Toadys “Blast from the Past” celebrates a 6th Grade match from the 28th November and the 5th December 1976 which will always be remembered as the MacGrotty Miracle.
Club Life Members and Legends, Father Frank Macgrotty and son Merv MacGrotty would take all 20 wickets in a close game vs Kenwick at Mills Park. Cannington won the toss and sent Kenwick in. Kenwick would start well reaching 2/76, both wickets to Frank, but with the introduction of Merv, together with Frank in tandem, they would skittle through the next 8 batsmen for just 20 runs, bowling them out for 96 in 22.2 eight ball overs. Frank taking 6/35 from 11 overs and Merv taking 4/8 from 4.2 overs.
Canningtons chase was a tight affair passing Kenwick’s total with 7 down and eventually posting 107 in 43.1 overs, a lead of only 11 runs. Opener Wayne Blee top scoring with 28, Merv scoring 13, Frank 18 and Jim Purcell 17, the only batsmen in double figures.
Batting a second time, Kenwick would be bamboozled by spin as Frank took the first 4 wickets with Kenwick on 4/12. A partnership of 19 would see opening bowler Jeff Tillemans replaced by Merv with instant results, taking 2 wickets and Kenwick reeling on 6/39. Frank would then clean up the tail taking the last 4 wickets for the addition of just 3 runs, bowling Kenwick out for 42 in 23.3 overs. Frank ending with the amazing figures of 8/17 off 11.3 overs and Merv 2/6 off 5 overs.
A small chase of 33 runs would be knocked off in 12.5 overs for the loss of just 1 wicket, Wayne Blee on 12no and Ian Stockbridge on 9no, giving Cannington an Outright win by 9 wickets.
Frank finishing with match figures of 14/52 from 22.3 eight ball overs, the second best match figures in the clubs history and Merv with 6/14 from 9.2 overs. It will go down as one of the most amazing results in the clubs history “The MacGrotty Miracle”.
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