Makinson hails his improving troops

Andrew Makinson
Andrew Makinson

Dave Makinson has hailed a number of his Leyland players for stepping up to the mark in recent weeks.

The Fox Lane outfit have had an unusually inconsistent start to the Northern League season, winning just four of their eight games.

Bowling hasn’t been a problem for Leyland but runs in the top six that have posed a real problem.

However, in recent weeks, Leyland have started to perform much better with a number of senior players showing their worth.

Nathan McDonnell is continuing to impress with the ball while Chris Parkinson, overseas amateur Richardt Frenz and Andrew Makinson have all scored important runs with the bat.

With players now taking their chance, skipper Makinson is hoping for two exciting games of cricket against Morecambe and Bradshaw this coming weekend.

He said: “Saturday against Morecambe in the league should be a decent game and we want to win on Sunday against Bradshaw in the national Knockout too.

“If the wicket is good against Morecambe, then it will be a good game, as they have been a surprise package this year.

“But I’m pleased to see all of my lads taking their chance when they get

opportunities.

“Will Jacques is settling in opening the bowling and his brother Andrew has bowled well in cup games.

“Dale Jones has stopped playing now and that has given Nathan McDonnell a chance, who has taken it. He’s bowling well.”

But Makinson reserved special praise for Frenz and his son Andrew Makinson.

The pair are in red-hot form.

Andrew currently boasts a league average of 137 while Frenz has scored more than 250 runs in all competitions at an average of 41.67.

The skipper said: “Richardt is an excellent player, he’s not rash and he takes his time. “He just hits the bad balls.

“But he’s hungry for runs and he wants to score big.

“The wickets haven’t been great but he’s doing well, and I think we’ll see even more from him once the wickets get harder.

“It’s nice to have someone like Andrew in the middle order, as he’s happy and confident batting at No.6.

“He can bat both ways – he can dig in if need be or if we need quick runs, then he can go in and give it a whack.”

On Saturday, Leyland proved too good for league champions Blackpool defeating them by six wickets.

And Makinson only expects his side to get better with the addition of the returning Henry Thompson.

He said: “We pretty much outplayed Blackpool.

“They had Richard Gleeson missing but we have had lads missing all season.

“Now Henry’s coming back for us now and he is excellent.

“He offers options with bat and ball. He’s been one of our best amateurs in recent years.”