Islami Bank East Zone batsman Mominul Hoque struck his career-best 258 and Zakir Hasan made hundred before their spinners bagged three wickets against Prime Bank South Zone in the second day of the 6th Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) 2017-18 on Wednesday.
Mominul made his second first-class double century and the left-handed Zakir hit 119 as East Zone piled up 546 before being all-out at BKSP.At the close, South Zone managed 128 by losing their three top batsmen. South Zone are still trailing by 418 runs.
It was another day of suffering for a depleted South Zone bowling attack. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak claimed six wickets and Saqlain Sajib took three but their effort proved little as Mominul and Zakir continued class batting show throughout the sessions.
Mominul and Zakir put on 233 runs for the sixth wicket.
Resuming day two, Mominul, who ended day one on unbeaten 169 runs, started cautiously with Zakir to deny South Zone from early success.
The duo frustrated South Zone bowlers till lunch break as South Zone’s first success came when Zakir was dismissed by Saqlain. His innings was laced by six fours and four sixes.
Mominul then added another partnership of 50-run with Sohag Gazi who contributed 35 runs. The partnership was broken with Gazi’s departure.Veteran spinner Abdur Razzak finally brought an end to Mominul’s marathon innings before tea. Mominul hit 23 fours and three sixes on his way to 344-ball knock.
Prime Bank stared well where openers Shariar Nafees and Soumya Sarkar provided 43-run but East Zone’s Gazi dismissed Soumya, Mehedi hasan and spinner Nazmul Islam removed Sahriar Nafees in space of just 16 runs.
Veteran Tushar Imran was batting on 22 while Mosaddek Hossain was not out on 42.
Meanwhile, batsman Jahurul Islam led from the front with an unbeaten century to help BCB North Zone to post 433 for seven at stumps against Walton Central Zone at Sylhet International Stadium in Sylhet.
Central Zone though passed a brilliant first session with their bowlers. They dismissed five batsmen in 197 runs but the rest of the day belonged to North Zone.
North Zone’s massive total of 433 for 7 was largely dependent on their captain Jahurul Islam’s unbeaten 152-run knock including 14 fours and five sixes. Credit should also be given to Dhiman Gosh who played a supporting role with his 93-run innings. They duo shared 176-run stand for the sixth wicket to rescue the trouble.
North Zone openers resumed the day with an unbeaten 93 runs in the tally but could added just nine runs before Nazmul Hasan was castled by Taskin Ahmed for 44.
Paceman Taskin, who was recently dropped from Tigers’ 16-men squad for upcoming tri-nation series, had a good comeback as he claimed three wickets in a fierce spell. Left arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain also took two wickets.