Skipper ready for Darwen

Praise: Brett Pelser
Praise: Brett Pelser
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Leyland Cricket Club captain David Makinson reckons Saturday’s game at Darwen could be one of the toughest matches of the season so far.

After a shaky start to the season the Fox Lane side beat Morecambe at the weekend to continue their climb up the Northern League table.

They’ve already lost two league games this season – the same as the whole of 2010 – and Makinson is calling for a big effort at Darwen.

“It’s going to be a tough test, especially away from home,” he said. “They’re one of the teams I’ve tipped.

“As for us, I still only think we’re playing at about 5/10.

“The batters needs scores, but I thought we made Saturday’s run chase against Morecambe look very easy.”

Luis Reece, who is expected to be available for the trip to Darwen, scored an unbeaten 68 at the weekend.

Makinson said: “He’s been coming in at No 7 for his university and has had to graft it out. At Leyland he opens the batting and has got a licence to go for it.”

The captain also had a word of praise for a South African pro Brett Pelser.

“He’s bowling really well,” he said. “The batsmen are playing and missing a lot. I think the edges will come like they did towards the end of last season.”