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Town denied win in run glut

PUBLISHED: 11:48 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010

HARROW TOWN and Ickenham fought out a 579-run slug-fest, but the home side threw away a winning position after declaring on 311 with 50 overs remaining. Captain Michael Jadunath...

HARROW TOWN (311-8) drew with ICKENHAM (268-8)

HARROW TOWN and Ickenham fought out a 579-run slug-fest, but the home side threw away a winning position after declaring on 311 with 50 overs remaining.

Captain Michael Jadunath (pictured right) lost the toss and Town were put in, but openers Victor Jadunath and Gihan Herath made 70 in 12 overs to get them off to the best possible start.

The pair put on 105 before the first wicket fell in the 19th over but they then fell in successive overs to leave Harrow 113-2.

Michael Jadunath took up the reins with Tyron Theophile at the other end, and Jadunath reached his first 50 of the season off 58 balls while Theophile made 56.

Jadunath went on to make 95 before being caught trying to reach his century, and instantly declared.

Town looked certain of victory as Ickenham, without a win this season, emerged from the hutch.

But their openers had clearly not read the script, and Dan Cooper (78) and Tim Budd (16) reached 80 before Theophile trapped Budd lbw and then dismissed Cooper.

Kamlesh Desai (6-71) came on and 113-2 soon became 113-3 but the middle order stood up well and suddenly Town had just 10 overs left to take the final five wickets.

At 235-6 all Town had to do was mop up the tail, but time was against them and Stephen Gibson (23) and Paul Waller (4) held out for a draw, much to the frustration of Harrow's bowlers as they were forced to settle for four points.

"It was a very good batting pitch," said skipper Michael Jadunath. "We would have liked the 10 points and we missed some catches, but we're not too upset to get four.

"I felt 311 was sufficient to get us at least a winning draw but Ickenham have got a very strong batting line-up and if we'd declared any earlier I think they would have knocked them off."

n BESSBOROUGH dropped to the bottom of Division Three after losing to Barnet Bs.

They were all out for 121 and Barnet reached their target in 30 overs.

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