Noble act is worthy of praise

Big hit: Colts batsman Josh Noble tops the rankings.
Big hit: Colts batsman Josh Noble tops the rankings. Leigh Jensen

HIS captain keeps singing his praises and now Park Beach Bowling Club Colts opener Josh Noble has the figures to justify that faith.

Colts skipper Matt Rose last week earmarked his latest batting discovery for future representative honours and at the halfway point of this rain-terrorised season, Noble heads the batting averages with 51.00 from his three innings.

A top score of 87 in his total of 171 runs is especially laudable as no other batsman in any grade has managed to crack triples figures this season.

Sawtell’s Angus Garland came closest with his 91 runs in the first match of the year against Coffs Tigers.

The competition’s biggest improvers, the Tigers have the top-ranked bowler with Sam Turner taking a career-best 5-13 against Diggers Ex-Services to have 10 wickets from four matches.

Other highlights of the season so far include Bellingen’s victory over arch-rivals Dorrigo, their first since returning to District first grade, and the rise and rise of Tigers.

At the other end of the scale, the broken finger that sidelined Dorrigo captain Justin Gilbert has arguably altered the entire pecking order while the KFC Twenty20 Cup has been the weather’s biggest victim.

Competition is scheduled to resume on January 8.

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