Darwen clash is not crucial says Makinson

Leyland Cricket Club captain David Makinson
Leyland Cricket Club captain David Makinson
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Dave Makinson insists Saturday’s crunch tie against table-toppers Darwen is not title defining.

The Birch Hall outfit currently hold a three-point lead at the top of the Northern Cricket League.

Leyland travel to Darwen this Friday in the league’s Twenty20 competition before hosting the same side in the Northern League on Saturday.

And the Leyland skipper surprisingly perhaps feels Friday’s game has more riding on it than Saturday’s fixture.

He said: “Friday could be quite a big game, as it could put us in a good position after our win over Chorley.

“If Chorley beat Darwen, then it leaves everything nicely going into the final two games.”

The Fox Lane outfit gained yet another victory over rivals Chorley last Friday.

Makinson led his side to a four-run win with all-rounder Danny Lamb and Henry Thompson impressing with bat and ball.

And he was impressed with how his side coped with the pressure situation.

He added: “Henry bowled very well but our final three overs were crucial.

“I think Danny went for six runs and the 19th over which Andrew bowled only went for two runs.

“But it was a good game of cricket against Chorley.

“We started quickly and got bogged down in the middle overs, but we know when we play Chorley we have a chance when we take a wicket, as they lose them in bundles.”

Saturday’s tie against Darwen is the stand-out Northern League fixture.

Both sides had last weekend fixtures washed out when Leyland had acquired the services of former professional Luis Reece.

But Makinson hopes Reece could be seen in the Leyland side this weekend instead.

He said: “If Luis is available for us, then he will definitely play.

“Somebody of his quality is always a bonus. I want him to be playing for Lancashire but if he calls and says he can play, then I will pick him.”

Darwen will go into the game in a rich vein of form.

Many have been surprised by their start, but Makinson feels win lose or draw, it won’t decide anything in terms of the title.

He added: “There is still plenty of cricket to be played.

“We have loads of games left and whatever happens against Darwen it won’t dictate where we finish.

“We will go into the game full of confidence, and we know we can win if it is close at the end.

“People are taking wickets and scoring runs. Alex Ross is fresh off his first hundred in the league and hopefully he will be able to build on that.

“I’m waiting on the availability of some players but I should know in the next few days.”