Khulna on Thursday registered a 398-run victory over Dhaka Metropolis to end their last-round game with a day to spare. This is Khulna's sixth NCL title.
Dhaka Metro are at the bottom of tier one with 29 points and are set to get relegated to the second tier. Dhaka, currently second in tier one, are on verge of a victory too but it will not be enough to top Khulna’s tally of 58 points.
Meanwhile in tier two, Rajshahi put up a brave fight against Rangpur to secure first place in the points table. In the process, Rajshahi clinched promotion to tier one.
Khulna v Dhaka Metro, tier one
Paceman Al Amin Hossain’s six-wicket haul saw Khulna emerge as the champion of the country's premier first-class cricket tournament. Chasing 508 runs, Dhaka Metro were restricted to 110 runs. Al Amin led the way with six wickets in 14 overs, followed by captain Abdur Razzak with three wickets. Dhaka Metro hardly put up any resistance with captain Marshal Ayub top-scoring with 29 runs.
Earlier, Khulna resumed their second innings on day three with Tushar Imran’s 138 runs and Mohammad Mithun’s unbeaten 50. The side declared on 423 runs for the loss of five wickets. Khulna batsman Anamul Haque and pacer Al Amin were named joint players of the match. Anamul scored 62 and 122 runs in two innings while Al Amin picked up nine wickets in the game.
Dhaka v Barisal, tier one
Dhaka have the perfect platform to end the season with a win. Khulna have already confirmed the championship but Dhaka, at number two in the table, will eye a win when they walk out to the middle on the last day on Friday. At stumps on day three, after being imposed the follow-on, Barisal trail by 140 runs with six wickets remaining in their second innings. Replying to Dhaka’s 588, Barisal resumed their first innings with 101 runs on the board and four wickets in hand.
But the ship drowned soon as Dhaka pacer Shahadat Hossain led from the front with four wickets, restricting the innings to 189. With the follow-on imposed, Barisal were asked to bat again and ended the day on 259 runs for four wickets. Barisal opening batsman Shahriar Nafees scored 104.
Rajshahi v Rangpur, tier two
The race for promotion to tier one has heated up between Rajshahi and Rangpur. Rangpur were on the front foot in the first two days of the game, only to see Rajshahi come from behind and end day three with a 153-run lead with seven wickets remaining. Much of the credit goes to Rajshahi opener Myshukur Rahaman for his unbeaten 200-ball 149 with 15 boundaries and two over-boundaries. Junaid Siddique added 68 to the tally. At stumps, Rajshahi scored 313 for three. Rangpur are at the top of the tier two table with 62 points, followed by Rajshahi on 59.
Sylhet v Chittagong, tier two
The two sides are desperate not to finish at the bottom of tier two and Sylhet were on the front foot at the end of day three with a 371-run lead with five wickets intact. Replying to Sylhet’s 555 runs in the first innings, Chittagong scored 320 runs. Opener Nafees Iqbal topped the innings with 99 runs, followed by Yasir Ali’s 60 and Mohammad Saifuddin’s 59. Sylhet pacer Abu Jayed bagged five wickets. With a 235-run lead in the first innings, Sylhet scored 136 runs for five wickets to stretch their lead. Opener Ruman Ahmed scored 68 off 66 balls with the help of six boundaries and four sixes.
18TH NCL, ROUND 6, DAY 3
lead Barisal 189 in 39.5 overs
(Shahadat 4/53, Mosharraf 3/46) & 259/4 in 70 overs
(Shahriar 104, Fazle 45) by 140 runs
Khulna 207 & 423/5d in 80 overs
(Tushar 138, Anamul 122) beat Dhaka Metropolis 122 & 110 in 39 overs
(Al Amin 6/41, Razzak 3/42) by 398 runs
Rajshahi 191 & 313/3 in 72 overs
(Myshukur 149*, Junaid 68) lead Rangpur 351 by 153 runs
Sylhet 555/7d & 136/5 in 21.5 overs
(Ruman 68, Sajjad 2/34) lead Chittagong 320 in 100.5 overs
(Nafees 99, Jayed 5/63) by 371 runs