Reece has hundreds of reason to succeed

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS. Leyland and Lancashire cricketer Luis Reece
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS. Leyland and Lancashire cricketer Luis Reece

Fresh of his first season as a full-time professional, Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Luis Reece has high hopes for this coming County Championship Division One season.

The former Leyland professional made a huge impact on the county circuit last season by scoring 722 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.53.

The 23-year-old had a highest score of 97 which came against Gloucestershire in the penultimate game of the LV County Championship Division Two.

And despite missing out on a prized maiden century, Reece was delighted with the impact he had on the Red Roses season.

He said: “My first season went really well but I was disappointed to miss out on that hundred.

“When I got close to the hundred, and then got out, obviously I was disappointed.

“But it was also the game we got promoted in and that was absolutely excellent.

“But I was pleased with how everything went and hopefully I can continue the form into the new season.”

The promising all-rounder is midway through a pre-season period.

And next month he and the Lancashire squad will be travelling to Dubai as part of a

pre-season programme.

And Reece cannot wait to test himself outside after a good time in the indoor nets.

He said: “We’ve been quite lucky and have been doing cricket and fitness since

mid-November.

“But Dubai will be a great chance to get outside and it will be a chance to find out about yourself.

“We play all formats outside and a couple of other English counties are also touring at the same time as us.

“We play all formats of the game and towards the end we have the chance to test ourselves against the red ball.”

After a fantastic first season, former England fast bowler Bob Willis tipped Reece to break through in the 2015 Ashes squad.

Reece was shocked by the comments but delighted to hear his name mentioned, although he insists he will be keeping his feet firmly on the floor.

He added: “Obviously it is a real compliment to receive comments like that, especially from somebody of such high standing in the game.

“But I won’t be getting carried away and performing for Lancashire is a priority – I don’t want to look too far ahead.”

Reece, who last season captained Leeds/Bradford MCCU to a famous victory over Leicestershire, reserved praise for his former Leyland skipper Dave Makinson.

He said: “I owe a lot to Dave and Leyland.

“I joined at 18 and they helped me work on my game.

“Their work helped me achieve my dream of becoming a professional county cricketer.

“I do hope I can play for them again this season, but it will be harder with county games starting on a Sunday.

“But I still keep in contact and show my face at nets as they are not just team-mates, they are friends too.”