CUTTING back extras will drive Noorat's improvement as it vies to sustain its foothold in first place.
The Steve O'Connor-led side - boosted through the surprise inclusion of Allansford-Panmure skipper Chris Bant on permit - stunned Simpson by six wickets on Saturday.
But it bowled 27 extras, including 24 wides, one no-ball and two leg byes, helping Simpson to a 150-run total.
"The big focus will definitely be on that," O'Connor told The Standard.
"If we can cut that back it'll make a huge difference in terms of chasing runs and protecting a total."
O'Connor said Bant's inclusion - he blasted 89 from 94 balls in an innings featuring six sixes - was a win-win for club and player.
"I think early wins are going to be critical this season as the competition is so even," he said.
"So to get someone of his ability and to get an early win has been terrific.
"He's been training for something like four weeks (at Allansford-Panmure) so I think he was pretty keen for a hit and we were happy to have him."
(Chris Bant) has been training for something like four weeks (at Allansford-Panmure) so I think he was pretty keen for a hit and we were happy to have him.Steve O'Connor
O'Connor said it was pleasing to get back to competitive action after a winter without team sport due to COVID-19.
"I think after footy got cancelled people got over it pretty quickly. I'm not sure if the boys were super keen on cricket straight away," he laughed.
"Now that we've started I think people will get a bit more keen. You never know what's going to happen (with coronavirus). I think the boys enjoyed getting out and being social again."
All-rounder Gus Bourke was Noorat's other standout performer, clunking 46 from 52 deliveries and figures of 3-22 from 10 overs.
Daniel Kenna was also serviceable, finishing at 3-24 off just nine overs.
O'Connor said Noorat's clash with fellow finals contender Bookaar on Saturday was shaping as a "another big game".
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