Top performance pleases Makinson

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Leyland Cricket Club skipper David Makinson lavished praise on his side’s professional performance against Darwen.

The Fox Lane outfit made light work of Saturday’s opponents and in doing so leapfrogged them into top spot in the Northern League table.

It wasn’t all plain sailing as both teams had to deal with a wet wicket which deteriorated throughout the game.

Henry Thompson hit a crucial half-century and Karl Cross took five wickets to end Darwen’s unbeaten start to the season.

Makinson said: “Henry batted very well under difficult circumstances.

“It was a poor wicket. It was very slow and slow and it was difficult to bat on.

“It was saturated earlier in the week and then it dried but it was still wet underneath.

“I was happy with our total of 148-9 and then our bowlers did the job.”

Makinson in particular hailed the performances of Cross and Luis Reece, saying they did what they needed to do.

He added: “Luis bowled well and he seemed to enjoy it, he bowled 13 overs and bowled superbly.

“Karl doesn’t bowl badly and the wicket was perfect for him, he just bowled straight and outside off and let the ball do the work.

“Some were swinging and others were nipping off the wicket, so it was a good performance and a pleasing win.”

On Sunday, Leyland crashed out of the Lancashire Trophy against Greater Manchester outfit Prestwich.

Leyland could only manage 120-9 off their allocated overs.

And despite his side slipping to 90-9, Prestwich tailender Andy Bradley smashed 22 to win the game for his side.

However, even though his side was defeated, Makinson admits no sleep will be lost.

He said: “We were on the same wicket as the Darwen game and it had got worse.

“It was so slow and low and it was very difficult to score runs on.

“It is disappointing to lose but in all honesty we aren’t too bothered.

“This season has been very difficult playing on both Saturday and Sunday and we are losing players through injury.

“It’s a big ask for players who work five days a week and then have to play two games a weekend.”

On Friday night, Leyland defeated Darwen in thriller of a Twenty20 match.

Andrew Makinson hit the winning runs which keeps the group alive.

Now this Saturday sees Leyland travel to St Annes before opening up their Readers Cup campaign against Penrith.

Makinson is targeting two victories.

He added: “I’m hoping for two victories this weekend.

“We’ll have Luis playing for us which makes us stronger, we are playing well at the moment and our batters are looking forward to a good wicket at St Annes.

“We will be going into the games looking to win both.”