Skipper Farhad Reza put up an all-round show to help Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club reached the semi-final of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League as they defeated Gazi Group Cricketers by 3 wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNCS) in the capital on Thursday.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will take on Shinepukur Cricket Club in the first semifinal while Prime Bank will lock horns with Prime Dholeshar in the second semi-final at SBNS today.Put into bat, Gazi made a bright start as Mehedi Hasan(39) along with Waliul Karim adding 51 runs in 5.3 overs before the latter was stumped trying to go for a big shots.
Prime reduced Gazi to 66 runs for 3 wickets in quick time to get a grip on the game before Shamsur Rahman and Touhid Tarek resurrected the ship adding 56 runs for the fifth wicket.
However, Prime again came back into the game as they dismissed Shamsur (36) and Touhid(26) in successive overs as it stopped their opponent from going for the last kill during the final part of their innings. Farhad picked 2 wickets conceding just 18 to make things difficult for Gazi.
In their reply, Prime were struggling at 73 runs losing 5 wickets after losing Farhad Hossain (32) as he was playing the sheet anchor role despite wickets falling at regular intervals at the other end.
Farhad Reza (36) and Shykat Ali (28 not out) added 51 runs for the seventh wicket to bail them through the crisis and helped them progress to the semi-final.