Injury hitting Fox Lane hard

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Leyland skipper Dave Makinson has admitted that the club is going through an injury crisis.

A number of first and second team players are currently on the sick bed after suffering a variety of injuries.

Makinson himself is on the sidelines due to a broken bone in his leg and fellow first teamer Karl Cross has a sore Achilles.

Second team wicketkeeper Jacob Wright is also out for the foreseeable future and bowler Andrew Jacques is struggling with a knee injury.

With the club light on numbers, Makinson admits the club is struggling but he remains confident ahead of Saturday’s trip to Barrow.

“I guess we are in an injury crisis, a few years ago it wouldn’t have been as bad,” he said.

“But we don’t have as many players now, it’s tough on the first team, me and Karl Cross have probably bowled more than half the overs this season.

“Now players are having to step up to the mark after being back-up bowlers.

“Barrow will be a tough game but I’m still confident, we should be strong enough with the bat and we’ll be calling on others to perform with the ball.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Leyland lock horns with Chorley in the Twenty/20 competition.

If Leyland win, they will make it through to finals day at Lancaster this Sunday.

Both sides are expected to field depleted teams due to injury and a number of players being unavailable.

And Makinson admits a break would be beneficial to his squad.

“We obviously want to win but the lads haven’t had a break in a while,” he added.

“Players don’t have time to recover playing every Sunday.”

The club is running a coach for the National Knockout fifth round tie against Chester-le-Street on Sunday, July 12. Places are just £12 and the coach departs Fox Lane at 8.15am.

If you want to book a place then email makinsongang@talktalk.net.