Makinson keen to exploit treble chance

Leyland's Andrew Makinson. Picture by David Hurst
Leyland's Andrew Makinson. Picture by David Hurst

Leyland captain Dave Makinson will be going all out attack this weekend as the Fox Lane skipper targets three victories in successive days.

Morecambe, Salford-based Roe Green and Fleetwood will be the opponents as they feature in two league games and the Lancashire Cup.

Makinson’s men are already in fine form after recording back-to-back victories at the weekend when they convincingly defeated Kendal in the league and Preston in the National Knockout.

And Makinson doesn’t see any reason why his side cannot continue their rich vein of form.

He said: “We will definitely be looking to win all three of these games.

“We are playing very well at the moment and have a lot of players in top form.

“Three games in three days is a big ask and we struggled after two this weekend.

“We have picked up a few niggles and I’ll speak with certain players tonight (Tuesday) to see how they are feeling.”

The evergreen Steven Pallett has returned to the Leyland first team after countless years of impressing in the second team. Pallett claimed the prize wicket of New Zealand International Jamie How at the weekend and Makinson hailed his bowling performance.

He said: “Steve has been bowling very well for years in the second team and he has been unfortunate not to play.

“We’ve always had three seamers such as Luis Reece, Dale Jones or Brett Pelser along with Andrew Makinson, but this year we are shorter on numbers so he has come up and it’s another bowling option for us.”

Overseas amateur Alex Ross has had an excellent start to the Northern League season, hitting back-to-back half-centuries in the league.

And his form is being

mirrored through the side, with all the top six batsmen registering decent scores.

Makinson hopes Ross can kick on and convert his half-centuries into big hundreds.

He said: “Alex has been excellent, and he’s hitting the ball well at the moment.

“It’s difficult for some of our lads to get a bat with him striking it so well.

“He is in such good form at the moment, I think it’s only a matter of time before he converts a score.”

The past two weekends have seen Leyland compete in the cup games and the skipper is pleased that people are stepping up when called upon.

He said: “These games give people a chance and they are taking their chances which is a positive sign for us.”