Blake and Kinnear star as 2s get a rare victory

Blake and Kinnear star as 2s get a rare victory

By Brent Bentley
21 July
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Largo 2s end long wait for win at home


Match Report 2s vs MDAFS 3s Home

After a wet week that meant no play was possible for the 1st XI in Edinburgh, Largo 2s were more fortunate and were able to welcome MDAFS 3rd XI to East Drive with the home side looking for another good performance after last weeks narrow loss at Livingston. Returning as captain with Sneddon unavailable, Guy Robinson's side were asked to bat first in what looked favourable bowling conditions.

Robinson opened the batting with himself and Kinnear, and the experienced pair made a steady start keeping out some very accurate bowling from the MDAFS openers moving the score to 25 before Kinnear was caught off the bowling of Banks for 11. Guy would then be joined by his brother Nick but the visitors would strike a vital blow soon after removing the Largo danger-man Guy for just 17 caught behind again off the bowling of Banks.

Blake fresh from his swashbuckling innings last week joined N Robinson and put on another partnership in the tough conditions but with the score on 59 again a double blow would come for Largo with both set batsman dismissed Robinson first for 11 then Blake for 24 to leave Largo at 66/4 with 15 overs to go. From this point Largo in the shape of Duncan and Smith would progress steadily, never able to increase the scoring rate much above 3 an over and eventually they would finish on 115/6 off their 40 overs, a competitive score however it would seem in the conditions.

Opening with Blake and Jim Gillin Largo went in search of early wickets and like last week this was achieved and thanks to some good catching even more so as MDAFS were reduced to 24/4, Blake with 3 and Gillin 1 to put Largo well on top and in sight of a rare victory this season. With a change of bowling to Robinson and Duncan came a partnership formed between Hodgson and Banks and with half of the target now met still 4 wickets down the game was very much up for grabs and it looked like a close finish was on the horizon nearing the half way point of the innings.

The game however would not have a dramatic conclusion as the introduction of Kinnear to the attack in a rare all-rounder role would ultimately win the game for the Largo side. Gordon thanks to some great support in the field which has so often been Largo's Achilles heel this year managed to pick up 4 quick wickets and along with captain Robinson who again would take 2 wickets late on in his spell managed to reduce the visitors from 58/4 to 63/8 and finally 87 all out to give Largo a well deserved victory by 28 runs.

In a low scoring affair Largo managed to put a fine all round performance which has not been the case for most of the season and will be encouraged to go on from here and finish what has been a disappointing year so far strongly starting next week away to Musselburgh 2s.

Summary: Largo 115-6 (Blake 24, Duncan 20, Gutteridge 3/31) beat MDAFS 3s (Hodgson 25, Kinnear 4/16, Blake 3/17) by 28 runs

Team: G Robinson (c), Kinnear, N Robinson, Blake, Duncan, Jamie Gillin, Smith, Scott-Bell, Jim Gillin, Dakin (wk), H Coates

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