BCL match ends in fracas

The third round match of franchise-based first-class tournament Bangladesh Cricket League between Walton Central Zone and Islami Bank East Zone ended in a draw, but not before a controversy in Bogura on Saturday.
East Zone were only six runs shy off knocking down a target of 326 runs on the final day when umpires stopped the play, citing bad light.
The other match between BCB North Zone and Prime Bank South Zone also ended in a draw at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Central Zone v East Zone
Resuming on overnight 71-2 with 255 runs still needed, East Zone came close to the victory after Mahmudul Hasan struck 135 off 242 balls while Mohammad Ashraful made 64 off 99 balls.
The overnight unbeaten pair added 103 runs for the third wicket before Mahmudul put up 112 runs with Tasamul Haque (36) for the fourth wicket to take them to 240-3.
But Central Zone fought their way back into the contest with quick wickets to reduce East Zone to 293-7.
With East 33 runs away from win and Central needing three wickets a drama unfolded when umpires checked the light much the satisfaction of batting side.
However, umpires found sufficient light asking the teams to continue play and this time Enamul Haque Jnr and Abu Jayed played little cameos of 16 and 14 runs to take them close.
Sensing trouble, Central started complaining that that their wicketkeeper was unable to see the ball, resulting in a fracas. Umpires soon obliged, ending the game in controversial circumstance.
Amid all these chaos, only 19.2 overs of play was possible in the final session of the day.
‘The opposition slowed down their over-rate to save the match,’ East Zone batsman Ashraful told New Age. ‘They bowled only 73 overs on the day when they should have bowled 90 overs.’
Central Zone manager Milton Ahmed blamed the umpires for the controversy.
‘We asked the umpires to check the light as our wicketkeeper and fielders could not see the ball. They played till 5:07pm which was quite unusual,’ Milton told New Age.
Match referee Belayet Hossain accused both the teams for wasting times.
‘Both the teams wasted times forcing a late finish. Umpires stopped the play at the right time,’ he said.
North Zone v South Zone
Replying to North Zone’s 329, South Zone resumed on 382-7, North Zone could add only 12 runs and were bowled out for 394 runs in their first innings as Abdur Razzak added three wickets to his overnight collection before finishing with 6-126.
South Zone, who trailed the first innings by 65 runs, were put into trouble when they were reduced to 118-5 in their second innings, but Al-Amin and Mahedi Hasan made unbeaten 75 and 60 respectively to secure a draw.
Anamul also made 66 off 104 balls for South Zone.