18,000 mile trip

Putting the Mile into Smile: Luis Reece hopes to be a pro
Putting the Mile into Smile: Luis Reece hopes to be a pro

18,000 mile trip

The 20-year-old has put an incredible 18,000 miles on the clock of this trusty Peugeot 106 as he splits his time between Leyland, Unicorns, Lancashire 2nd XI and his various university sides.

He has scored more than 1,500 runs in all forms of criket and is closing in on David Wareing’s record for the most runs scored by an amateur player at Leyland Cricket Club ina season.

Wareing holds the record with 953 but Reece already has 872 with a maximum of four more innings.

He missed Sunday’s dramatic Readers Cup victory over Kendal as he was playing for Unicorns at Somerset, where he dismissed England one day player Craig Kiesetter and had Marcus Trescothick dropped twice.

Reece puts his success down to a change in mindset.

“I’ve been more consistent this year and I think that’s because I’ve been very positive,” he said.

“You’ve got to look to score off every ball. If it’s a good ball you defend it or leave it.

“Whatever you do you have to do it positively. Your mindset helps your body move.”

Reece had the chance to be a club pro elsewhere at the end of last season but pledged his future to the Fox Lane club.

“If I had done that it would have been very hard to play the sort of cricket I have played this season,” he said.

“Captain Dave Makinson has also allowed me do what he thinks I should be doing.

“He has not overbowled me and given me a licence to play positively with the bat.

“Also Leyland is a great club with a terrific bunch of lads. How could I leave?”

On Sunday he drove up from the Unicorns’ game at Taunton to celebrate Leyland’s Readers Cup success at the Fox Lane clubhouse.

Reece says he is not getting too carried away with chasing the club’s amateur record

“I didn’t even know what the record was,” he said.

Leyland are currently second in the Northern League and he says his main focus is trying to get them to overhaul leaders St Annes.

The sportsman, who lives in Clayton-le-Woods, has been impressing at Lancashire CC in the second XI and has scored six 50s in nine knocks.

Reece has been linked with a number of counties but says he’s not taking anything for granted. “I could do with scoring a 100 for Lancashire,” he said. “You can never score enough runs.”

* Leyland CC is holding a funday this Sunday at Fox Lane with the proceeds going towards trying to bring pro Brett Pelser back to the club next season. There is a ‘dads and lads game’ and a a BBQ on offer. The fun starts at 1pm.