Nasir Hossain-led North Zone are on it's way to overtake leaders Central Zone after they took a strong hold of their game against the latter on the second day of the Bangladesh Cricket League at the BKSP yesterday.
Mahmudullah Riyad's Central currently top the group with 31 points and are one point ahead of North Zone. With the third-placed South Zone just 13 points away, Central need to avoid a follow-on and thereby earn bonus points to grab at least the second position and book a place in the finals of the competition.
Carrying on from an overnight score of 287 for 4, North zone rode on a series of contributions from their lower order to post 457. In form batsmen Tanvir Haider and Forhad Reza shared an 81-run stand for the sixth wicket and helped his side recover after both Naeem Islam and Nasir Hossain were dismissed early yesterday.
In reply, Central finished on a nervous 116 for 3, still trailing by 341 runs. Shamsur, who remained not out on 35, will be Central's key hope of booking a place in the finals, due to take place at Mirpur later this month.
In the other game at the BKSP, East Zone put up a better batting display in their second innings to give them some hope of a possible come back in the game. After getting bowled out for 135 in the first innings, East Zone's Enamul Haque took a five-wicket haul to bowl South Zone out for 376. Youngsters Mithun Ali and Soumya Sarkar scored half centuries at the top to lead South Zone's batting. Spinner Shohag Gazi came in at number nine and scored a typically aggressive 64 off 55 balls to inflict more pain over their opponents.
East Zone now trail by a 103 runs.
NORTH ZONE: 457 all out in 149.2 overs (Forhad 109, Tanvir 66; Elias 4-111)
CENTRAL ZONE: 116 for 3 (Shamsur 34; Taijul 2-25, Forhad 1-9)
EAST ZONE: 135 and 138 for 1 ( Shadman 56 not out, Liton 47 not out; Gazi 1-41)
SOUTH ZONE: 376 all out in 90.3 overs (Mithun 77, Soumya 71; Enamul 5-126, Mosaddek 3-65)