GREYS GREEN did well to restrict READING UNIVERSITY ANCILLARY STAFF to 150-7 with every run having to be fought for.
Just when it seemed that they would go on to make a big score, on a wicket made difficult by overnight rain, no batsman was ever settled.
All the Greys bowlers performed well, with Shafqat, returning figures of 3-25, and Lubbock securing 2-27 the most successful.
Only three visiting batsmen made scores of any note but a late blitz from Kamran, who scored 46 not out, brought the university to 150-7 at tea — a challenging total in the conditions.
The visitors, too, possessed some excellent bowlers and the Greys reply mirrored their opponents’ earlier struggles.
The spin of Zia and the pace of Main and Sami brought early wickets and reduced Greys to 39-5.
Just when it seemed as if the hosts were heading for defeat, Rooke hit 39 and Ahmed, 25 not out, gave Greys a glimmer of a chance.
But as the score neared 100 there was a disastrous run out — a direct hit from the boundary extinguished hopes of victory for the home side whilst re-igniting those of their visitors.
However, despite gathering gloom and 10 overs still remaining, Jenkins and Ahmed defied the odds, with the latter farming the bowling expertly.
Absorbing and gripping throughout, this sporting and competitive contest played out a very fair draw.