Shenley denied by final wicket pair

PUBLISHED: 18:13 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 06 May 2010

Jemile al-Darraji bowling

Jemile al-Darraji bowling

Division Three Shenley Village 140 all out (48.0) Stevenage II 137-9 (39.0) SHENLEY Village had to bat first in difficult conditions against Stevenage II at Ditchmore Lane on Saturday. Hosts Stevenage won the toss and inserted Shenley

Division Three

Shenley Village 140 all out (48.0) Stevenage II 137-9 (39.0)

SHENLEY Village had to bat first in difficult conditions against Stevenage II at Ditchmore Lane on Saturday.

Hosts Stevenage won the toss and inserted Shenley on a rain-affected pitch. The visitors started with a flourish with captain Rahul Gajjar (21) hitting opening bowler Islam (0-28) for a six. Gajjar continued in a hurried fashion before falling to Nevill, who bowled throughout the innings for his figures of 2-67.

The second wicket to fall was that of Jemile Al-Darraji (22), followed by Hamill (9), Vadgama (12), Rawlings (16) and Morgan Stanley (6) - all to Zargar, who finished with 6-54.

Shenley steadied the ship and made a good recovery with solid late order batting from Saqeb (27) and Davenall (25). Chris Stanley was run out off the last ball of the innings, with a total of 140 all out.

In reply, Stevenage started well, but after the loss of opener Ganji (16) there was not a great deal of batting left. Russell Hann hit 41 for the home side, while Al-Darraji (5-44) was the pick of the Shenley bowlers supported by Rawlings (2-27).

As the last over was reached, two wickets remained with 11 runs needed. When Hayward (7) was caught, Shenley sensed a chance, but Islam stood firm and the match was drawn.

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