March Town lose at Cambs League leaders Sawston but cement fourth spot with Saranga Rajaguru reaching 1,000 runs for season
March Town picked up 14 invaluable points at runaway leaders Sawston to keep a healthy grip on fourth spot in the Cambs Whitings League despite a six-wicket defeat on Saturday.
Saranga Rajaguru scored 79 to go past 1,000 runs for the season in Division One.
March were 60-4 and Rajaguru found vital support from James Harradine, who struck his season's best 55 in a fifth wicket stand of 72. Harradine and Lewis Welcher put on 77 for the next wicket and that enabled the visitors to reach 229 all out.
With skipper Tyler Phillips still unable to bowl, Rajaguru claimed two early wickets with his leg spin, leaving the champions-elect 10-2. March employed seven bowlers but Sawston wrapped things up with 5.2 overs to spare, thanks to a third wicket partnership of 158.
March 229 all out, 46 overs (Rajaguru 79, Harradine 55, Welcher 34, Sam Clarke 16no), Sawston 232-4, 44.4 overs (Rajaguru 3-28). Man of the Match: Saranga Rajaguru.
The 2nd XI's promotion bid looks to be in tatters when they suffered a huge 120-run defeat to league leaders Godolphin in CCA Senior League Division 1, at The Avenue.
March were shot out for just 89, with Stuart Mills top-scoring with 21 at No8.
There was really no way back after losing the first three wickets for 13 runs in the opening overs after tea.
Earlier, the home side had given a good account of themselves with the ball. Mills took 3-31 and veteran seam bowler Stuart Arnold snapped up three wickets in four balls for figures of 3-21, as Godolphin were dismissed for 209.
Godolphin 209 all out, 44.3ov (Stuart Arnold 3-21, Mills 3-31, Nuwan Athukorala 2-35. March 2nds 89 all out, 34.4ov (Mills 21, Nathan Oliver 17, Anthony Henson 15). MoM: Stuart Mills.
n Both Sunday matches were abandoned.
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