Despite marking him down as a five in the end of season marks, I feel this is an opportune moment to pay tribute to an outstanding season by Paul Borrington.
Today he made his NINTH century of the season for Ticknall and finished with 1668 runs and an average close to 100. By any standards that is a remarkable effort and I suspect that the new aggregate he has set will stand for many years.
It is easy, as Master Villain suggests tonight, to decry the performance that it was 'only' against league bowling, but that is a long way from the truth. No other Derbyshire player, with the exception of Matt Lineker, has come to terms with the bowling in the Premier League. Even Wes Durston, our player of the year, had his struggles, while others had only sporadic success.
Chesney Hughes? He scored just 87 runs in nine innings for Sandiacre, which works out at less than ten runs per innings...
Borrington's feat is extraordinary and he has won an award for being the top scoring league batsman in the country. That has never gone to a Derbyshire batsman before and is a reflection on a season of excellent personal achievement. His success has been the result of an excellent technique married to increasing power of stroke.
I have every confidence that he will continue to work at his game and next season I hope to be able to report on a season of senior success for him.
Don't bet against it.