Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  

Dhaka remain second

Defending champions Dhaka trailed joint-leaders Rajshahi and Chittagong by two points at the end of the seventh round of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League first-class competition yesterday when their match against Barisal ended in a draw.

Dhaka collected four points out of maximum six by virtue of a first-innings lead as the home side were all out for 330 in their first innings on the fourth and final day at the Barisal Stadium.

Rajshahi and Chittagong are atop the six-team table with 26 points each while Khulna remained at the bottom with ten points with three rounds to go.

Dhaka, who scored 395 in the first innings, were 215 for five in the second essay when stumps were drawn.

Overnight 305-6, Barisal added only 25 runs in 10.5 overs in the morning session as Mohammad Sharif picked up three quick wickets to end with 4-84. His fellow paceman Anwar Munir captured the wicket of Humayun Kabir, who was dismissed for 55.

Dhaka also lost early wickets but opener Uttam Sarkar's 74 off 140 balls steadied the innings during a 114-run third wicket stand with skipper Al Shahriar, who made 54 off 69 balls with help of 11 boundaries. Uttam's three-hour vigil was studded with 14 hits to the fence.

Dhaka's young batsman Mehrab Hossain Jr, who was run out for 40, was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 196 in the first innings.