LEYLAND CRICKET CLUB:
First Team Captain:
Leyland Skipper David Makinson is hopeful that his side can perform well in 2015, building on the positives from the last few seasons.
As his Team continue to prepare for the opening game of the season David took some time out to give his thoughts on the season ahead for Leyland Cricket Club:
"It is always an exciting time of year with the new season to look forward to and I am hopeful that we can perform well again. Our record in the league in recent times has been good, so we need to focus on what we have done well and continue to put in the effort to improve.
A number of clubs appear to have been strengthened by bringing in new players, so I expect it to a competitive league. It could come down to which team clicks first and gets on a good run of results. The performance of a team's professional can be a big influence and lift the whole team. It looks like there are some decent pro's this year; all of which can be match winners for their sides.
We are pleased to have secured a promising young overseas player in Richardt Frenz. He should fit into our side well as a top order batsman. It means a lot to me that Richardt was recommended to us by our former professional Brett Pelser. They play together for North West province in South Africa and Brett is confident that Richardt will have a positive impact at the club.
With regard to the rest of the squad, leg spinner Tayyab Afsar has moved out of the area for his work, so he is unlikely to play, but Dale Jones is available again after missing last season.
The core of the team are approaching what should be their peak years having built up a good amount of experience together. We have also got some talented young players who have performed consistently well in the seconds and have earned the right to show what they can do in the first team."
Article by Richard Edmondson