INJURY-STRICKEN PACEMAN DOM MCGLINCHEY MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN
ALEX OATES, Geelong Advertiser
October 9, 2017 12:00am
DOM McGlinchey made a triumphant return to district cricket, snagging a five-wicket haul as Geelong suffered a narrow defeat to Northcote.
McGlinchey, who has battled career-threatening ankle injuries that restricted him to just four matches last season, snared 5-22 from 9.4 overs on a batting-friendly pitch at Geelong Cricket Ground on Saturday.
But his teammates were unable to capitalise on the mighty performance, falling 19 runs short of Northcote’s 178 on Saturday.
“It’s disappointing,” Cats Andre Borovec said yesterday.
“It was one of those games where you need to spend a bit of time on the debrief.
“The initial disappointment was evident in the whole room (post match) and as a coach you’re better off leaving time to seriously ponder rather than debrief and over analyse.
“There were plenty of positives from the game — the bowling and the fielding was excellent — but we lost the key moments in the batting with key wickets throughout the innings.
“From ball two we were above the rate, Josh McDonald hit a six, and we only required 3 ½ runs an over so when that happens there’s obviously been some pretty poor decision making along the way.”
Borovec admitted poor decision making had brought about his teams’ downfall.
“A big focus in the winter has been maximising the singles and minimising the dots and both of those markers were good,” he said.
“It was literally the decision making with certain deliveries, they are the critical moments in the game and we had guys get starts and not convert and that’s what it can be put down to.”
Josh McDonald (28 from 29 balls) and captain Eamonn Vines fired from the top with a 44-run stand, while Angus Boyd held the middle order together with a fighting 39 from 47.
But debutant Tim Ludeman failed, nicking to slip for two, and Brenton McDonald made a duck as the Cats were bowled out in the 39th over for 160.
Borovec heaped praised on McGlinchey, who had worked tirelessly in rehab behind the scenes to make it back to the first XI.
“They were 2-130 at one stage and we drew the game back with 8-40 and bowled them out under 50 overs,” he said.
“Dom was just superb. His first six overs went for nine and he could’ve had more than the one wicket he took. His length was just impeccable and he was getting movement through the air and then he bowled a couple of spells through the middle period and ended up with five (wickets) just through consistent length and he got rewarded.
“That was the difficult element because we had such a positive with his comeback from injury — season-ending injuries two years in a row — and it was a real shame that we couldn’t celebrate that with a victory.