Happy New Year Tigers!
This weeks “blast from the past” #3 is the legendary Mr Cannington himself, Frank MacGrotty.
From the records I have Frank played from 1964/65 to 1993/94 playing 211 matches, playing in 6 Grand Finals and winning 3, most of those as Captain, with a winning percentage of 64% as Captain. Frank was a leg spinner and a very handy bat in his day. His figures are amazing – 592 wickets at an average of 10.37 taking a 5 for 31 times and 10 wkts in a match 3 times, his best figures of 8/16 was in Feb 1976 vs Gosnells. He took an 8 for twice and a 7 for 3 times and took a hat trick in 1965 vs Kenwick. The highlight of his bowling came in 1976 vs Kenwick where he and his son Merv took all 20 wickets in the match with Frank having figures of 14/52 and Merv 6/14.
He made 2181 runs at an average of 10.92 with a highest score of 76 and making 50 six times.
Frank was made a life member in the 1970s and kept on playing well into his 70s. His wife Merle was made a life member in 1984, his son Merv in 1988 and his daughter in law Lyn in 1999.
Please share your stories of the amazing Mr Cannington below.
Donelle Downing I can hear Boom Boom from near the change rooms
Mark Richards Frank in the centre with Peter Walker and Mark Richards after the 2002/03 3rd grade premiership. Australia would win the 2003 World Cup vs India later that day.