Reece has his heart on the big time

Young cricketer Luis Reece
Young cricketer Luis Reece
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CHORLEY-based cricketer Luis Reece says he’s more determined than ever to try and become a professional cricketer after getting a taste of the big time.

The 20-year-old has been busy travelling up and down the country playing for university side Leeds/Bradford UCCE, Unicorns and Leyland Cricket Club.

Last week he scored 39 not out as his university side played Hampshire in a three-day game at Southampton before hitting 43 to help Leyland beat St Annes in the Northern League on Saturday.

On Sunday he played for the Unicorns against Lancashire at Old Trafford and scored 14 - which included getting off the mark with a ‘Dilshan scoop’ for four.

Reece, who lives in Clayton-le-Woods, said: “It has made me more determined than ever to try and become a professional cricketer.

“Playing at this level has improved my game and it gives you more confidence. I don’t feel out of my depth.”

Reece is batting at No 8 for his university side and No 6 for the Unicorns but he’s determined to move up the order.

“I’m only in my first year at university but it’s important to turn the 30s and 40s into 60s, 70s and 80s.

“In terms of my bowling I’m getting the edges but they’re not going to hand at the moment.” The all-rounder said that he’s spent the winter adding more shots to his game - including the ‘Dilshan Scoop’ in which the bat effectively becomes a ramp to help the ball over the wicketkeeper’s head.

“I was seen as a legside player but I would say I’m more offside now,” he said. “I don’t think you can rely on one or two shots so I’ve spent the winter working on some different ones.”

Reece said it was nice to play for Leyland on Saturday, although an agreement with his university and Unicorns prevented him from bowling.

“It was first time I’ve opened the batting this season and it was important to help the team to a win,” he said.

Reece had hit 43 off 57 balls before being unluckily run out when the bowler deflected Chris Parkinson’s drive onto the stumps.