Luis’ award caps fantastic season

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Leyland Cricket Club professional Luis Reece has crowned a magnificent season by being crowned the Chewits Young Player of the Year for the Red Rose county.

The season has been an excellent one for Reece after he finished an excellent county campaign with an average of 55.53 from 16 innings, and a highest score of 97.

Only Australian Simon Katich had a better average than Reece , who made eight half-centuries along the way.

Seven of those fifties came in row, which equalled a county record.

Another bright moment for Luis was claiming his first County Championship wicket.

In a game where he also scored 59 and an unbeaten 56, Reece removed Worcestershire opener Matthew Pardoe for 35 in a fine spell where he finished 1-25.

But his county commitments did mean club side Leyland were without their professional for half the season.

Playing in 12 Northern League games for the champions, Reece still had an excellent season, averaging 73.89 scoring 665 runs with a highest score of 115 not out.

The all-rounder also claimed 15 wickets in a season where injury restricted him to bowl for the Fox Lane outfit.

Reece signed a professional deal with Lancashire after averaging 64.40 for the second XI in the 2012

season.

His performances for Leeds/Bradford MCCU where he was captain also didn’t go unnoticed, and it was Reece’s 114 against Leicestershire in a pre-season friendly that helped guide the university to a famous victory.