated the launch of Volume 1 of this Club’s History with a number of former players returning to the Club to the various functions organised - the book being officially launched by the Mayor of Frankston - Cr Maryanne Meehan. Former players who attended during the weekend were co-founders Colin Munro and Andy Gilroy-Scott, former Coach Rob Dean, former President Rob Kent, former Secretaries Russell Wealands and Steve Reynolds, former Treasurer “Nobby” Brown, Life Members Ray Vivian and Les Thomas and ex-players Bish Batey, Max Burrows, Wayne & Richard Carter, David Dodson, Steve Fishwick, Antony & Trevor Griffin (with Adrian), Justin Groves, Les Munro, Ron Murphy, Armin Otto, Ross Penberthy, Tex Phillips, Lucky Phil Pollard, Danny Quinn, Geoff & Mark Ridgway, Roger Vivian and Mark Webb.

Round 3

1sts : Long Island 116 lost to Mt Martha 5/125 (C.Park 4/47)
2nds : Long Island 126 (P.Conell 58) lost to Mt Martha 9/221 (C.McLeod 4/69)
3rds : Long Island 7/199 (S.Nennstiel 31, B.Coates 70) defeated Baden Powell 168 (G.Palmer 6/38) & 2/34
4ths : Long Island drew with Heatherhill 187 (G.Hateley 6/64)
5ths : Long Island 221 (P.Addicoat 63, L.Hall 36no, S.Swift 38) drew with Heatherhill 0/1
6ths : Long Island 1/39 drew with Frankston YCW 167 (P.Van Raay 4/30)
7ths : Long Island 120 (A.Gilroy-Scott 30, P.Worland 32) lost to Pearcedale 8/205 (P.Worland 4/40)
8ths : Long Island 6/124 (Lindsay Batey 37, J.Newman 33no) lost to Hastings 4/146
 
U 16's : Long Island 6/193 (J.Forrest 102) & 4/33 defeated Karingal 87 (B.McWilliams 3/19)
U 16's : Long Island 9/108 (C.Hill 36) lost to Frankston YCW 7/265
U 14's : Long Island 4/169 (J.Murphy 50no, J.Stevenson 39no) defeated Heatherhill 131
U 14's : Long Island 49 & 7/26 lost to Carrum Downs 4/88
U 14's : Long Island 9/85 defeated Heatherhill 61 (N.Tait 4/6) & 1/26
U 12's : Long Island Red 156 (B.Cook 21no, C.Hocking 42no, S.Austin 30no)
defeated Langwarrin 128(C.Hocking 4/14, P.Connelly 4/9, S.Cook 2/10, B.Gawly 2/3)
U 12's : Long Island Blue 120 (A.Poole 26no) v Pearcedale 8/67 (A.Costa 4/10)

Round 4

1sts : Long Island 4/313 (D.Van Raay 96, R.Bedford 94, P.Bedford 76no, P.Conell 30no) & 0/7 defeated Seaford 186 (N.Kent 4/65)
2nds : Long Island 135 (C.McLeod 32, K.Ryan 39) & 9/135 defeated Seaford 91 (D.Simons 6/34)
3rds : Long Island 8/214 (B.Coates 60, S.Doolan 33no) defeated Delacombe Park 9/164 (C.Traynor 5/51)
4ths : Long Island 9/305 (S.Wisniewski 50, P.Addicoat 77, G.Hateley 42, S.Griffen 31no)
defeated Tyabb 116 (S.Griffin 7/37, A.Rodrigues 3/19) & 5/59
5ths : Long Island 98 & 1/19 lost to Langwarrin 256 (N.Stickland 3/53)
6ths : Long Island 7/205 M.Godfrey 37, M.Humphrey 31, D.Phillips 48) & 2/58
defeated Frankston Bombers 32 (P.Van Raay 4/15, M.Humphrey 4/9) & 297 (A.Splatt 4/66)
7ths : Long Island 8/158 (R.Smith 37, M.Swift 33, P.Ridgway 45)
defeated Langwarrin 61 (D.Smith 5/31, B.Kelly 3/15) & 9/74 (M.Swift 3/15, G.Jefferies 5/13)
8ths : Long Island 90 lost to Sorrento 111 (R.Lee 3/25, G.Pretty 3/22) & 3/65
 
U 16's : Long Island 4/178 (B.Coates 81, J.Forrest 55) drew with Pearcedale 7/126 (J.Forrest 3/32, B.Coates 3/13)
U 16's : Long Island 8/155 (J.Stanley 39) lost to Heatherhill 8/169 (M.Wilson 3/41)
U 14's : Long Island 1/89 (J.Murphy 35no) defeated Baxter 62 & 7/38 (L.Batey 4/12)
U 14's : Long Island 118 (C.Prince 35) lost to Frankston YCW 175 (S.McDonald 3/15)
U 14's : Long Island 8/127 (N.Walshe 54no) drew with Moorooduc 148
U 12's : Long Island Red 229 (C.Hocking 24, S.Austin 45no) v Mt Eliza 87 (P.Connelly 4/5)
U 12'S : Long Island Blue 123 (M.Tyas 20) v Carrum Downs 132 (A.Poole 5/6, M.Tyas 2/2)

KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup - Round 2
Long Island 8/231 (C.Park 85, N.Kent 53) defeated Mornington 7/230

