The long awaited away match against Largo was proceeded by 2 weeks of glorious sunshine and blue skies with Edinburgh recording the lowest rainfall for April in the UK – we should have known ! Largo , renowned for a fine wicket and fast outfield with scenic view of the Forth is , as far as the Three’s are concerned, more famous for its quality teas -and a cancellation was never on the cards – we would have fought through a tsunami to get there ! The day was drizzle affected throughout …but not the lemon cake variety.
It is always a hard fought match played in good spirit and despite Largo’s best efforts and ‘ransomware virus’ attempts – and in order to keep our team ‘under wraps’ – we left our final selection (“Test Match” Tony Brian) until 11.30 pm on the Friday night ,whilst the skipper created a diversion by attending the Grange Ladies hockey dinner and being out of contact to all !
It was pretty ‘ dreich’ when we arrived but the ‘wee fifers’ were beavering away on the square cutting and rolling the wicket. It was agreed a 1.30 start and to reduce the game to 35 overs per side . This was excellent news as the skipper was in need of a snak , and neurofen , discovered a local bakery who produced excellent macaroni pies and very good apple pie –food for an athlete !
The decision on whether to bat/bowl was tricky – would the wicket be a minefield having been under cover and just cut/rolled ?, or a damp squib ? The skipper won the toss and chose to bowl as the outfield was drying so the ball would be ok . It immediately started to rain.
We set an attacking field in preparation for the wicket’s trickery – however the ball skidded onto the bat -and off to the boundary . Angus C opened up and got an early wicket caught down the legside well taken by David Davis . Rory High bowled useful off spin but again the wicket was docile and there was little movement . Coozin was having one of those days –(that all us bowlers have) – and proceeded to bowl a fine selection of pies –without the macaroni. The drizzle got stronger and the low cloud obscured the scenic oil rigs in the Forth .
Well…, opening pace and spin wasn’t working so the skipper’s next plan was slow medium ‘pies’ having spotted the openers weakness for short long hops decided he was the man for the job . Indeed the first went for four , the second for two and the third was well taken by Bothy at point off his boot laces –the first ever ‘cunning plan’ to work !
The bowling kept the lid on the scoring but poor fielding lost a number of boundaries as their opener punished anything wayward . It wasn’t easy in the poor conditions with the ball a bar of soap. Some athletic running and fielding in the outfield by Fraser Hutchison kept the runrate below 5’s . Fraser also bowled some tight overs unfortunate not to get a wicket .
Largo finished on 174-7 with Devon Vehlow 2-32 and the skipper 3-22 the main wicket takers .
A much needed tea commenced in the hall with many fine buns , and a warm cuppa !
It needed a good start to chase down that score in 35 overs – and we got off to a blistering beginning with Angus Cousin and Rory High hitting the opening bowlers to all parts scoring 41 off the first 5 overs ! Rory in particular punished the poor balls as boundaries flowed quicker than the previous nights Jaegar Bombs! Strangely the opening bowlers were replaced with better quicker bowlers but the damage was already done with both Rory and Angus attacking anything wide . The opening partnership reached 99… and then Angus smashed it straight down long-ons throat when a 100 opening stand was beckoning – ‘silly Cooziin !!’ But they had set up the victory . Geoff Mawdesley continued at good pace and then when Rory looked as if he could bat through he slapped the ball to mid wicket . David Davis and Geoff got within range both falling lbw to our unbiased umpires ! Fraser Hutchison came in and immediately put bat to ball – hitting the shot of the day past long on .
The victory and points bagged ! Good all round performance in difficult conditions –and we left as the oil rigs again appeared out of the mist …heading home for chicken & sweet corn soup – how could you have a better day !!
Batters ; Rory High 54. Angus Coozin 43 . Geoff Mawdesley 19. David Davis 18. Fraser Hutchison 25 n.o.