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Soumya hits ton as BCL last round gets underway

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  • 27 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Soumya hits ton as BCL last round gets underway
Walton Central Zone batsman Soumya Sarkar poses for a photo after scoring a century against BCB South Zone at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday. – WALTON PHOTO

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National discarded Soumya Sarkar notched a dazzling century to inspire topper Walton Central Zone to post 293 for four at stumps against BCB South Zone on the opening day of Bangladesh Cricket League third and last round at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.

 Somya continued his brilliant performance in the ongoing BCL with an unbeaten (128) while Salman Hossain provided (70) as Central Zone survived a top-order meltdown to post a satisfying total at the close. 

Asked to bat first, Central Zone lost openers Mizanur and Mithun inside 23 runs. But Soumya and Salman Hossain put on 144 for the third wicket to turn the innings from helpless to hopeful.

Salman hit seven fours before he was castled by leg-spinner Rishad Hossain. Taibur Rahman (2) failed to click in the middle as he became Rishad’s second victim. But skipper Shuvagata Hom and Soumya added an unbroken 116-run to finish the day on high.

Soumya faced 247 balls hitting 10 fours and three sixes in his innings. Shuvagata was in batting on 62.

Nasum Ahmed and Rishad bagged two wickets each for South Zone.  Meanwhile, BCB North Zone have assumed control against Islami Bank East Zone after ending the opening day at the Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.

Pacer Shafiqul Islam claimed five wickets and left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam bagged three wickets to dismiss East Zone’s innings cheaply before openers made a formidable start to further boost the North Zone’s cause.

At stumps, North Zone were 71 for no loss with openers Tanzid Hasan in batting on 35 and Junaid Siddique unbeaten on 30, still behind 95 runs, after North Zone skittled East Zone for 166 all out.

Earlier, Skipper Marshall Ayub’s decision to bowl first was justified with a superb opening spell from North Zone pacer Shafiqul Islam who removed East Zone’s first three batsmen in five overs.

Veteran Mohammad Ashraful (70) kept North Zone bowlers at bay as much as he could but his partners kept disappearing at the other end. A brilliant delivery from Shafiqul who bowled Afif Hossain (37) and it was Shafiqul and Sunzamul who caused the most problems. Shafiqul finished with 5 for 35 from his 14 overs.

Sunzamul also got in on the act by removing Ashraful, Pritom Kumar (26) and Nayeem Hasan (15). Sharifullah also took two wickets for the team.