Round 5

1sts : Long Island 222 (G.Vose 32, N.Kent 79no) & 1/18 defeated Langwarrin 192 (P.Hartle 3/59, C.Park 6/49)
2nds : Long Island 6/187 (D.Watts 39, C.McLeod 48, G.Lamb 32no) & 1/3
defeated Langwarrin 72 (P.D'Agostino 5/28, D.Simons 4/21) & 182
3rds : Long Island 183 (M.Parkinson 59, G.Rabot 52no) & 2/21 lost to Mt Martha 5/232 (N.Ross 4/84)
4ths : Long Island 150 (G.Measham 32) lost to Mt Martha 8/212 (G.Measham 3/72) & 1/18
5ths : Long Island 5/268 (B.Mills 114no, J.Chubb 101) & 2/78 (R.Hough 35no) defeated Mt Eliza 116 (S.Griffin 3/33)
6ths : Long Island 9/318 (A.Splatt 139, B.McWilliams 69) & 2/29 defeated Peninsula Old Boys 6/197
7ths : Long Island 4/316 (N.Swan 50, R.Hindle 104no, P.Ridgway 67) defeated Pearcedale 125 (G.Pretty 5/24)
8ths : Long Island 105 & 157 (A.Otto 35, P.Roach 36no) lost to Red Hill 6/116 (P.Roach 3/53)
 
U 16's : Long Island 9/165 (J.Forrest 40, M.Godfrey 35) defeated Heatherhill 101 (D.Smith 3/23, P.Van Raay 3/22)
U 16's : Long Island 9/365 (J.Tait 97, C.Hill 72, A.Fenton 51, J.Stanley 40, L.Ritchie 34)
defeated Langwarrin 83 (L.Ritchie 3/15, M.Wilson 4/27)
U 14's : Long Island 0/198 (L.Van Raay 51no, J.Murphy 50no, D.Collins 53no) defeated Pearcedale 71 (L.Van Raay 4/14)
U 14's : Long Island 140 & 8/44 defeated Baxter 79 (J.Da Zilva 4/7)
U 14's : Long Island 82 lost to Tyabb 1/229
U 12's : Long Island Red 9/127 (P.Connelly 28no) v Baxter 6/180 (P.Connelly 4/14)
U 12's : Long Island Blue 117 (M.Simmons 20no) v Somerville 139

KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup - Round 3
Long Island 1/113 (C.Park 47, P.Conell 36no) defeated Rye 109 (P.Hartle 3/32)

In December 1993 the MPCA hosted the Victorian Secondary Schools Sports Association’s Under 16 Cricket Championships. Teams came from all areas of the State and played during the first week of December. The Long Island Cricket Club should be extremely proud of its efforts during these Championships - Club members went almost to extremes to ensure that these Championships succeeded - Wayne Ross was the Co-ordinator, the Club hosted Team Officials on the first night and a magnificent spread was put on by Helen Van Raay and Rhonda Smith, the Club put on a Barbecue for all players who were being billetted by Club members (Gordon ensured that Equal Oppotunity Requirements were met by having the Mornington Peninsula players in attendance) and again Helen and Rhonda were to the fore, Roy Watts and Theo Van Raay spent a great week at a Frankston Motel with 30 lads and Brian McCue and Jenny Williams hosted teams each night where the menu never seemed to change - a spa with pizza!
On the playing side the Long Island Club provided four representatives - John Forrest, Ben Coates, Trevor Johnston and David Wisniewski. The team won the Championships and all LICC players did well. Around the same time Baden McWilliams, Stuart Swift, Luke Van Raay, Leigh Batey, Peter Wilkinson and Joel Stevenson played in Under 16 & Under 14 games against West Gippsland. In addition Steve Meddings, Gary Measham and Kieran Worland played for the Mornington Peninsula Zone in the Coca-Cola Under 21 Championships and while they were given very little to do, they gained experience, even if it was an insight into Colin Bowes!

Round 6

1sts : Long Island 5/267 (R.Bedford 100, P.Bedford 103no, P.Hartle 37) & 6/259 P.Conell 62, D.Van Raay 48, C.Park 52, R.Bedford 44no
defeated Moorooduc 55 (P.Hartle 6/22, S.Johnson 4/31)
2nds : Long Island 8/355 (A.Wright 62, K.Ryan 92, S.Meddings 59, D.McCurdy 48)
defeated Moorooduc 90 (P.D'Agostino 3/36, D.Simons 4/25) & 93 (D.McCurdy 4/15, D.Watts 3/28)
3rds : Long Island 177 (G.McLeod 63) & 1/21 defeated Baxter 163 (J.Boag 3/30, J.Forrest 3/27)
4ths : Long Island 142 (G.Hateley 75no) lost to Karingal 214 (G.Hateley 4/35, L.Hall 3/47) & 8/78 (P.Campbell 3/8)
5ths : Long Island 5/254 (R.Bowden 33, R.Hough 50, B.Mills 43, R.Hall 33no, B.McWilliams 35no)
defeated Delacombe Park 210 (D.Des Barres 3/30, B.McWilliams 3/34)
6ths : Long Island 9/175 (J.Newman 35, R.Watts 30no) lost to Mt Martha 8/248
7ths : Long Island 227 (J.Tait 36, P.Roach 51) defeated Skye 140 (D.Smith 3/51) & 2/65
8ths : Long Island 109 (J.Roach 30) & 5/76 (P.Barton 36no) lost to Mt Martha 6/140 (M.Wilson 3/30)
 
U 16's : Long Island 2/73 (D.Wisniewski 34no) & 1/58 (B.McWilliams 31no)
defeated Langwarrin 51 (D.Wisniewski 3/12) & 78 (B.McWilliams 4/7)
U 16's : Long Island 5/157 (C.Hill 63) defeated Mt Eliza 49 & 2/102
U 14's : Long Island 2/182 (J.Murphy 50no, L.Van Raay 51no) defeated Frankston East 3/131
U 14's : Long Island 5/155 (A.Collins 53no, M.Heller 47) defeated Baden Powell 7/152 (N.Roberts 3/38)
U 12's : Long Island Red 11/143 (C.Hocking 40, P.Connelly 21) v Heatherhill 4/163 (D.Kerlin 2/9)
U 12's : Long Island Blue 59 v Mt Eliza 7/113 (A.Rath 3/3)

