It’s a washout as only Largo thirds defy rain

Adrian Caddick batting at the weekend for Largo
Adrian Caddick batting at the weekend for Largo

While Largo’s first and second XI cricketers had their matches washed out by Saturday’s torrential rain at Kirkcaldy and Upper Largo, a few miles further west the thirds managed to get in their match against Dalgety Bay.

In far from ideal conditions, the captains agreed to a reduced overs game of 30 overs/side.

David Galloway bats for Largo.

David Galloway bats for Largo.

Winning the toss and batting first Largo made 100 for 7 with young opener William Naismith top-scoring on 38.

Fellow opener and skipper Howard Coates was the only other Largo player to reach double figures with 13 runs as the others struggled in the face of decent bowling and the damp conditions.

Singh Kohlan was the pick of the Bay bowlers with three for 14 from his six overs.

Kirkman(46) and Bielski(23) opened the batting for Dalgety Bay and their solid partnership effectively won the match for their team.

While Nairne eventually claimed both wickets ,Bay were well ahead of the run-rate when play was abandoned in the 22nd over ,giving Dalgety Bay a 45-run win based on a rain calculator score.

On Sunday, Largo fours entertained SMRH fours at East Drive, Upper Largo.

Having lost to the Edinburgh side earlier in the season in a fairly close match, Largo hoped to redress the balance on home territory.

Batting first Largo scored 167 for 7 from their 40 overs, thanks largely to a fine partnership between Galloway and Caddick with the former top-scoring on 68.

While both players hit big shots to all parts of the ground, both were equally adept at pinching quick singles and keeping the scoreboard moving.

Scoring at four/over is far from impossible on a good East Drive wicket and Largo needed an early breakthrough to boost their chances of a win.

Steve Bentley’s opening spell was just what skipper Anderson wanted, taking a couple of early wickets and helping put Largo in a more comfortable position at drinks on 20 overs with SMRH three down and 100 to score. SMRH fours were up for the chase, however, and, but for an inspired spell of death bowling by Luke Parkhill and Ben Coates, the visitors would have squeezed home – SMRH 165 for five.

A real nailbiter, but a Largo win by two runs.

Next week is the last week of the league season with Largo 1sts at home to Clackmannan County.