Kingscliff cricketer has his eye on state selection
PACE bowler Josh Arnold, 21, is moving up in the world of cricket.
After success in the local Northern Rivers competition, he is now taking wickets for the Gold Coast Dolphins in the Brisbane Premier League.
The Kingscliff resident, who started playing the game as a very small child, is reaping the rewards of his long-standing love and commitment to bowling, and the game in general.
"Since I was a kid, ever since I can remember, I have just loved playing the game," Mr Arnold said.
"My two older brothers got me into it really young which helped for sure, having them around to push me."
It might sound a bit predictable, but as a teenager Mr Arnold looked up to Mitchell Johnson - well before his recent demolition of the English in the Ashes series just gone.
"Growing up Mitch Johnson was always my favourite player."
In his third season at the Dolphins, with best figures of 6/32 and consistency already in his game, a call up to the Queensland squad is not out of the question in the next year or two.
"Yeah Queensland is definitely the next step, but getting there is the hard part, because there are so many good bowlers out there."
He looks to be on the radar however, recently being selected to play in a T20 match chasing a Brisbane Heat contract.
The Brisbane Premier League Mr Arnold plays in is a proven, high-quality nursery for players going on to state and national selection.
"It is one level below state selection, so you can imagine the standard is very high for sure."
Focusing on something many young fast bowlers struggle with - that being consistency - should see him continue to progress in the game.
"I think getting the ball in the right area at the right length is the biggest key to consistency."
With over 60 matches in the Premier League under his belt, and a reasonable tail end batting average of nearly 20, watch out for the name Arnold in a Brisbane Heat or Qld strip in future.