Round 7

1sts : Long Island 4/272 (R.Bedford 44, G.Vose 105, P.Bedford 55, P.Hartle 43no)
defeated Frankston East 9/206 (P.Hartle 4/51, B.McCue 5/63)
2nds : Long Island 5/216 (D.Watts 79, D.McCurdy 34no, G.Park 31no) defeated Frankston East 7/192 (G.Lamb 3/58)
3rds : Long Island 6/251 (B.Coates 75, G.Palmer 34, G.McLeod 53) won by default against Heatherhill 260 (J.Boag 7/78)
4ths : Long Island Long Island 207 (G.Housley 39, C.Burke 78) defeated Hastings 196 (A.Rodrigues 6/26 inc Hat Trick, L.Hall 3/47) & 3/57
5ths : Long Island 5/291 (B.Mills 62, P.Addicoat 142no) defeated Baxter 9/237 (S.Griffin 3/60, R.Hough 3/27)
6ths : Long Island 151 & 4/77 defeated Skye 97 (M.Humphrey 3/16, B.Chapman 4/41)
7ths : Long Island 94 (J.Murphy 36no, A.Howie 35) & 96 (J.Murphy 34no)
defeated Frankston Bombers 62 (G.Pretty 3/19) & 5/74 (D.Chubb 3/23)
8ths : Long Island 7/181 (R.Smith 68) & 5/72 defeated Flinders 168 (B.Kelly 3/35)
 
U 16's : Long Island 3/195 (D.Wisniewski 50, J.Newman 56, B.McWilliams 41) & 3/30 defeated Mt Eliza 101
U 16's : Long Island 6/166 (J.Tait 33, M.Wilson 40) & 5/26 defeated Somerville 9/135 (L.Ritchie 3/11, J.Tait 4/39)
U 14's : Long Island 5/172 (J.Murphy 50no, D.Collins 34) & 2/29 defeated Karingal 95 (P.Wilkinson 3/30, L.Batey 4/7)
U 14's : Long Island 6/184 (D.Simmons 47, B.Cordner 50no) defeated Mt Eliza 6/156 (J.Da Zilva 3/10)
U 14's : Long Island 7/183 (N.Tait 40, A.Collins 34, M.Heller 50no) defeated Mornington 49 (B.Jenkins 4/6)
& 8/67 (B.Stone 3/16, L.Fossett 3/5)
U 12's : Long Island Red 9/149 (C.Hocking 29) v Delacombe Park 5/166
U 12's : Long Island Blue 59 v Langwarrin 7/143


Round 8

1sts : Long Island 9/277 (P.Bedford 93, R.Bedford 57) defeated Flinders 143 (P.Hartle 3/51, C.Park 5/51)
2nds : Long Island 4/402 (G.Lamb 62, S.McLeod 155, K.Ryan 105no, C.Small 43no) defeated Flinders 121 (D.Simons 6/27 inc. hat-trick)
3rds : Long Island 110 lost to Somerville 171 (J.Boag 6/56) & 110 (K.McCluskey 3/27, N.Ross 4/15)
4ths : Long Island 146 (S.Wisniewski 35, S.Doolan 40) & 2/73 (S.Doolan 36no) defeated Seaford 102 (A.Rodrigues 6/29)
5ths : Long Island 4/289 (R.Hall 141, R.Hough 61no) & 1/50 defeated Seaford 220 (S.Griffin 5/73, G.Hateley 42)
6ths : Long Island 136 (R.Watts 49no) & 44 lost to Pearcedale 148 (N.Swan 5/38)
7ths : Long Island 2/134 (J.Murphy 55, J.Tait 55) defeated Mornington 73 (G.Pretty 4/30, B.Chapman 3/10) & 74
8ths : Long Island 9/245 (R.Smith 50, D.Collins 45no) lost to Rosebud 9/256 (D.Collins 4/73)
 
U 16's : Long Island 7/216 (D.Wisniewski 35, B.Coates 31, J.Forrest 36) defeated Somerville 8/183
U 16's : Long Island 3/123 (J.Tait 56no) defeated Skye 58 (M.Burr 3/19, A.Dureau 3/3)
U 14's : Long Island 6/155 (J.Murphy 50no, D.Collins 39) defeated Mornington 4/124
U 14's : Long Island 72 lost to Pines 4/141 & 0/11
U 14's : Long Island 8/140 & 2/73 (A.Collins 34no) defeated Somerville 79 (C.Wilson 3/7)
U 12's : Long Island Red 170 (L.Koch 20) v Seaford 9/130
U 12's : Long Island Blue 9/112 (A.Poole 20) v Frankston East 93 (M.Simmons 2/4, A.Costa 2/5)

KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup - Semi-Final
After the first try at playing this game was washed out we came back a week later when far better conditions prevailed. Baxter won the toss and batted. The wickets were shared and at no time did Baxter get on top - Arnie and Dagga started things off well then Park, Johnson and Cuey kept the pressure on.

While it wasn’t a formaility, particularly after the loss of Park and Slug , Potto, Arnie, Doc and the Bedfords made sure that there were no hiccups and that our Grand Final berth was secure - it certainly was and we couldn’t wait!

