Luke Pomersbach

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Luke Pomersbach
Luke Pomersbach 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Luke Anthony Pomersbach
Born (1984-09-28) 28 September 1984 (age 32)
Bentley, Western Australia Australia
Nickname Pomers
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off-break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Only T20I 11 December 2007 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2011 Western Australia
2008–2009 Kings XI Punjab
2011 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2012–2013 Brisbane Heat
2012–2013 Queensland
Career statistics
Competition T20I FC List A T20
Matches 1 39 37 56
Runs scored 15 2,785 666 1,228
Batting average 15.00 39.78 20.81 26.12
100s/50s 0/0 5/20 1/2 1/5
Top score 15 176 104* 112*
Balls bowled n/a 273 18 n/a
Wickets n/a 5 0 n/a
Bowling average n/a 30.80 n/a n/a
5 wickets in innings n/a 0 0 n/a
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling n/a 1/4 0/16 n/a
Catches/stumpings 0/- 51/- 20/- 21/-
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 6 June 2014

Luke Anthony Pomersbach (born 28 September 1984 in Bentley, Western Australia) is an Australian former cricketer who is listed with the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He previously played with Western Australia and Royal Challengers Bangalore, before standing down from Western Australia in September 2011 to deal with personal issues. Citing mental health issues, he retired from the game in June 2014.[1]


Pomersbach made his Ford Ranger Cup debut for Western Australia in their match against New South Wales in November, 2006, scoring 33 runs from 47 balls. In December, 2006 in a two-day tour match at the WACA against the England XI, he showed his potential against a quality bowling attack when he scored 101 not out.[2]

Shortly after, he made his First-class cricket debut against Tasmania in a Pura Cup match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. He performed very well scoring 74 in the first innings, partnering Chris Rogers in a 106 run 5th wicket partnership. He continued his good form into the second innings when he came to the wicket with WA in trouble at 4/36. With a mix of aggressive strokeplay and careful defending he helped to save WA, scoring 63 runs, leaving his teammates only 32 more runs to win.

In November 2007, Pomersbach and fellow Western Warrior Shaun Marsh were suspended from the state side for drinking alcohol following a game against Queensland. Despite this suspension, he was named in the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI to play in the annual Lilac Hill game. He starred against the New Zealanders, scoring 88 runs from 65 balls.[3]

Pomersbach then made a most unusual debut for the Australian cricket team in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand in Perth on 11 December 2007. Having not been selected in the original squad for the match, Pomersbach was at the ground as a spectator, when a back injury to Brad Hodge during the warm-up forced the Australian team to call on Pomersbach as an emergency replacement. He again performed well, scoring 15 runs from 7 balls, including a 6 off the third ball he faced.[4] Pomersbach also won the 2008 Bradman Young Player of the Year.[5]

He attended Yale Primary School and Kent Street Senior High School in Perth.[6]

On 9 August 2009, after two hit-and-run incidents, Pomersbach was arrested and charged by police with failing to stop, failing to accompany police, driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of .08, assaulting a public officer, obstructing police and escaping legal custody.[7] He pleaded guilty and was fined and had his driver's licence cancelled. The WACA responded by suspending him indefinitely. On 6 October 2009, Pomersbach was awarded an extraordinary driver's licence due to hardship using public transport.[8] He returned from his ban for Western Australia in January 2010.

Pomersbach signed with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL) in June 2011.[9] In October 2011, Pomersbach stood down from Western Australia and the Scorchers to deal with depression.[10]

Pomersbach played for the Kings XI Punjab in the 2008 and 2009 Indian Premier League seasons. He switched to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2011 Indian Premier League.[11] In 2012 Pomersbach returned to play for Bangalore in the 2012 Indian Premier League.[12]

In May 2012, he was arrested and charged with molesting a woman and assaulting her fiancé after an incident at a hotel in India.[13][14] He was released on bail but had to surrender his passport.[15] The case was later settled out of court and the charges were dropped.[16]

In January 2013 he was the second leading run scorer in the 2012–13 Big Bash League season.[17] Playing for the Brisbane Heat he scored 112 runs from 70 deliveries in the semi-final and was a member of the Heat team that won the final the following week against his former team, the Perth Scorchers.[18]

He was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2013 Indian Premier League for USD $300,000 in the auction on 3 February 2013.[19]

He was pulled in the Caribbean Premier League to play for the St Lucia Zouks for Shivnarine Chanderpaul[20]


  1. ^ "Pomersbach quits due to mental health issues". 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Miller, Andrew (9 December 2006). "Harmison still a concern for England". Cricinfo. 
  3. ^ Conn, Malcolm (12 December 2007). "Injury to Hodge is lucky for Luke". The Australian. 
  4. ^ "Pomersbach gets the call". Cricket Australia. 11 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Lee wins Allan Border Medal". Fox Sports. 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  6. ^ Staff writer (2008-01-22). "Luke ready for big stage". Southern Gazette. News Limited. p. 74. Batsman Luke Pomersbach became the first Kent St Senior High graduate to represent Australia in the Twenty-20 international at the WACA Ground last month. 
  7. ^ Sapienza, Joseph (2009-08-10). "Cricketer charged with assault after chase through dunes". Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  8. ^ Cardy, Todd (6 October 2009). "Luke Pomersbach back on road". The Sunday Times. 
  9. ^ Katich signed by Perth Scorchers – Published 30 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  10. ^ Luke Pomersbach stands down from WA – Published 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  11. ^ List of IPL matches played by Luke Pomersbach
  12. ^ Pomersbach back after depression
  13. ^ "Luke Pomersbach gets interim bail". 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Australian cricketer Pomersbach arrested on assault charges". Reuters India. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Luke Pomersbach gets bail after court examines CCTV footage". 19 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "IPL molestation row: Zohal Hamid reaches settlement with Luke Pomersbach, Sidhartha Mallya". New Delhi: THE TIMES OF INDIA. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Big Bash League, 2012/13 / Records / Most runs". 
  18. ^ Dorries, Ben (21 January 2013). "Luke Pomersbach tastes winning culture with Queensland cricket". The Courier-Mail. 
  19. ^ "IPL auction: Mumbai Indian buy Ricky Ponting for Rs. 2.1 core". 3 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Aussie joins St. Luica Zouks to play for uniavailable Chanderpaul". 17 June 2013. 

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