Another crucial win for Largo

Anderson and Warrender open the batting for Largo
Anderson and Warrender open the batting for Largo

Fresh from their dramatic win the previous Saturday against Falkland, Largo’s first XI cricketers, led by vice- captain Brent Bentley, faced third in the league SMRH 2.

Bentley won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first

Largo opened with Aidan Brown and Stevie Warrender which Warrender achieved removing experienced opener Brown thanks to a sharp catch at point by Matt Baddeley.

At the other end however big hitting opener Mourits, after being dropped early in his innings, was beginning to get going and some big sixes showed what a threat he was.

However he and Armstrong were removed by the bustling, aggressive Warrender, Anderson taking a good catch to remove Mourits for 37.

After 10 overs the score had moved quickly to 46 however Warrender had the top three batsman back in the pavilion with the game was very much in the balance.

Change bowlers Bentley and Matt Baddeley with their very accurate bowling built up the pressure keeping on top of the batsmen with both taking a wicket to leave SMRH on 65-5 at drinks(20 overs).

The drinks break brought the introduction of Alex Anderson returning to the side after some time out.

He returned with a bang firstly removing the very talented and dangerous Burgess, Ian Brown holding a great catch on the boundary, and then continued to take four more wickets in quick order bringing the SMRH innings to an abrupt close on 71 all out after only 27 overs.

This was a great display by Largo with Anderson’s f5 for 1 the highlight.

With his usual opening partner, club captain Nicky Rintoul absent Andy Warrender opened with Anderson to chase down the relatively small score required for the win.

One Anderson shot resulted in what is probably the first ever eight scored off one ball at East Drive as the result of an all run four which included a shy at the stumps on thefourth run going for four over throws.

In his career Anderson may go on to score more fours and sixes but it is unlikely he will score another eight.

SMRH eventually had a breakthrough with only eight runs required to win.

Warrander nicked behind to the keeper for 21 resulting in a mini-collapse with three more wickets falling including that of man of the match Anderson for a well crafted 42.

Galloway finally put the ball away for the winning runs and a well-deserved Largo win by six wickets. Largo next face Royal High Corstorphine in Edinburgh.