Largo slip through in soggy conditions

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DESPITE glorious overhead conditions for the second Saturday in succession, little or no cricket was played in Scotland, with ducks of the feathered variety rather than the cricketing type being recorded on waterlogged pitches.

All three Largo league matches scheduled for Saturday were called-off by Friday evening, as ground conditions were so bad.

However, Largo’s first XI were to get some cricket in on Sunday when they travelled to Dalnacraig, Dundee, to face Dundee High School’s former pupils in the first round of the Cricket Scotland Challenge Trophy.

Needless to say, following the previous days’ weather, the wicket was green and wet and, as a result, unpredictable and difficult to bat on.

Batting first, DHSFPs scored an apparently modest 91 for eight from their 40 overs, with Largo bowlers keeping things tight, backed up with excellent fielding. Ryan Brown was the pick of Largo’s bowlers, taking three wickets for 11 runs from his eight overs.

In response, Largo got off to a calamitous start, with openers Rintoul and Kinnear both going with only three runs on the scoreboard. Newcomers Rajagopal and Nicholson then impressed as they built a partnership which took the score into the 80s. Rajagopal was caught for 35, mistiming a pull-shot, and Nicholson was dismissed for 34, caught from a ball which suddenly rose on him.

An almost disastrous collapse then ensued, which plunged the score from a comfortable 84 for two to a nerve jangling 89 for eight.

With anxiety high in the Largo camp, the pressure was really on youngster Hughes Gillin when he joined Andy Warrender at the wicket but, calm as ever, Gillin tickled the ball away for the required runs and a Largo win. Largo now have the prospect of a local derby in the next round as they await the outcome of the Perth Doo’cot versus Glenrothes tie to be played on Sunday.

Largo 3/4s progressed to the next round of the ESCA President’s Plate without a ball being bowled, thanks to Dunnikier CC conceding the tie.

This week, the firsts play Carlton 2 at East Drive and the fourths play Stirling County 4 at Station Park, St Andrews. The seconds visit SMRH2 with the thirds away at Kirk Brae 2.