The spinners had their share of success on typical Bangladeshi surfaces but it was Forhad Hossain who shone with the bat during his four-hour batting stint on the first day of the last-round matches of the franchise-based Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) at BKSP-3 yesterday.
Forhad Hossain's 109-run knock helped BCB North Zone finish the day on top with 287 for four against Walton Central Zone. Before left-arm spinner Elias Sunny sent him back to the dressing room, the right-hander clobbered 14 fours and a six in his 199-ball essay.
Hamidul Islam and Junaed Siddiqui gave a good start after North Zone decided to bat first as the opening pair contributed 88 runs before left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain, who returned to cricket after an anti-corruption tribunal cleared him of any wrongdoing, dismissed Junaed for 65. Another fruitful partnership between Hamidul and Forhad came for the second wicket but Marshal Ayub broke it by removing Hamidul for 60 runs.
Sunny picked up the wicket of Naeem Islam.
In the day's other match at BKSP-4, Abdur Razzak along with Shohag Gazi shared seven wickets to wrap up Islami Bank East Zone for 135 runs and put Prime Bank South Zone on top.
Pacer Ziaur Rahman initiated the collapse by removing Nazimuddin, who made a 21-ball duck, and then Gazi wrecked the top order before veteran Razzak finished the job in style.
Razzak claimed four wickets and Gazi took three. “On typical Bangladeshi wickets, Gazi bowled at a good length and his bowling was encouraging,” said selector Habibul Bashar.
Kapali made sure that East Zone cross the 100-run mark with 56.
Anamul continued his good form with an unbeaten 59 as South Zone finished the day at 108 for one.