Makinson pleased with form but feels more can be done

Leyland skipper Dave Makinson
Leyland skipper Dave Makinson

Dave Makinson feels his Leyland side is coming into form just at the right stage of the Northern League season.

After an inconsistent start to the season, Leyland have found some form, winning four of their last five fixtures in all competitions.

At the weekend, Penrith were defeated by three wickets in the league and on the Sunday, Leyland were five run winners against St Annes in the Readers Cup.

The Fox Lane outfit owe much to the form of batsman Nathan McDonnell.

McDonnell, who is also a handy bowler, has been in scintillating form scoring 272 runs in his last five innings - one knock being an unbeaten 101 against Darwen in the Twenty/20 competition.

Leyland will lock horns with St Annes again on Saturday before welcoming in-form rivals Chorley to Fox Lane on Sunday.

And Makinson admits he can’t wait for both fixtures.

“We’re playing well at the moment but I still think we can make improvements”, he said.

“We batted well at the weekend, on Saturday we looked set for 300.

“On Sunday, we started slowly but then Nathan scored an excellent half century.

“He’s in great form at the moment, he’s a middle order batsman who is a match winner.

“This weekend I hope the wickets are good, if they are then our batting is good enough to make it hard for anybody.”

Leyland still await a date for their National Knockout tie against Chester-le-Street.

Next Tuesday, Chorley make the trip to Fox Lane to play their second Twenty/20 tie, start time is 6.15pm.