Once troubled Luke Pomersbach maintained his rich vein of form but still had some regrets after Queensland reached 4-263 on Sunday against Victoria.
His inner demons have again been exorcised but Luke Pomersbach still cut a tortured figure when Queensland reached 4-263 at stumps on the first day of their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the Gabba on Sunday.
Off-field issues are no longer a problem for the once troubled Pomersbach who appeared at yet another career crossroads just five months ago when ruled out of Brisbane’s Champions League Twenty20 tournament due to “personal reasons”.
And there don’t seem to be any on-field dramas after Pomersbach took his Shield season average to 90.66 with a well compiled 73 in a 131-run opening stand with Joe Burns (75) on Sunday.
Yet while the former WA bad boy appears to again be in a good mind set, he was still kicking stones after missing out on a second ton in as many Shield games on a flat Gabba deck on Sunday.
“Today was pretty disappointing to not go on and get a hundred after reaching the 70s,” he told AAP.
“Burnsy and I were playing quite well but we both threw it away.”
Pomersbach was the catalyst for Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash League Twenty20 domestic title last season but missed out on their Champions League pay day in India when he withdrew due to personal and family issues.
But Queensland kept the faith just as they did when they welcomed Pomersbach with open arms and signed him on an initial one year deal in 2012 despite his alcohol fueled troubles in WA.
And once again Pomersbach repaid their loyalty with a ton of runs.
The big-hitting left-hander thrashed a total of 199 runs in his Shield comeback against former team Western Australia – including a sparkling first innings 159 – in last week’s draw before again impressing on Sunday in a knock that featured eight boundaries.
“I am feeling 100 per cent on and off the field. I can’t ask for much more after being invited back into the team,” he said.
The Bulls lost 2-26 when Pomersbach and Burns went quickly in the middle session.
And Queensland stumbled again when they lost 2-7 as Scott Boland (3-35 off 18 overs) claimed Usman Khawaja (40) and Chris Lynn (33).
However, Bulls skipper James Hopes (19 not out) and Peter Forrest (17 not out) dug in to ensure the hosts had their noses in front by stumps.