Almanac (Local) Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club 2019/20 Season- March Review



Welcome to the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s March Review Newsletter, published with many thanks to John Harms and the team at
We hope all of our supporters are safe and well in these difficult times.


March is finals time and we had our Division 1 and Division 3 senior teams involved, both going on to win their respective flags in a truly memorable day for the club, our 23rd and 24th senior premierships.


The flag winning Division 1 & Division 3 Bulls!




The Division 1 Bulls made it back-to-back premierships with a commanding performance in the Grand Final after a tense, tight semi-final where Noorat looked to be in control at 7/145 chasing 152, before a run out and two quick wickets to Brad Hillman sealed a berth in the decider. As was the case in 2018/19, 10 of the 12 Division 1 premiership winning Bulls had come up through our junior ranks.


Pomborneit 152 (Tim Place 43, Dave Murphy 32, Tom Place 26, Tom Darcy 10*, Steve Murphy 10) def.
Noorat 146 (Brad Hillman 3/20, Tom Place 2/22, Jack Darcy 2/24, Clinton Place 2/28)


Grand Final:
Pomborneit 182 (Dave Murphy 41, Grant Place 39, Lahiru Fernando 27, Tim Place 25) def.
Camperdown 88 (Clinton Place 4/18, Lahiru Fernando 4/27, Tharaka Sendanayake 1/17, Brad Hillman 1/22)


Back-to-back premiers, the Division 1 Bulls!


Lahiru Fernando claims the final wicket


Skipper Grant Place accepts the shield and flag


Our group of 4 time Division 1 premiership players- Brad Hillman, Grant Place, Tim Place, Clinton Place & Dave Murphy


Steve Murphy (left) played in his first flag, pictured with his brother Dave


Clinton Place, Player of the Match in the Division 1 Grand Final for the second year running


Jack Darcy (centre) played in his first premiership, pictured with brothers Tom & Sam


All the way from Panadura to Pomborneit, Lahiru Fernando & Tharaka Sendanayake


Brad Hillman played his 250th senior game for the club in the Grand Final



A history making day as the Matthew Richardson led team took out our first ever lower grade premiership since the formation of the South West CA in 1996. They too endured a tight semi-final win ahead of their win in an entertaining Grand Final, played on the adjoining oval at Camperdown to where the Division 1 decider took place, making for a fantastic atmosphere and a sea of maroon and gold in the crowd.


Pomborneit 9/176 (Stephen Hill 37, Louis Johnstone 31*, Donnie McInnes 20, Tony Evans 19, Matthew Richardson 18) def.
Terang 9/168 (Donnie McInnes 2/8, Stephen Walters 2/26, Stephen Hill 2/27)


Brent “Butch” Noonan played his 50th senior game for the club in the semi-final


Grand Final:
Pomborneit 210 (Stephen Hill 58, Stephen Walters 33, Daniel Missen 32, Tony Evans 29, Matthew Richardson 23) def.
Bookaar 151 (Matthew Richardson 5/27, Tony Evans 3/28, Stephen Walters 1/30, Stephen Hill 1/43)


The Division 3 premiership winning Bulls!


Skipper Matthew Richardson accepts the Division 3 shield and flag


Brothers-in-law Stephen Hill and Peter Glennon celebrate the flag win


23 runs and 5/27 saw Matthew Richardson awarded player of the match




While we were lucky enough to be able to have a magnificent night of celebrations at the club after the Grand Finals, we decided to cancel our presentation night, due to be held on the following Friday, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Award winners arrived throughout the morning on the Saturday to receive and be photographed with their trophies, then the various vote counts and announcing of awards was live streamed to our players and supporters in the afternoon.


The winners were:


Team Champion: Tharaka Sendanayake 16 votes
Most Runs: Dave Murphy 379
Most Wickets: Tharaka Sendanayake 22
Century: Lahiru Fernando 104 v Camperdown Round 5
5 Wicket Innings: Brad Hillman 5/12 v Cobden Round 1


2019/20 Division 1 Team Champion Tharaka Sendanayake


Team Champion: Luke Reynolds 19 votes
Most Runs: Luke Reynolds 255
Most Wickets: Daniel Lenehan 17
Hat-Trick: Luke Reynolds v Boorcan Round 17


2019/20 Division 2 Team Champion Luke Reynolds


Team Champion: Stephen Hill 32 votes
Most Runs: Stephen Hill 529
Most Wickets: Stephen Walters 31
5 Wickets in an Innings: Stephen Hill 6/17 v Mortlake Round 10
Stephen Walters 5/26 v Woorndoo Round 17
Matthew Richardson 5/27 v Bookaar in the Grand Final


2019/20 Division 3 Team Champion Stephen Hill


Team Champion (Simon Schlicht Memorial Trophy): Sam Whytcross 22 votes
Most Runs: Sam Whytcross 195
Most Wickets: Sam Whytcross 15
Most Catches: Sam Whytcross 8


Under 16 Boys Team Champion Sam Whytcross


UNDER 13’s-
Hat-Trick: Nate Castle v Cobden Round 3


Club Most Catches- Tharaka Sendanayake 10
Matthew Richardson 10
Stephen Hill 10
Club Most Wicket-Keeper Dismissals: Daniel Missen 24 (19ct, 5 st)
Benallacks Sports Young Player of the Year: Charlie Voutier
Twenty20 Player of the Year: Tim Place 117 points
Jamie Beasley Memorial Trophy: Steven Murphy


Well done to our award winners at the South West CA presentation night on the Monday prior to the Grand Final. Stephen Hill was crowned Division 3 Cricketer Of the Year, Stephen Walters took out the Division 3 Most Wickets while Dave Murphy, Tharaka Sendanayake and Lahiru Fernando were named in the South West CA Team of the Year. In addition, Lahiru Fernando was runner up in the Division 1 Cricketer of the Year award and Stephen Walters runner up in the Division 3 award.


