Vol. 5 Num 965 Fri. February 16, 2007  

Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League
Rajshahi well placed

Anisur Rah-man Sanchay consolidated table toppers Rajshahi's position in the sixth round match of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League with a century against Chittagong yesterday.

Anisur scored 103 to repair the early damage as Rajshahi, struggling at 50-3 after being put into bat at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium, reached 300 before being bundled out in their first innings on the second day. The visitors were 23-3 at stumps.

The first day's play was washed out at all three venues as the first-class competition resumed after more than two months.

Sylhet hit back at the Fatullah Stadium after being bowled out for 170, sending five Barisal batsmen back to the pavilion with 93 runs on board.

At Khulna, the hosts crawled to 104 for four against Dhaka after a delayed start due to wet ground left by the previous day's shower.

Inform Rabiul Karim, who hit two hundreds in the Dhaka Premier Cricket League for Young Pegasus, shared 43 runs with fellow opener Rafiqul Islam before two quick wickets by Waskuruni Ahmed gave Chittagong the stranglehold.

Rajshahi lost three wickets in the space of seven runs and Rabiul, who made 40, became the fourth victim before Anisur took charge. The number five batsman, who hit eight fours and two sixes in 147 balls, led the middle order to give the total respectability.

Mahbub Alam provided a late flurry, cracking seven fours and two sixes in a rapidfire 55 off 59 balls.

Former national paceman Tareq Aziz, who scalped Rabiul, was the peak of Chittagong attack with four wickets for 71 from 22 overs.

The tourists never looked like settling after losing the two openers in successive deliveries. Mahbubul Karim was removed by Shafaq Al Jabir in the last ball of the first over while veteran Mushfiqur Rahman struck in his very first ball, dismissing Gazi Salahuddin before trapping Nazimuddin in front.

A four-wicket haul by Arafat Salahuddin helped bottom-table Barisal, who opted to field first, dismiss Sylhet for a low 170. But the good works were spoiled when Barisal lost the first half of their batting in just 36 overs.

For Sylhet, who have a lead of 77 runs, Saif Mahmud topscored with 48, featuring eight boundaries in 107 balls. Skipper Alok Kapali hit five boundaries in a 53-ball 29.

Only 43 overs were bowled at the Khulna Divisional Stadium with the home side, after electing to bat, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Nahidul Haque was unbeaten on 43 while opener Imrul Kayes contributed 25 on an otherwise dull day.