Largo squad struggle to get off the mark

Largo Cricket Club 1st XI
Largo Cricket Club 1st XI

A BRIGHT, breezy and sometimes numbingly cold East Drive witnessed Largo Cricket Club 1st XI slip to yet another defeat.

Any hope the home side had of kick-starting their season was short-lived as the bowlers of visitors Holy Cross 1st XI, from Edinburgh, made rapid inroads into the Largo wickets - the hosts having lost the toss and being asked to bat.

While Holy Cross have a very good bowling unit, a lack of confidence and self-belief seemed a bigger problem for some of the Largo batsmen.

The first seven wickets were gone in the space of 21 overs, with only 45 runs on the scoreboard. Rintoul aside, none of the batsmen could reach double figures.

The ‘tail’, however, did wag a little with Gilmour (11), Scott (7), Robertson (8) and Bentley (13 not out) doubling the score. Worsnop and Bonfield, with three wickets each, were the pick of the Holy Cross bowlers.

Defending a score of just 92 was never going to be easy and, unfortunately, a breakthrough was not achieved until the 16th over, when Scott was brought on and trapped Pickering lbw with the third ball of his opening over..

However, the Largo bowlers delayed the almost inevitable Holy Cross win until the 29th over, thanks to some excellent bowling from Bentley, Robertson, Rintoul and again Scott.

In the circumstances, the Largo bowling was more of a damage limitation exercise and, despite Scott continuing to troubling the batsmen throughout his spell, no further wickets fell and Holy Cross won by nine.

Elsewhere, Largo’s 2nd XI had a much better day, beating Holy Cross 2nds in Edinburgh by chasing down the 139 made by their hosts in their innings.

Veteran club president, Bob Mowat, showed the way to the battery of youngsters in the team by taking three wickets for only five runs from nine overs and scoring 19 runs himself.

The youngsters didn’t disappoint, with Stevie Warrender scoring 30 not out, Alex Anderson scoring 25 runs and taking two wickets, and Ryan Brown and Hughes Gillin both picking up two wickets each - their combined ages possibly being less than that of president Mowat!

The 3rd and 4th XIs didn’t fare quite so well, both losing to Drummond Trinity 2nds and Tranent respectively, although the senior/junior combinations performed well.

For the 3rds, Laurie Scott’s two for 25, Eddie Hawkridge’s 37 not out, Stan Frankland’s 30 and excellent wicket keeping and batting by James Tooze were the stand-outs in a very good team performance.

John Braid’s 52 and Michael McLaughlin’s two for 10 were the highlights for the 4ths.