Swardeston are delighted to announce the return of our 2022 overseas club professional for the 2023 season – Sagi Rajaguru.
We look forward to welcoming the popular Sri Lankan all-rounder to The Common for his second summer.
Last summer Sagi finished as the top wicket-taker in the Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League bagging 50 league wickets at an average of 19.54.
He finished up with 65 wickets in total with three EAPL five-wicket hauls and a best of 5-30 against Witham. Sagi also recorded 774 runs across the season with 14 catches as well. His season-best score was an unbeaten 98.
Sagi said: “Once again I need to thank Swardeston for giving me another opportunity for 2023. I had an enjoyable season with the boys and the club last year. Undoubtedly it’s such a lovely family club. I’ve been blessed to have a place like this and they looked after me really well.
“The EAPL is a quality cricket league and the best I’ve played in the UK. Every club brings in quality overseas players which is really good for the league.
“I want to thank Saffy Herathge who introduced me to the club and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. At the beginning of last season I struggled a bit but I bounced back and credit definitely goes to my teammates as they trusted me in every situation.
“Off the field, the Taylor brothers and Harry Barker helped me a lot and I’m so grateful to each and everyone at the club who helped me out in my journey in 2022.
“I’m here to improve my cricket so let’s do this together and hopefully 2023 will be a good one for all of us.”
Swardeston 1st XI captain Lewis Denmark said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Sagi back this summer. He fitted in really well with the group last year and the boys are excited to see him when he arrives in the UK.
“To finish leading wicket-taker in the EAPL is no small achievement and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop this summer and help the team continue to be successful on the pitch.”
Sagi joined Swardeston last year from March Town where he played in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
Also a Level 2 ECB qualified coach Sagi last year managed our Swardeston CEYMS Under-13 team which reached the final of the Norfolk Alliance’s Allan Bridgewater Trophy.