5 wickets for Warrander inspires Largo to narrow victory in the gloom

5 wickets for Warrander inspires Largo to narrow victory in the gloom

By Brent Bentley
2 July
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Largo beat Kirk Brae on DL Method


Largo looking to get back to winning ways after last weeks controversial loss to league leaders Drummond Trinity welcomed 2nd place Kirk Brae to East Drive on a sunny day but with the threat of rain later on. Captain for the day Harney won the toss for Largo and decided to bowl first against the strong Kirk Brae batting line up.

Opening up with Matt Baddeley and Gillin Largo were on the front foot immediately with both taking early wickets, Gillin trapping V.Gupta for 4 and Baddeley removing visiting captain Khan for 7 well caught by Wilson. A partnership developed between Smith and Mareddy from there but on 1st team debut after impressing in the 2s all year, youngster Ben Michie would make the next breakthrough removing Mareddy for 21 caught by Stevie Warrander.

The remainder of the innings would be dominated by 2 good individual performances firstly by Smith who would go on to complete a well deserved 50 but on 54 was dismissed by captain Harney caught, behind by Andy Warrander. However the star for the home side was Stevie Warrander who would complete the best bowling performance of the season so far for Largo taking 5 wickets for 37 in his 7 overs, firstly removing the dangerous Sangster for 24 before removing the tail late on to bowl out Kirk Brae for just 147. This was a great performance all around by the home side taking 8 catches in the innings, surely a club record, and limiting an in form batting line up to a below par score on a good wicket.

In reply Largo opened the innings with Chris Baddeley and captain Harney but the latter would fail to make much of an impression scoring just 1 before being bowled by S.Gupta. Matt Baddeley would join his dad at the crease but just as they had seen off the openers Baddeley Snr fell to V.Gupta for 16. Matt and Andy Warrander in an unfamiliar position in the middle order would though continue to progress the innings well for the home side with Baddeley the aggressor.

The game would take a twist however nearing the mid way point of the innings when Largo would lose 3 wickets in quick succession of Baddeley (30), Coates (5) and Gillin for a duck to leave Largo in trouble at 75/5 off 25 overs. In what was becoming increasingly difficult conditions to bat in due to the very gloomy conditions at East Drive Ian Brown would join Warrander fresh off a 50 last week for the 2s, and he continued where he left off last week picking up runs quickly to try and get up to a winning Duckworth Lewis score should the game not reach its conclusion.

Largo would reach 115/5 off 31 overs and just as they were well ahead of the required rate Brown was removed by V.Gupta as part of his impressive spell of 3/18 for 20. Wilson would come in and score what would prove to be a vital boundary before the weather beat the two sides and the game had to be stopped with Andy Warrander top scoring on 31 NO. After some frantic final calculations with no more play possible it was Largo who were ahead and won the game by just 3 runs by the DL method.

This is a great result for the Largo side against such a strong opponent with everyone in the side contributing in some way in a strong all around team performance. The hope will be this can spark a winning run for the side starting this week against Holy Cross.

Summary: Largo 127/5 (A.Warrander 31*, M Baddeley 30) beat Kirk Brae 147 All Out, (S Warrander 5 for 37) by 3 runs on DL Method

Scorecard available: http://www.eastleague.org.uk/fixtures/division-2/

Team: C Baddeley, Harney (c), M Baddeley, A Warrander (wk), B Coates, H Gillin, I Brown, Wilson, McGilvary, S Warrander, Michie

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