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November 29, 2013
Gazi Tank Cricketers became Dhaka Premier Division champions - the first team to claim the title after the tournament was given List-A status - after they beat close contestants Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club by 60 runs. Both sides were on 20 points making the match a decider, an occasion which was enough to stir the best out of Eoin Morgan.
The England international made 84 off 71 balls with nine fours and two sixes, his first score of note after arriving to play for Gazi Tank on November 20. He made scores of 0, 26, 33 and 11 in his last four games, but won the man-of-the-match award in the crucial outing.
Morgan added 101 runs for the fourth wicket with Mahmudullah, who struck a 43-ball 51. The runs came in just 13.5 overs, after Gazi Tank's innings had slowed down in the middle overs. Morgan was eventually dismissed in the 49th over but not before he added another 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Ryan ten Doeschate, who made 35 off 18 balls.
Prime Doleshwar they slipped to 95 for six in the 26th over in the chase, with Rubel Hossain removing openers Mehedi Maruf and Josh Cobb and Naeem Islam jnr taking the wickets of Rony Talukdar and the in-form pair of Dawid Malan and Sabbir Rahman.
Mominul Haque, however, scored 86 off 92 balls with eight boundaries and found some support from captain Farhad Reza. The seventh-wicket pair added 75 runs. Farhad continued the fight, adding another 57 for the eighth wicket with Sohag Gazi. He was eventually dismissed for 79 off 60 balls, and Ashar Zaidi cleaned up the tail with four wickets.
It is Gazi Tank's first DPL triumph, and they have become the seventh winner of the competition after Abahani (17 times), Mohammedan (nine times), Biman (five times), Victoria (four times), Old DOHS (twice) and Brothers Union (once) in the tournament's 37th season.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club rounded off their campaign with a four-wicket win over Kalabagan Cricket Academy. Their captain Mushfiqur Rahim struck eight sixes and just two boundaries in an unbeaten 97 that helped them ease to the 224-run target in the 40th over. Tushar Imran supported Mushfiqur with a half-century. Earlier, Abdur Razzak took four wickets to help restrict KCA to 223 runs in 49.1 overs. Abdul Mazid struck his second List-A century but the other batsmen hardly pushed on.
Their win, and Doleshwar's loss, meant that Dhanmondi finished runners-up with a better net run-rate after both teams finished on 20 points each.
In the day's other game, Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by 14 runs after Ravi Bopara struck the tournament's highest score. The England batsman hammered an unbeaten run-a-ball 157 with eleven fours and five sixes as Prime Bank posted 280-6 in 50 overs. Mohammedan had three fifties in their response from Upul Tharanga, Rahmat Shah and Mashrafe Mortaza but still fell short of the target after they lost a cluster of wickets after the Shah-Mashrafe 86-run sixth wicket stand. Bopara turned it on with the ball too, picking up four wickets while Ariful Hasan took three wickets.
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