March Town beat Wisbech to seal Cambs Whitings League derby double
March Town went out with a bang in front of their home crowd against local rivals Wisbech, winning their Cambs League derby by 17 runs.
March’s Saturday 1st XI, playing at The Avenue for the last time in this season’s Whitings League Division 1 campaign, secured fourth spot for the first time since 2012 and also completed the double in this year’s Fenland derby.
Added to that Saranga Rajaguru, who recently passed 1,000 runs for the season, was the first March player to hit a Saturday ton against their old rivals since Shardul Brahmbhatt’s century in 2006.
Rajaguru went on a six-hitting rampage during his unbeaten 115. He cleared the ropes 11 times during a 123-ball knock. It was his fifth ton of the summer and the third on a Saturday.
He figured in a third wicket stand of 105 with Aussie-based Andrew Mills (25), after a brisk 51 from openers Ruwan Pitigala (28) and Brandon Phillips (19) in a total of 259-6.
Anthony Palmer was the chief away wicket-taker with 3-44.
Normally at The Avenue the batting side would have been home and dry, but Wisbech to their credit displayed a positive attitude after tea.
Two of their most experienced players, Gary Freear (71) and Cambs skipper James Williams (58), were up for the fight.
Skipper Freear hit nine fours off 90 balls and Williams six boundaries off 75 balls and the pair put on 106 for the third wicket. The match could have gone either way before both returned catches to the bowler.
Paul Edgeller (48 off the same number of deliveries) was defiant until the end as Rajaguru snapped up 3-34, Sam Clarke 2-25, and acting skipper Andrew Wright 2-34.
Occasional spinner Ben Pyle delighted his March Rugby Club mates with the prized scalp of Freear. Wisbech finished on 242-9.
March 259-6, 50 overs (Saranga Rajaguru 115no, Ruwan Pitigale 28, Andrew Mills 25, Brandon Phillips 19; Palmer 3-44). Wisbech 242-9, 50 overs (Saranga Rajaguru 3-34, Sam Clarke 2-25, Andy Wright 2-34).