CAPITAL WOES CONTINUE FOR LARGO 1st XI
By Chris Harney
Report by Ian Scott
On Saturday after their spirited effort against Edinburgh South the previous weekend Largo's 1st.XI cricketers were off to the capital to face Edinburgh CC at Campbell Park. Due to availability issues it was a much changed team which captain David Scott had at his disposal with neither Brown nor Eglinton who had lead the bowling attack so well the previous week available.
Opting to bat first Largo soon found themselves in trouble with Robinson(3)caught off his gloves by the 'keeper from the bowling of the aggressive Alum who then bowled Harney(0) in his next over. Looking to A. Warrender(4) to anchor the innings Largo were stunned to see him go, for the second week in succession, thanks to a spectacular catch. 13 for 3 became 22 or 4 when Gillin(3)was bowled by Mir.
Veteran Bob Mowat and youngster John Robertson then had to try to steady the ship and while their partnership only added 20 to the score before Mowat(10)was out to Razzaq they had at least held things together for 12 overs. Joining Robertson Rintoul(5]in characteristic fashion slammed a "four" before returning a catch to the bowler, Razzaq, next ball.
With 6 wickets down and only 49 on the board it looked as if last weeks low score of 71 wouldn't even be achieved. However the indomitable Stevie Warrender saw things differently and set about thrashing the ball around the ground initially getting support from Robertson who batted very solidly for his 33 and then from Scott(8 no). Warrender scored 38 including 6 "fours" before being bowled by Iqbal. Sadly Warrender's efforts were to cost him and the team dear as his batting heroics managed to further aggravate the injury he sustained the previous week resulting in him being unable to bowl and probably out of the game for a few weeks.
Unless they could get an early breakthrough defending 114 for 8 was never going to be easy for Largo especially against the Edinburgh side with one of the best opening partnership in the league - Ahmed and Sohaib Butt. Opening with Rintoul charging down the Campbell Park slope and himself from the other end Scott and the team could only despair as they saw chances go down from both Edinburgh openers to the captain's bowling. Despite ringing the changes with Harney and Gillin bowling down the hill and Scott holding up one end a breakthrough didn't come until the thirteenth over when Scott took a steepling catch from the bowling of Gillin to dismiss Sohaib for 30 and the score on 64. While Largo took a further 2 wickets including that of Ahmed Butt(71)thanks to a great catch by Rintoul from the bowling of Harney Edinburgh knocked off the runs they required with 19 overs to spare.
On Saturday Largo are at home to St.Boswells who have also only clocked up one win this season.