Jarrod Burns’ sensational season has been rewarded with the Bernie Davey Medal.
The VRI Delacombe captain-coach polled 16 votes to edge out Dunnstown’s Adam Toohey for the Ballarat Cricket Association second grade top honour.
It took three-vote performances in the last two games of the season for Burns to leapfrog Toohey, who had led the count after 11 rounds.
Third place went to Ballan’s Michael Snaith.
Burns’ cracking home and away campaign returned four centuries and 915 runs at an average in excess of 100.
As a junior cricketer, Burns once made 1000 runs in a season, but admitted 2017-18 was clearly his best with the bat in senior competition.
Burns led VRI Delacombe to the second grade premiership in his first season at the club in 2016-17.
He credited his maturing as a player to his new-found leadership position at VRI.
“Having that leadership role with people looking upon you has helped me in my game,” Burns told The Courier.
“For that club which has provided so much for me, hopefully I have provided something back on a Saturday.”
The team was bundled out of this season’s flag race with a semi-final defeat last weekend.