Harrow derby ends in frustration for Saints
PUBLISHED: 19:13 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 19:18 20 August 2013
Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two
Harrow St Mary’s (1 point) 189
Harrow (4) 162-8
Harrow St Mary’s came close to the win which would have put them above neighbours Harrow, but suffered an ultimately frustrating losing draw.
Saints needed two wickets from the final over to seal a win which would have moved them closer to second-placed Brondesbury, but Harrow hung on to take four points.
Harrow’s opener Nathan Cameron got off to a perfect start when he clean bowled opener Lakmal Kasthuri with his third ball, before Sam Blennerhassett was caught behind with his next ball.
That left opener Gary Pettet with incoming son Tom, and through the coming overs they withstood Cameron’s pacy bowling to manoeuvre the ball, as Saints reached 72-2 from 25 overs, with the younger Pettet reaching his half-century.
A straight drive from Gary Pettet in the 34th saw bowler Tushar Karia deflect the ball onto the stumps to have Tom Pettet out on 76, leaving HSM on 111-3.
Kunj Thakkar was dropped while on 16, while Gary Pettet began to increase the tempo until he was caught at extra cover on 37, before Harmeet Singh was caught for 11 by Aamon Soni.
Thakkar was bowled in the 50th for 31, followed by Nisanth Selvakumar who was removed second ball. The second father-son partnership of the Saints innings followed when Aalok was joined by his son Ajay – but Ajay was bowled for eight.
That sparked something of a collapse as, with six down, the remaining batsmen added only seven runs as HSM were all out for 190.
Saints got an early breakthrough with the ball, as Harmeet Singh claimed an early wicket with a stumping, before Tom Pettet caught Karia.
Spinner Bhavik Patel, having replaced Aalok Soni, got an lbw with his second ball - but took another 14 overs before HSM got another wicket.
Although the win was now likely for Harrow, the game could still offer a winning draw for either team or a win for HSM, and Harrow’s hard-hitting Aamon soni got his 50 with six overs to go and the score on 137.
Gary Pettet was wide with his first ball, relieving the pressure on Harrow, who could now aim for the winning draw. Kasthuri was brought back on and, with eight needed off two, had Soni stumped with his second ball.
With one over to go Harrow needed two runs, and Patel was swept for four. Saints could still claim the win if they could take the final two wickets, but with two balls left an appeal for a close catch was turned down and they had to settle for a point.
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