Makinson confident ahead of Readers Cup final tie

Leyland celebrate taking a wicket against Lancaster
Leyland celebrate taking a wicket against Lancaster

It was a mixed weekend for Dave Makinson’s Leyland.

On Saturday, they were beaten by Northern League title challengers Darwen in a run fest at Birch Hall

But the following day brought cup success.

Leyland defeated Lancaster in the Readers Cup to reach the final of the competition.

The final takes place on Sunday as Leyland come up against Darwen for the second time in eight days.

Skipper Makinson said: “It was good to bounce back after Saturday’s defeat.

“Sunday was always the important game for us, I thought Luis Reece bowled really well in his spell.

“Luis is in unbelievable form for us at the moment, every time he bats I think he’ll get a big hundred.

“We fancy our chances against Darwen on Sunday, we’re playing very well at the moment.

“We have no worries about our batting, we’re setting big totals and it’s happening on a regular basis.”

On Saturday, Leyland’s game against Darwen went right down to the wire.

Skipper Makinson won the toss and elected to bat on an excellent batting track.

In-form Reece scored 73 at the top of the order.

His knock included seven fours and two sixes.

Chris Parkinson, Richardt Frenz and Henry Thompson all contributed with scores in the twenties.

But the star of the show was all-rounder Nathan McDonnell.

McDonnell blasted 67 off 50 balls.

The right-hander hit two fours and seven maximums as Leyland closed on 268-9.

Janaka Guneratne took the game away from Leyland in the Darwen innings.

The Clitheroe professional, who was acting as a sub pro, scored a magnificent 115.

An unbeaten 48 from David Bowden ensured Darwen reached their total with three balls to spare.

Reece was in the runs again on Sunday as he scored 104 of Leyland’s 241-7 against

Lancaster.

The century was Reece’s fifth in just 14 days.

Andy Jacques (3-26), Reece (2-24) and McDonnell (2-22) all took wickets in the reply as Lancaster were bowled out for 194.

On Saturday, Leyland travel to Stanley Park as they take on Blackpool.

Sunday’s final at Fox Lane starts at 1.30pm. It’s £3 per adult and £2 per concession, with a programme included in the entry fee.