Long Island 5/186 (P.Conell 30, P.Hartle 46, G.Vose 39no, R.Bedford 31no) defeated Baxter 184 (P.Hartle 2/30, P.D’Agostino 2/31, S.Johnson 2/47, B.McCue 2/39)


KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup - Grand Final
Playing in our first Grand Final of the MPCA’s Knockout Cup, we met Karingal at the picturesque R.M.Hooper Oval. Craig Symons (Karingal) won the toss and sent us in on a magnificent, but hot day. Park and Conell put on 57 in pretty quick time and the Bedfords and Kent hit out to give us the very competitive total of 219. Our bowlers made a pretty ordinary start but a change of ends put a differnt complexion on the game. Karingal looked good at times but the bowlers and fielders continued to put the lid, then the sealer, on and at the end of the day they were 32 runs short.

Long Island
Karingal
           
P.Conell c Newton b Brice 23 J.Walton b Hartle 6
C.Park c Rickard b Curtis 36 A.Jones c Hartle b D'Agostino 15
G.Vose b Curtis 14 N.Jones c R.Bedford b McCue 16
R.Bedford c Rickard b Curtis 24 D.Curtis c P.Bedford b Johnson 14
P.Bedford b Pearson 42 P.Newton c P.Bedford b McCue 12
P.Hartle c Newton b Rickard 9 M.Denny c Kent b Park 33
N.Kent not out 43 C.Symons c P.Bedford b Hartle 26
C.Small c Newton b Pearson 2 P.Rickard run out 37
S.Johnson not out 9 B.Lowe not out 9
P.D'Agostino     R.Pearson not out 6
B.McCue     D.Brice    
Extras   17 Extras   14
    7/219     8/188
           
R.Pearson 10. 0. 2/56   P.Hartle 10. 1. 2/31  
D.Brice 10. 1. 1/40   P.D'Agostino 10. 3. 1/31  
C.Symons 9. 2. 0/18   B.McCue 10. 2. 2/28  
D.Curtis 10. 4. 3/32   C.Park 10. 0. 1/39  
B.Lowe 4. 0. 0/32   S.Johnson 9. 0. 1/50  
P.Rickard 5. 0. 1/28   G.Vose 1. 0. 0/3  
N.Jones 2. 0. 0/12        
Long Island won by 31 runs

Round 9

1sts : Long Island 7/268 (R.Bedford 86, P.Bedford 49, P.Hartle 55) defeated Somerville 7/234 (P.Hartle 3/84)
2nds : Long Island 208 (G.Lamb 36, Lindsay Batey 39) defeated Somerville 9/201 (P.D'Agostino 5/67)
3rds : Long Island 8/240 (S.Doolan 88, M.Sargant 30, G.Palmer 33) defeated Mornington 8/197
4ths : Long Island 278 (D.Worland 59, C.Burke 67, S.Griffin 71) defeated Mt Eliza 145 (S.Griffin 3/34, K.Worland 5/48) & 1/75
5ths : Long Island 88 & 3/87 (P.Addicoat 38no) lost to Somerville 215 (R.Hough 3/41)
6ths : Long Island 8/308 (J.Newman 33, J.Tait 34, R.Bowden 63, M.Kelly 51, P.Worland 61)
defeated Balnarring 70 (P.Worland 4/26, S.Swift 3/17) & 5/82
8ths : Long Island 253 (G.Strong 90, D.Collins 60) & 0/0 lost to Rye 257 (P.Roach 4/70)
 
U 16's : Long Island 4/291 (D.Wisniewski 168, M.Godfrey 31, T.Johnston 44no) defeated Seaford 4/96
U 14's : Long Island 5/159 (L.Batey 51no) defeated Delacombe Park 145 (L.Van Raay 3/15, G.Smith 3/30)
U 14's : Long Island 5/237 (S.McDonald 51no, C.Prince 35, M.Law 41no) defeated Delacombe Park 102 & 2/33
U 14's : Long Island 4/74 (B.Jenkins 32no) lost to Mt Martha 7/99 (B.Jenkins 5/22)
U 12's : Long Island Red 9/145 (C.Hocking 20, P.Connelly 22, R.Hughes 20) v Pearcedale 4/171
U 12's : Long Island Blue 8/121 (B.Tait 20, A.Poole 20) v Seaford 12/98 (D.Kerlin 2/7, M.Tyas 3/2, L.Fenton 2/1)


Round 10

1sts : Long Island 9/173 (R.Bedford 56, S.Johnson 46no) lost to Boneo 7/251 (P.Hartle 3/85) & 3/52
2nds : Long Island 9/378 (A.Wright 64, G.Lamb 114, C.Small 42, P.D'Agostino 56no) defeated Boneo 130 (D.McCurdy 5/21)
3rds : Long Island 135 lost to Mt Eliza 166 (K.McCluskey 5/59) & 1/20
4ths : Long Island 139 (L.Hall 38) lost to Boneo 174 (K.Worland 4/48, G.Measham 3/63) & 6/72
6ths : Long Island 2/171 (R.Watts 63, J.Murphy 34, P.Worland 35no) defeated Heatherhill 117 (P.Worland 6/42) & 4/93
7ths : Long Island 93 defeated Carrum Downs 73 (B.Chapman 5/11, P.Watson 3/16) & 5/146
8ths : Long Island 122 (J.Upton 36) & 7/91 lost to Boneo 9/282


