Looking to continue the momentum from last weeks convincing win Largo's 1st XI travelled to Falkirk to face Westquarter and it was vice-captain Harney this week at the helm who called wrong at the toss and the home side chose to bat.
On what looked a good bowling pitch Largo's openers hoped to make use of the conditions and it was Matt Baddeley who managed to do just that removing Misell early with the score on just 3 caught by his dad Chris and then got a 2nd with score on 20 and Largo were on top. This wicket though brought in Aslam who showed why he is one of the top performers in the league and along Tressider they managed to move the score along steadily against some good Largo bowling with Harney and Chris Baddeley backing up the openers well.
Finally it was C.Baddeley though who made the breakthrough removing the dangerman Aslam bowled for 42 and soon after the home side collapsed with Baddeley and Harney doing the damage to leave Westquarter struggling on 99/6. A steady recovery followed though but with no real injection of pace to the run rate and with a steady stream of wickets from the visitors Westquarter finished on 145/9 which looked a decent score on a difficult pitch with everyone contributing with the ball well throughout.
In reply the Baddeley's Matt and Chris opened and managed to get off to a good start nullifying the opening bowlers before, when the hard work looked to be done both were removed by Tresidder leaving Largo 25/2. Coates and Andy Warrander then took the attack to the home sides bowlers with the score moving along up with the required rate before just near half way in the innings Coates was run out for 16 leaving Largo on 53/3.
Just after the break though Westquarter introduced Mazhar who was leading the league in bowling average before the game and unfortunately for the Largo side he would show why. Firstly he would remove Sneddon and Nick Baddeley in quick succession to reduce Largo to 85/6 before a comeback by Barclay and Brown brought the game in to the balance. But with the score on 116/6 and needing 30 to win Mazhar showed how effective he could be in the bowler friendly conditions bowling the last 4 Largo batsman for just sum of 4 runs combined to give him figures of 6 for 11 and leave Largo 25 runs short of their target, Brown running out of partners on 16 Not out.
In a tight game on a difficult pitch Westquaters's stand out performers with bat and ball proved the difference and meant Largo slip back in to the mid table pack in Division 2. It also seems things wont be much easier next week when they welcome the undefeated league leaders Drummond Trinity to East Drive.
Match Ball Sponsor: Largo Hong Kong Supporters Club
Team: C Baddeley, M Baddeley, B Coates, A Warrander (wk), Sneddon, N Baddeley, Barclay, I Brown, S Warrander, Harney (c), J Gillin