Makinson predicts cup derby will be a cracker

Dave Makinson of Leyland CC
Dave Makinson of Leyland CC
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Delighted Dave Makinson saluted his Leyland players after a cup triumph which sets up a derby clash against rivals Chorley.

Sunday’s home Kingfisher Cup national knockout second round victory over much fancied Liverpool Competition outfit Maghull sets up a third round head-to-head with Andy Holdsworth’s men at Windsor Park a week on Sunday.

And Fox Lane skipper Makinson said he was especially pleased that the win had been achieved without three unavailable first-choice players.

“I was very happy with that performance and the lads who came in all did well,” he said.

“And of course we’ll all be looking forward to going to our old rivals Chorley in the next round.

“If the wicket’s as good as it was when we went there in a league game recently, it should be a great game.”

Maghull top the highly-rated Liverpool Competition and were expected to provide a tough challenge.

But Leyland took charge from the opening overs and eventually clinched a convincing triumph.

“We batted well on a difficult wicket,” Makinson pointed out.

“I would have been happy with 150 but to get close to 200 was a bonus and we always felt confident from there.”

Leyland’s top two Northern Premier League clash against leaders Barrow scheduled for Fox Lane on Saturday sadly fell victim to the wet weather.

But Makinson’s side, who currently lie in a healthy second spot, hope to make up for lost time as they look forward to a league double header this weekend.

On Saturday, they travel to Stanley Park to face Blackpool, who were surprisingly dumped out of the Kingfisher Cup on their own ground by Palace Shield side Longridge on Sunday.

Then on Bank Holiday Monday, there is a home derby against Preston at Fox Lane. And with warmer and drier weather finally being predicted, there should be some decent cricket to look forward to.