New Delhi: A slender first-innings lead helped Services earn three points after their Group C Ranji Trophy encounter with Kerala ended in a draw here Tuesday.
Resuming the final day at nine for no loss, Kerala opener Abhishek Hegde scored a century of 227 balls. He struck 11 fours in his 107-run knock.
Kerala never looked like forcing a result in the match and declared at 193 for three in 77 overs.
All-rounder Rohan Prem scored a half-century and struck three boundaries. He remained not out on 53.
For Services, pacer Suraj Yadav took two wickets in the second innings.
This after skipper Soumik Chatterjee's fine century helped Services secure a 21-run lead over Kerala's first innings total of 314 runs.
Chasing a target of 173 with just 15 overs left in the day's play, Services were 85 for no loss when the match ended.
Kerala: 314 and 193/3 decl. (Abhishek Hegde 107, Rohan Prem 53; Suraj Yadav 2/30)
Services: 335 and 85/0 (Anshul Gupta 53*, Nakul Verma 32*).
Points: Services 3, Kerala 1.