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Sri Lankan cricketer Saranga Rajaguru uses pink ball trial to smash 141 for March vs Foxton in Whitings League


By Pete Woodhouse


Saranga Rajaguru used the pink ball trial to smash 141 – his highest league score for March – at The Avenue on Saturday during a 90-run demolition of Foxton in Whitings League Division 1.

The Sri Lankan left-hander thumped 18 boundaries, of which five were six, off 145 deliveries, as the red ball was rested throughout the competition for the day.

It was the second highest in the Cambs top flight this season.

Saranga. (14780998)
Saranga. (14780998)

He came to the crease at 13-1 and put on 106 for the second wicket with Udana Ranathunga (47) and then 103 for the third wicket with James Hilliard (31), as the home side posted 290-8, their highest total of the summer.

The visitors lost an early wicket to March skipper Tyler Phillips, but he pulled up with a hamstring injury after just 10 deliveries. His vice-captain Andy Wright picked up 2-40, with Ben Chapman taking 2-24 as Foxton finished on 200-8.

March now move up to fifth spot.

March 1st XI 290-8, 50 overs (Rajaguru 141, Ranathunga 47, James Hilliard 31), Foxton 200-8, 50 overs (Ben Chapman 2-24, Andy Wright 2-40).

A four wicket win at Longstanton keeps March 2nds in the hunt for honours in CCA Senior League Division 1.

March had plenty of ex-first team bowlers within their ranks as Longstanton closed on 219-9. Callum Young picked up 4-29.

Solid batting saw the visitors home with over five overs to spare.

David Hodson was just two runs short of a half-century, as he and Steve Hinson (20) put on 64 for the first wicket in their eighth win of the campaign.

Longstanton 219-9, 45 overs (Young 4-29, James Harradine 2-37, Nigel Wright 2-47), March 2nd XI 220-6, 39.5 overs (Hodson 48, Harradine 36, Wright 34, Hinson 20, Nathan Oliver 20). Man of the Match: Callum Young.

March 3rds have four matches remaining to get out of the relegation zone in CCA Junior League Division 3N, following a six wicket defeat at Doddington to Longstanton 2nds.

March could only manage 135 with Jacob Gray top-scoring and taking a nasty blow to the eye as he and Craig Worley battled away during a fourth wicket stand.

Manuj Patel bowled well but the visitors romped home with more than eight overs to spare.

March 3rds 135 all out, 36 overs (Gray 32no, Worley 29, Sam Mason 19, James Mortlock 17), Longstanton 141-4, 31.2 overs (Steve Coe 2-50, Patel 1-15, Adrian Bussey 1-25). MoM: Jacob Gray.

March 4th XI won their first CCA Junior League Division 4N match of the season, beating Sutton 2nds by three wickets.

Harry Gowler and Dan Dawson both produced four wicket spells, and veteran opening batsman Dennis Furnell (45) got the visitors off to a good start before 14-year-old Phoenix Nightingale scored his maiden half-century to help secure victory with four balls remaining.

Sutton 2nd XI 149 all out, 35.4 overs (Harry Gowler 4-22, Dan Dawson 4-42, Phil Goodfellow 2-15), March 4th XI 152-7, 39.2 overs (Phoenix Nightingale 54no, Dennis Furnell 45). MoM: Phoenix Nightingale.

March Sunday 2nds took another step towards the Ernie Wool Cup Final, when they beat Wisbech 3rdsby three wickets at The Avenue.

Teenager Harry Gowler was again in fine form taking 3-26 during the Wisbech innings of 156-8, with skipper Sam Mason returning 2-20.

March made a jittery start after tea but with two Whitings League players within their ranks eased home with over three overs remaining.

Adam Conyard struck his highest score of the season.

Wisbech 3rd XI 156-8, 40 overs (Gowler 3-26, Sam Mason 2-20), March 2nd XI 157-7, 36.5 overs (Adam Conyard 56, Ben Chapman 46no, Jim Chapman 23. MoM: Ben Chapman.

• The March Town Cricket Club Annual 3 Day Sports Festival was held on Tuesday, July 30, Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1.

March Town CC 3 Day Sports Fest 2019. (14780981)
March Town CC 3 Day Sports Fest 2019. (14780981)

This was the 15th year of sports coaches offering children the opportunity to learn and practice numerous sporting skills.

Over 60 boys and girls aged between 6 and 11 years attended this year’s festival.

Sports coached were cricket, football, boxing, hockey, rounder and multi sports plus lots of fun on the bouncy castles on the thursday.

On Thursday evening all the children with their parents returned to enjoy the presentation evening and collect their goody bags from the Mayor of March Rob Skoulding which included a ‘Fenmarc' baseball cap.

Pictured are Alex Thorne (Fenmarc procurement manager) with the junior section coach Bill Adamson plus a group of children wearing their new caps.



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