Thumb injury rules out Leyland skipper Makinson

Leyland captain Dave Makinson
Leyland captain Dave Makinson

Leyland Cricket Club captain Dave Makinson is set to miss the next few weeks after breaking his thumb.

The long-standing skipper picked up the injury fielding in the club’s 83 run win over Preston earlier this month and is anticipated to miss at least the next four weeks of Northern Premier League action.

Makinson watched from the pavilion at Windsor Park as Leyland stormed past local rivals Chorley with a huge 124-run win in the T20 competition on Saturday.

And he was pleased to see profesional Pabasara Waduge hit his first century for the club with a score of 103 not out as he and Makinson’s son Andrew (62 n.o) tore apart the side who they currently share top spot with in the 50-over league.

He said: “We played really well. Nice for Waduge to get a couple of runs under his belt - that will give him some confidence after a couple of low scores.

“It was his first hundred for the club and his placement was brilliant.

“How he manipulated the field with some precision batting was great.

“And Andrew was hitting sixes - they worked well together.

“Chorley have had a good start too and it was two teams going into it on the back of good form, so it was good to get the win.”

Leyland head to Morecambe for a 50-over clash on Saturday before hosting Bury in the Lancashire Cup on Sunday.

And Makinson is happy with the club’s start to the campaign as they bid to retain the league title.

He said: “We could have played a bit better but we have won all of our games in the Northern Premier League so far.

“We were dissapointed to go out of the National Knockout (to Ormskirk) but we are doing well in the league and in the T20. Morecambe have not had the best of starts but anyone can beat anyone on their day in this league.”