Congratulations to Matt ‘Bomber’ Wilcox who picked up his 200th Premier Cricket First Eleven wicket in the Round 2 match against Casey-South Melbourne.
Bowling his seventh over in the 41st over of the innings, he bowled Swans batter Devin Pollock for 25 to claim his 200th. This was also Bomber’s 300th wicket across all grades at the True Blues.
After playing his junior cricket with Dingley Cricket Club, Matt joined Prahran at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. In the 2012-13 season he made his First Eleven debut as cap no.568 and is now in his 10th continuous season in the first grade. He has continued to grow over the years and has been rewarded with vice-captaincy this season.
In 125 First Eleven matches across all formats, Matt has bowled more than 1,250 overs and his 201 wickets have averaged a healthy 20.78 per wicket. He has four 5-wicket hauls to his name with his best bowling figure of 6/28 against Melbourne in 2014-15.
Bomber is the 16th bowler to enter the 200 Wickets Club for the True Blues and joins some elite company. He still has a long way to catch former test leggie Bryce McGain's club record of 436, club legend Bruce Murray's 426, and test 'Invincible' Sam Loxton's 323. However, a good season this year could see him move past the great Clarrie Grimmett (228) into 14th position.
Matt is also no slouch with the bat and his 1104 runs at 18.40, with a top score of 71 not out, give him a reasonable claim as a more than competent bowling all-rounder.
And if you were wondering, Bomber is an ardent fan of the Essendon Football Club, hence the nickname!.
Wishing Bomber many more poles.
Author: Sekhar Sridhar/Nigel Hutton