Brothers Union picked up a sensational one-run win over Victoria Sporting Club to end their season with five wins in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2016-17 season on Saturday.
Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club defeated holder Abahani Limited by four wickets as both the sides qualified for the six-team Super League phase. Abahani finished the first phase of the tournament with 16 points, same as Doleshwar.
In the third game of the day, Legends of Rupganj registered a five-wicket victory against Partex Sporting Club but the former are currently out of a Super League spot.
Meanwhile in the final round of matches on Sunday, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited will battle it out for a place in the Super League when they lock horns with each other at the BKSP ground 3. Both Sheikh Jamal and Mohammedan have six wins under their belt, like Rupganj.
The game between Kalabagan Krira Chakra and Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity at the BKSP ground 4 will also be a decider. Kalabagan and Khelaghar both have three wins so far and the losing side on Sunday will join Victoria and Partex as the third side to be relegated.
In the third game of the day, table-topper Gazi Group Cricketers will take on Prime Bank Cricket Club with both sides already assured of their place in the Super League.
Brothers v Victoria, BKSP 4
Brothers’ left-arm spinner Nihaduzzaman successfully defended nine runs in the last over. Chasing 236, Victoria were on track with decent contributions from the batsmen and required nine runs from the final over with three wickets in hand. However, the 18-year old Nihad conceded only seven. With 49, Victoria opening batsman Uttam Sarkar topped the innings while Manvinder Bisla picked up three wickets for Brothers.
Earlier, riding on Bisla’s 87-ball 78, Brothers posted 235 on the board in 49.1 overs. Indian cricketer Bisla struck three boundaries and as many over boundaries. Victoria left-arm spinner Monir Hossain bagged five wickets conceding 38 in 10 overs.
Abahani v Doleshwar, BKSP 3
National discard Marshall Ayub’s 83 off 94 guided Doleshwar to a relatively straightforward win over the Sky Blues.
Earlier, riding on middle-order batsman Afif Hossain’s 94, Abahani posted 246 losing seven wickets in 50 overs. Afif hammered 10 fours and three sixes. Doleshwar left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny maintained his run as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, taking two wickets in the game to increase his tally to 28 in 11 matches.
Later, Doleshwar lost six wickets before reaching their destination in 47.1 overs. Marshall scored his fourth half century this season while left-handed batsman Shahriar Nafees added 69 off 78 deliveries with three boundaries and as many sixers.
Abahani pacer Abu Jahed notched three wickets.
Rupganj v Partex, Fatullah
Pakistan's Raza Ali Dar scored 99 while middle-order batsman Mahmudul Hasan struck 70 before getting retired hurt as Rupganj beat Partex. In pursuit of 273, Rupganj reached their target with four balls to spare. Raza missed his century by a run as Partex opening bowler Mamun Hossain cleaned him up. Mamun picked up two wickets.
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Rupganj's Syed Rasel in action DHAKA TRIBUNE
Earlier, opener Jatin Saxena’s 91 off just 50 balls and Sajjad Hossain’s 50 saw Partex score 272 losing nine wickets in 50 overs. Saxena in his blazing innings struck 11 boundaries and five over boundaries. Veteran pacer Syed Rasel bagged four wickets while Mosharraf Hossain picked up three for Rupganj.
247/6 in 47.1 overs (Marshall 83, Shahriar 69) beat Abahani
246/7 (Afif 94, Sunny 2/34) by four wickets
277/5 in 49.2 overs (Dar 99, Mahmudul 70) beat Partex
272/9 (Saxena 91, Rasel 4/38) by five wickets
234/9 (Uttam 49, Bisla 3/39) lost to Brothers
235 in 49.1 overs (Bisla 78, Monir 5/38) by one run
Kalabagan v Khelaghar, BKSP 4
Mohammedan v Jamal, BKSP 3
Prime v Gazi, Fatullah
M W L Pts
10 9 1 18
11 8 3 16
11 8 3 16
10 7 3 14
10 6 4 12
10 6 4 12
11 6 5 12
11 5 6 10
10 3 7 6
10 3 7 6
11 1 10 2
11 1 10 2