Reece plays key role

Luis Reece
Luis Reece

LeyLAND CC star Luis Reece has spoken of his delight after helping deny Worcestershire from recording an early season win.

The 20-year-old, who was playing for the Leeds/Bradford UCCE university side at Worcester, batted for more than hour on Monday to secure a draw for his team.

The all-rounder finished on 21 not out from 55 balls, after recording a third ball duck in the first innings.

Reece, who is studying sports performance at Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “I didn’t get any stick in the middle because I’ve played with a lot of lads for Worcestershire 2nds before.

“I was keen to get off the dreaded pair, and did so with a cover drive for four. I felt a lot of pressure going into bat because I’d not contributed much. I didn’t bowl as well as I would have liked in the first innings. There were a couple of dropped chances and I took a while to settle.”

Reece, who was last season’s Player of the Season at Leyland, grabbed a couple of wickets in the second innings but says his over-riding memory will be Vikram Solanki’s knock of 110 in the first innings for Worcestershire.

“It was different class,” he said. “It was probably the best innings I’ve ever seen.”

It’s already been a busy start to the season as the all-rounder has just returned from a 10-day MCC Universities tour to Abu Dhabi.

He played four games for a MCC Universities side against a MCC Young Cricketers XI and took 11 wickets and hit a couple of 40s with the bat.

“The wickets were very slow, but I managed to get 4-48 in one of the games,” he said.

Reece is set to play two more friendlies against Hampshire and Derbyshire for the Combined Universities side, before his first possible call-up with the Unicorns, which consists of young stars out of contract or former pros hoping to secure a deal with a first-class county. It means he’ll probably miss the first few games for Northern League champions Leyland.

“It’s only the first week of April but the games are already coming thick and fast,” he said. “It’s important to start the season well.”