Batsman Ben Brisbane hopes to continue his winning streak with Noorat in this weekend s grand final. 120313AS03 Picture: AARON SAWALLBEING new to town with a solid cricketing background, it seemed only natural that Ben Brisbane would stroll down the road to Noorat Recreation Reserve looking for a game.
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The Mercy Regional College middle school co-ordinator arrived in the south-west hamlet with his young family on December 29.

Less than two weeks later, he was opening the batting for Noorat in the South West Cricket (SWC) Twenty20 competition.

The 37-year-old made 23 runs on debut for the club, followed by a three in his second game. In just his third game, he made a quick-fire half-century to propel his side to victory in SWC’s Twenty20 qualifying final, which saw Noorat progress to the regional Twenty20 finals.

Brisbane has since played in five matches of the regular fixture and will line up for his new home town in the season decider against Mortlake this weekend. “Having a young family, we always wanted to give it a go in the country,” the father-of-two said.

“I hadn’t played cricket for three seasons but I thought it would be a good way to meet people. That was the main reason.

“The oval is just down the road from where we live, so it’s convenient. But I didn’t expect to be playing in a grand final.”

Brisbane spent his early years in Horsham before moving to Warrandyte, where he played in the top division of the Ringwood and District Cricket Association, the Chandler Shield.

He then moved to Croydon, playing at sub-district level.

The left-hand batsman and “part-time bowler” is yet to play in a losing game for Noorat.

And he doesn’t intend on snapping that winning streak this weekend.

“I just want to play my part,” Brisbane said.

“Hopefully I can score a few runs and contribute to a good total. I’ve been pretty impressed with the way they (Noorat) do things.

“Everyone is pretty competitive and switched on.

“They have an uncanny knack to get over the line.”

The SWC division one grand final will be contested at Terang on Saturday and Sunday.

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