FOLLOWING a couple of narrow defeats, Largo first XI cricketers were keen to get a convincing win under their belts when they played Leith FAB at East Drive, Upper Largo, on Saturday.
Despite overnight showers, the wicket was in excellent condition, the outfield fast, and Leith captain Dicks showed no hesitation in deciding to bat first having won the toss.
Openers Heintz and McCord scored quickly in the initial overs but the ever-reliable Bentley broke the partnership when he took a return catch from Heintz (15) to see Leith on 21 for one after five overs. Shepherd (0) followed in the next Bentley over, “dollying” up a catch to Largo skipper Kinnear.
Dicks then came to the wicket and built a solid, potentially dangerous looking innings with McCord which took Leith to 74 for two at drinks (25 overs). McCord was very unlucky to be run-out for 26 leaving Dicks on 40.
While Mann (10) offered some resistance until caught and bowled by Rintoul, Dicks had little support as Anderson and Scottish U17 spinner Ryan Brown demolished the tail. Brown finished with the remarkable figures of four wickets for five runs from 20 balls. Dicks’ fine innings ended on 79 when running out off partners he had to have a thrash at Brown. Leith 135 all out.
With Largo’s top order batting being fragile for much of the season no assumptions were made that 136 would be easy to chase down. Rintoul reinforced the pessimistic view when he was caught at slip by Selvin for four from the bowling of Wright with seven on the scoreboard. Warrender (13) and vice-captain Asman Ali (pictured left) got the innings back on track with a partnership of 31 before Warrender too fell.
Anderson joined Ali and the pair played some majestic strokes in a partnership of 74 which took Largo to 112 before a momentary lack of concentration saw Anderson (28) give away his wicket to the bowling of Fisher. Twelve runs later Ali followed having made a fine, confidence building 55 from 58 balls. N.Ali and Rajagopal saw Largo home to a six wicket win without further loss.
This was a solid, workmanlike performance from Largo which should boost morale as the team go into the second half of the season next Saturday when they play Leith away. Ali (55 runs) and Brown (4 for 5) were the Largo men of the match but Bentley also impressed with his 10-over spell in which he took two wickets for 12 runs.
Largo are also celebrating their win at Broomhall last week in the Fife Cup which sees them meet Glenrothes in the final to be played at Scroggie Park, Falkland on Sunday, July 7, at 2.00 p.m.
At showery St Andrews the third XI match against Kirkbrae was reduced to 30 overs a side due to the inclement weather and the late arrival of the opposition.
Winning the toss Kirkbrae captain Tahir decided to bat first. Despite an excellent early wicket for young Ben Caton, Largo could not dislodge Raza and Tahir.
Raza was eventually bowled for 88 by Dale Caton and Tahir run out by Aiden Brown for 55. Despite the loss of further wicket, including that of Raja to Dom Coates’ last ball, Kirkbrae scored a daunting 178.
Dale Caton and Bob Tooze opened the Largo run chase and started well. Unfortunatelty Dale was run out for 10 leaving Tooze to anchor the innings. Ian Brown (4), James Tooze (0), Dom Coates (2) and Will Tooze (5) all fell in quick succession to good bowling and survival and batting points were the order of the day. Stefan Borsley (11), Ron Filsell (5) and Aiden Brown (5) put up some spirited resistance, but Largo were all out for 121.
Tooze was the Largo man of the match scoring a spirited 43 before becoming one of Iqbal’s three victims. The weekend’s matchball sponsor was The River Inn, Johnstone.