On joining South Hobart Sandy Bay in 2000/01 Polkinghorne immediately became the competition’s dominant all-rounder.
He was honoured with the Emerson Rodwell Medal as the Player of the Year in four of his first five seasons, and again for a fifth occasion in his last season 2008/09. He was selected in the Team of the Year on seven occasions and won multiple aggregate and averages awards.
Polkinghorne’s all-round dominance was a key reason for South Hobart Sandy Bay’s success in the short-forms during his career, winning four One-Day and two Twenty20 premierships. In the 2002/03 One-Day Final four-wicket win over University taking 4/30 and scoring 49 not out.
Polkinghorne’s most outstanding season with the ball claiming 74 wickets @ 13.54, including a career best 8/60 against North Hobart was in 2002/03. Season 2004/05 was also extremely productive for him – claiming 65 wickets @ 11.72.
Polkinghorne’s batting record of 5,300 runs @ 42.40 and 14 centuries is also outstanding, surpassing 700 runs in three seasons with the most prolific his last in 2008/09 scoring 784 runs @ 65.33 and three centuries. Polkinghorne also represented Tasmania primarily in One-Day matches.
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