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GEELONG SPINNER BRENTON MCDONALD SHINES AS CATS END ESSENDON’S THREE-MONTH UNBEATEN RUN
Date of Event : Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:53AM

GEELONG SPINNER BRENTON MCDONALD SHINES AS CATS END ESSENDON’S THREE-MONTH UNBEATEN RUN

Tim Michell, Moonee Valley Leader

GEELONG stood tall in the clutch moments to hand Essendon its first Premier Cricket loss since November on Sunday.

The Bombers were dismissed for 249 in 75.4 overs at Windy Hill, falling 44 runs short after the Cats batted on to post 293 on day two.

Geelong’s lower-order provided it with enough runs to secure its ninth win of the campaign as Brenton McDonald (54), Dom McGlinchey (26) and Brody Couch (44 not out) boosted their side’s total after it was 6-165 on Saturday.

James Seymour gave Essendon a flying start in reply, clipping 52 at a run-a-ball before he was caught behind off Couch’s bowling.


Isaac Willett digs in during his half-century for Essendon. Picture: Josie Hayden.
The Bombers had wrested momentum through an 88-run partnership between Michael Hill and Isaac Willett when the former state batsman was caught by a diving Tim Ludeman.

Renowned as one of the country’s top gloveman, Ludeman launched to his left to clasp a sharp chance as Hill looked to guide a Dom McGlinchey delivery to the third man boundary.

With Hill gone for 71 from 114 balls, Willett became the key wicket for Geelong.

His 46-run stand with Isaac Conway (19) took time to get going but had put Essendon within 84 runs of victory when the wicketkeeper was snared by Luke Muller from McDonald’s bowling.

The Cats had their tails up and when Couch trapped Connor Rutland (1) lbw momentum was with the visitors again.

McDonald landed a telling blow in the next over, removing Willett lbw for 57 after a lengthy wait for the finger to be raised.


Dom McGlinchey and Tim Ludeman celebrate one of the paceman’s three wickets. Picture: Josie Hayden.
Clint McKay and Patrick Matautaava were Essendon’s best hopes of resurrecting its chase and briefly threatened with a few lofty blows.

McKay bunted Couch over his head for six, a strike which had Bombers captain Aaron Ayre climbing into the stands to retrieve the ball.

But McDonald struck again in his man-of-the-match performance, drawing the edge of McKay to confirm Essendon’s demise.


Tailender Matt Doric (4) became the leg-spinner’s fourth victim before paceman Dom McGlinchey (3-56) sealed Geelong’s win by having Liam Bowe (2) caught at slip from a leading edge.

Essendon is sixth on the ladder, equal with Geelong and Melbourne Uni on 45 points.

The Bombers finish the campaign with matches against Frankston Peninsula and Carlton.

Last updated: Monday February 12, 2018 10:55AM
Author: Geelong Cricket Club