Dennington's Jamie Sabo will clock up his 300th club game for the Dogs this weekend and he's far from done.
Sabo says he'd love to be playing in another six years' time when his kids reach senior cricket.
He and his wife Rachel, another cricketer, have five children - Noah, 11, Jonah, 9, Harry, 7, Ava, 5, and Maisie, 3.
The three boys played their first game in under 11s last weekend.
"I've seen plenty of guys playing cricket with their kids, particularly now at my age," he said.
"We played Allansford here last year or the year before and I saw a guy batting with his son. I heard them as I walking past as the wicket-keeper and the dad said to the son 'great job, mate'.
"And (the son) was facing some pretty good bowling in division two and I thought 'oh how good is that' and I want to do that."
Sabo is playing his milestone game for the Dogs' division three side at Allen Oval - St Joseph's Primary School - on Saturday.
The milestone man was a Brauer College student when one of his best mates, Ashley Dance, asked him down to Dennington junior cricket training about 30 years ago.
He progressed to the senior ranks and ended up playing in the Dogs' back-to-back Warrnambool and District Cricket Association top-grade grand finals from 2004-2006.
Sabo has also been part of a division two flag and he captained a division three premiership.
He was one of the club's great stories when he earned a call-up for the Dogs' against-the-odds division one Twenty20 triumph in 2020. It had been a decade since he had played division one.
Club president and long-time friend Mick Howley said he was proud of Sabo and praised his versatility.
He noted Sabo started as an opening bowler, eventually became an opening batter and has also wicket-kept for the past 15 years.
Sabo said he could list 30 to 40 blokes he has played with that have had a big influence on him.
"Terry Beks and John Houston when he was here and Dustin Dew, earlier on Mick Rantall, Wayne Couch, David Hunt, they're all legends of the club, they were all superstars when I was just starting here, and I just wanted to be like them," he said.
Sabo still opens the batting and enjoys facing the new ball.
He said he had become a lot more attacking in recent years as he's not as worried about getting out as he used to be.
It's easy for Sabo to name the highlight of his career.
It was in division one when he was batting with Paul Ross in the 2004/05 grand final and he hit the winning runs.
"We were getting closer and closer to this score and I was facing (Patrick) Noonan from Merivale and every now and then he was pitching one up," he said.
"And I said to Rossy 'it's all right mate, he's going to pitch one up and I'm going to cover drive him and we'll be right, we're going to win'. And (Noonan) did it, he pitched one up in that over and I hit a four through the covers. It was just a fairy tale."
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