Makinson hails smart Aussie Alex

Leyland wicketkeeper Tom Murray watches on as Morecambe opener Jordan Willoughby plays a shot to the leg side
Leyland wicketkeeper Tom Murray watches on as Morecambe opener Jordan Willoughby plays a shot to the leg side
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David Makinson has hailed overseas amateur Alex Ross, described the young Australian as one of the “best natural batsman” he has ever seen.

Ross played his last game for the Fox Lane outfit on Saturday against Morecambe and scored 14.

The 22-year-old has now returned home to start winter training with South Australia.

Ross’ first season with Leyland was nothing short of

superb.

He has scored a total of 1,208 runs in all competitions, with an average of 52.52 and a top score of 144.

Makinson said: “Alex was great to watch and he was the best natural batsman I’ve seen.

“His hitting is out of this world and I think he has a great chance of making it as a professional.

“He really enjoyed his time here and he particularly liked the trip to Malta.

“He was a real social animal but at the same time he kept himself to himself.”

In Ross’ final game on Saturday, Makinson admitted he was disappointed his side couldn’t secure the perfect send-off with a victory.

A stubborn tail-end partnership denied Leyland all 15 points.

Makinson said: “It was an excellent wicket but we had a dreadful start.

“We then recovered and posted an excellent score.

“Then Morecambe got off to a flier but after they lost a couple of wickets, they just didn’t play any shots. They never looked like chasing the total, until with a few overs to go, they just unleashed and started to play a shot a ball.

“But unfortunately we just fell short.

“We thought we had a great chance when they were playing shots.”

Nathan McDonnell and Andrew Makinson both scored half-centuries in the game against Morecambe.

McDonnell top scored with a fluent 82 and Makinson was pleased he could replicate his form in a pressurising

situation.

He said: “It was a great knock from Nathan and he batted very well, it was the first time for the first time that he had to go in under pressure.

“Usually the pressure has been off, but this time he knuckled down and he had to graft.

“He batted really well and it was a great knock.”

On Saturday, Leyland welcome rivals Chorley.

Andy Holdsworth’s side have enjoyed a welcome return to form and convincingly defeated Penrith on Saturday.

It is unlikely Leyland will be able to secure the services of an a substitute overseas amateur as no player is available that fits the league’s strict criteria.

Makinson also isn’t sure on the availability of former professional Luis Reece.

Reece was 12th man for England in their recent Test match victory over India.

Makinson added: “Luis could be in the Lancashire squad so I’ll only find out late on whether or not he will be available.

“I’ll keep looking for a substitute overseas amateur but it isn’t looking good.

“Chorley are doing well at the moment and we will look forward to it, it’s a derby for us but to be honest it’s not different to any other game.

“We will be confident and we want to win the game.”