Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  

Local Snippets

Last year's champion Enamul Hossain Rajib finished runner-up in the Mercantile Bank 33rd National Chess Championship when the International Master defeated Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman 1.5-0.5 in yesterday's play-off match at the NSC chess hall-room.

GM Niaz Murshed beat FM Taibur Rahman in the 6-7th place play-off while FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed got the better of Mohammed Javed for the 10-11th place.

The tournament proper ended on Sunday with IM Abdullah Al Rakib clinching the championship. The prize distribution ceremony will be held today at the same venue.

Orient Sporting Club handed a 74-run defeat to Rupali Bank in the concluding match of the season's Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium. In a match which only had academic interest, the bankers were all out for 189 in reply to Orient's 263-4 built around half-centuries by Mintu (90) and Masum (76). The race was decided on Sunday with BKSP emerging champions and Surjo Torun runners-up.

In second division, Farashganj SC (217) beat Al Rashid CC (203) by 14 runs while Mirpur CC (193) inflicted a 46-run defeat on Khelaghar (147).

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under-15 cricket team recorded a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Rajshahi Division North U-14s in an exhibition match at Bogra.

In reply to the local side's 189 all out, the tourists stormed to 193-3 in 37.1 overs with opener S Bera hammering nine fours and one six in a 64-ball 66 at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium. V Singh made 43. Maruf made highest 44 for Rajshahi North, who elected to bat after winning the toss.

Our correspondent: Ghagot Krira Chakra defeated Brave Heart SC by 74 runs in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium. Having scored 187 with Sandhan's 71-ball 55 being the highlight, Ghagot booked their opponents for 116 runs.