Largo all out after Gala’s good innings

Howard Coates appeals after taking a catch.
Howard Coates appeals after taking a catch.

LARGO’S first XI cricketers made the trip down to Galashiels to play former Border League side Gala at their picturesque Meigle Park ground.

Winning the toss Gala elected to bat with left and right-hand combination Halls and Bolland quickly racking up the runs on a sloping wicket to which the visiting bowlers took time to adapt.

Rintoul finally achieved the breakthrough in the fourteenth over when he bowled Bolland(22), but Gala had put on 68 runs by then and established a solid base for their innings.

While H.Gillin dismissed Irvine (9) relatively cheaply Halls completed his 50 and went on to score 65 before being stumped by Warrender from the bowling of Brown.

This was one of the three dismissals the pair were to achieve.

While Largo’s bowlers persevered and clawed back the run-rate the fielding was not up to its usual high standard with several catches going down including Crooks who was dropped on 17 and went on to add a further 20.

A very difficult stumping chance was also missed, which saw Ormiston score 30 n.o. rather than go for a “duck” much to the annoyance of Warrender who otherwise “kept” very well.

Gala eventually scored 215 for 8. Brown was the pick of the Largo bowlers with figures of 3 for 35 from his 10 overs.

With Anderson and Kinnear missing from the middle-order batting, chasing 216 was a huge challenge for the Largo batsmen.

However, nobody could have predicted the virtually total collapse which saw the top six back in the dressing-room with only 52 on the scoreboard.

Only skipper Asman Ali got into double figures – 23 – before being caught and bowled by Moir.

With only 20 overs gone it looked as if the match would be over before the drinks interval but batting at 7 and 8 David Scott and Brent Bentley made a determined stand keen to avoid the embarrassment of the team not getting to at least 100.

With a bit of luck, some edges, good cricket shots and good running between the wickets, the pair put on 51 runs in 11 overs before Bentley (pictured) was bowled for 22 with the score on 103.

Scott followed shortly later on 25.

The pair had got the team into three figures and secured a batting point when the score reached 100. Largo were all out for 111.

This Saturday there is the local derby between Largo and Dunnikier at East Drive.

The second XI had a walk-over against Watsonians 3 who could not get their team to Largo.

As a result of the seconds’ misfortune the thirdXI match was moved to East Drive where they played Glenrothes three.

Ben Coates and Rob Tooze got on the scoreboard for Largo and, after a heavy rain shower intervened, it was George Nairne who scrambled the winning run for Largo.

Expectations were high as top of the league Largo fourths made the trip to Campbell Park, Edinburgh to face Holy Cross thirds.

The local side, though, suffered a defeat.

Largo’s social team welcomed Gargunnock in what turned out to be a close match.

Towards the end Brent Bentley and Aiden Brown came to the wicket needing 32 off the remaining 13 overs.

This task was made to look easy by the pair with 
especially some fine boundary hitting from Aiden reducing the target quickly and 
allowing Bentley to hit the winning runs with six overs to spare.

Bentley finished on 12 n.o. and Brown on 16 n.o.
This was a great game enjoyed by all at a sunny East Drive.