November 22, 2001

Services hold on for tame draw

Staff Reporter

Being set a total of 312 for victory, Services played for safety rather than victory, reaching a total of 244/6 by the close of play on Day Four of their Ranji Trophy league match against Haryana at Faridabad.

Haryana's overnight unbeaten batsmen added valuable runs with the remaining tailenders, and their innings closed at 220 all out. Services started shakily, losing two wickets for the addition of 32 runs. PMS Reddy and Yashpal Singh, however, stabilised the innings.

Reddy departed with the score on 128, having made 53. His partner was dismissed less than 30 runs later, caught by Shafiq Khan off Amit Mishra for 64. CD Thomson made a fine unbeaten 44 lower down the order, ensuring, along with skipper Sanjay Verma, that Services did not lose the match.

Haryana, by virtue of their first-innings total, pick up five points from this match, while Services get three.