Youngsters stepping up for Leyland

Dave Makinson of Leyland CC
Dave Makinson of Leyland CC

David Makinson hailed Leyland Cricket Club’s young guns as they stepped up to the mark to record a fine victory in the Lancashire Cup.

The Fox Lane outfit thrashed Salford-based Roe Green to advance into the next round.

Teenagers Sam Oldham and Jonathan Mote particularly impressed, with the former starring with both bat and ball.

Mote impressed with the bat hitting a mature 66 off 87 balls when batting at number eight.

But it was Oldham who drew most plaudits from


He said: “Jonny batted well down the order and he, along with Sam Oldham, dug us out of a hole.

“We were struggling at one point with all the recognised first teamers out.

“But both of them impressed and Sam also bowled excellently too.

“He isn’t quick but he bowls great areas – I don’t actually think he bowled a bad ball.”

Oldham claimed four wickets, while Tayyab Afsar took three and even batsman Chris Parkinson chipped in with a wicket at the end of the


Overseas amateur Alex Ross also claimed his first Leyland wicket, but Makinson chose not to bowl himself, instead taking advantage of his side’s dominant position to give everybody else a bowl.

He added: “Andrew Jacques bowled very well – I think they only had one scoring shot off his first five overs.

“I’ve already mentioned Sam, while Tayyab was good and everybody was getting in my ear asking for a bowl. I felt we had enough on the board so everyone got a chance.”