Rain fails to stop play for Largo’s sides

4th XI 's demon bowlers - Nick Baddeley and Ben Caton.
4th XI 's demon bowlers - Nick Baddeley and Ben Caton.

DESPITE Saturday’s dull and damp weather, Largo’s cricketers managed somehow to fit in their scheduled matches.

The firsts travelled through to play Clackmannan County.

The home side got away to a steady start but the nippy Gillin achieved the breakthrough in the seventh over when he had Anderson(15) caught behind by Warrender with the score on 26.

Taylor(1) followed soon after, also bowled by Gillin.

Razul remained firm forming useful partnerships with Sultan and Hefer before he was bowled by Brown for 35 in the 29th over.

Clackmannan captain Jhangir(37) anchored the remainder of the innings adding 37 runs with Ashraf and 24 with K.Ali.

Clackmannan finished 181 all out in the 49th over.

Without their holidaying strike bowlers, Robertson and Rintoul, Largo did well in restricting Clacks to under 200.

Brown and Gillin both took three wickets but the pick of the bowlers was probably Scott, returning from the seconds who took two wickets in his 10 over spell at the cost of 24 runs.

Largo started to bat in what were pretty murky conditions and the gloom seemed to deepen for the Largo support as top-order wickets fell cheaply only Warrender(17) and N.Ali (12) getting into double figures.

Largo skipper Gordon Kinnear (pictured) came to the wicket just before drinks with the score on 57 for five with little apparent prospect of a batting point(100) far less a hope of a win.

However, although Brown(9) and Gillin(2)went quickly, Kinnear and Bentley, batting at 10, built a remarkable ninth wicket partnership.

Both grew in confidence and built on the 83 for eight score Largo had when they came together.

Batting points targets were passed - 100, 125, 150 and at 160 after 46 overs and 22 required from four overs the previously unthinkable looked possible. Enter left-armer Mehboob to spoil the Largo fairy tale ending.

Having previously dismissed Warrender, Anderson and N. Ali he took a return catch from Bentley - out for an excellent 34 - and bowled Scott next ball. Kinnear was left 54 not out after a superb innings and Largo 17 short of what was at one stage an entirely improbable win.

Kinnear and Bentley’s partnership added 82 runs in 16 overs.

At East Drive the seconds were at home to Falkland.

Largo got away to a great start with Alyn Davies reducing the visitors to 21 for four after seven overs.

When Largo skipper Bob Mowat ran out Nellies this became 52 for five after 17.

Hepburn eventually fell for 44 but Morris passed his 50 to finish unbeaten on 58 Falkland 172 for 8.

The Largo bowling and fielding was decent but three spilled catches didn’t help the cause.

Largo’s batting struggled with Coates, Galloway and Mowat all back in the pavilion and the score only on 33.

Barclay and I Brown tried to stage a mini-recovery but Barclay missed a straight one from Hepburn and was clean bowled for 24.

At Station Park, St.Andrews, the fourths entertained Tranent in what was a rather unusual match as Tranent arrived with only seven players.

Largo won the toss and chose to field bowling Tranent out for 39 runs.

Largo then knocked off the runs required without loss in eight overs.

Youngsters Ben Caton and Nick Baddeley took three and one wickets respectively for Largo.

On Sunday at Grange Loan in Edinburgh Largo thirds were beaten by Carlton.