Farhad Reza claimed 7-32 to help Islami Bank East Zone bowl out Walton Central Zone for 118 before reaching 37-1 at the end of the opening day of the Bangladesh Cricket League third round match in Bogura on Wednesday.
In the other third round match, Raqibul Hasan and Tushar Imran’s 79 and 62 were countered by Sanzamul Islam’s 4-62 as Prime Bank South Zone reached 280-9 against BCB North Zone at stumps in Chattogram.
Central Zone v East Zone
Sent into bat, Central Zone openers Rakin Ahmed (14) and Pinak Ghosh (21) made a shaky 38-run opening stand before the latter was dismissed by Abu Jayed.
Farhad and Ifran Hossain then picked up three and one wicket respectively as Central went from 38-1 to 56-5 in the next 16 overs.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jaker Ali held one end up, forging a 26 and 24-run sixth and seventh wicket partnership with Talibur Rahman (14) and Sharifullah (23) respectively as Central went into the tea break on 118-7.
Central, however, could bat only one over in post tea-break, with Farhad picking up the final three wickets in the very first over of the third session to bowl out Central on 118, with Jaker remaining not-out on 20.
In reply, East Zone lost Rony Talukdar for 18 as but Shamsur Rahman and Mahmudul Hasan saw off the day.
South Zone v North Zone
Shahriar Nafees’s (eight) early dismissal was followed by a 63-run stand between Fazle Mahmud (45) and Anamul Haque (19) before both were dismissed as South Zone were reduced to 93-3, after being sent into bat by North.
A 141-run fourth wicket stand between Raqibul and Tushar took the score to 237 and positioned South Zone in command before Sanzamul dismissed Raqibul to break the partnership.
South failed to further their hold on the game, losing their next five wickets for 38 runs and were reduced to 275-9.
Mahedi Hasan and Kamrul Islam remained not-out on 23 and 4 respectively as South reached 280-9 at stumps on day one.
Ebadat Hossain claimed 2-41 while Subashis Roy, Sohag Gazi and Naeem Islam picked one wicket each.
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