LAST Wednesday evening, a thrilling run chase by Largo’s cricketers warmed up the small band of hardy spectators who watched the first round Fife Cup tie against Freuchie.
National league side Freuchie started as favourites and were asked to bat by Largo captain Brent Bentley.
Openers Wallace and Khalil batted steadily; however, the pair never managed to push the run rate far beyond six per over thanks to some tight bowling by Robertson, Bentley and R. Brown.
Brown eventually bowled Khalil(38) taking Largo’s sole wicket in the match when the batsman went for a ‘big hit’. Freuchie finished on 129 from their 20 overs with Wallace 67 not out.
Andy Warrender and Rintoul then began the Largo run chase which seemed to start at a very pedestrian pace and well below the required run rate of 6.5 runs/over. However by the time Rintoul (28) was dismissed by Khalil in the 11th over, with the score on 67, the Largo faithful saw glimmers of hope provided Warrender stayed at the crease and didn’t run out of partners.
Although Galloway(4), Ali(6), Brown(0) and H.Gillin(1) all fell cheaply, Warrender, by retaining the strike, maintained the pressure on the Freuchie bowlers and fielders resulting in Largo needing 11 runs from the final eight balls remaining after Gillins dismissal by Gourlay.
Bob Fleming, a last-minute replacement for appendectomy patient Stevie Warrender, used all of his cricketing nous and not a little energy in ensuring Warrender was the facing batsman for the last over from Hussain.
Nine runs were required from the last over and in a mad cap blur of almost suicidal “twos”, panicking fielders and missed run outs Warrender and Fleming saw Largo home.
Warrender’s 79 not out marked a return to his old form as he struck the ball crisply to all parts including a delightful straight ‘six’ into the adjacent field. Largo are now away to Broomhall in the next round of the cup.