Largo Firsts win to break duck

LARGO Cricket Club’s First XI travelled to Myreside, Edinburgh, on Saturday to face a strong Watsonians 2.

Despite having recorded no wins all season, the local cricketers managed to triumph over their opponents by 16 runs, in the first of two weekend games.

Batting first, Largo‘s starters fell cheaply with Rintoul (13), Anderson (11) and Rajagopal (13) all back in the clubhouse with only 41 on the scoreboard.

However, Nadeem Ali and Brad Nicholson dug in and added 90, before Ali was caught from the bowling of Cash for 36.

Nicholson was finally out for 57 with the score on 166. Ian Brown (33) and Andy Robertson (16) made useful contributions, pushing the final total on to 231 for nine.

Bowling, Robertson and Bentley kept things very tight in the early stages but Rintoul achieved the breakthrough when he trapped Flannigan lbw, with the score on 29 after nine overs.

Bentley then snapped up the wicket of Galbraith, bringing Chalmers to the wicket. He anchored Watsonians’ hopes of a win, adding 78 for the fifth wicket with Fleming.

However, Largo’s bowlers kept the pressure on and Chalmers’ partners could not stay with him, as Watsonians were all out for 205.

The following day, the firsts followed up their win with a match against Edinburgh Regional Academy at East Drive.

Only five of the team who faced Watsonians were available as Largo fielded first.

The Academy finished their 50 overs with 215 for five. Anderson took two wickets, including the prized scalp of Farrar (9). Scott and Hughes Gillin both picked up a wicket each.

Against an attack of the quality of this ERA team, Largo were always going to find the going difficult and were bowled out for 52.

Captain Kinnear was the only batsman to get into double figures (15).

Despite the low score, Largo showed considerable determination not to give their wickets away and it took 35 overs to see the final barrels fall.

Back to Saturday and, at East Drive, the Second XI produced a fine win against Dunfermline Carnegie, firmly cementing themselves in the top half of Division Four.

Batting first, Largo scored 195 for five with president Bob Mowat scoring an exemplary 63. Captain Dave Galloway contributed a lusty 39, Dodds Snr 27 and H. Gillin 20.

Chasing this total, Dunfermline Carnegie were to fall 36 short, with H. Gillin taking three for 14 and sister Briony Gillin taking two for 23 – including the wicket of Lafferty (37). Dodds Snr and Mowat also took two wickets each.

At St Andrews’ Station Park, the Fourth XI recorded a sizeable win over SMRH4. Batting first, Largo scored 201 for seven, with Stan Frankland top scorer on 60. SMRH4 could muster little resistance and were dismissed for 43.

On Sunday, the Third XI were in Edinburgh to play Carlton 4. Batting first, Largo struggled to put runs on the board and reached 98 for eight. Despite the best efforts of the mainly young Largo bowlers, Carlton knocked off the runs required in 22 overs, with Fedenczuk 50 not out.