With 815 runs, 11 wickets and six catches next to his name this season, it came as little surprise that Nathan Price was revealed as Newcastle district player of the year at Friday's grand final lunch.
The Wallsend and Newcastle representative captain was outstanding in 2018-19, featuring four centuries, four fifties and an average of 81.5 across 12 competition matches in first grade.
The 31-year-old's highest score was 156 and it followed 102 the game before. Only twice was he dismissed in single figures. His best bowling figures were 3-10.
Price (18 points) held a five-point advantage over his nearest rivals with three regular rounds remaining and maintained that margin to Charlestown's Daniel Chillingworth and Wests' Joseph Price (13). Merewether's Tim O'Neill (12) was fourth overall.
Price, who was unable to attend the function, shared the top prize last summer with Tornoto's Adrian Chad.
Wallsend's previous player of the year winners include Rhys Soper, Brett Jackson, Steve Storey, Mick Waugh and Greg Geise.
Price also picked up the Dickinson Shield for best batting average. The bowling equivalent, the Heath Shield, was collected by Hamwicks skipper Matt Webber with 27 wickets at 10.9.
Merewether wicketkeeper Patrick Huolohan went back-to-back for most dismissals, this time 27 in total with 21 catches and six stumpings.
Chad was named Newcastle's rep player of the year.
City's Aiden Cahill was announced best youth (under-17) player and Belmont's Toby Gray received the Warren Tenant Scholarship.
Newcastle selector Greg Arms also named a team of the year: Nathan Price (c), Andrew Harriott, Rahul Bakshi, Daniel Arms, Joseph Price, Zac McGuigan, Jeremy Ford, Aaron Bills, Dylan Robertson, Daniel Chillingworth, Tim O'Neill.