Dunton Bassett batsman Dax Miller has enjoyed a golden summer.
The 43-year-old left-hander has plundered 1,194 runs in Everards Leicestershire & Rutland Division Four East this summer.
That was bettered only by Dean Scaysbrook, who’s haul of 1,211 is a record for club cricket in the county.
Miller missed his chance to add more runs to his tally after scoring just seven in the last game of the season at Langton 2nds.
He said: “I was hitting it well, then got caught at cover.
“I was gutted, but it’s still been a cracking season.”
Miller, who also reached 1,000 runs two years ago, ends with an average of 79.33 having hit three tons and seven 50s.
Miller started out as a left-arm fast bowler. He had a season at Leicestershire, playing for the seconds alongside the likes of Paul Nixon and Darren Maddy, but said: “My shoulder went.
“It started aching and I couldn’t bowl like I used to, so I packed up and played for fun instead.”
He started playing at Dunton Bassett when he was 10 years old – “I could walk to the ground from my house” – and returned three years ago.
“I’ve come back to help bring the young players through,” said Miller, whose son Luke took 41 wickets this season.
“I wish it had been one of the younger players scoring the runs this season rather than me.
“I’m going to be retiring soon. It takes me two days to get over these games at my age and I’m probably only going for another three seasons.”
Miller was unable to prevent Dunton crashing to a 74-run defeat at Langtons, though.
They were shot out for 130 in reply to the home side’s 204.
Elsewhere in Division Four East, Kibworth 3rds pipped Bitteswell by a single point to the second promotion place behind Leicester Caribbean.
The sides went into the final day level on points and while Bitteswell took 19 from a winning draw against Cosby, Kibworth 3rds claimed 20 at Market Harborough 2nds.
Andrew Jarvis raced to a century as Medbourne claimed a 10-wicket win at Thorpe Arnold and sixth place in Division Four East.
Fourteen-year-olds Harvey (4-26) and James Clarke (3-26) and 13-year-old Will Matthews (2-21) were the pick of the bowlers as Thorpe Arnold were all out for 149.
Medbourne reached their target in only the 16th over with Jarvis (100no) and Ollie Barton (36no) knocking off the runs.
Dunton 2nds pulled off a dramatic win against Lutterworth 3rds in Division Seven East.
Neil Popat scored 45 as Dunton fought back from 35-3 to post 139.
Lutterworth were well on course at 130-6 before skipper Rob Sercombe returned to the attack with four wickets in just eight balls.
Lutterworth were bowled out for 134.