Glowing praise for marvel McDonnell

Leyland's Chris Parkinson batting against Chorley
Leyland's Chris Parkinson batting against Chorley

Leyland skipper Dave Makinson has saluted an outstanding performance from batsman Nathan McDonnell.

McDonnell was the star of the show in the regional final of the National Club Championship tie against rivals Chorley, scoring 64 off 41 balls.

The budding all-rounder had been on a poor run of form but his knock helped propel Leyland to victory.

Leyland now await the winners of South Northumberland versus Chester-le-Street, who play this Sunday.

Round Five of the competition is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 12.

Makinson told the Guardian: “I thought Nathan’s knock was the match-winning effort.

“Hopefully he can build on that and continue his form into the weekend’s games.

“It would have been nice to beat a full strength Chorley team at the weekend.

“But we weren’t disappointed when we saw they had a number of key players missing.”

At the weekend, Leyland could only manage a losing draw against Netherfield despite scoring 263 runs.

Leyland fell nine runs short of victory but Makinson is full of confidence going into games against Penrith and

St Annes this weekend.

He added: “Up until the weekend, we were relying on Richardt Frenz, Andrew Makinson and Chris Parkinson to score runs.

“But after Sunday it changed, Nathan, Sam Oldham and Henry Thompson all scored runs.

“So now we have five or six batsmen who are in form or coming into form.

“We’ve got the potential to put two big scores together.

“Penrith are a strong batting side but there bowling isn’t as good and at St Annes we shouldn’t have any problems on a great wicket.”