Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club October Review

Welcome to the 2018/19 season and to this, our first monthly review, to keep you updated on all happenings at the Pomborneit Cricket Club.

PRE-SEASON- A very solid pre-season was had, with 5 sessions at the fantastic new indoor facility at Mortlake before a few sessions back at Pomborneit, all well attended.

Pre-season training

A great crowd turned up for our season launch on the Thursday night before Round 1

RECRUITS- Everyone has been very excited with the addition of our first ever international recruits, Tharaka Sendanayake and Lahiru Fernando, who both hail from Panadura in Sri Lanka. Tharaka comes to us via the Panadura Sports Club and Sri Lanka Army teams, while Lahiru represented the Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club as well as playing for Kent in the UK. The lads have fitted in very well. In addition, premiership players Clinton Place and Steve O’Neill have returned to the club, Clinton after stints at South Barwon CC and Torquay CC, while Steve has most recently played for Barkly Street Uniting CC and the Lara CC. Great to have these born and bred Pomborneit boys back in maroon and gold.

Tharaka Sendanayake & Lahiru Fernando

3 wins in 3 games in October for the Division 1 Bulls, including retaining the Graham Hillman Shield in our Round 3 game against Camperdown. The Hillman Shield has been played for since 1997 in honour of a man who made a wonderful contribution at both clubs.

A minute’s silence before our Round 1 game in honour of club legend Ken O’Neill who sadly passed away in the off season

6 cousins all played together in our Round 1 Division 1 team. L-R: Tom Place, Brad Hillman, Josh Place, Clinton Place, Tim Place & Grant Place

Clinton Place took 7/9 & Tharaka Sendanayake made 80 in our Round 1 game

Div 1 skipper Grant Place accepts the Graham Hillman Shield from Graham’s wife Jenny

The Division 1 team who retained the Graham Hillman Shield in Round 3. Back: Tom Darcy, Steve O’Neill, Clinton Place, David Murphy, Sam Darcy, Luke Reynolds. Front: Tharaka Sendanayake, Tom Place, Grant Place (with Jack Hillman), Brad Hillman (with son Billy), Lahiru Fernando

Some Twitter love from Darren Lehmann!

Round 1-
Pomborneit 231 (Tharaka Sendanayake 80, Dave Murphy 39) def.
Terang 41 (Clinton Place 7/9, Stephen Walters 2/5)

Round 2-
Pomborneit 176 (Dave Murphy 79, Tim Place 26) def.
Bookaar 112 (Steve O’Neill 4/22, Lahiru Fernando 3/15)

Round 3-
Pomborneit 9/288 (Dave Murphy 102, Tharaka Sendanayake 69, Grant Place 52) def.
Camperdown 81 (Clinton Place 4/28, Lahiru Fernando 3/6)

2 wins in 2 games to the Division 3 Bulls in October.

Matthew Richardson score his maiden ton with 102 against Camperdown

Round 1-
Boorcan 78 (Tom Darcy 3/9, Dan Lenehan 2/3) lost to
Pomborneit 1/85 (Matthew Richardson 51, Wes Lenehan 22*)

Round 2-
Pomborneit 6/211 (Matthew Richardson 102, Wes Lenehan 36) def.
Camperdown 5/154 (Daniel Missen 2/21)

Dave Murphy in Division 1 and Matt Richardson in Div 3 both scored 102 on the same day

Two losses in two October games for the Under 16 Bulls.

The 2018/19 Under 16 leadership group: Dan Lenehan (captain) at front, Tayla Reynolds (vice captain) Charlie Voutier and Sam Whytcross (deputy vice captains) at back

Josh Colman and Syd Bateman made their Under 16 debuts in Round 1

Sam Whytcross made 50 retired in the Round 1 Under 16 game

Round 1-
Simpson/Heytesbury 2/163 (Edward Johnstone 1/19, Tayla Reynolds 1/34) def.
Pomborneit 9/131 (Sam Whytcross 50 retired, Tayla Reynolds 16, Charlie Voutier 14)

Round 2-

Round 3-
Pomborneit 97 (Sam Whytcross 39, Dan Lenehan 24) lost to
Bookaar 5/152 (Dan Lenehan 2/20, Riley Bernoth 1/0, Josh Colman 1/12, Syd Bateman 1/13)

Division 1-
3rd v Hetesbury at Pomborneit
10th v Noorat at Pomborneit
17th v Cobden at Cobden
24th v Mortlake at Mortlake

Division 3-
3rd v Terang at Terang
10th v Noorat at Noorat
17th v Woorndoo at Woorndoo
24th v Princetown at Pomborneit

Under 16’s-
4th v Cobden at Pomborneit
11th v Terang at Pomborneit
18th v Bookaar at Pomborneit
25th v Mortlake at Mortlake

Under 13’s-
2nd v Mortlake at Pomborneit
9th v Heytesbury at Timboon
16th v Noorat at Pomborneit
23rd v Terang at Pomborneit
30th v Camperdown at Camperdown

The Pomborneit CC Woolworths Blast program commences on Thursday November 8th at 4.30pm at the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve. There’s still time to register, all boys and girls aged 5-10 are most welcome to join. To register, search for Pomborneit on

Saturday November 10th- Reunion of the 1988/89 & 1989/90, 2007/08 2008/09 back- to-back premiership teams. Everyone associated with the club in these seasons or at any other time are invited to come and celebrate these great moments in history. 7pm at Madden’s Commercial Hotel, Camperdown

Saturday December 15th- Pomborneit CC Annual Christmas Party. 6.30pm at the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve.

