RUVEN Peiris has agreed terms with current Musbury Fabrics Lancashire League leaders Church for next season.
The Sri Lankan has been outstanding for the Blackburn Road side this season, hitting 718 runs so far as he chases the 14-year-old club record of 1250.
"We knew he would score a lot of runs but what has been a bonus has been his bowling," said Church's league representative Jack Houldsworth.
"He knew he would be expected to bowl here and he has got 44 wickets at a modest cost and been economical. He has exceeded our expectations with his bowling."
Houldsworth isn't sure if Peiris will rewrite the club's batting record but knows not to write the pro off.
"It is a long shot as he needs around 500 runs in the last nine game but if he can get one or two 100s in the next few games then he could do it. He will be happy with 1000 runs though and we have been delighted with him on and off the pitch."
"He is an inspiration at the club, he is a complete club man who loves his cricket and is a motivator. He has done a wonderful job and that is why we are happy to have him next year."
One blow to Church's chase for the championship has been a freak injury to experienced batsman Alec Holt.
He needed 10 stitches in his hand to a knife wound following an accident on Monday morning at the wholesale butchers where he works.
He had an operation at Royal Preston Hospital this week.