Largo Cricket Club faced the league leaders Livingston at East Drive on Saturday. Livingston were looking to secure the league title with a win, however Largo were determined to give them a competitive clash with a side not at full strength. On a moist wicket Largo lost the toss and were forced to bat. Chris Barclay (39) and John Robertson opened for Largo with both off to a good start before Barclay (39) was caught on the boundary just before drinks. At 1 for 64 Largo were hoping for a big total but the second half of the innings saw a batting collapse with the remaining 9 wickets falling for 65 runs. Robertson (30) and Nick Rintoul (36) were the only major contributors with Rintoul the last wicket to fall leaving a stranded Captain Chris Harney at the non-strikers end. Spinner Peachey was the main protagonist for Livingston who finished with figures of 4 for 17.
With a target of 129 Livingston were hoping to make short work of the target. Aidan Brown and Rintoul opened the bowling with ferocity, both striking in the early overs to see the visitors lose 3 wickets in the first 10 overs for 13 runs. Rintoul inspiring his teammates with his best bowling spell of the season finishing with 3 for 17 off 8 overs. Hughes Gillin (1 for 22) and the Baddeley brothers Matt and Nick kept the bowling tight before Harney came on to utilise the westerly breeze. He quickly claimed the wicket of the Livingston opener H. Short (29) along with the opposing Captain A. Ali for 10 with a stunning catch at point by Substitute fielder Murray Sneddon and the Largo team could sense victory. Tight bowling and aggressive field placings saw Livingstons final capitulation with two run outs to finish 13 runs short leaving Largo with their biggest win of the season.
Attention now turns top the final match of the season against Carlton in Edinburgh.
Updated 14:13 - 20 Aug 2018 by Chris Harney