A philosophical David Makinson admitted cricket was the winner as his Leyland side lost in the Kingfisher Cup national knockout at Chorley.
The Fox Lane side’s old rivals edged a thrilling encounter on Sunday in heart-stopping fashion, Makinson’s opposite number Andy Holdsworth hitting the winning runs with just two balls to spare.
And though Leyland were without in-form professional Luis Reece and handicapped by a host of other injury problems, Makinson refused to make excuses and instead offered his congratulations to the home side who were roared on by a big crowd at sun-drenched Windsor Park.
“It was an absolutely brilliant game and great entertainment for the crowd,” he said.
“Of course we are disappointed to lose out but we played our part in a great match.”
And after the home side edged past Leyland’s 163-9 for the loss of five wickets in that exciting last over, Makinson reflected ruefully on the fact that it was two former Fox Lane players, David Fisher and Ian Dickinson, who put together the stand that set up the victory.
“On reflection, we probably should have got a few more runs yet it was a turning wicket and we still had a chance,” he said.
“But David and Ian batted very well and fair play to them.”
Leyland suffered a hammer blow prior to the weekend when Reece, who has been on fire with the bat, picked up a knee injury while playing with the Leeds/Bradford MCC side.
That forced him out of Saturday’s league clash at champions Fleetwood, which Makinson’s men lost by four wickets too.
And with Adam Coates and Dale Jones unavailable and Andrew Makinson and former Chorley junior Danny Lamb unable to bowl due to injury, Leyland were depleted all round.
But Makinson said he was pleased at the way the players drafted into the side had performed, with Tayyab Afsar in particular producing a tremendous spell of bowling which very nearly turned the game Leyland’s way.