Whitings League stand with skipper Tyler Phillips of 165
James Harradine scored his maiden century for March Town Cricket Club as they ended their Whitings League Division 1 campaign with a convincing 126-run victory over Waresley on Saturday at The Avenue.
Harradine (101no) went to three figures with his fifth ‘six’ of the afternoon.
Waresley nipped out the top five with just 36 runs on the board, only for skipper Tyler Phillips to join Harradine in a super sixth-wicket stand of 165 and produce his highest score of the year, 67. Their impressive hitting saw March close their innings on 204-8.
The visitors were two wickets down straightaway, one to Phillips and the other to former skipper Chris Ringham, who may have taken his final first team wicket having played at the top level for 20 seasons.
That left vice-skipper Andy Wright to complete a very successful Saturday campaign with figures of 3-16 and leg-spinner Saranga Rajaguru to pick up 3-29 to top the Whitings League bowling charts with 51 scalps. Plans are already in place for him to return to The Avenue next season.
March finished in a much-improved seventh spot in the league.
Andrew George helped the Sunday 1st XI get their promotion challenge back on track with a stylish 94 against Stamford at The Avenue.
March now need just seven points from their final match at Newborough next Sunday to clinch a place in Rutland League Division 1.
After two recent losses, the 113-run triumph was a much-needed win.
Saranga Rajaguru, playing in his final match before flying back to Sri Lanka, produced farewell figures of 5-17 and included his first hat-trick for the club, as Stamford were dismissed for 166.
March Sunday scores are on the right.
March 1st XI 279-9, 45 overs (Andrew George 94, Saranga Rajaguru 32, Will Curtis 29, Shaz Akhter 28), Stamford 166 all out, 36.1 (Saranga Rajaguru 5-17, Dan Waltham 2-34)
Man of the Match: Andrew George.
Saturday, September 15: March 1st XI 204-8, 50 overs (James Harradine 101no, Tyler Phillips 67), Waresley 78 all out, 31.3 overs (Andy Wright 3-16, Saranga Rajaguru 3-29).