Veteran Prime Bank South Zone batsman Tushar Imran and Walton Central Zone opener Shadman Islam registered centuries in their respective games on day one of round four of the Bangladesh Cricket League 2018 season Tuesday. Former Bangladesh cricketer Tushar in the process took his first-class century tally to 27 while for the 22-year-old Shadman, the hundred is his fourth in the format in 50 innings.
Central Zone v North Zone
Riding on Shadman’s fourth first-class ton and Saif Hasan’s 94 runs, Central Zone posted 249 losing three wickets at stumps against BCB North Zone at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra.
Asked to bat first, Central Zone were given a smooth start by the openers. Shadman and Saif added 200 for the opening stand before the former got dismissed in the 77th over. North Zone’s left-arm pacer Shariful Islam removed Shadman for 107 off 239 deliveries with nine boundaries. The batting side lost two more wickets in the next five overs - Saif and No 3 batsman Raqibul Hasan (nought). Raqibul departed first for a six-ball duck off spinner Sanjamul Islam, while Saif was dismissed by Shariful for a 243-ball 94.
South Zone v East Zone
Tushar’s 27th first-class century guided South Zone to 299 for the loss of seven wickets against Islami Bank East Zone at Sylhet International Stadium.
Invited to take first guard, South Zone were denied a strong start as they lost both the openers – Anamul Haque and Shahriar Nafees - with just 44 on the board. The damage was recovered thanks to a 165-run stand for the third wicket between No 3 batsman Fazle Mahmud and Tushar. Fazle departed after scoring 89. The side lost their fourth batsman in the shape of the left-handed Soumya Sarkar for just four runs but Tushar held on. The right-handed batsman added 130 to the tally with 15 fours and a six before pacer Abu Jayed Rahi dismissed him.
BCL, ROUND 4, DAY 1
299/7 in 87.1 overs (Tushar 130, Fazle 89) v East Zone
249/3 in 90 overs (Shadman 107, Saif 94) v North Zone