PUTTING the disappointment of Saturday’s curtailed cricket match behind them, a re-grouped Largo defeated the generally strong Eastern Regional Academy, a Cricket Scotland development team.
Put into bat by Largo, the Eastern Regional Academy were dismissed for 147 after only 43 of their 50 overs, thanks to some excellent Largo bowling and fielding.
Andy Robertson rediscovered his wicket-taking touch to claim two wickets for 32 runs in his 10 overs, and Stevie Warrender, Largo’s ‘man with the golden arm’ at the moment, took two for 13 from five overs. Bentley, N. Ali, Rintoul and Scott all chipped in with a wicket each, while ‘keeper Speering took four good catches behind the stumps, and sharp work by Scott and Robinson in the field resulted in two run-outs.
With an eye to the weather, which had forced Saturday’s abandonment, Largo opened with Speering as anchorman and Rintoul in a pinch-hitters role in attempt to ensure a high run rate and a Largo win, should the innings be shortened.
Both responded admirably to their roles, taking the score to 118 in the 23rd over, before Rintoul was bowled by spinner Azhar as he attempted to crack him for another four. Rintoul’s 54 included 10 fours but only eight singles.
Skipper Robinson then joined Speering to see the score to 145 before Speering was adjudged lbw.
This was the Australian’s best knock for the club so far, playing excellent shots in his 65, including eight fours.
A. Warrender and Robinson then saw the score on to the 148 required with only 31 overs gone.
This fine win should give the team some confidence as they prepare for this Saturday’s derby against Glenrothes at East Drive. Pictured are Matt Speering, top, and Nick Rintoul.