South West CA 2019/20 Division 3 Cricketer of the Year Stephen Hill


South West CA Division 3 Most Wickets Stephen “Urkle” Walters


Lahiru Fernando, Dave Murphy and Tharaka Sendanayake were all named in the 2019/20 South West CA Team of the Year




A DVD will be available soon containing comprehensive highlights of both the Division 1 & Division 3 Grand Finals, as well as a printed version of our Annual Report. Keep an eye out on all our pages for further details or register your interest with Dave, Luke or Churchy.



Our coterie group, the “12th Man Club”, has now ticked over 40 memberships! For just $6 a week you can join in the fun of social events (in time), cash draws and raising money for the development of the club’s facilities. Already the 12th Man Club has funded the new premiership photos and frames and the new displays in the clubrooms showcasing our history, published the 2018/19 Annual Report, held social functions in and out of season, and looks forward to contributing to the clubroom extension. Steve Murphy has done a magnificent job in establishing and promoting the 12th Man Club and running the monthly draws. If you’d like to join in the fun, contact Steve AKA ‘Churchy’ on 0400 076 874.




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MNT Construction
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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
TLC Tyres
Icon Sports Warrnambool
Camperdown Bakery
The Butcher’s Cut Cobden
Dean Reynolds Painter
Sadler Transport
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Click here for the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s February Review


Click here for the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s January Review


Click here for the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s December Review


Click here for the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s November Review


Click here for the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s October Review


Click here for the Pomborneit Cricket Club’s 2019/20 Pre-Season Review




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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Congrats on the successful season Luke, well done! Take care and go well in these new and changing times.

  2. Rulebook says

    Brilliant report as always,Luke congratulations on the flags and can you please get,Sam Whytcross to do something ! Congrats on your own awards as well go bulls

  3. Thanks Luke. Love your reports. Go you with a hat-trick. Interesting times where sport is such an integral part of local communities.

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Cheers Col, Rulebook & Noel.

    Rulebook- While Sam cleaned up in the Under 16 awards, it’s worth noting he finished ahead of co-captain Charlie Voutier by just 16 runs, 1 wicket, 1 catch & 1 vote. Both fine young cricketers.

  5. Luke, congrats to you and all the folk at the Pombo Bulls – a fantastic season! I’ve enjoyed your reports throughout the season and you may well have the most widely followed country cricket club in the nation! We can only hope that, by the time the next cricket season comes around, life might be getting back to something like normal. And great to see that the club adopted a socially responsible approach to post-season activities. Keep well, Luke, and enjoy the games with the kids at home.

  6. Luke Reynolds says

    Thanks Ian! We were so lucky we got those grand finals and night of celebrating in, very sad that we couldn’t hold our presentation night but cancelling was the only call to make. Who knows what life will be like when October rolls around.

  7. Peter Fuller says

    Well done, young fella on the club’s special achievement, as well as your individual performance.Have you nailed a hat trick previously? I drove past the ground a couple of weeks ago and as it’s been quite a while since I had seen it previously, I was duly impressed by the clubrooms and the success of the marketing department.

  8. Luke Reynolds says

    Cheers Peter. Yes, first hat-trick in 26 years of senior cricket!
    Much work has happened at the club, the marketing department goes ok, hope we can keep going strong when the pandemic passes.

  9. Wonderful stuff, Crackers.
    Congrats to all at the Bulls.
    It looks very much like a dynasty is being created.

    And yes, congrats on the hat-trick!

  10. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Bewdy Luke. I love having someone to follow during the summer. Go Bulls.

    I bet Boof was disappointed that he couldn’t make it to the presentation personally.

  11. Luke Reynolds says

    Thanks Smokie. I always take nothing for granted, but a special two seasons. Hope we can continue these moments. Flags are hard to win.

    Cheers Swish. A visit from Boof to the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve would rank right up there with any of our 24 senior premierships.

  12. Hi Luke
    I kept scrolling down, looking at results and images, and wondering why Luke wasn’t there! And suddenly, there he was – Champion and hat trick taker….A big congrats to you and your Club!
    On a different note, I’ve been thinking of you and your work. Hopefully you still have your job? Take good care of yourself and your family. All the best

  13. Luke Reynolds says

    Thanks Jan!

    Still have my job but we were all stood down indefinitely last week, enjoying the time at home with my family.

  14. Andrew Starkie says

    On ya Lukey. i’ve said this before, the clouds down in the south West are like nowhere else. Always makes me smile.

  15. Punx Pete says

    What a summer for the Bulls. A mantle heaving with silverware. Couldn’t happen to a nicer community too. Pomborneit really is a field of dreams.

    Look’s like my whistle stop coffee with ya will have to put off for a while, Luke. But love me drive’s in western Vic, so once all this Covid heartache blows over, I’ll be the heading straight for Colac’s lakes. Stay safe.

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