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North Zone emerge BCL champions

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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North Zone emerge BCL champions
North Zone players and officials celebrate with the trophy of BCL at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. –TANVIN TAMIM

North Zone emerged champions in the Bangladesh Cricket League one-day version tournament after they beat South Zone by three runs in the exciting final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 245 runs, South Zone were reduced to 121-6 before Nasir Hossain and Nasum Ahmed put up a 85-run stand for the eighth wicket to bring their side back in the match.

Left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan (4-29), who was the most successful bowler on the day, then removed Nasum (38) but Nasir continued his brilliant batting and took the game to the last over.

Needing 10 runs in the final over, Nasir was run out in the first ball after making 61 runs while pacer Shafiqul Islam conceded only six runs in that over that helped them restrict South Zone to 241-9 to win the thrilling contest.

Earlier, North Zone batsman Fazle Mahmud starred with the bat as he struck 65 off 114 balls while Shamim Hossain played a late cameo of 37 off 20 balls that helped their side post 244-8 in their 50 overs after being sent into bat first.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Akbar Ali scored 44 runs while experienced Mahmudullah also contributed 39 runs in North Zone's total.

South Zone pacer Shoriful Islam was the most successful bowler for the side as he picked up 3-45 while off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz also took two wickets.

South Zone, in reply, got a rollicking start after Anamul Haque Bijoy (59 off 48 balls) and Zakir Hasan (42 off 39 balls) put up a quickfire 100-run stand for the second wicket.

However, they soon lost their way in the match and were slammed to 121- 6 from 117-1 within no time while Ziaur Rahman had to leave the field as retired out.

Nasir and Nasum rebuilt the innings quite successfully but at the end, South Zone fell short of the target by a narrow margin.