McDonald ducks then dives to 163
Western Australia 4 for 108 (Pattinson 4-18) trail Victoria 529 (McDonald 163, Finch 84, Jewell 74, Duffield 3-92) by 421 runs
After being frightened by a duck and overlooked for Australia's one-day side, Andrew McDonald took out his frustration on Western Australia with a brutal 163 off 116 balls that drove Victoria to 529. Darren Pattinson made sure the locals struggled in their reply, taking all four wickets as the hosts reached 108, but the day belonged to McDonald.
McDonald and Aaron Finch, who put on 219 at 6.5 an over, also had an eventful time before the match started. They were walking in the morning when they went too close to some ducklings and upset the drake. "He got on top of my backpack and started chipping away at my head," McDonald said after his century. "It was a savage attack, so lucky to survive. I never knew they could be so feisty."
The Western Australians were soon experiencing a similarly frenzied attack as McDonald, who was 9 overnight, blasted 21 fours and seven sixes in an innings that lasted a touch over two hours. On Sunday John Hastings, the Victorian allrounder, was called up to the one-day team, a spot held by McDonald in India last year.
McDonald still has a Cricket Australia contract and the decision makers will be impressed when they learn he jumped from 50 to 150 in 49 deliveries. Finch was also in good form on the way to 84 before Ryan Duffield picked up both batsmen.
Duffield finished with 3 for 92 on debut while Michael Beer, the other first-gamer, gained 3 for 109 as the Victorian tail went quickly. Pattinson removed Liam Davis early and then returned late in the day to knock over Michael Swart (21), Adam Voges (0) and Wes Robinson (38). His 4 for 18 came off 12 overs, while Peter Siddle gave up 45 runs in 8.2 overs on his first-class comeback.