Round 11

1sts : Long Island 7/195 (R.Bedford 100) defeated Hastings 9/159 (S.Johnson 4/86, P.Hartle 3/13)
2nds : Long Island 9/135 (K.Ryan 39) defeated Hastings 114 (D.Watts 4/57, D.McCurdy 4/21)
3rds : Long Island 5/221 (S.Doolan 89, M.Sargant 68) defeated Langwarrin 8/122 (G.Palmer 6/34)
4ths : Long Island 9/167 (S.Nennstiel 37) defeated Pearcedale 7/164 (K.Worland 3/51, L.Hall 3/12)
5ths : Long Island 8/190 (J.Chubb 41, S.Griffin 34) lost to Pearcedale 9/199 (S.Griffin 4/81)
6ths : Long Island 2/109 (J.Newman 37) defeated Langwarrin 77 (S.Swift 5/21)
7ths : Long Island 133 lost to Frankston East 6/141 (M.Swift 3/7)
8ths : Long Island 75 lost to Crib Point 8/174

Long Island had all Junior Teams in the Finals - unfortunately it poured lions and dingos (much heavier than cats and dogs) and there was no play whatsoever in the Semi-Finals. This meant that the Under 16 Centrals, the Under 14 Centrals and the Under 14 Wests were all eliminated from the Finals race without a ball being delivered in anger, as each of these teams had finished below their opponents at the end of the Home and Home Rounds. The Under 16 and Under 14 East teams however went straight into the Grand Final.

Under 16 East Grand Final
We played Pearcedale which batted first, and while we found it difficult to break through initially, when we did it was like a procession. Paddy was simply great and never let up for the entire innings. Their score of 156 was gettable, but it was also defendable. We got off to a good start with Wizza and Sam doing nicely but we seemed to get “stage fright” towards the end and at one stage we were in deep trouble, but Mike Godfrey and David Smith were excellent and we won it without the need of Chubby’s batting prowess.

Pearcedale Long Island
M.Brown c Coates b Van Raay 57 D.Wisniewski c Beard b Gosstray 23
A.Tilders c Forrest b Swift 11 J.Newman c Dixon b Tilders 2
W.Te Giffel b McWilliams 8 B.Coates c Brown b Tilders 0
B.Hall b Coates 10 J.Forrest c Gosstray b Lawson 28
R.Wolter c & b Van Raay 5 B.McWilliams b Dixon 23
A.Lawson c Newman b Van Raay 12 M.Godfrey not out 26
M.Gosstray c Johnston b Van Raay 5 T.Johnston c & b Dixon 9
C.Dixon c Godfrey b Van Raay 5 P.Van Raay c & b Te Giffel 14
N.Te Giffel not out 21 S.Swift c N.Te Giffel b W.Te Giffel 2
J.Beard run out 4 D.Smith not out 5
D.Mawhinney b Forrest 1 D.Chubb    
Extras   17 Extras   14
    156     8/158
 
J.Forrest 9. 2. 1/20   A.Tilders 11. 2. 2/39  
S.Swift 9. 2. 1/36   W.Te Giffel 10. 1. 2/31  
B.McWilliams 9. 1. 1/20   A.Lawson 11. 3. 1/18  
B.Coates 11. 2. 1/42   M.Gosstray 6. 0. 1/40  
P.Van Raay 9. 1. 5/32   C.Dixon 11. 2. 2/28  
Long Island won by 2 wickets

The Under 14’s met the strong Delacombe Park team and batted first but lost our top 3 bats pretty cheaply. Leigh Batey, Sam Coates and Joel Stevenson were terrific - we managed 168 but knew that the lightning surface would make it difficult to defend. The Delacombe Park team batted sensibly and took the game with 6 wickets in hand.

Long Island Delacombe Park
L.Batey c? b J.Clarkson 39 B.Harrap c J.Murphy b L.Batey 23
J.Murphy c? b E.Campbell 2 A.Holder b J.Stevenson 22
L.Van Raay c? b B.Harrap 5 C.Brittain retired 51
S.Coates c b b J.Clarkson 16 S.Rode Run Out 31
D.Collins b J.Clarkson 0 C.Sprake c-b S.Coates b P.Wilkinson 14
J.Stephenson Not Out 53 D.Blight   9
J.De Zilva c? b J.Clarkson 0 E.Campbell   12
P.Wilkinson c? b C.Brittain 6 J.Clarkson    
S.Clifton b B.Harrap 5 T.O'Donnell    
G.Smith b C.Sprake 14      
M.Bowden b C.Sprake 4      
Extras   2 Extras   4
    10/168     4/176
           
E.Campbell 9.3.1/20   P.Wilkinson 9.1.1/31  
B.Harrap 9.1.2/26   D.Collins 9.2.0/22  
J.Clarkson 9.1.4/37   L.Batey 9.2.1/19  
C.Sprake 7.1.2/28   J.Stevenson 9.1.1/29  
C.Brittain 9.3.1/22   G.Smith 2.0.0/16  
T.O'Donell 2.0.0/17   L.Van Raay 7.0.0/47  
S.Rode 5.0.0/16   J.Murphy 1.0.0/6  
      S.Coates 1.0.0/1  
Long Island Lost

The Under 16 East team remained undefeated for the Season and was well looked after by Steve Wisniewski and Gordon McLeod. That four players were selected for the Schoolboys team and also for the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club in the Dowling Shield competition showed the strength of this team. Cameron Park and Neil Kent looked after the Central team - there were occasions that the team played with less than 11 players and to the credit of the Managers they were always philosophical (even though they may have been fuming inside). The team’s top player was Jon Tait but unfortunately we won’t see any more of him as the family has moved interstate.

Good performers for the Season were -

Runs
Dave Wisniewski (466 at 66.57), John Forrest (287 at 41.00%), Jon Tait (267 at 38.14%), Ben Coates (234 at 47.20%), Craig Hill (192 at 48.00%) and Baden McWilliams (169 at 21.13%).
Wickets
Baden McWilliams (14 at 10.21), John Forrest (14 at 10.79%), Michael Wilson (14 at 16.14%), Patrick Van Raay (12 at 11.83%), Luke Ritchie (11 at 12.82%), Stuart Swift (11 at 15.45%), David Smith (10 at 10.00%) and Jon Tait (10 at 13.70%).

