Pick up the over rate boys, I’ve got to get to the bar
SITTING on 80 runs and on his way to a courageous century for his side in last season's first final, Josh Noble had one major concern on his mind. Making sure someone called work to let them know he'd be late.
The 22-year-old batsman has juggled an incredible season as captain of PBBC Colts and his job at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club.
While they often clash, the recent teaching graduate has found a way to make it work.
"Work has been really understanding of my cricket, which has been great," Noble said
"I have been working behind the bar at the golf club while I was at uni and it is a job I enjoy.
"Sometimes I have to leave cricket a bit early on a Saturday afternoon, however if I'm at the crease I get someone to ring work so I can bat through."
Noble has come of age in the captaincy this year, something he puts down to the support of Colts' veteran players.
"All the older guys have been really great and it certainly takes a bit of the pressure off," he said.
"I have been happy with how I have played this year and also how we have played as a team.
"Like all sides we have room for improvement but all in all the boys have done pretty well."
The middle order batsman believes the captaincy has helped his form.
"It has been a real learning experience," Noble said.
"You have to mature up a bit and set a good example.
"I think I have done a pretty good job so far."
Since moving to Coffs Harbour five years ago from Forbes, Noble has become a mainstay of the Colts cricket program.
"I really enjoy playing for Colts," Noble said.
"They are a great club with lots of great characters.
"With the finals on the horizon it will be a tough few games upcoming.
"Hopefully we can put it together and have a run at the grand final."