ENFIELD big hitter Adam Bracewell is thanking Martin van Jaarsveld for helping him top the charts.
The 25-year-old is enjoying his best ever season with 535 league runs which means he is leading the runs-scored table.
And Bracewell says some expert advice from the South African county player has boosted his batting for the current campaign.
"Martin is my brother-in-law and I went to see him in Kent for a couple of weeks and he taught me a few things about my technique, about being patient and a bit of everything.
"He has been coaching me since I was a youngster when he was a pro at Enfield and it has definitely paid off."
Bracewell celebrated his top score for the season with a 93 in Enfield’s derby win over Rishton on Sunday but he admitted he is still frustrated.
"I keep getting out at the wrong times," said the batsman, who works at BA Systems. "I haven’t got a century this season but I keep getting out when I am in the 40s or 50s or 80s and 90s. That’s the annoying thing.
"But if someone had said at the start of the season I would make over 500 at the half-way stage, I wouldn’t have believed it.
"I have never got 500 runs in a season before - I think my highest is 490 - so I am happy as you are up against so many good batsmen and all the professionals in the League."
While some of it comes down to van Jaarsveld, Bracewell admits his current team-mates do their bit to boost his score.
"Andy Barker told me off on Sunday for not staying in longer and giving away my wicket," said Bracewell, who bats at number four.
"I dont’ mind as he is telling me for my own good. You have got to listen to someone who has got 10,000 league runs in his career - after all, he has just got a few more runs than me!
"And our pro Gray Brent is also a big help. We have got him for the rest of the season now and he is a brilliant club man. He was with us all pre-season when we were doing nets and is another who has helped me improve."
Seventh placed Enfield are still in with a shout of the title with 12 games to go - they are 26 points behind leaders Haslingden - but Bracewell admits they have got to up their game.
They were second at one point but have slipped down after a bad run, although the win over Rishton has kept them in the frame.
It was a much-needed victory but 2007 champs Rishton also need points to avoid the bottom spot they finished in last season.
Enfield made 226 all out with Bracewell hitting 13 boundaries and three sixes in his knock.
Rishton were hoping sub pro Jake Brown could reproduce his record-breaking double century from the week before in the Ribblesdale League but the paid man only made 12 before he became one of Brent’s six victims and they fell 75 runs short.
Enfield’s Bracewell is hoping his side can now build on the win. He said: "It happens every year - we start off well and then hit a sticky patch and then finish well.
"But the league is pretty open with anyone in the top eight probably still in with a chance and anyone who puts a consistent run together could get up near the top. That’s what we have got to try and do."
And Bracewell’s runs will certainly help.
"My aim at the start of the season was to get 600 runs but if I only get that now it means I have had a poor second half of the season!
"I want to push on. I would be chuffed if, at the end of the season, I am still at the top of the runs scored table but I will just take it one game at a time. I am only at the top by a whisker although it is nice to be there!"
* RISHTON have brought Ben Bridson into their first team for this Sunday after he scored 152 for the seconds last week.