Largo cricketers’ woe continues yet again

Naveen Rajagopal
Naveen Rajagopal

IN their bottom of the table clash at East Drive, the Largo First XI cricketers fell to Edinburgh opposition Grange 2.

The visitors ended up comfortable winners by 133 runs.

Largo, having asked Grange to bat, were reasonably happy with the decision when Bentley had opener Rae caught by A. Ali with only 21 on the scoreboard.

However, 99 runs were added by Munsey and Ul Haq before the next wicket fell, thanks to Ul Haq being run out for 24.

Munsey was then pouched by A. Ali from the bowling of spinner Anderson for 101. Anderson went on quickly to dismiss Pillai and Burton.

Scott, bowling Keenan, encouraged some optimism but former Warwickshire and England player Michael Powell was to show his class, as he and Collister ensured no collapse by Grange as they reached a final score of 265 for seven.

Collister (31) was caught by Simons from the bowling of Robertson, while the impressive Powell remained 73 not out.

Paterson and Munsey opened the bowling for Grange. Each took a quick wicket, with Largo skipper Kinnear out for a duck by Pillai, from Paterson’s bowling, and Simons (eight) was caught by Paterson from Munsey’s bowling.

N. Ali and Rajagopal managed to put a 50 partnership before Ali was bowled by Pillai for 19.

As he has done previously this season, Naveen Rajagopal was to be Largo’s top scorer, combining solid defence with extravagant thunderous shots to and over the boundary.

His 67 included five huge sixes, but no other Largo batsman was able to give Rajagopal the support he needed and Largo’s innings closed on 132 all out.

Largo Firsts now face a series of Fife derby matches with Glenrothes (away) and then Dunfermline (away and home).

The Seconds lost away to league leaders Falkland 2, while the Thirds’ match in Hawick fell victim to the weather.

The Fourths won on a concession by Musselburgh and with a concession by Broomhall, the combined Thirds and Fourths team advanced to the next round of the President’s Plate competition.

In better news for the club, Ryan Brown became the latest Largo junior cricketer to pull on a Scotland shirt when he took the field at Titwood, Glasgow, to play for Scotland Under 15s against Derbyshire.

Ryan, primarily a bowler, contributed 10 runs in a last-wicket partnership of 24. He then picked up a wicket, as Derbyshire were held to 206 for eight and a Scotland win by 31 runs.

Largo’s kwikcricketers also provided a happier spectacle.

The youngsters won the prestigious Moira Shaw Tournament at Arbroath recently, defeating Grange in the final, amassing 291 and a win by 66 runs.