Lee Baxter is delighted with the outcome of his laser eye surgery.

The 41-year-old found runs hard to come by last season, even though he went past John Cooper’s all-time aggregate of 20,141.

“I was starting to think my playing days were over, but a few weeks before the season I had my eyes lasered and now I can see the ball again” smiled Baxter, who works as a courier driver.

“I’m up to just short of 200 runs, which is almost as many as last season already!”

Broad Oak captain Lee Baxter

Prolific throughout his career, Baxter admits it was a tough situation to deal with, but cites the help of his teammates as a key factor.

“I was struggling for form last year and felt I was letting the team down a little bit,” he explained.

“The lads are such a good bunch that they came through for me, but I knew it was getting to the last push.

“So I decided to get my eyes done and it’s a case of so far so good.”

So how much does it mean to be the Huddersfield District League’s all-time top run-scorer?

“It means everything because, while I knew I’d scored a few runs, I didn’t realise I was anywhere near until they told me it was coming up,” he explained.

“I’ve played with some very good players over the last 25 or 26 years, so to be top of the table is a massive achievement and something I never thought I would do.

“It’s a really good feeling and I’m proper buzzing about it.”