CCS last into Super League
Uttam Sarker's hundred was not good enough for Cricket Coaching School (CCS) to avoid a 53-run defeat against Kalabagan in the final first round game of the Premier Division League yesterday but still managed a Super League berth as the last team.
CCS remained on 10 points while Old DOHS improved their tally to 10 points after beating bottom-side Partex Sporting Club by 107-run but CCS won the head-to-head battle against DOHS to join Mohammedan, Abahani, Kalabagan, Biman and Victoria in the Super League that will start tomorrow.
CCS beat DOHS by three wickets in the first round.
In the day's other match, Gazi Tank outclassed BKSP by ten wickets in the inconsequential game at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium as both failed to qualify for the second phase.
At the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Kalabagan had a poor start after losing five wickets for 75 runs but a 82-run sixth wicket partnership between Zubaer Ahmed (32) and Fariduddin Masud (69) repaired the damage.
Number eight batsman Ariful Haque then took charge by making 54 off 43 balls as Kalabagan posted 250.
CCS made a bold start when Sheikh Tariquzzaman and Pakistani Shahbaz Butt produced two good partnerships with Uttam, who made 102 off 138 balls with ten fours. But with the dismissal of Butt (38), they lost the remaining seven wickets for 22 runs. CCS finally finished their 50-over quota for 197.
Nazmus Sadat claimed four wickets and Mohammad Zahid took three wickets to make sure that Kalabagan finished third ahead of Biman despite both having the same 16 points.
At the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Nazmul captured five wickets as Partex were bundled out for 161 runs in reply to 268.
Earlier DOHS's innings was built on Ruman Ahmed's 86 and Fazle Rabbi's 91 runs.
BKSP showed a pathetic batting performance at Fatullah as they were bundled out for 105 with only two openers Aizal Ahmed (10) and Asif Ahmed (29) managing double digits.
Spinner Nayeem Islam was the wrecker in chief by taking four wickets conceding five runs in four overs while Sajjadul Haque and Ziaur Rahman took two wickets each.
Mithun hit an unbeaten run-a-ball 35 with five fours while Mizanur Rahman made an unbeaten 65 off 58 balls that contained seven fours and three sixes as Gazi Tank stormed to target reaching 107 without any loss in 15.3 overs