Wet weekend sees Largo sink to defeat

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

It was a wretched weekend for Largo cricket as a mixture of defeat and bad weather left the village’s players hit for six.

The first XI travelled to Cavalry Park, Edinburgh, to play newly-promoted Marchmont on a damp and increasingly unpredictable wicket.

Winning the toss and opting to bowl, Largo skipper Robinson’s decision initially bore fruit with the early dismissal of Peachey, caught by Kinnear for nine from the bowling of Bentley in the third over.

Peachey’s departure brought Loeffen to the crease and there he was to remain for a further 36 overs, defying the Largo bowlers and scoring 63 runs to push the score to 149 for five, before a tired-looking shot saw him caught off the bowling of Rintoul.

The significance of this innings was underlined by the swashbuckling Collier’s 28 being the next highest score in the Marchmont total of 174 for nine.

Brent Bentley, with four for 33, and the luckless Andy Robertson, with nine overs for 16 runs, were the ‘stand-out’ bowlers for Largo.

With the tea interval came the rain, but it was Loeffen who was to prove a bigger thorn in the side of the Largo batsmen when he opened and bowled four consecutive maidens in his first spell.

Warrender and Speering then made a solid start, putting on 49 for the first wicket, before Warrender was out, caught from the bowling of Ghandi for 15.

The all-too familiar Largo collapse then followed with four further wickets falling for 19, leaving Largo teetering on the brink of failing to reach 100 for a second week in a row.

A. and N. Ali, Rintoul and the tail managed to scrape together sufficient runs to see Largo to 105 all out, 44 of these coming from Matt Speering.

The other three Largo league teams fared no better, with the second XI match at Largo against Morton being abandoned because of heavy rain, while the third XI lost to Holy Cross 3rds and the 4ths fell short chasing Edinburgh South.

The Scottish Cup tie against Dundee High School FP was postponed until May 29. This Saturday, the Firsts will be at home to Holy Cross.