SO far, 18 of the 38 league matches Largo’s cricket teams should have played this season have either been cancelled or abandoned because of this summer’s dreadful weather.
However, Station Park in St Andrews was playable – just – and Largo 3s hosted Edinburgh’s SMRH3.
Winning the toss, Largo captain Rob Tooze asked SMRH to bat and was soon rewarded with young Matt Baddeley removing opposition captain Malik for a ‘duck’.
Using a combination of ‘swing’ and ‘spin’, the Largo bowlers kept things fairly tight, with Nairne and Matthews picking up three wickets each, Chris Baddeley two and Will Tooze one.
Frankland also bowled a tidy spell and SMRH were 127 all out in 35 overs.
Frankland and C. Baddeley opened the batting for Largo and showed their experience in getting the team off to a solid start.
SMRH must have thought they’d achieved a breakthrough when Frankland was bowled by Allan for 18 and Eglinton was bowled by Kell for one.
But Baddeley anchored the innings, scoring an excellent 67, before being caught from the bowling of Niven.
Dom Coates contributed a valuable 12 and James and Will Tooze saw Largo through to a five-wicket win, having seen dad Rob dismissed for nought.
At East Drive on Saturday, the Largo 1st XI and Dunfermline Knights 1sts made a gallant effort to get a match on in far from ideal conditions, with showers interrupting play on the already wet pitch.
Asked to bat first, Largo openers Rintoul and Anderson built the best opening stand for Largo this season – 92 runs before Rintoul, who rode his luck in scoring 50, was caught from the bowling of Amir.
Anderson followed 12 runs later for a well-crafted 41 and the score on 104.
Rajagopal and N. Ali kept up the pressure on the Dunfermline bowlers with Rajagopal powering five ‘fours’ across the thoroughly wet outfield to the boundary in his 28 not out.
With Ali on 15 and Largo on 147 for two after 31 overs, play was abandoned as the rain poured down yet again.
At Penicuik, Largo 4ths match against Edinburgh South 4 was abandoned after only a couple of overs.
On Sunday, East Drive was sufficiently dry to allow Largo 3/4s to play Dunfermline Wanderers in the quarter-finals of the ESCA President’s Plate. Largo scored 113 runs from their 30 overs for the loss of seven wickets, while Dunfermline were all out for 96 in the 29th over. Largo are at home in the semi-finals, playing either Holy Cross 2 or ‘The Casuals’.