BCB North Zone are at the top of the Bangladesh Cricket League’s points table following the third round’s play Wednesday as the first-class tournament goes into a breather ahead of the upcoming Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2018, scheduled to begin on February 5.
North Zone ended up with 34 points after their game against Prime Bank South Zone concluded in a draw at Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi. South Zone are third with 26 points.
The other match between Islami Bank East Zone and Walton Central Zone at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna also finished in a draw. East Zone are second with 30 points while Central Zone are at the bottom with 19 points.
South Zone v North Zone
South Zone, resuming the fourth and final day’s play on 429 runs for the loss of eight wickets, eventually made 433 in their first innings, giving them a lead of 25. The veteran Tushar Imran top-scored for South Zone with 148 while No 3 batsman Imrul Kayes made 118. North Zone seamer Shafiul Islam and spinner Taijul Islam bagged four wickets apiece.
In reply, North Zone posted 356 losing five wickets, opener Junaid Siddique scoring the highest 150 for his side. No 6 batsman Ariful Haque made an unbeaten 103 as North Zone took a 331-run lead before the umpires removed the bails to signal the end of the day’s proceedings. North Zone had earlier registered 408 in their first innings.
East Zone v Central Zone
Replying to East Zone’s mammoth first innings total of 735/6 declared, Central Zone, resuming Wednesday on 352/7, finished their first essay on 428. Middle-order batsman Raqibul Hasan top-scored for Central Zone with 85 while spinner Sohag Gazi picked up seven wickets for East Zone.
In their second innings, East Zone romped to 226 without loss, openers Tasamul Haque and Mehedi Maruf remaining unbeaten on 108 and 111 respectively. In the process, East Zone managed a 533-run lead.
735/6d & 226/0 in 52 overs (Maruf 111*, Tasamul 108) drew with Central Zone
428 in 121.1 overs (Raqibul 85, Gazi 7/141)
408 & 356/5 in 71.3 overs (Junaid 150, Ariful 103*) drew with South Zone
433 in 115.1 overs (Tushar 148, Imrul 118)
Team Innings Runs
East 5 382
East 4 358
South 4 325
Team Innings Wickets
South 5 20
East 4 14
North 5 11