LARGO’S four league cricket teams were back in action at the weekend.
At a sun-drenched East Drive, skipper Kinnear elected to bat on what was seen by both Largo and opponents Carlton 2 as a 250-plus wicket.
The decision seemed justified as Kinnear and Rintoul settled in making a steady start. But, when Rintoul was bowled for 11 with the score on 22, Largo’s batting curse seemed to assert itself in the face of tight Carlton bowling.
Anderson went cheaply, trapped lbw, bringing Naveen Rajagopal to the wicket with the score on 34.
Rajagopal and Kinnear added only eight before Kinnear departed, caught for 19, three wickets down.
Despite Anderson’s three for 22, Carlton got the 139 required for the loss of only seven wickets.
In Edinburgh, Largo’s seconds lost to SMRH2 by four wickets, having scored 173 for nine, while SMRH2 scored 176 for six.
The third XI, also in Edinburgh, playing Kirkbrae, lost by one wicket in a very tight match, with Will Tooze the Largo man-of-the-match for an excellent 29 runs and his hard work in the field, including an excellent catch.
George Nairne showed all his usual guile with the ball, taking three wickets for five runs in his opening five overs, as did the unreadable Chris Baddeley, who took four, thanks partly to two stumping by ‘keeper James Tooze.
Having scored an apparently modest 99 in the face of some excellent Kirkbrae bowling, the Largo bowlers and fielders did incredibly well to push Kirkbrae so hard and only lose by one wicket.
The fourth XI, playing at St Andrews, also lost in a very tight match against Stirling County’s fourth, where just four runs separated the teams.
County scored 124 for seven with Strange (22) and Harper (28) the top scorers.
Ben Peddie took two for 28 from his eight overs and Parkhill, Ritchie and Caddick picked up a wicket each.
Adrian Caddick top-scored for Largo with 32 before he was run out and Dick Dakin added 17, leaving Frank Ritchie, 14 not out, and Ben Peddie, six not out, to get the seven runs required in the last over.
Strange, two for 17, managed to keep things tight and County were home by four runs.