Rob Atkins has hailed the contribution of Rhidian Chapman at Hambledon.
The Ridge Meadow skipper has been delighted by the form of his ‘unsung hero’ this term.
Chapman is the Dons’ leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps – including four for 26 in the demolition of Langley Manor – in Southern Electric Premier League division two.
But he is an equally important ally for the captain off the field.
Atkins said: ‘Rhid is an unsung hero.
‘He is a huge asset to our team and for me as a skipper.
‘He just knuckles down and gets on with whatever is asked of him.
There’s no complaining if he is asked to bowl fourth or fifth change.
‘And nine times out of 10 he delivers.
‘He is a great role model for the younger players and plays a massive part in ensuring the first-team environment is a welcoming one.
‘So he deserves all the success he has had this season.
‘I couldn’t be happier with his efforts and hopefully his form continues.’
Chapman returned to first-team cricket this season following a spell as second-team skipper.
‘You wouldn’t even know he has been away,’ added Atkins.
‘He is fiercely competitive on the pitch but he works hard to make sure the lads don’t get too down when things are going against us.
‘And then he is the first to celebrate when we get it right.
‘On top of all this, he has picked up the mantle of delivering awesome teas at Ridge Meadow!’