The three Under 14 teams performed excellently with the East team being undefeated until the Grand Final. Doug Van Raay was in charge, originally helped by Lindsay Batey, but for most of the Season by Gerard Rabot. Of the players Josh Murphy had an exceptional Season averaging 119.33% with the bat and Luke Van Raay, David Collins and Leigh Batey were all good. The Central team unearthed some talent and many of the players will remain in Under 14’s next Season. Dave Simons and Marty Kelly did a great job. The Wests were added to the competition filling a BYE in that Grade, struggled early but in Mark Heller they were very competitive. Jeff Boag and Nathan Ross performed their task with good humour.

Good performers were -

Runs
Josh Murphy (358 at 119.33%), Mark Heller (261 at 26.10), Luke Van Raay (234 at 26.00%), David Collins (226 at 32.29%), Shane McDonald (182 at 18.20%), Adam Collins (165 at 27.50%) and Leigh Batey (162 at 23.14%).
Wickets
Chad Wilson (16 at 7.69%), Leigh Batey (15 at 9.00%), Brad Jenkins (15 at 9.00%), Luke Van Raay (15 at 9.93%), Mark Heller (13 at 10.38%), Jarrod De Zilva (13 at 10.85%), Baron Grant (12 at 9.83%), Marcus Law (11 at 10.73%), Peter Wilkinson (11 at 14.91%) and Joel Stevenson (10 at 17.30%).

Forty-six players represented the Club in the Under 12’s and this Grade is used to teach the players all about the game. The teams were looked after by the Worland brothers - David and Kieran - and Graham Cox.

Top efforts were produced by Chris Buddha Hocking (192 runs), Adam Poole (110 runs & 13 wickets) and Mark Tyas (11 wickets). Buddha and Adam also did well in the field with 10 and 9 catches for the Season.

Senior Semi-Finals
The 1sts having finished in second position played Langwarrin and the game went to the wire. We batted first and after a slow start the score accelerated briskly with Rob Bedford, Arnie, Cam Park and Striker Kent pushing the total along. Langwarrin’s chase didn’t start too well and at 7/147 we were in the box seat however like our middle to late order Langy decided that there was an urgent need to attack, and attack they did - in fact a Long Island win looked bleak however the experience of Cuey and the pace of Arnie saw us into the Grand Final.

Long Island 9/226 (R.Bedford 57, P.Hartle 42, N.Kent 27, C.Park 29) defeated Langwarrin 215 (B.McCue 2/99, P.Hartle 6/54)

The 2nds met Hastings and after the first day’s play in which we scored 279 things were looking good for an early finish, however the Hastings players fought the game right out and the game was just what we needed before the showdown against Seaford in the Grand Final.

Long Island 9/279 (A.Wright 70, G.Lamb 30, S.McLeod 57, P.Conell 57) defeated Hastings 247 (D.Watts 4/49, G.Lamb 3/70)

The 3rds batted first against Langwarrin and with our top bats struggling we desperately needed a few players to stand-up - Stuart Doolan, Gordon McLeod, Gerard Rabot and Adrian Rodrigues did and we reached 195. Nuggett and Jeff Boag had the Langy bats on the back foot early but at 4/115 they had recovered enough to make it an up-hill struggle. Trees and John Forrest then combined to collect the last 6 wickets for 32 runs and a place in the Grand Final.

Long Island 195 (S.Doolan 37, G.McLeod 39, G.Rabot 23, A.Rodrigues 26)
defeated Langwarrin 147 (K.McCluskey 2/34, G.Palmer 3/41, J.Forrest 4/30)

The 4ths met Balnarring and for once our openers were not able to make an impression. Nathan Ross was introduced and immediately restricted the runs and with wickets falling we soon had them 6/112 and although they recovered to 199 it was a gettable total. Unfortunately we only had the Wisniewski clan capable to get runs and we went down by 62 runs.

Long Island 137 (G.Measham 22, D.Wisniewski 33, S.Wisniewski 22) lost to Balnarring 199 (K.Worland 2/32, N.Ross 4/63)

Our 6ths just scrambled into the Finals but met the top team Mt Martha. Our bats struggled and it looked like an early finish at 9/76 however Paddy and Nathan Swan had other ideas and we ended up scoring 143. Mt Martha slumped to 4/44 with Peter Worland at his menacing best but they got away from us and at 6/130 it looked a formality - ENTER Paddy Van Raay and all of a sudden they’re 9/142. Unfortunately they got the 2 runs just prior to the 10th wicket falling.

Long Island 143 (P.Van Raay 26, N.Swan 40) lost to Mt Martha 144 (P.Worland 5/34, B.McWilliams 2/54, P.Van Raay 3/1)

The 7ths also had a hard one playing a pretty handy Carrum Downs unit. We batted first and struggled to 8/138 aided by 39 extras. We didn’t have a lot to defend but the bowlers were superb - Chappie taking 2/39 off 27 overs and the skipper putting himself forward and doing well. Our score wasn’t quite enough.

Long Island 8/138 (G.Strong 22) lost to Carrum Downs 8/140 (B.Chapman 2/39, D.Collins 2/17, C.Swan 3/60)

With three senior teams in the Grand Finals - 1sts, 2nds and 3rds - the Long Island Cricket Club had the opportunity to make MPCA history - no Club had won each of the first 3 Grades. Added to this our wins in the KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup and the Under 16 and 14 East Premierships . To win three senior Premierships would mean Bill Foley’s statement following the Knockout Cup would have indeed been prophetic : “You bastards have won everything”.


