AT East Drive on Saturday, Drew Macfarlane’s well-timed drive for a ‘four’ brought Largo Cricket Club’s league season to an end.
More importantly, it saw the second team promoted from ESCA Division 5 into Division 4, thanks to a comfortable win against Falkland 3.
The 2nd XI’s successes in the league and in the President’s Plate have brightened up a league season otherwise blighted by the weather and the relegation of the 1st XI from Division 1.
Knowing they needed to win to go up, the Largo bowling unit put on its usual very good bowling display - which, but for a couple of dropped catches, would have seen the visitors dismissed for considerably less than their final total of 104 for nine.
Hughes Gillin, with three wickets for three runs, was the pick of the bowlers, with the other wickets falling to Dodds Snr, Brown Jnr, Galloway and Mowat.
While 105 seemed a relatively small target, the Largo team was very conscious of the fact the damp wicket could assist the Falkland bowlers just as much as it may have assisted the hosts.
D. Coates and Macfarlane opened for Largo and played solid, sensible cricket.
Having played some nice shots to the boundary, Coates’ technique deserted him and he was out for 15.
Skipper Galloway added a modest 13 before Alex Anderson joined Macfarlane and, together, they saw Largo through to the all-important win.
Macfarlane made an excellent 48 not out and Anderson 24 not out.
To have gained promotion in two successive seasons is a major achievement for a team which has embodied the Largo ethos of giving young, developing players a chance to play regular competitive league cricket, alongside more experienced players.
Frequently, more than half of the team has come from the junior ranks.
The 2nds’ target for next season will undoubtedly be to consolidate their position in the more challenging Division 4.
Meantime, although league action is over, the club hopes to fit in a few more friendly matches before the season reaches it conclusion.