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Brenton McDonald

Australia | All-Rounder (Spin)

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Brenton McDonald
Born30/04/1984
Country Australia
Player Status Available
Player Type All-Rounder (Spin)
Player RoleLH Middle-Order Bat | RA Leg-Break
Player Level Amateur
Entry Route Standard Visitor Visa
Major TeamsSouth Australia, Victoria, Victoria 2nd XI, Victoria U23s, Victoria U17s, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne CC Premier 1st XI
Coaching Qualifications

Cricket Australia Level 1 (UKCC Level 2 Equivalent)

 

Brenton McDonald (32), the younger brother of Victorian all-rounder Andrew was awarded the Jack Ryder Medal as the state's best club player during the 2012/13 season. He was subsequently recruited by South Australian coach Darren Berry, who offered him a List-A debut for the Redbacks in the Ryobi Cup, taking 2-47 against the Bushrangers.

His selection was based on his success in Premier Cricket. The bowling all-rounder not only helped Melbourne to a premiership but also notched some key personal achievements: 568 runs at an average of 43.69, and an equal-league best 54 wickets with his leg-spin, at an average of 15.98.

While his breakout season was more than a decade in the making – he first played for Melbourne in his teens before stints with Footscray and Richmond.

McDonald boasts an enviable record – 3,607 runs at 29.57 plus 297 wickets at 23.03, and his stats continue to rise after several prolific seasons.

In 2011/12, he played in a Premiership winning season with Richmond where he was awarded “Club Champion” with 33 wickets at 22.24 and 407 runs at 37. He subsequently moved to Melbourne the following year, where his exploits helped his new club to another Premiership, alongside great numbers and the Jack Ryder Medal.

Due to his involvement with the Redbacks in 2013/14, he also played club cricket in the South Australian Grade Competition for Port Adelaide, where again he excelled scoring 476 runs at 39.67 and taking 37 wickets at 20.89. McDonald returned to his beloved Melbourne Cricket Club for the 2014/15 Victorian Premier League season and took another 38 wickets at 19.47 alongside 201 runs at 20.07. In 2015/16, he backed up with another solid summer scoring 253 runs at 28.11 and taking 35 wickets at 23.57.

Over the years, McDonald has previously played State 2nd XI and Futures League for Victoria, whilst also turning out for the Melbourne Renegades during the inaugural Big Bash tournament. Many judges rate him as the best leg-spinner in the State after Bryce McGain.

McDonald has also enjoyed success abroad, playing 8 seasons league cricket in England and Ireland. Over the past three summers, he has played for Great Witchingham in the strong East Anglian Premier League - widely regarded as one of the strongest ECB Premier League's in the country. During his 3 years (2014-16), he has scored 897 runs at 39 and taken 114 wickets at 16.85. 

He had previously excelled in each of his stints, with other highlights being his 2008 and 2009 seasons. During the former - his second year with Cheshire Premier League club Heaton Mersey, he was awarded “Player of the Season” for 741 runs at 52.93 and 64 wickets at 17.81. The following season, he dominated the Birmingham League for Cannock striking 424 runs at 60.57 and taking 30 wickets at 14.03.

McDonald is a proven performer, with both bat and ball, home and abroad. He is in high demand from UK clubs, but is currently uncertain whether he'll return in 2017. He will though, consider options and decide if he'll make a UK return over the coming months.

 

Last Updated

30/09/2016

Statistics

Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
List A 2 - - - - - 89 97 2 2-47 48.5
Twenty20 1 - - - - - 18 28 1 1-28 28

Statistical record last updated 19th July, 2019
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Statistics

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Melbourne (2015/16) 18 16 7 253 42 28.11 270.5 825 35 4/34 23.57
Melbourne (2014/15) 19 19 4 301 75 20.07 269.4 740 38 6/56 19.47
Port Adelaide (2013/14) 15 18 6 476 84* 39.67 259.3 773 37 5/73 20.89
Melbourne (2012/13) 24 21 8 568 90* 43.69 326.3 863 54 5/13 15.98
Richmond (2011/12) 19 18 7 407 77* 37.00 219.5 734 33 5/61 22.24

 

Statistical record last updated 29th September, 2016

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Experience

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Great Witchingham (2016) 16 14 5 480 109* 53.33 212.5 827 40 5/56 20.68
Great Witchingham (2015) 5 5 0 165 118 33.00 74 228 18 5/63 12.67
Chorley (2015) 16 15 2 455 100 35.00 190.2 571 43 6/13 13.28
Great Witchingham(2014) 19 12 3 252 65* 28.00 266.4 866 56 5/48 15.46
Pembroke (2013) 14 13 2 387 59 35.18 135.3 435 19 4/19 22.89
Cannock (2009) 13 12 5 424 86 60.57 157 421 30 5/11 14.03
Heaton Mersey (2008) 22 21 7 741 105* 52.93 370.3 1140 64 6/32 17.81
Heaton Mersey (2007) 8 7 0 99 33 14.14 99.1 253 26 5/19 9.73
Billingham Synthonia (2005) 21 21 3 674 110 34.44 104 372 15 6/71 24.80