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i was in a similar predictament to you. i got on really well with this girl and one day after work i was talking to her and she agreed to meet me for a beer, then we meet again a few weeks later and we exchanged numbers. i asked her to the cinema she said there was nothing good on and also i suggested a pub and she said a few of us could go. I cut down on my texts a bit then and my mate said i had to allow for shyness, so i restarted texting a little more frequently and then she did agree to meet me and it's looking good.
If he asked you on a date he likes you, no harm perhaps in saying to him you were meant to meet a friend some evening but she's not around if he wants to hangout with you. I guarantee you he'll either say yeah or he can't make that night and ask when else you'd be free.