Overseas star a smart Alex

Dave Makinson of Leyland CC is delighted that Alex Keath has joined the club
Dave Makinson of Leyland CC is delighted that Alex Keath has joined the club
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Leyland’s first-team captain Dave Makinson expressed his delight after the club confirmed young Australian Alex Keath as their 2014 overseas player.

The promising all-rounder is currently involved in the Melbourne Stars Big Bash Twenty20 squad.

And in November, he featured against England for the Cricket Australia’s chairman’s XI in Alice Springs as the tourists prepared for the Ashes.

Makinson is pleased the club has signed a “promising” player.

He said: “Once we knew Luis Reece wouldn’t be available for us in 2014, we started our search.

“I spoke with a few people including my former Lancashire team-mate Nick Speak.

“He is a coach at Melbourne Cricket Club and recommended him.

“So we took it from there and identified Alex just before Christmas.

“He seems a very promising player so I’m pleased we have signed him.

Leyland expect the 22-year-old to be in the United Kingdom in time for their first game of the season against Barrow.

Keath has experience in the UK after having spells with both Bournemouth and Bishops Stortford.

And Makinson feels it’s a huge thing that the youngster has experience.

He added: “ It’s a big thing that he has that previous experience over here.

“He is used to coming away and he knows what the weather will be like.

“Alex wanted to join us and play in a different standard with different

conditions.

“It will be a great test for him but I know we have a player with quality.”