GRAND FINALS
Our record in the 3rd XI Grade over the past few Seasons has been sensational - after struggling for a number of Seasons without a victory Alan Splatt took over the captaincy and a couple of experienced (and brilliant) players teamed together with a number of up-and-comers and we finished fourth in 89/90 (after tieing in the Semi-Final with the eventual Premiers), winning the Flag in 90/91 and being runner-up in 91/92 & 92/93.
In this game we played Mt Martha and with Nuggett and Trees in form we only had to chase 126 and this was made relatively simple after Stuart and “Wizza” put on 84 for the 1st wicket. They called a halt when we had reached 6/184.

Our 2nd XI had won three Premierships in the past six Seasons, the first two in Sub-District. During the Season we lost only one game and we had beaten Seaford quite comfortably. Seaford batted first and scored 191 after being 4/32 and in all sorts against Digger and while they recovered we were always confident that we could get the runs required, and certainly after Aaron and Greg put on 66 for the 1st wicket. At 5/142 there was a little concern but the skipper and Digger were terrific and we reached the total with 5 wickets in hand. Surprisingly they gave it away with another day’s play to come - still we didn’t argue.

The 3rd XI Grand Final scores were -

Mt Martha Long Island
M.De Veer b McCluskey 0 S.Doolan c Holcombe b Bailey 45
P.Bailey c Doolan b McCluskey 10 D.Wisniewski b Parker 53
D.Marshall c Rodrigues b Palmer 43 M.Sargant c Marshall b Bailey 0
C.Balcombe c McCluskey b Palmer 19 B.Coates c Wunderly b Holcombe 18
T.Towns lbw b McCluskey 1 A.Rodrigues b Marshall 1
G.Abblitt c Wisniewski b McCluskey 2 G.McLeod not out 8
A.Wunderly c Wisniewski b Palmer 0 J.Forrest c Bailey b Marshall 0
G.Parker c McWilliams b Palmer 24 G.Palmer not out 38
C.Holcombe st Rabot b Palmer 4 G.Rabot    
G.Clover not out 15 J.Boag    
M.Butterworth c Sargant b Rodrigues 1 K.McCluskey    
Extras   7 Extras   21
    126     6/184
 
K.McCluskey 23. 9. 4/42   G.Clover 26. 13. 0/29  
J.Boag 13. 3. 0/28   T.Towns 15. 4. 0/37  
G.Palmer 16. 6. 5/31   G.Parker 10. 2. 1/19  
A.Rodrigues 8. 1. 1/22   C.Holcombe 8. 2. 1/8  
      M.Butterworth 9. 2. 0/24  
      P.Bailey 10. 1. 2/19  
      A.Wunderly 7. 2. 0/9  
      M.De Veer 4. 2. 0/6  
      D.Marshall 7. 2, 2/17  
Long Island won by 4 wickets


Scores of the 2nd XI Grand Final were -

Seaford Long Island
B.Johnson c Ryan b Watts 10 A.Wright b Johnson 45
J.Smith c Housley b McCurdy 7 G.Lamb c McDonald b O'Donohue 50
M.O'Donohue c Ryan b Watts 0 S.McLeod c Mansbridge b O'Donohue 6
S.McAuley c C.McLeod b Watts 2 P.Conell c Johnson b Foley 21
M.Foley c S.McLeod b Simons 33 K.Ryan b O'Donohue 9
P.McKay lbw b Watts 79 C.Small not out 48
A.Smith b C.McLeod 10 D.Watts not out 19
B.Mansbridge c & b Watts 13 C.McLeod    
B.McDonald lbw b C.McLeod 9 D.McCurdy    
D.Jones c Ryan b McCurdy 6 G.Housley    
D.McGennisken not out 0 D.Simons    
Extras   22 Extras   7
    191     5/205
 
D.McCurdy 12. 2. 2/31   B.McDonald 9. 1. 0/45  
D.Watts 20. 4. 5/57   B.Johnson 13. 3. 1/44  
D.Simons 9. 1. 1/36   D.McGennisken 2. 0. 0/13  
G.Lamb 5. 1. 0/11   M.O'Donohue 20. 6. 3/53  
C.McLeod 13. 3. 2/30   M.Foley 12. 3. 1/35  
C.Small 2. 0. 0/12   D.Jones 4. 2. 0/10  
Long Island won by 5 wickets

This was the third time that we were to play off for a chance to be promoted to the Provincial Grade of the MPCA. The first time was in 77/78 when we met Flinders, batted first to be soon in desperate trouble only to have Colin Munro and George Griffiths get us out of the mire and in fact put us in a winning position. When we bowled we had them 5/45 chasing 195 but Bruce Commons and John Dignan both scored centuries and that first dream was shattered. In 1984/85 we played Baden Powell and thanks to a brilliant century by Nobby Brown and a fighting 44 by Potto we ran up 224. They passed us with 1 wicket in hand, and Mark Ridgway bowled brilliantly for 6 wickets, not including John Pearson - 1st ball caught in slip but given “not out” - in the middle of their innings, from whence we would have been cruising - Pearson incidentally scored a half-century. That was the second time that our dream failed to come to fruition. On this occasion we were playing Mt Martha - a very good combination confident of victory. We reckoned however that we had the side capable of making our 20th year one to remember, and remember fondly.

