Fourths show the firsts how it is done

LARGO fourths played hosts to Edinburgh South fourths in what turned out to be a remarkably low-scoring match, thanks to the influence of R. Kandi, a new recruit to the Largo team.

Winning the toss and asking Edinburgh to bat, the Largo bowlers had Edinburgh in all sorts of trouble, reducing them to 30 all out in 23 overs, with Kandi taking six wickets for five runs in a six-over spell.

Youngster Josh Cumming also picked up a wicket and Jess took two.

Luke Parkhill and Matthew and Nick Baddeley all bowled well, although 15 of the Edinburgh runs came as extras, including 13 wides.

Captain Anderson decided to give the youngsters in his team a chance to bat and moved them up the order, in partnership with the more mature players.

Veteran Dick Dakin opened with Nick Baddeley. Nick was bowled by Johnson, who seemed to trouble the Largo batsmen, eventually taking three wickets.

Nick’s older brother Matthew and Luke Parkhill did see the Largo team safely home, though, with six wickets in hand.

Again extras, were the top scorers – 18, including 10 wides.

On Sunday, Largo firsts travelled to Perth to play Perth Doo’cot CC in the quarter-final of the CS Challenge Trophy.

With a few regulars unavailable, D. Coates, G. Houston and J. Kermath were brought into the team.

With Largo’s strength lying in its bowling, captain Asman Ali asked Doo’cot to bat on what was a green, damp wicket.

With the score on 57, after 16 of the 40 overs, Ali may have been regretting his decision until Doo’cot opener Mearns (16) ran himself out.

This was the breakthrough Largo needed, with Nadeem Ali having Armstrong, the number three batsman, dismissed for a duck.

Youngster Hughes Gillin then stamped his mark on the match, clean-bowling opener Patton who was on 35.

Bowling in tandem, Ali and Gillin kept things tight, with Gillin trapping Hill lbw for his second wicket.

Kiwi Brad Nicolson then produced a fine spell of bowling, taking three wickets for 10 runs from his five-over spell, including a double-wicket maiden. Scott then took a theatrical catch from the bowling of Bentley and the Doo’cot innings closed on 109 all out.

Largo have found themselves in what looked like possible winning positions before and lost, and once again they failed to deliver – trounced by the bowling of J. Hill, who eventually took six wickets for six runs in his eight-over spell.

Nicolson, opening with N. Ali, was yorked first ball of the innings, bringing Rajagopal to the crease to join N. Ali. Both were going well until Ali was run out for nine.

A. Ali and Rajagopal had added 33 to the score when Ali was adjudged lbw.

At 51 for three, and plenty of overs to score the remaining runs to win, all was not lost, but the dismissal of Rajagopal for 23 and the loss of Warrender for three meant an uphill struggle for the rest of the batsmen.

Houston showed great determination and skill as he tried to anchor the remainder of the innings but Largo were left defeated and all out for 76.