Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit CC Weekly Wrap



Pomborneit’s Division 1 team have had their second loss for the season in a tight, high scoring game at Frederick St Oval. Batting first, the Bulls made 6/268 from their 50 overs on a dry, quick oval. Skipper Matt Bignell made 57 from 61 balls opening the batting, while Tom Darcy, fresh from his maiden century in Division 2 last week, made his first Division 1 half century with 57 from 56 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes. Danussika Bandara made his first fifty for Pomborneit, unbeaten on 51 from 52 balls, well supported by Stephen Hill who was unbeaten on 22 from 23 balls. The home team got off to an flyer and looked well in control of the run chase, but regular wickets started to fall with Stephen Hill breaking through twice and bowling tightly, finishing with 2/44 from 10 overs to be the best of the Pomborneit bowlers. The Bulls spin trio of Sendanayake, Bignell and Bandara took 6 wickets between them but Bookaar ultimately passed the score in the 48th over with 2 wickets in hand in a great game of Division 1 cricket.



The Division 2 Bulls were thumped in their game at Cobden, the home team piling on 4/287. The Bulls lost early wicket in the run chase and limped to 135, a lower order partnership between Hunter Reynolds (44 from 42 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes) and Donnie McInnes (19 from 32 balls) added a hint of respectability to the score.



In the Division 3 game at MCP Oval, Pomborneit batted first and put up their best score of the season with 3/187 from their 40 overs. Veteran Garry “Rowdy” Riches was back to his best with 65 from 86 balls including 10 fours, Mark McInnes made 27, skipper Tony Evans made 22 with the not out batsmen being Ollie Delaney on 15 and Jack Smith on 16. There was plenty of ebbs and flows in the Cobden run chase, the visitors eventually passing the Bulls score in the 39th over with 4 wickets in hand.



In women’s cricket on Sunday, Pomborneit Gold had a 73 run win over Colac at MCP Oval. Rachel Dendle top scored with 31 retired from 39 balls, Ella Sadler and Tayla Reynolds both made 22 and skipper Samantha Coxon retired after making 19 from 42 balls. Dendle rounded out a great game with 2/9 from 3 overs, while Jess Moulden also took 2 wickets as Colac were bowled out in the 16th over. Under 17 player Chloe Bridges made her senior debut, becoming Pomborneit women’s cap number 52. The Pomborneit Maroon women had the bye.



Pomborneit Women’s Cap #52 Chloe Bridges


In junior cricket, the Pomborneit Under 17 boys had a 23 run win over Apollo Bay at MCP Oval on Tuesday night in extremely windy conditions. Batting first, the Bulls made 9/150 from their 30 overs, Gavin Reynolds making his first half century in the Under 17 competition with 55 retired from his 30 balls, including 6 sixes. Isaac Cootesmith finished the innings off well, unbeaten on 21 from 22 balls, ensuring Pomborneit batted out their overs. The Pomborneit bowling was particularly impressive as the wind got stronger as the night went on, restricting Apollo Bay to 9/127. Max Rees ripped through the Sharks’ middle order, taking 4/12 from 4 overs, Josh Reynolds and Ollie Delaney took 2 wickets each but the bowlers were all impressive in the trying conditions.



In the Under 17 girls, Pomborneit batted first at CMTP Oval, making 4/141 from their 20 overs. Neave Thompson and Nellie Sadler both making 31 retired, Isla Nolan with 20 and Chloe Bridges with 13 not out recording their highest Under 17 scores. Colac replied with 6/122 to fall 19 runs short, Sarah Bridges impressed with 2 wickets, a catch and a run out.



The Under 16 boys finished their season with a 9 wicket loss at Cobden, finishing 3rd in the 4 team SWCA Under 16 competition. Batting first, the Bulls made 112, opener Gavin reynolds top scoring with 41, other contributions coming from George Sadler with 17 and Isaac Cootesmith with 13. The Bulls bowled well and made Cobden work hard to pass the score, which they did in the 26th over. Noah Riches was particularly impressive with 0/14 from 6 overs.




The 2023/24 Under 16 Boys


Final game of Under 16 cricket for Gavin Reynolds, Isaac Cootesmith, Ollie Delaney, Ben Whytcross & Noah Riches


In the Under 14 boys, Birregurra batted first at MCP Oval on Friday night, making 8/94 from their 30 overs, Max Rees a standout with the ball with 2/5 from 3 overs. The Bulls replied with 5/152, George Sadler with 36 retired and Jonty Raven with 18 retired made the most of their 24 ball limit in a good win.



The Pomborneit Maroon Under 13 boys had a solid 19 run win at Simpson on Friday night, Bailey Fox with 22 retired, Joel Hinkley with 18 and Josh Burgess with 13 the standouts as the Bulls made 7/106 from their 24 overs. A team bowling performance saw Maroon restrict Simpson to 5/87, the two youngest players Lewie West and Gus Murphy conceding just 14 runs from their combined 6 overs a real highlight.



The Pomborneit Gold Under 13 boys were well beaten by Bookaar at Frederick St on Monday night. Batting first, Gold made 2/69 from 24 overs, Sam Tolland with 14 retired and Alex Huggins with 12 retired the best of the batters. Bookaar replied with 1/121, Max Rahles-Rahbula taking the sole wicket for Gold.



The Pomborneit Gold Under 13 girls batted first against Tomahawk Creek at Pirron Yallock, making 8/81 from their 20 overs. Charlotte Richardson top scored with 27, Isla Spokes chipped in with 13. Tomahawk Creek comfortably passed the score, making 3/116.



The Pomborneit Maroon Under 13 girls were well beaten by Colac at MCP Oval in their first game since mid December, 2/131 to 64.



A major milestone was celebrated at Pomborneit last week as Simon Tolland made his 250th appearance at senior level for the Bulls in the Division 1 match at Frederick St. Debuting in the Under 16’s in the 1991/92 season, Tolland made his senior debut in the 1993/94 season, playing in the Pomborneit Gold Under 16 premiership team that same year. Tolland’s early years in senior cricket saw him opening the bowling as a left arm quick, but as the years went on he became a reliable opening batsman at Division 1 level. Tolland, whose grandfather played some games for Pomborneit in the late 1930’s, went on to have two stints as the club’s Division 1 captain, and is a two time Division 1 premiership player as a member of the 2007/08 and 2008/09 title winning teams. Tolland was also a late call up for the 2022/23 Twenty20 grand final and added another premiership medal that night at Cobden. Tolland has appeared at senior level alongside his two oldest sons Finn and Fletcher. Pomborneit CC Secretary Luke Reynolds made his junior debut on the same day as Tolland back in 1991 and was full of praise for his long term club mate. “Tolly has been a wonderful senior player for the club for many years, but his contribution to the Pomborneit junior program over the past 8 or 9 years has been incredible. He’s been a major driver at various times in our Under 13, Under 14, Under 16 and now Under 17 boys teams and still has plenty of years of involvement left. All the junior boys have always looked up to him and his contributions do not go unnoticed. He’s still capable of playing very good cricket and I’d love to see him play on to reach further milestones, and no doubt he’d like a few games with his youngest son Sam”. The Bulls honoured Tolland’s milestone with speeches at the Bulls Ball at the Commercial Hotel on Saturday night.



Speech from Luke Reynolds honouring Simon Tolland at the Bulls Ball


Club Function- The Bulls Ball


A fantastic night was had by all at the club’s annual “Bulls Ball”, held at the Commercial Hotel in Camperdown.












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  1. As comprehensive as ever – Go The Reynolds CC – loved the ball photos as well Luke

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