Central stay strong with a draw

Walton Central Zone escaped a defeat to finish the third round match against Islami Bank East Zone, and shared points that very much kept alive their championship hope

Walton Central Zone have made a step forward to finish as the champion of the Bangladesh Cricket League.

Central Zone escaped a defeat to finish the third round match against Islami Bank East Zone, and shared points that very much kept alive their championship hope. 

After round three, Central Zone remained the only team to have secured a win in the season and with the fourth and the final round left in the tournament, the side are on top of the table with 16.82 points. 

BCB North Zone are second with 11.49.

Prime Bank South Zone veteran spinner Abdur Razzak claimed his 36th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket as their game against North Zone finished in a draw.

Central v East Zone

Chasing 326, East Zone needed 255 for a win against Central Zone. 

East Zone resumed the chase on 71 for loss of two wickets, and was boosted with Mahmudul Hasan’s 135 and Mohammad Ashraful’s 64. 

With three wickets in hand, the side were seven runs away from the win with tail-enders Enamul Haque Jr and Abu Jayed batting on 16 and 14 respectively. 

However, after two balls delivered in the 98th over, the match officials called the game off citing bad light. 

The East Zone players were infuriated with the decision, but the on-field umpires had every right to call the game off in accordance with the by-laws.  

Shahidul Islam picked up three wickets for Central Zone.

7TH BCL, ROUND 3, DAY 4

CENTRAL ZONE 118 & 393 drew with EAST ZONE 186 & 320/7 in 97.2 overs (Mahmudul 135, Ashraful 64)

POINTS TABLE

Teams        M    W    L    D    Pts

Central        3    1    0    2    16.82

North        3    0    0    3    11.49

East        3    0    0    3    11.44

South        3    0    1    2    6.45