The first day of the third round of ongoing Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) saw Mushfiqur Rahim and Marshall Ayub smashing tons and off-spinner Nayeem Hasan recording the second eight-wicket haul of his career.
In this round of BCL, Walton Central Zone took on BCB South Zone at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox's Bazar while Islami Bank East Zone faced BCB North Zone at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in the district.
Central Zone won the toss and opted to bat first. They posted 235 runs in the first wicket stand riding on the century of Ayub (116). It was his 20th ton in First-class cricket.
Mustafizur Rahman was the second-highest scorer for Central Zone hitting 30 runs. Two Test batsmen - Saif Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto – got out for 1 and 8 respectively.
Off-spinner Mahedi Hasan took three wickets conceding 78 runs while Shaiful Islam, captain Abdur Razzak and Nasum Ahmed bagged two wickets each.
In reply, South Zone scored 29 runs for two wickets at the end of day one. Anamul Haque Bijoy (10*) and Shamsur Rahman (3*) were at the crease.
Irfan Hossain took the wicket of Shahriar Nafees (10) and the other batsman was run-out.
Brief score: Walton Central Zone 1st innings: 235/10 in 82.2 overs, Marshall 116, Mustafizur 30, Mahedi 3/78, Shafiufl 2/24, Abdur Razzak 2/62, Nasum 2/51
South Zone 1st innings: 29/2 in 9 overs, Anamul 10*, Nafees 10, Irfan 1/15
Islami Bank East Zone vs BCB North Zone
North Zone won the toss and opted to bat first. They put up 272 runs on the board in their first innings in 82.4 overs riding on the 11th First-class ton by Mushfiuqr. He hit 16 fours and a six while scoring 140 off 157 balls.
North Zone lost three wickets in 46 runs. They kept losing wickets on a regular basis, but Mushfiqur kept the scoreboard afloat. Naeem Islam, the captain of the North Zone, was the second-highest runs scorer for his team hitting 31.
Nayeem Hassan bagged eight wickets conceding 107 runs in 35.4 overs. His best bowling figure in First-class cricket is 8/48.
The other two wickets were taken by Hasan Mahmud.
In reply, Islami Bank East Zone lost two wickets just in three runs in 4.1 overs. At the end of the day, Saqlain Sajib remained unbeaten as the nightwatchman.
Brief score: North Zone 1st innings: 272/10 in 82/4 overs, Mushfiq 140, Naeem 31, Sunzamul 29, Nayeem 8/107, Hasan Mahmud 2/50
Islami Bank East Zone 1st innings: 3/2 in 4.1 overs, Saqlain 0*, Pinak 3