Mixed start to cricket season

Largo CC first XI
Largo CC first XI

ON Saturday Largo Cricket Club’s first XI played host to Holy Cross in their first league fixture of the new season.

Despite last week’s often torrential rain the wicket at East Drive played very well, although the damp outfield meant boundaries were relatively few and batsmen had to work hard for their runs.

Winning the toss and opting to field Largo suffered at the hands of the Cross openers, Mazher and Fraser, who put on 81 runs before ‘keeper Warrender took a good catch from the bowling of Rintoul to remove Fraser.

Charlie Ellis joined Mazher to push the score on to 154 before Mazher was caught for 78.

Although Rintoul and Robertson were to pick up another wicket each Holy Cross finally reached a score of 227 for four from their 50 overs with Ellis 74 not out.

While chasing 228 for a win was never going to be easy Kinnear, Rintoul and Warrender went cheaply with only 27 on the scoreboard.

However, U18 Alex Anderson and Largo newcomer left-handed batsman Jamie Alloway steadied the ship and added 58 to the score by the interval after 25 overs.

With Anderson and Alloway playing well Bonfield then bowled Alloway for a very good 31. Anderson was also to perish five balls later to Charlie Ellis.

Rajagopal and Brown Snr followed soon after but did manage to get the score to 134 before the close of the Largo innings.

At St Andrews, Edinburgh South 3 were the visitors and put on 135 for seven with Vanam scoring 34 before being bowled by newcomer Sukhi Singh. In the bitingly cold conditions Largo scored 91 with captain Rob Tooze top-scoring on 19.

At the Polworth Oval, Preston Village 2 hosted Largo 4 in a low scoring match. Asking Preston to bat first Largo had them all out for 57 with young Scott Fleming picking up five wickets for 11 runs.

Parkhill, Jess and Ritchie Snr were also in the wickets. Largo reached the 58 required with seven wickets down.

Captain Dick Dakin was top scorer with nine while the extras given away by Preston amounted to an incredible 29.