Mt Martha batted first and throughout the first day struggled for runs, and it was only late in the day when Wayne Bowes and Bill Saker got on top of the bowling and the runs flowed at a fair rate. At stumps on the first day they were 4/171 with 33 overs still to be faced. Dagga and Steve Johnson had opened the attack and Cam Park and Cuey had stemmed the run flow - Cuey in fact had kept the lid right on to the extent that none of their bats were prepared to raise the ball above ground level. Dagga and Arnie opened the attack on Day 2 and in 13 overs the innings was completed - D’Agostino 3/51 and Hartle 6/50. We started disastrously with Matt Parkinson being removed by a brute ball from Wilson but Cam Park and Slug, the Doc and Rob Bedford put us well into contention. With their removal and then Arnie copping a dubious one we struggled for the last 30 minutes in “survival mode”. The final day was a beauty, resuming at 6/158 and the score crept through the 160’s, 170’s and the 180’s without mishap. At 192 Peter Bedford departed and 4 runs later Johnno took two steps down the wicket and was invited by the Umpire to retire to the pavilion. The very next ball Dagga set off for a leg bye only to see the finger pointed skywards and the score was a precarious 9/196 - 4 runs to win. Cuey strode to the wicket with all of the confidence of a number 11 batsman who knows that the last man was dismissed on the last ball of the over. Striker was facing Wilson who was at his menacing best - during the over he struck the ball to point and set off for a run - Cuey sent him back - the ball was thrown at the stumps - it missed - no-one at square leg, an easy run, maybe two - the keeper (Pallas) chased it and in one movement threw at the stumps to which Cuey was running (wonder why?)- missed again - by at least 5 metres and raced to the boundary. Striker had hit a six to win the Grand Final!

 

Mt Martha Long Island
A.Brady c P.Bedford b D'Agostino 1 M.Parkinson c Brady b Wilson 0
D.Sands c P.Bedford b Johnson 8 C.Park c Pallas b Wilson 16
J.Mathers b Hartle 47 D.Van Raay c Sands b Wilson 19
M.Spalding b Hartle 13 G.Vose b Saker 47
W.Bowes c R.Bedford b Hartle 55 R.Bedford c Pallas b Saker 46
W.Saker c R.Bedford b Hartle 48 P.Hartle lbw b Saker 17
A.Windt c Park b Hartle 7 P.Bedford b Wilson 26
D.Abblitt c Kent b D'Agostino 0 S.Johnson lbw b Abblitt 13
S.Wilson c Kent b Hartle 0 N.Kent not out 9
S.Pallas lbw b D'Agostino 1 P.D'Agostino c Brady b Abblitt 0
M.Grange not out 1 B.McCue not out 0
Extras   18 Extras   10
    199     9/203
 
P.D'Agostino 23. 4. 3/51   S.Wilson 29. 7. 4/83  
S.Johnson 13. 6. 1/32   M.Grange 21. 3. 0/55  
C.Park 14. 3. 0/32   D.Abblitt 10. 2. 2/25  
P.Hartle 25. 6. 6/50   W.Saker 17. 5. 3/34  
B.McCue 15. 5. 0/23        
P.Bedford 1. 0. 0/1        
Long Island won by 1 wicket

So Long Island had made MPCA history - its first three teams winning Premierships, a feat never before achieved by a MPCA Club, and to a lesser extent Bill Foley’s words had become true. Our ambition when we first started the Club 20 years ago - to play Provincial Cricket - was to be fulfilled in the 1994/95 Season.

At the end of the Season Life Membership was awarded to Helen Van Raay - a true tower of strength at the Club ever since young Slug joined the Club, and while her spirit seems to sag at times (usually following helpful "suggestions" from me!) she is always good for an argument (only joking), and never ceases to amaze with her capacity to work and organise.

Player of the Season was Rob Bedford, Brian McCue won the President’s Trophy, Mal Ritchie was Best Clubman, David Collins and Steve Griffin shared the Gordon McLeod Medal and Greg Lamb took out the Peter Worland Award as the Best Under 21 player in the Club.

During the Season the Club’s leading performers were -

Runs
Robert Bedford 770
Peter Bedford 500
Kevin Ryan 455
Greg Lamb 433
Aaron Wright 421
Peter Conell 397
Peter Addicoat 394
Stuart Doolan 392
Stuart McLeod 381
Roy Watts 365
Richard Hall 339
Barry Mills 317
Geoff Palmer 296
Ben Coates 279
Jim Chubb 276
Doug Van Raay 271
Craig Small 266
Bob Hough 262
Gordon McLeod 259
Paul Hartle 257
Matthew Parkinson 244
Chris Burke 235
Bob Smith 225
Daniel Watts 219
Steve Nennstiel 208
Joel Newman 207

Wickets
Steve Griffin 41
Paul Hartle 37
Dave Simons 34
Kieran Worland 33
Geoff Palmer 32
Adrian Rodrigues 29
Jeff Boag 25
Peter Worland 25
Dale McCurdy 25
Phil D’Agostino 23
Cameron Park 21
Paul Roach 21
Brian Chapman 20
Grant Hateley 20
Brian McCue 20
Stuart Swift 20

Catches/Run Outs
Kevin Ryan 35
Peter Bedford 29
Gerard Rabot 20
David Worland 15
Trevor Johnston 14
Mark Sargant 13
Neil Kent 11
Robert Bedford 10
Bob Bowden 10
David Collins 10
Marty Kelly 10
Stuart McLeod 10
Steve Meddings 10

No doubt the highlight of this magnificent Season was the Club’s unprecedent performances throughout the Season, culminating in the District 1st XI Premiership, the District 2nd XI Premiership, the Premiership in the “A” Grade and victory in the KOOKABURRA Knockout Cup. A highlight which I won’t forget however is the sight of the Club’s “father figures” on the Melbourne Cup weekend.