Saturday February 16th- Last Man Standing night. The club’s annual reverse raffle, BBQ tea, entertainment and cash prizes. 6.30pm at the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve.

Five Star Stockfeeds
Fennell West Financial Freedom
Koallah Farm
Waldig Civil Construction
Camperdown Country Roasts
MNT Construction
Swayn & McCabe
Think Water Colac
Richardson’s Liquid Waste & Water Cartage
Hillman Building & Maintenance
Hillec Electrical Services
Revamp Hair & Beauty
Gee Bees Media
Country Road Farm Supplies
Camperdown BP Roadhouse
R & B Walters Gardening
B & S Discount Tyres
Icon Sports
Camperdown Bakery
The Butcher’s Cut

Follow the Pomborneit Cricket Club-
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Facebook: Pomborneit Cricket Club
Instagram: @pomborneitcc


2019/20 South West CA Division 1 & Division 3 premiers! #gopombobulls


  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I’ve checked out MyCricket Luke – it appears that “you are due”. And congratulations on the appointment of Boof as club coach.

  2. Luke Reynolds says

    Swish- very much due! There’s nowhere to hide with MyCricket these days.

    We still have no idea how the Boof tweet came about.

  3. Excellent Luke only suggestions are to add a page re fun happenings and rumours around the club
    ( always embellish ) and a chance to do a sponsor of the month
    ( hopefully some may wish to advertise more and put in more moolah )

  4. Beautiful man. Hope these wraps continue through the summer. Graham and Jenny take the tableau to new heights!

  5. Lots of energy around this cricket club Luke – expressed in this report.

    I think someone should do some sleuth work re the Boof tweet.

  6. Amazing level of professionalism and achievement from a place I had never heard of (until Luke R). I thought I knew rural Victoria (you need a race or trotting track – perhaps not).
    Boof coached the Queensland Bulls for a while. Maybe someone told him the Bulls had a good win???

  7. Luke Reynolds says

    Thanks Malcolm, good suggestions!

    Cheers Peter, yes hope to continue these reports each month throughout the season.

    John, more sleuthing required. All leads have come up short so far.

    Peter B- There’s not much in Pomborneit (certainly never a racetrack!), but we are very proud of our club and cricket ground.

  8. gee Luke no end to your talent and what a great Cricket Club they are bring back lots of cricket played by Les for Koallah

  9. Luke Reynolds says

    G’day Lizzie, as much as I love Pomborneit, it would have been great to play for Koallah, I literally spent hundreds of hours bowling on the Koallah pitch as a kid. Les and the Fryers family were magnificent Koallah CC people, and of course Les also played two seasons at Pomborneit, captaining Pomborneit Red in 1974/75.

  10. well I didn’t no that Luke you keep up your great work writing

  11. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Huge Congrats to Luke playing his 350th game for Pomborneit cc yesterday and had a win

  12. Well done Luke. You’ll get to five hundred before you know it! Do love some local cricket club action.

  13. John Butler says

    Onya Luke. Sounds like things are humming nicely.


  14. This is brilliant stuff, Crackers.
    The Pombo CC is flying!

    And yes, you are (over)due!

  15. John Butler says

    350 games, Luke.

    Well done!

    How are the knees holding up?

  16. Luke Reynolds says

    Thanks Rulebook, nice to have a big win on a milestone day.

    Mickey- 500 is a long, long way off. 13-15 years at current rate. Better off to take it one week at a time….

    Cheers Smokie. A very good start by the club. Not necessarily by me!

    JB- Thanks. Knees are great. Shoulders and back not quite always as great!

  17. Neil Anderson says

    A story in our local paper about a local hero padding up for Pomborneit. I was expecting another Luke Reynolds story but it turned out to be about Easton Wood. Could you please ask the bowlers to bowl some slow under-arms to Easton preferably using tennis balls. And tell Easton he doesn’t have to run to avoid a hammy injury. Peter B, the nearest race-tracks are at Camperdown and Terang.

  18. Luke Reynolds says

    G’day Neil, very happy to report E.Wood got through unscathed and looks incredibly fit ahead of his return to pre-season training.

  19. Andrew Starkie says

    Brilliant Luke. Love the photos. The cloudy skies and windswept faces make me wistful.

    Mortlake has indoor nets!!!!

  20. Neil Anderson says

    Just a quick sideline story to the cricket. Having a birthday lunch at the Timboon Distillery, I noticed a collection of Prickly Moses beers to buy…on the top shelf no less. I said to Mrs A your former teacher, “Have a look at these! The boy’s done real good.” I might put in a request for a sample pack as a Christmas present.

  21. Luke Reynolds says

    Andrew, the indoor nets at Mortlake have just been built and are magnificent.

    Neil- the Timboon Distillery sell a very good quantity of our beer. Hope Santa brings you that sample pack!

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