Donald McKenna (cricketer)

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Donald McKenna
Personal information
Full name Donald Charles McKenna
Born 7 July 1944
Jarrahdale, Western Australia, Australia
Died 4 September 1995 (aged 51)
Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia
Batting style Left-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973–1980 Border
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 35 5
Runs scored 1754 55
Batting average 29.72 13.75
100s/50s 1/9 0/0
Top score 129* 25
Catches/stumpings 80/3 3/0
Source: CricketArchive, 18 January 2013

Donald Charles McKenna (7 July 1944 – 4 September 1995) was an Australian cricketer who played South African domestic matches for Border from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Born in Perth, Western Australia, it is unclear exactly when McKenna left Australia for South Africa, although he made his first-class debut for Border in the 1973–74 season of the Currie Cup.[1] Usually playing as a wicket-keeper, he instead began for Border as a middle-order batsman, with the wicket-keeping position held by Charles Pope.[2] However, for the 1974–75 season McKenna took over the keeping role for the full season.[3] During the season, he also scored his first (and only) first-class century, against Orange Free State. In the match, Border had been dismissed for 104 in its first innings, and were 27/4 in the second innings when McKenna entered. He proceeded to score 129 not out from his team's total of 237 runs, putting on partnerships of 70 runs with Christopher Davies for the eighth wicket and 108 runs with Gregory Haynes for the ninth wicket. However, Border still lost the match by eight wickets.[4]

McKenna remained Border's first-choice wicket-keeper for the following few seasons,[5][6] including in matches in the limited-overs competition.[7] From the 1977–78 season onwards, Border played in the newly created Castle Bowl, effectively the second division of the main Currie Cup. The following season, McKenna only played two matches, with the position of wicket-keeper again occupied by Charles Pope.[8] He did go on to play as keeper in each of Border's matches in the 1979–80 season, which were to be his last at first-class level.[1] Having been a steady middle-order batsman for most of his career, McKenna finished his 35-match first-class career with 1,754 runs at an average of 29.72, also taking 80 catches and three stumpings.[9] McKenna returned to Australia in August 1980, dying in Port Augusta, South Australia, in September 1995, aged 51.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b First-class matches played by Donald McKenna (35) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  2. ^ SAB Currie Cup 1973/74: batting and fielding for Border – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ SAB Currie Cup 1974/75: batting and fielding for Border – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  4. ^ Orange Free State v Border, SAB Currie Cup 1974/75 (Section B) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. ^ Castle Currie Cup 1976/77: batting and fielding for Border – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ Castle Bowl 1976/77: batting and fielding for Border – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  7. ^ List A matches played by Donald McKenna (5) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ Castle Bowl 1978/79: batting and fielding for Border – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  9. ^ Donald McKenna player profile – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ Donald McKenna player profile – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 January 2013.