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Fletcher Smith and fellow juniors give positives for 2nd XI despite loss as Largo 1sts are humbled in Brechin.

Fletcher Smith and fellow juniors give positives for 2nd XI despite loss as Largo 1sts are humbled in Brechin.

Brent Bentley27 May - 09:13
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Wickets for Juniors and new High Score for MacDonald show progression for 2s with 10 wicket defeat for 1st XI derailing positive start to the season.

1st XI

Largo 1st XI travelled to Brechin to face Crescent on Saturday looking to make it 3 wins from 4 this season. Hughes Gillin captained the Largo side and after losing the toss his team were asked to bat first.

Largo opened with Cusick and Das who were on this occasion unable to provide the good start to the innings they have provided often this season already as both were dismissed cheaply along with Rowley to leave Largo 27/3. With his side in trouble Gillin looked to launch a counter attack but soon after hitting a 6 fell for 19 trying to repeat the feat but caught this time on the boundary.

Sadly for Largo only Barclay from this point on would join Gillin in getting to double figures with all batsman struggling in the difficult batting conditions against a very good bowling attack for the pitch provided. Sneddon and Barclay took the score past 50 but Somasundaram (4/19) and Seenivasan (3/13) kept the pressure on the Largo batting resulting in wickets falling at regular intervals with Prashar finishing the innings with 2 wickets to dismiss Largo for just 58 in a very difficult 30 overs for the visitors.

In reply Largo knew they needed quick wickets but the home side confirmed their dominance on the day to reach the target without loss and in just 9 overs to send the Largo side home early with much to think about before their next fixture on Saturday at East Drive vs Perth Doo’cot 2s.

2nd XI

Largo’s 2nd XI welcomed their local neighbours Freuchie 2s to East Drive looking to avenge the loss to the same side in the 20 over cup on Tuesday night. Largo’s captain Brent Bentley won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

Largo, fielding a young but exciting bowling attack, opened with one of the youngsters Xander Sneddon and Macdonald with the former making the early breakthrough with a sharply rising delivery causing Glasgow to return a catch to Sneddon for just 1. Cresswell and Mackay in reply put on a 50 partnership before Fletcher Smith showed his promised again with the ball this year to dismiss both set batsman in quick succession with his swing bowling causing real problems for both, coupled with a wicket for Bentley leaving Freuchie 62/4 at drinks.

After the break Eilidh MacLeod making her 2nd team debut was brought on to bowl and she managed instant success with her fellow juniors Smith and Rory Koenig taking good catches to give her impressive figures of 2/7 in her first spell. Largo kept the pressure on with Gilmour and Koenig both bowling with good control taking a wicket each with Rory especially showing good composure against the opposition who were looking to counter attack to get his wicket caught and bowled, the pair reducing Freuchie to 92/8.

The game though would turn on the 9th wicket partnership of 53 between Gould and Sivalingam with the latter’s 44 off 41 balls taking the visitors to a competitive score of 146 before Bentley and Smith returned to take a wicket each to bowl out the Freuchie side with 10 balls remaining, Smith’s 3/19 the pick of the bowling figures.

After tea Largo opened with Tooze and Gilmour with the pair giving a solid base for the reply taking the score to 28/0 after 10 overs. Sadly for the Largo side though as in previous weeks the loss of Gilmour for 10 brought a middle order collapse with the following 5 wickets falling for only 10 runs to leave captain Bentley and the lower order much to do again.

Hope did come however in the form of MacDonald who managed to hit his highest league score of 19 which included a 6 to the longest side of the ground on the day which briefly gave the visitors cause for concern as he and Bentley moved the score to 80/7 with overs to spare and looking comfortable. However Bentley frustrated at missing out on some scoring opportunities was caught looking for boundaries for 16 before the innings was brought to an end at 81 with the dismissal of MacDonald and MacLeod, a 65 run defeat.

The batting woes for the 2nd XI continue this season but once again the performances from the youngsters in the team meant it was a positive outing for the side with the hope for a first win of the season to come in 2 weeks time when they travel to Meigle to played their 2nd XI.

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