Established in 1872, the Essendon Cricket Club is based in Melbourne's northwest and competes in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition.
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Clint McKay announces retirement from Premier Cricket.
Dear Member and Supporters of Essendon CC,
I’m both proud, and a little saddened to announce Essendon, and former Victorian & Australian fast bowler, Clint McKay, has announced his retirement from Premier Cricket, following no fewer than 17 tremendous years at Windy Hill. Clint contacted me earlier this week, to confirm his decision. At the club’s urging, Clint had taken some time since the conclusion of last season, to consider his playing future, following yet another long and arduous season. Together with his young family, Clint spent some time travelling overseas, relaxing and weighing up his commitments and how his body was feeling. Having made up his mind, he immediately informed those at Essendon, who needed to know. In terms of playing records, Clint has been one of our club’s best ever players. Having debuted in 2002/03 (Player 471), Clint played 157 1st XI matches, taking 283 wickets and scoring 2,636 runs. That is all of course, in between playing 1 Test Match, 59 One Day Internationals and 6 T20 matches for Australia. Clint also played 85 First Class, 123 List A and 115 T20 matches for Victoria, Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. In 2013, Clint was awarded the Australian ODI Cricket of the Year at the Alan Border Medal and at one stage reached the ICC World Ranking of 4, for ODI bowlers worldwide. Clint’s contribution to Essendon is measured even more highly than by mere statistics. His leadership across all sections of the club have been a feature of his character since his first days at the club. Clint’s absences during the heights of his international career were always punctuated with late night text messages or calls, checking on how the Bombers had performed on any particular day – often when in the middle of preparing for international matches. He has always been proud to remember and represent Essendon during his Australian and Victorian days. Many a time has he rushed back from interstate when touring with the Vics, or a BBL team, to ensure he can play with Essendon and help us advance during any season. His everlasting concern for our club has been demonstrated on field and off field, in both good times and tough times, during his 17 year period at the club. Any successes enjoyed by the club over the past 17 seasons have been in no small part to Clint’s direct contribution. Clint always had time for all his clubmates, from fellow 1st XI players, down to the very youngest of 4th XI players. His own story is one of the local kid, made good. Clint’s career has been a triumph of talent which has been more than matched through hard work and commitment to the cause – his teammates and his club. It is a result that his club, his parents, Colin & Leslie, and his wider family can be very proud of. Clint should also be extremely proud of his contribution to Essendon CC. In light of his decision to retire, the Essendon CC Committee has unanimously endorsed Clint’s nomination as a Life Member of the Essendon Cricket Club. It is a highly valued award and his nomination is only the second time Life Membership has been awarded by the club in the past 11 years. Clint’s Life Membership will be awarded at a function during the season. Full details and notice of that event will be posted later this season. I trust all Club supporters will join me in thanking Clint for the wonderful service he has dedicated to Essendon over 17 years, and wish him, wife Kirsten and young son, Ryan, all the very best for their future in cricket, and in life.