Cricketers hit for six at ceremony

Alex Anderson, right,  receives his players' player award from 1st XI captain Gordon Kinnear.
Alex Anderson, right, receives his players' player award from 1st XI captain Gordon Kinnear.

LARGO Cricket Club held its annual dinner at the Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links on Friday evening.

The hallmark of Largo’s four league teams over recent seasons has been their blend of youth and experience, and this was amply illustrated with players from both ends of the age spectrum collecting awards at the dinner.

Dick Dakin, a long-time Largo stalwart, collected the fourth XI batting award, from fourth’s captain Willie Anderson, to add to the long list of awards he has won over 20-plus seasons, while 17-year-old Alex Anderson collected the first XI’s Player’s Player Award.

Fourteen-year-old Hughes Gillin collected both the second XI bowling award and Player’s Player Award.

Hughes took a remarkable 30 wickets for the club this season, having worked his way up through the teams, culminating in a five-wicket haul claimed against top Edinburgh side Carlton 2 when playing for the first XI.

He was presented his awards by Bob Mowat.

Also making his mark in the firsts this year was U15 Scottish internationalist Ryan Brown, who was recognised by Cricket Scotland as their U15 Player of the Year for his outstanding performances throughout the season, taking 17 wickets, scoring 111 runs and making five catches for Scotland.

Clubman of the Year was Graham Dodds, for his input to the club, not only as a player and constantly willing helper, but also for his fundraising efforts this year in walking the Fife Coastal Path with son, Graham Jnr.

Chris Baddeley claimed the Dakin Dab Bat for the highest score in a match by a second, third or fourth XI player for his 97 against Morton.

Among the other awards was a special one for Bob Fleming, the club statistician, who is winding down after 13 years of dealing with the complexities of cricket scoring and recording – a monumental task, even in the age of the computer.

Mr Dodds, Mr Baddeley and Mr Fleming’s awards were all presented by Largo CC president Jim Gillin.

Pictured above is young Alex Anderson receiving his Player’s Player award from first’s captain Gordon Kinnear.