CRICKET: First century for Harradine and top billing for Rajaguru as March Town finish on a high

Saranga Rajaguru has been a star turn for March Town during his first season with the club. Picture:

Saranga Rajaguru has been a star turn for March Town during his first season with the club. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

March Town finished the Cambs & Hunts Premier League season on a high last Saturday – thanks to batting and bowling milestones.

James Harradine on his way to a first March Town century. Picture: PAT RINGHAM

James Harradine on his way to a first March Town century. Picture: PAT RINGHAM - Credit: Archant

James Harradine cracked a first century at senior level as they saw off lowly Waresley by 126 runs in their final Whiting & Partners Division One fixture at The Avenue.

Harrdine reached three figures in style with the fifth six of his 101no innings on a day when he was responsible for almost half of his side’s total of 204-8.

He also starred in a super sixth-wicket partnership of 165 with captain Tyler Phillips – who made 67 himself – to drag March out of trouble after they were reduced to 36-5 early on.

Saranga Rajaguru then confirmed his standing as the leading bowler at this level with 3-29 as Waresley were skittled for just 78.

March Town captain Tyler Phillips hit a half-century in their season-ending success against Waresley

March Town captain Tyler Phillips hit a half-century in their season-ending success against Waresley. Picture: PAT RINGHAM - Credit: Archant


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The Sri Lankan spinner has claimed 51 wickets during his debut season with March – the best return in the division – and the club are understandably keen to bring him back for 2019.

Andrew Wright also bowled well to bag 3-16 as March climbed into seventh position in the final standings.

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They finished just one place behind Fenland rivals Wisbech who didn’t even take to the field for their final game last Saturday as rock-bottom Kimbolton conceded.

March are closing in on promotion in the Rutland League after victory in their penultimate Division Two game last Sunday.

James Harradine following his March Town ton against Waresley. Picture: PAT RINGHAM

James Harradine following his March Town ton against Waresley. Picture: PAT RINGHAM - Credit: Archant

They triumphed by 113 runs against Stamford Town at The Avenue to leave themselves within touching distance of second spot.

Andrew George led the way with a stylish 94 as March amassed 279-9 before removing the visitors for 166.

Rajaguru delivered another demonstration of his prowess with a 5-16 haul in his final March appearance before flying home earlier this week.

March complete their campaign at Newborough this Sunday.

Wisbech were left without a fixture for the second time in two days as their Rutland League Division One opponents Grantham conceded last weekend.

They now finish the season with a trip to Peterborough side King’s Keys this Sunday.

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