Henry running hot and his skipper is delighted

Andrew Makinson hits across the line
Andrew Makinson hits across the line
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Leyland Cricket Club captain Dave Makinson hailed the form of batsman Henry Thompson after another impressive weekend.

Thompson hit half-centuries against weekend opponents Netherfield and Barrow.

After a slow start to the season, Thompson has kicked on and now boasts 356 league runs at an average of 44.5.

And Makinson feels that Thompson’s form has been vital to his side’s success.

He said: “Henry has always been a good player.

“He had an excellent start last season and then had a quiet second half of the season.

“This year it was a pretty average start but that wasn’t necessarily his fault, as sometimes he didn’t play and other times he didn’t get in.

“But this last month he has been unbelievable.

“On Saturday it was a tough wicket but he made it look so easy. He’s an excellent player.”

Leyland gained the maximum 15 points against Netherfield, before claiming a winning draw against Barrow.

Makinson was surprised at the quality of the wicket that Barrow produced and felt that had overseas player Alex Ross had luck on his side, he would have scored a big hundred.

He added: “It stumped me how good the wicket was.

“If Rossy hadn’t run himself out, I honestly think he could have scored 150.

“Usually the wickets are slow and quite low and there has only been one real big score there.

“They were never really in the game and it’s a shame we couldn’t get the rest of the wickets.”

This Saturday, Leyland meet Blackpool at Fox Lane in a top-of-the-table clash.

And Makinson is feeling very confident.

He said: “We are playing well but they are probably in better form than us.

“I think it depends how the wicket will play.

“If it plays like we want it to, then me and Tayyab Afsar will play a big role.

“Their professional is in good form taking plenty of wickets and he scored runs at the weekend too.

“It’s only halfway through the season so it isn’t a season-defining clash, but it would certainly be nice to win.

“We have a three-point lead over Blackpool and want to beat them and extend that.”