SIMON Payne has waited nearly 30 years to win a trophy - and then, like buses, two come along at once.
The 37-year-old has been at Baxenden for around eight years and before that Lowerhouse in the Lancashire League.
He hadn’t won anything in all that time so now Bash have the league and cup double in the bag he is debating whether to bow out on a high.
"I think the last time I won something was Lowerhouse Under 11s but I am not even sure about that!" said Payne.
"It’s been a long-time coming and now the biggest decision is whether me and Ian (Austin) go out on a high.
"From never winning anything to winning two trophies - how can you top that apart from defending it?
"I am not sure and I will have to talk to my wife as I have been playing cricket every summer since I was 11.
"There have been a lot of summers without holidays and I have a young family so there are some decisions to make but you soon forget all the aches and pains and, when it gets to next year, I may be raring to go again."
Payne has been through the highs and lows at Back Lane.
"When I joined we were going through a rough spell and then they made me captain and, for some reason, it got worse!
"But since then we have steadily progressed. The young lads have come through and now got the experience and it has all come to fruition.
"We do have a really good blend here of oldies like Ian, me and Mark Rishton who is no spring chicken! Then there are the young lads like Callum Waddington, Lewis McIntosh and Gary Sudworth and it has worked out well."
A high point has been Austin’s shows. The ex-England and Lancashire all-rounder has 537 league runs this year and 28 wickets in his second season at Bash.
"Oscar is a massive influence," said Payne. "You look at what he has achieved in his career with England and Lancashire and he is a great help and everyone looks up to him.
"He has played at the highest level and so, to carry on playing, you know he wants something out of it as he still enjoys it so much. He hates losing and when we do he is like a bear with a sore head.
"He wants to win everything and it still means everything to him so he is a great player to have in your side even at his age - and he has a few years on me!"
Another hit is pro Baber Naeem who has signed up for another season after winning the Ribblesdale League title for the first time this year in his first season at Back Lane.
The Pakistani all-rounder has 1213 league runs and 82 league wickets.
Payne continued: "Bobby is fantastic. He was a one-man team at Edenfield before us but here he has more support to express himself and he has done that this season. He is a nice guy too.
"Then there is Lewis (McIntosh) who seems to have been around for ages but is only 22 and Bobby has helped Callum (Waddington) no end this season with his batting. He has come on leaps and bounds.
"And Gary (Sudworth) is close to 50 wickets which is another huge achievement. It has all come together and we have a good team camaraderie. It has been excellent. I hoped we could win it over the last few years and we finally have."
And what will he do with the medals he has waited so long for?
"I might have to build a trophy cabinet now - better late than never!"
l IT’S the final game of the season tomorrow with all last week’s matches abandoned.
GREAT Harwood need a win to make certain of runners-up spot against Blackburn Northern.
And Oswaldtwistle Imm-anuel will want to stay in sixth spot - after a strong season where they could have finished higher but for eight abandoned games - when they travel to Earby. Bash finish their successful season at Settle.