McDonald is brought in to excite Windsor Park

Chorley Cricket Club captain Andy Holdsworth
Chorley Cricket Club captain Andy Holdsworth

Aussie ace Brenton McDonald has signed on the dotted line to become Chorley Cricket Club’s overseas amateur for the 2015 Northern Premier League season.

The 30-year-old is a right-arm leg-break bowler a left handed middle order batsman and has recently returned to play for Melbourne Cricket Club in the 2014/15 Victorian Premier League season.

He is also a qualified coach and the brother of Leicestershire coach and former Australian limited overs all-rounder Andrew McDonald.

McDonald replaces outgoing professional Mohammed Jamal.

Jamal had an average season scoring 660 runs in all competitions at an average of 20.63.

He scored four half centuries and had a top score of 64.

It is not yet known where Jamal will play his cricket next year.

McDonald is no stranger to the British scene, having played six seasons in England and Ireland.

Last summer, he was a stand-out in the East Anglian Premier League taking 56 wickets at 15.46 and also averaged 28 with the bat, despite limited opportunities from the middle-order.

McDonald also spent time at Cheshire Premier League club Heaton Mersey where he was he was awarded the player of the season after scoring 741 runs at 52.93 and taking 64 wickets at 17.81.

“Brenton is an outstanding player with an excellent record in premier grade cricket in Australia,” said

excited first-team skipper Andy Holdsworth.

“He will bring quality and maturity with his experience and we are extremely excited to have him on board.”

McDonald emerged from his brother’s shadow in the 2012-2013 season when he won the Jack Ryder Medal.

This accolade is awarded to the best player in Melbourne’s premier cricket competition.

That summer, he had scored 568 runs at 46.39 and collected 54 wickets at 15.98 to help Melbourne to the

premiership.

After his impressive performances he was recruited by South Australia.

He then made his List-A debut for the Redbacks in the Ryobi Cup taking 2-47 against the Bushrangers.