Makinson on the hunt for sub pro

Lancashires Steven Croft will be available for Blackpool in the cup final this weekend
Lancashires Steven Croft will be available for Blackpool in the cup final this weekend
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Leyland captain Dave Makinson is on the hunt for a sub professional as Luis Reece will be with the Lancashire first team squad over the weekend.

Reece will now miss the away fixture against St Annes on Saturday and Sunday’s Readers Cup Final against

Blackpool.

Makinson is already on the hunt for a replacement professional and is hoping to secure the same man for both

days.

He said: “In an ideal world we will get the same pro for both days but that won’t be easy.

“Almost every league is playing on Saturday so I’m going to look elsewhere.”

Makinson will now look into the county scene and he will have all the help from Reece ahead of the weekend.

He added: “Luis is going into Lancashire and will be getting some names for me.

“Otherwise I’ll be ringing around other counties to see who is available.”

The Leyland captain is dissapointed that more than likely Blackpool’s Steven Croft will be playing for his home side.

Dave said: “It’s disappointing because we lose Luis but then Blackpool will have Croft available because he isn’t with the first team.

Makinson was left frustrated after the weekend’s weather and admits it will be tough to catch league leaders Barrow.

But the captain knows anything can still happen.

He said: “It will be hard to catch Barrow but if they lose at the weekend and we get a full 15 points, then it opens everything up again. The weekend was very frustrating and the wicket wasn’t great with some very wet patches after the covers had leaked.

“But I was shocked at how many overs we played on Saturday as I didn’t expect any play at all.

“It was very dark and we constantly had the covers on and off.”

Makinson does have players missing this weekend but he can welcome back right-arm bowler Dale Jones.

Jones has been sidelined through injury and the bowler will be a much welcomed asset.

Makinson said: “Dale will be back and should be available for both games this weekend.

“Unfortunately Nathan McDonnell is missing for both games as he is at a festival, and Karl Cross is missing on Sunday as he goes away.

“So we are missing a couple this weekend which doesn’t put us at our strongest, but we will be fine.

“We are full of confidence going into both games and I don’t see why we cannot win both of them.”

Sunday’s final will be at Fox Lane, starting at 2pm.