Largo chop down the Woodcutters

Graham Dodds jnr leads the Largo bowling attack.
Graham Dodds jnr leads the Largo bowling attack.

A Largo CC Social XI hosted Edinburgh non-league side Woodcutters, recent runners-up in the ESCA President’s Plate tournament, in a 40 overs/side match.

Winning the toss, Woodies chose to field in the blustery conditions.

Opening the batting for Largo were veteran Dick Dakin and third XI skipper Howard Coates, who has recently found a bit of form as an opener.

The partnership was short-lived, however, with Coates(0) running himself out bringing Coates jnr. to the wicket.

Adjudged LBW, the youngster also departed for a duck a few balls later.

As Largo skipper Bentley came to the wicket he could not have imagined things getting worse, but they did as Dakin too was run out.

Largo were five runs for three wickets after five overs.

Anderson then joined his first XI team mate Bentley and between them they began to build a fine partnership which was to see Anderson reach a 63, which included nine elegant fours before unfortunately playing on despite depearate attempts to kick the ball away from the stumps.

The partnership of 109 took Largo to 114 in the 24th over with Bentley, usually first XI opening bowler and tail-end batsman, intent on reaching his maiden 50 for the club. This he did to loud acclaim from both home and visiting support.

With Gillin, another 54 was added before Bentley eventually was caught from the bowling of Vohra for 71 which included eight fours and and a six.

Clearly the other Largo batsmen were keen to push the score on, with Gillin(43) and Caddick(16) taking the score to 217 for 7 before Scott(32no) and Nairne(20no) added 41 in the last six overs

At 258 for seven following a poor start, this was a very good score for Largo.

Woodcutters then faced the youthful but formidable Largo attack of Graham Dodds jnr and Aidan Brown, who had the opposition in all sorts of trouble with Brown in particular getting the ball to swing prodigiously.

Wickets began to tumble, with only Bennet showing stout resistance with a fine 63, which included nine fours and two sixes as Woodies were bowled out for a totalof 126.

While Bentley was unable to bowl due to a damaged elbow, his bowlers did not let him down.

Caddick with two for 12 had the best of the bowling figures but all of the Largo bowlers performed well.

This was a match played in the very best of spirits and was good fun for all who took part, despite the margin of the Largo win.