Harrow St Mary’s miss out despite Haran’s heroics
PUBLISHED: 13:35 25 July 2012
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Haran Dharmaraja hit a half-century and took four wickets, but it was not enough for Harrow St Mary’s as they were restricted to a point at Edmonton.
Dharmaraja came in at no9 and hit 63 to lift Saints to a respectable total of 155 before bowling his side agonisingly close to victory, only for Edmonton to edge past the four-point total.
Put in on a damp, uncovered wicket, HSM were soon in trouble as Harmeet Singh was caught in the gully off a rising delivery and Robbie Van der Ross and Sam Blennerhasset soon followed him back to the pavilion at 7-3.
Tom Pettet and Kunj Thakkar got the scoreboard ticking along, with Pettet (21) flicking a six off his pads only to be bowled by the next delivery, while Lakmal Kasthuri survived only seven balls before he edged to the keeper.
Thakkar had reached 18 when he misjudged a pull shot, Jaimit Patel fell without scoring and, when Nishil Patel departed for 23, the outlook appeared bleak at 76-8.
But Dharmaraja was joined at the crease by Middlesex Colts’ under-14 captain Kushal Patel, who played with a maturity beyond his years as the pair put on 74 for the ninth wicket.
Patel was finally out for 12 in the penultimate over while Dharmaraja, who blazed a string of boundaries, was last man out, with Edmonton’s Lesborne Edwards finishing with 5-49.
HSM applied the pressure early on in the home side’s reply as Dharmaraja (4-42) picked up an lbw decision and Singh – having missed a difficult chance in the gully – then caught an even harder one.
Singh took a wicket of his own, then claimed another catch in the slips off Kasthuri (3-46) as the batting began to crumble and, with eight overs left, Edmonton were seven down and still 19 runs short of the winning draw.
Although Dharamaraja claimed the eighth wicket, HSM missed their chance to take the ninth when Patel and Thakkar ran for a skier in the penultimate over – but then left the catch for each other and Edmonton saw the game out at 129-8.
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