Break in contract sees McDonald exit

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Chorley Cricket Club have confirmed that overseas amateur Brenton McDonald has left Windsor Park.

The club made the decision to release the 31-year-old after he broke the terms of his contract.

Australian McDonald refused to play in the Readers Cup fixture against Lancaster last weekend.

McDonald had left the area to represent Melbourne, who he plays for in Australia, in a fixture at Lords against the Marleybone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday, which Chorley officials were not aware of.

He has not returned since and after lengthy discussions with McDonald and his agent, the decision was made to release his registration.

But club officials have decided that no further action will be taken against McDonald.

Chorley were without a paid man in Saturday’s defeat away at Morecambe.

The club is actively seeking a solution for the rest of the season and is in discussions with the Northern Premier League Executive who have been kept fully informed of developments in seeking a way forward.

A statement from Windsor Park officials said: “It is with great disappointment that our overseas amateur Brenton McDonald has left the club.

“He has been in excellent form but due to the way matters evolved off the pitch, we felt it was impossible to retain his services.

“The club have made every effort to accommodate Brenton in his stay and we are disappointed with the way this situation has developed.

“This club has a long standing history of engaging overseas players and we do not want that to change.

“We are welcoming of any overseas players and we are already planning for next season.

McDonald had been in fine form. In 18 league games, the Aussie had scored 466 runs with a top score of 100.

With the ball, McDonald claimed 48 wickets for the club, which included five, five-wicket hauls.

Andrew Holdsworth has also stepped down as first team captain with immediate effect.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has held the role for a number of years, but due to an increase in commitments outside of the sport, he made the decision to step down.

He will still play on a regular basis.