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Soumya, Mosaddek steer South Zone to BCL title

Update : 27 May 2015, 07:23 PM

Prime Bank South Zone emerged as the champions of the Bangladesh Cricket League longer-version 2014-15 season following the fourth day’s play of the third and final round yesterday. Although the title-decider against Islami Bank East Zone at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong ended in a draw, South clinched the crown of the country’s premier domestic first-class competition by virtue of a first-innings lead. Whilst South ended their campaign on 46 points, East finished theirs on 39 points.

Resuming the final day’s proceedings on 231/4, South added a further 221 runs to take their overall lead to 590 runs. Riding on the back of centuries from Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain, South ended their second innings on 452/9 as skipper Abdur Razzak was unable to bat.

Soumya struck 127 off 165 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and three sixes while Mosaddek smashed 119 from 183 deliveries, his knock featuring eight fours and five sixes.

The fifth-wicket pair of Soumya and Mosaddek added 176 runs to take the title away from the opposition. Following Soumya’s departure, Mosaddek partnered Nurul Hasan and added 86 runs for the sixth wicket as East’s slim hopes of an unlikely win all but evaporated.

In reply, East, requiring 591 for victory, ended their second-innings tally on 166 for the loss of three wickets. Opener Liton Kumar Das and skipper Alok Kapali made fine half-centuries but East had very few overs at their disposal to record an improbable victory.

Meanwhile in the other match of the final round at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Walton Central Zone posted an 80-run win over Bangladesh Cricket Board North Zone to finish third in the points table.

In pursuit of 203 for victory, North resumed the final day’s play on 11/2, still needing 192 runs. North’s chase however, lasted a little less than 39 overs as they were skittled out for 122, thus presenting Central with an 80-run win.

Central spinner Shuvagata Hom scalped four wickets to take his match-tally to nine while Mohammad Shahid and Mosharraf Hossain bagged three apiece.

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