Fielding must improve says Makinson

Leyland Cricket Club captain David Makinson
Leyland Cricket Club captain David Makinson

Injured Leyland skipper David Makinson insists his sides fielding must improve if they are to compete at the highest level.

Leyland’s fielding ultimately cost them in their National Knockout defeat against Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

The Fox Lane outfit dropped several catches including Quentin Hughes, who went on to score an unbeaten 70.

The North East side recorded their victory with just over two overs to spare.

Wondering what could have been, Makinson admits he is still disappointed at the defeat.

“Our fielding has to improve, that was a big aspect in the game on Sunday, we dropped too many catches and that’s where we went wrong.”

Nathan McDonnell was the only person to perform for Leyland with the bat.

He scored a superb 105 as Leyland were bowled out for 187.

Only opener Karl Cross (29) offered any other resistance as eight Leyland batsmen failed to make it into double figures.

With the ball, Leyland performed and had Chester-le-Street under the cosh.

Andrew Jacques and Henry Thompson particularly impressed sharing four wickets.

Ruing the earlier mishaps, Makinson reserved praise for both McDonnell and Jacques.

“I thought we bowled well as a team and we gave it our all,” he added.

“Andrew Jacques has bowled very well every time he has been in the first team,”

“He’s only missed out because he keeps picking up little injuries.

“Nathan played out of this world, he’s done it three times for us this season.

“We want him to bring that form into the league.”

On Saturday, Leyland travel to Lune Road to take on Lancaster.

Lancashire batsman Luis Reece made his return at the weekend against Kendal.

All-rounder Cross has also returned to the team meaning Makinson is the only first-team player missing.

And the injured skipper still has high hopes of a top four finish.

“Lancaster are always a challenge, especially at their ground,” he said.

“They’re wicket is unpredictable and you don’t know what you’ll get.

“We’ve got players back and that makes us a lot stronger, we still have our sights on the top four.”