Pomersbach back to lethal best
By Ben Waterworth
The story of Luke Pomersbach is as topsy-turvy as a roller coaster at a Gold Coast theme park.
A number of well-publicised off-field indiscretions, an international T20 appearance for Australia and a move from Western Australia to Queensland - just to name a few subplots.
Consistency, both on and off the field, have always been an issue.
But in BBL|02, Pomersbach has returned to what he does best: showing no mercy with the bat and tearing opposition bowling attacks to shreds.
The opening batsman has been a revelation recruit for the Brisbane Heat during the KFC T20 Big Bash League, accumulating a team-high 360 runs at an average of 45.
He has played some special, spectacular innings.
Yet none more memorable than his most recent.
Pomersbach conjured a match-winning knock of 112 not out off just 70 balls, guiding his team to a monumental 15-run victory over the Melbourne Renegades in the first BIG SEMI-FINAL.
The 28-year-old was simply merciless, finishing with 15 fours and two sixes. It was his first ever T20 century, the second of BBL|02 and the ninth in the competition's history.
The most impressive aspect to Pomersbach's innings was he attacked every bowler - not just the part-timers. He even smashed the great Muttiah Muralitharan to the boundary, playing a gutsy reverse sweep, a thunderous cover-drive and a huge slog over the long-on rope.
We have seen Pomersbach at the peak of his powers during BBL|02 - an image the Australian cricket community has been bereaved of over recent years.
And at his best, the bulky batsman is pure power.
He favours the leg-side and swings his willow like there is no tomorrow. And when they connect, they go long!
The left-hander's achievements over the past month are a big reason why the Heat find themselves in a BIG FINAL against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday night.
And if the Heat - who are considered underdogs - are to cause an upset, Pomersbach must produce one more final, monster knock.
If he can put runs on the board and build early momentum, the Heat will be in Position A to take out the BBL|02 trophy.
Pomersbach is undoubtedly back to his best.
He has rediscovered consistency, a love for the game and, most importantly, precious runs.