Wednesday 3 January 2007 

Noffke Joins Gloucestershire

Australian pace bowler Ashley Noffke has signed for Gloucestershire as an early-season overseas replacement, in the predicted absence of Umar Gul.

Pakistani seamer Gul is likely to participate in the World Cup in the Caribbean, which concludes at the end of April. Twenty-nine-year-old Queenslander Noffke has previously played for Middlesex and was contracted to Durham last summer.

Gloucestershire coach Mark Alleyne said: ``I am very excited at gaining the services of Ashley at the start of the season.
``He is a top performer, and the timing couldn't have been better as Ashley looks to re-launch his bid for a place in the Australian side. I look forward to working closely with him.''