HE’S been the most destructive batsman in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) Twenty20 tournament.
Yet Allansford clean hitter Tim McDonald can’t put a finger on what’s behind his explosive start to the campaign.
McDonald has tallied 192 runs at an average of 64 in four Twenty20 matches the past two weekends.
His knocks have helped the Gators to third spot on the 15-team ladder with a 3-1 record, behind West Warrnambool and Nestles.
McDonald, 35, said he was pleased with the scores, putting part of his success down to playing on hard wickets.
But he was aware how quickly his fortunes with the willow could change.
“I’ve had a couple of good weeks and that’s all I can put it down to,” he said.
“I haven’t changed anything in the way I go about it. I’m a bloke who sees the ball and hits it.
“Luckily enough at the minute they’re coming off.”
McDonald was an 11th-hour option to captain Allansford last season, taking on the role late in the pre-season.
His stint at the helm came with its challenges — the Gators won just one of their first eight matches before finishing the season in a blaze of glory.
But the appointment of Kyall Timms as captain this season has sparked the one-time powerhouse into action.
Timms and Ararat batsman Nick Maddison are the recruits, while the emergence of Hugh McCluggage and Alex Billington has generated excitement.
“We were behind the eight-ball from the very start. We didn’t have a coach in place or anything like that last season,” McDonald said.
“That’s how I ended up doing it, as a caretaker, I suppose.
“I think this year we’ve gone into the season with that excitement. There’s a couple of new players, a new coach.
“We didn’t have that last year.”