1st XI Win!
By Chris Harney
Report by Ian Scott
On Saturday evening Largo's 1st XI cricketers came away from East Drive hot, tired but delighted with their win over visitors Westquarter and Reading. Winning the toss Largo skipper Scott elected to bat on a rock hard batting track surrounded by a lightening fast outfield. Openers Barclay and Rintoul got Largo away to a quickfire start knocking up 64 runs before Barclay was caught behind for 37 in the thirteenth over. While the unfortunate Harney went for a duck the Largo batsmen continued to pile on the runs helped by some slipshod fielding by the opposition. Although wickets were to continue to fall each batsmen made a worthwhile contribution with Rintoul scoring 38 and stand-in wicket-keeper Ian Brown
40. Brown with Eglinton(32) and Wilson(18) took the score to 208 before being caught from the bowling of Sheehan.
Matt Baddeley contributed what was to prove to be a very valuable 19 which include two towering "sixes" in his cameo innings batting at number eight.
Largo finished on 215 for 8 setting the visitors a considerable challenge.
Largo have always been a more than competent fielding team and having been reminded of this by the captain they set out to maintain their high standards by giving one of the best performances in the field for some time. Supporting the opening bowlers Scott and Baddeley magnificently very little got past the in-fielders to the great frustration of the visitors who saw the required run-rate continue to rise finding themselves at 67 for 1 at drinks(20 overs) Largo at the same point had 96 on the scoreboard although they were 3 wickets down. While Harney removed the always dangerous Aslam for 19 and Missel for a similar score Salik and Mazhar began to look dangerous both taking to the bowling of the always combative Warrender and casting the slightest of shadows of doubt in he minds of the Largo supporters. Scott then brought Rintoul into the attack along with Eglinton for a second spell. The former who had been impatient to get his hands on the ball all afternoon charged in bowling a great spell taking the wicket of Salik while Eglinton blew away the tail taking 4 wickets for 29 runs. Mazhar finished not out on 47 running out of overs as Westquarter finished on 190 for 8 from their 40 overs.
This was a great days cricket played in glorious weather and all eleven Largo players have to be congratulated on their contribution to a fine team win.
On Saturday the Firsts are bach in Edinburgh to play Buroughmuir.