This weeks Blast from the Past we go back to 1967 where the Tigers were playing in their 5th 1st grade Grand Final win in a row which would extend to 8 in the following years, finally ending in the 1970/71 Grand Final draw. We were playing Gosnells in a four day Grand Final played over 2 weekends and it would be dominated by the bat of Alan Broadbent.

Cannington won the toss sending Gosnells into bat, bowling them out for 134 in 41 eight ball overs with Ralph Thompson dominating with the ball taking 5/38 from 8 overs and Len Joy taking 3/18 from 12 overs. A wicket each to Ken Baxter 1/28 and Godfrey Woods 1/24 both from 8 overs.

The Tigers batting started well with openers Alan Broadbent and R Salisbury (22) adding 77 for the first wicket. Len Joy departed a run later, a partnership of 43 between Godfrey Woods (19) took the score to 3/121. Captain Ken Baxter joined Broadbent for an assault on the Gosnells attack adding 152 runs with Baxter making 70 with 7 fours and the score now at a very healthy 4/263. Joe Sweeny had a brief stay making 5 runs the score now 5/277 and Broadbent was joined by Ken Thompson in the middle, the pair adding 158 runs before Alan Broadbents monumental innings would finally end with the score now 6/435 and Broadbent making 263 with 30 fours. The highest score ever by a Tiger. Ken Thompson making 68 with 5 fours and the Tigers ending their innings on 475 off 83.3 overs a run rate of almost 6 runs per over and a lead of 341 runs.

Gosnells would fare a bit better in their second innings, making 191 all out off 57 overs. With our bowlers sharing the wickets around, Godfrey Woods 3/35, Ken Thompson 3/43, Ken Baxter 2/44 and Len Joy 2/5 cleaning up the tail. A resounding outright win by 151 runs and their 5th straight 1st Grade premiership.

A game remembered by the amazing batting of Alan Broadbent with 263 a score never surpassed yet in Tigers history. Alan ended up playing in 77 first grade games and 6 Grand Final wins (we don’t have the records before the 1965/66 season, so he probably played in more) scoring 3742 runs at an average of 40.67 with 6 centuries and 14 fifties, he is a true legend of the Cannington Tigers.

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