Give him a deal!

SMILES:  Luis Reece  has scored 1,027 Northern League runs (PHOTO BY MIKE LATHAM)
SMILES: Luis Reece has scored 1,027 Northern League runs (PHOTO BY MIKE LATHAM)

Leyland skipper David Makinson is calling on county chiefs to hand Luis Reece a professional contract.

The 20-year-old allrounder topped the 1,000 run mark for the season on Saturday with a knock of 73 against Chorley.

He also scored an undefeated 144 for Lancashire 2nds in the week to complete a memorable run chase against Sussex.

Makinson said: “Hopefully Luis will gain the county contract he deserves.

“It would be nice to see him join Tom Smith and Stephen Croft at Lancashire, but if not there, then any other county.

“Of course, if for some amazing reason he doesn’t get one, I look forward ot watching him destroy the Northen League bowlers once again in 2012, playing for Leyland of course.”

Leyland pro Brett Pelser also passed 1,000 runs for the season on Saturday and beat Gordon Greenidge’s record for a pro at Leyland.

The draw secured Leyland’s second spot in the Northern League but Makinson said it could have been more.

Makinson said: “If someone had said to me two years ago that I’d be genuinly disappointed with winning the Readers Cup and finishing runners-up in the league, I’d have thought they were insane.

“However, that is exactly how I feel the day after the end of the season.

“I genuinely think that not only the team, but the 1st X1 squad is stronger than it was last year.

“We have eight bowlers who have taken more than 10 wickets and have two batsmen that have scored over 1000 runs and another who has scored over 500.

“We have dominated many of the games that we have failed to win, just falling short by one wicket on five occasions and by three runs on another. “If we’d only won three of those six games we’d have won the league.

“This is obviously something we will have to think about over the winter and look to improve on next summer.

“Hopefully we won’t lose many players. I can understand lads being frustrated with their lack of oppotunities in the 1st X1, especially as the 2nds have won their double, but they have to make sure that when they do get their chance, they take it.

“It was great to see both Luis and Brett break their records and reach the 1,000 run milestones. I look forward to seeing Brett return next year and continue his great work at the club.”

Chorley skipper Andy Holdsworth joined in the support for Reece and Pelser.He said: “I would just like to reserve special praise for Brett and Luis on their fantastic achievements, and in particular Luis.

“To outscore a pro of the quality of Brett is huge achievement and I wish him the best of luck in breaking through into the county circuit - something he is more than capable of doing.”