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Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 22:41 [IST]
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West Zone holds Central Zone for a draw
Wednesday, February 18 2004 17:11 Hrs (IST)

Gurgaon:Dhiraj Jadhav compiled a marathon century as West Zone batted out the final day for a dour draw against Central in the Duleep Trophy league cricket match at the Devi Lal cricket stadium in Gurgaon.

West reached 352 for four in reply to Central's first innings score of 549. With the first innings remaining unfinished, the teams earned no points after four days of toil on a lifeless track.

Jadhav made 154 in a tortoise-like innings that lasted nine hours and 18 minutes, and consumed 445 balls but only nine times did the ball go past the boundary rope.

Another patient knock came from Hrishikesh Kanitkar who was unlucky to fall four short of a century. His 96 came from six hours and 45 minutes, needed 285 balls and contained nine fours.

Kanitkar and Jadhav added 213 runs for the second-wicket from 615 balls to grind the Central bowling to dust. Jacob Martin remained unbeaten on 50 but his innings was no less in length, spanning 219 minutes and 181 balls with six fours.

Central next take on North Zone in the Group match from Saturday at Nehru Stadium while West get a bye.

West Zone fights back strongly

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