Dave Makinson hailed batting sensation Alex Ross after the destructive Aussie guided Leyland to a fine victory over rivals Chorley.
Overseas amateur Ross hit an unbeaten 112 in Leyland’s three-wicket win in the Northern League at Windsor Park.
It was indeed the perfect game of cricket on Saturday as it had, runs, wickets and drama.
Skipper Makinson was facing the last ball of the match as Leyland required six to win.
Seamer Billy Smith bowled the ball only to see it fly back over his head into the sightscreens for six.
Although many hailed Makinson for the clean hit, the skipper was keen to praise his overseas star.
He said: “It was Alex who won us that game, he was the real difference.
“We batted poorly in the game and only Tom Murray, Andrew Makinson and myself to some extent supported him.
“We played terrible shots and it’s fortunate for us that Alex was out of this world.
“It’s the first time he has gone to the crease and we have needed him.
“He showed quality – it was a very classy knock.”
Makinson was full of praise for Chorley, who he felt bowled particularly well.
And it was the innings of all-rounder Kieran McCullagh which particularly grabbed the attention of Makinson.
With Chorley struggling, McCullagh came to the crease and hit an important 59.
Makinson said: “Kieran’s innings was excellent.
“He started off a bit scratchy but I think he hit me for four and after that he never looked back.
“He played very aggressively but they were all proper shots.
“I have seen him get a couple of 20s in the past but I have never seen him play anything like that.”
However, on Sunday, Leyland slumped to a heavy defeat against St Annes in the National Knockout.
Leyland were missing several key players but despite the defeat, Makinson has seen positives in the cup campaign.
He added: “It has been hard for plenty of players this year.
“We have had a few niggles and played plenty of games.
“Andrew Makinson and Will Jacques have both impressed and Jonny Mote has asserted himself well in the side.
“I know we lost on Sunday, but the cup run has helped us look at a number of players.
“It was definitely a worthwhile game for the club.”
This Friday, Leyland take on Chorley in the Twenty20 competition before travelling to Lancaster on Saturday.
Because of injuries, Makinson was unable to confirm any team news but is hopeful most players will be fit for the battles.