Cracking 400 and not out

October 13, 2017

D-grade cricket round five match between Dookie and Numurkah at Memorial Oval, Congupna- Crackers McKenzie (NUM)Doing his bit: Graeme McKenzie took 5-52 for Dookie on Saturday.

His name might be Graeme McKenzie, but he is better known in Cricket Shepparton circles as ‘‘Crackers’’.

The beloved Dookie Cricket Club member will play his 400th game tomorrow against Old Students at Congupna.

His milestone was supposed to take place last week in round one, but due to confusion over the fixture the E-grade team forfeited its match with most of the team unavailable.

McKenzie started at Dookie in 1982 and has been a valued member of the club since.

He is a life member of the club, as is his father Rodger.

His batting and bowling stats are impressive, but there is one unwanted record he owns.

‘‘He has made 41 ducks and that’s a club record,’’ Dookie president Clint Arthur said.

‘‘Crackers has done it all at Dookie, he’s been captain and was made a life member about a decade ago.’’

McKenzie has smashed five centuries during his career, with his highest score coming during the 2011-12 season when he belted 118 against Mooroopna.

He has racked up 8578 runs at 20.71 from 455 innings.

McKenzie’s bowling average is arguably more impressive, with his average coming in at 19.57 with best figures of 5-36 against Pine Lodge and a total of 160 wickets.

Despite beginning his career at Dookie in the same year as Richmond made its previous AFL grand final before the Tigers’ drought-breaking premiership last month, McKenzie still has plenty of cricket left in him.

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