Afif's debut hundred headlines high-scoring draw
Hundreds from Afif Hossain and Yasir Ali for East Zone and from Naeem Islam for North Zone saw both teams settle for a draw in Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Both teams batted over 150 overs in their respective first innings as East Zone took three points - compared to North Zone's one - courtesy an 86-run lead.
Afif, who scored 105, and Imtiaz Hossain (81) batted for over 52 overs on the first day in a first-wicket stand of 197 runs. Yasir came in to bat at three-down and remained not out on 110, before East Zone were all out in the 170th over for 490. Yasin Arafat and Sunzamul Islam shared three wickets each.
In response, North Zone fell from 61 for 0 to 66 for 3, before Naeem struck a 284-ball 100. Useful contributions from Dhiman Ghosh (40), Suhrawadi Shuvo (59) and Sunzamul (54*) towards the end took North Zone to 404 before they were all out in the 152nd over.
With 21 overs of play left on the final day, East Zone extended their lead to 178, as they finished on 92 for 1 before play ended. Imtiaz struck another 44 runs to remain not out with Tasamul Haque (32*).
Shuvagata Hom's all-round performances helped Central Zone eke out a draw against South Zone in Fatullah. Hom finished with a maiden ten-wicket haul, and contributed with the bat, too, scoring a crucial hundred in the first innings followed by a half-century in the second after his side were set a target of 279.
Hom took six wickets in the first innings after Central Zone put the opposition in to bat. He prised out South Zone's top three and then returned to take three quick wickets in the lower order after two fifty-plus stands. Tushar Imran anchored South Zone with a knock of 81 off 168 balls and shared two partnerships that helped the side recover from the poor start - 61 for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Mithun and 91 for the fifth wicket with Al-Amin. Sohag Gazi's brisk 47-ball 43 also helped lift the score past 250 as South Zone folded ten runs later.
Central Zone took a first-innings lead of 39 runs after they were all out for 299. Hom's 100 - off 125 deliveries - came after they were reduced to 132 for 6. Abdur Razzak's four wickets ensured a small deficit for South Zone. Razzak then returned with the bat to top-score for South Zone with 76 after they were struggling at 195 for 7. Along with Shahriar Nafees, who struck 72 runs at the top, he helped South Zone to 317 with Hom collecting another four wickets, thereby setting a target of 279.
Central had to settle for a draw, after they could manage only 190 for 5 in 79 overs with Hom top scoring with 52.