1st XI v Ramsey
Saturday, May 18
After two home defeats, the Saturday 1st XI are
finally up and running in Whitings League Division 1 with a confidence-boosting
58-run victory at Ramsey.
The best opening stand of the campaign - 56
between Brandon Phillips (33) and Adam Conyard (11) - paved the way for Shardul
Brahmbhatt and Saranga Rajaguru to show what they are made of. Brahmbhatt struck
73 off 71 balls - an innings that included 10 boundaries, four of which cleared
the ropes. At the other end in a third wicket stand of 89 runs, Rajaguru struck
six 'fours' and two 'sixes' in his 55.
Andrew George chipped in with 20 in the final
total of 232-8, off a reduced 45 overs - possibly 20 runs short of what at one
stage looked possible.
After tea there was a vast improvement in
energy levels and catching on the previous weeks, with Rajaguru pulling off one
of the catches of the season. The Sri Lankan was at deep long-off, where he
sprinted to his left to take a diving one-handed catch for the third Ramsey
wicket to fall. That was off the much improved Andrew Wright, who returned
figures of 3-38.
Ramsey fought well to reach 174, with Rajaguru
and Callum Young picking up two wickets apiece.
March 1st XI 232-8, 45 overs (Shardul
Brahmbhatt 73, Saranga Rajaguru 55, Brandon Phillips 33, Andrew George 20),
Ramsey 174 all out, 37 overs (Andrew Wright 3-38, Callum Young 2-26, Saranga
Man of the Match:
What a difference a week makes, finally the talented top 5 have delivered!
1st XI v Castor
Sunday, May 19
Rajaguru's scored his second Rutland League Division 1 century of the season
but still ended up on the losing side!
March overseas player hit 102 off just
78 balls (nine 'fours' and six 'sixes') in a total of 163-9, as the visitors
lost to Castor by 86 runs.
weakened March side only had three frontline bowlers. Once they were out of
the attack, Castor piled on the runs to set a target of 249-5.
The previous day's opening pair, who did so well at Ramsey,
were removed with two runs between them. Apart from Rajaguru, Ben Pyle's 18
runs was the pick of the rest.
249-5, 45 overs (Adam Conyard 2-85, Andrew George 1-17, Saranga Rajaguru
1-35), March 163-9, 34.5 overs (Saranga Rajaguru 102, Ben Pyle 18).
Man of the Match:
A great knock from Sagi but we must field stronger teams than this to
compete in this division.