BCB Northern had to play almost the whole day to save the match against Walton Central in Chittagong. However, he had only 5 wickets in hand. Captain Marshall Ayub scored the 22nd century of his first-class career. With Mahidul Islam’s 183-ball 25-run innings, the North fought well. Holding the wicket, they scored 90 runs in 58.3 overs. However, the last was not saved.
At first Mahidul, then after 100 touches, the Northern did not take time to be all out as soon as Marshall returned. At one point, the team lost the last 4 wickets for 284 runs off 6 balls. After Mizanur Rahman and Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar scored 563 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the first innings of the century. Madhyanchal also set a record for the highest score of a team by losing 3 wickets in first-class cricket in Bangladesh.
Northern captain Marshall scored 101 runs off 247 balls with 14 fours. Mahidul hit 4 fours in 183 ball innings.
Central left-arm spinner Hasan Murad took 6 wickets for 74 runs in the second innings. Earlier, Uttaranchal was bowled out for 219 in the first innings. Mizanur and Mithun Matchsera received the award jointly. In the first innings, the two made an opening partnership of 328 runs, which is the highest in the BCL. This is the third highest pairing of any wicket in Bangladesh’s domestic first class.
In another match of BCL in Rajshahi, BCB South won against Islami Bank East. Purbanchal, who finished the third day with 195 runs for 5 wickets, was bowled out for 256 in the second innings today. Afif Hossain, who was unbeaten on 63 the previous day, returned with 7 runs. Irfan Shukkur, who was unbeaten on 16, could not make the innings (40) too big. Off-spinner Nahidul Islam took 4 wickets for 30 runs.
Chasing the target of 8 runs, the South lost 2 wickets for 16 runs. However, they did not have much difficulty in winning the innings of 54 runs from 60 balls of Touhid Hridoy. Southern won by 7 wickets in 21.3 overs.
Earlier, Purbanchal scored 280 runs in the first innings. Mohammad Ashraful, who came to open the innings, scored 71 runs. Mehedi Hasan and Nasum Ahmed, the two southern spinners took 5 wickets each. In reply, after Enamul Haque’s 6 runs in the first innings, Zakir Hossain made 429 runs in an innings of 156 runs from 26 balls. Naeem Hasan, Enamul Haque and Ashraful took 3 wickets each. Zakir has become the best in the match.
The second round of BCL will start on December 19. The south will face the north at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Central will play against Eastern at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.