Mixed fortunes again for Largo cricketers

Largo CC first XI
Largo CC first XI

LARGO’S first XI travelled to Cavalry Park, Edinburgh, for their first away fixture of the season, with vice-captain Asman Ali and new recruit, New Zealander Brad Nicholson, replacing the unavailable Jamie Alloway and Alex Anderson against Marchmont.

Winning the toss, captain Kinnear elected to bowl and Marchmont soon found themselves three wickets down for nine runs in the eighth over.

Marchmont’s A. Sardesai and MacGregor dug in and ground out another 29 before Macgregor was caught by Kinnear from R. Brown, taking the score to a modest 43 for four at the interval.

A. Sardesai and Wilson seemed well set until the former was trapped lbw for 45 by Scott.

Wilson soon followed, run out by I. Brown. In the next over, Maksimczyk was bowled by Scott to make the score of 104 for seven.

Van Jaarseld then broke loose and scored a rapid 24, including five fours, until a great bit of fielding by Nicholson had him run out. I. Brown and Nicholson were each to claim another run-out victim before the Marchmont innings closed on 146.

Opening the batting, Kinnear and Rintoul scored at two per over until Matt Loeffen took up the attack in the 13th over. However, in the same over, Kinnear and Ali both fell to Loeffen, making the Largo count 25 for two.

Rintoul and Warrender took the score to 40 for three when Rintoul became Loeffen’s third victim for a solid 31.

Looking as if he was at last finding a bit of form, Warrender then inexplicably ran himself out.

Rajagopal, I. Brown, Nicholson and Robertson then all perished cheaply, leaving it to R. Brown and Scott to try to bring some respectability to the score.

This they did with the highest partnership of the day, which took the score from 56 for eight to 93 for nine when Scott was bowled by Maksimczyk for 18.

Bentley doggedly stayed with I. Brown to get the score into three figures before Brown was run out for 23.

Clearly, Largo had a chance of winning, having restricted Marchmont to a moderate score but, as in previous seasons, lapses in the batting department let the opposition off the hook.

Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Largo thirds played Morton 2 at the Meadows. Asked to bat, Largo skipper Rob Tooze and Chris Baddeley put on 70 for the first wicket. Jamie Gillin joined Baddeley and, together, they added a further 76 runs. Baddeley eventually made 97 before holing out on the boundary. With Patrick Jess and Will Tooze adding further runs, the innings finished on 161 for four.

Nairne and Wilson bowled economically, leading the Largo attack, but it was W. Tooze and Jess who made the breakthrough, dismissing the openers for 62 before the break.

Afterwards, Morton finished on 123, with Chris Baddeley man of the match.

At East Drive, Largo seconds lost to Edinburgh University Staff after seemingly getting themselves into a very good position at 130 for two, chasing 191, but were all out for 160.

The fourth XI had a walkover against Peebles 2, who could not field a team.