Prime Doleshwar rise to second place; Azim powers Mohammedan to win

Jahurul Islam hits out Associated Press

Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club rose to the second position in the Dhaka Premier League after their three-run win over Abahani Limited at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. With Abahani needing 10 runs from the last over, Ariful Islam Sobuj offered them some hope with a four and two but off the fifth ball, Arafat Sunny had him caught behind to bowl them out for 229 runs.

It was Mohammad Mithun who took Abahani close to Doleshwar's score, with his 61-ball 60 that had four boundaries and a six. But there were no big partnerships as Abahani lost wickets regularly, until Ariful struck 21 off 15 balls, with two sixes and a four, in the last five overs. Sunny and Farhad Reza took three wickets each.

Doleshwar were put in a strong position by a 132-run fourth wicket stand between Fazle Mahmud and Farhad Hossain, both getting out in the sixties. But from 171 for 3, they slipped to 187 for 7, and were later restricted to 232 for 9 in 50 overs. Manan Sharma took four for 44.

Solid contributions from the top-order and Mohammad Azim's four-wicket haul powered Mohammedan Sporting Club to a 38-run win over Shinepukur Cricket Club.

Batting first, Mohammedan posted 306 for 6 in 50 overs with Rony adding 95 for the first wicket (regular opener Irfan Shukkur was out injured in the seventh over) Jony Talukdar, his younger brothers. Rony struck five fours and four sixes in his 73-ball 77. Shamsur, who made 60 off 65 balls, then added 88 runs for the third wicket with Raqibul, who chipped in with a 52-ball 55.

Saeed added the main fireworks, striking five sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 58 off 25 balls, all of which came in the last 6.2 overs. Mohammad Saifuddin finished with 3 for 55.

Shinepukur slipped to 95 for five before Saifuddin and Shuvagata Hom added 74 runs for the sixth wicket. Both made fifties but it wasn't enough as they were bowled out for 268 in 48.1 overs. Apart from Azim's four-wicket haul, Taijul took three for 64.

Jahurul Islam's century helped Gazi Group Cricketers beat Prime Bank Cricket Club by seven wickets. More importantly, the win at the BKSP-3 ground took Gazi Group out of the relegation zone. They are now currently in ninth position with eight points.

Batting first, Prime Bank posted 257-9 in 50 overs with Yusuf Pathan top scoring with 72. He struck four sixes and as many fours in his 60-ball knock. Offspinner Nayeem Hasan took 4-53.

In reply, Jahurul and Asif Ahmed added 121 runs for the third wicket before Jahurul, having made 103 off 113 balls with eight fours and three sixes, retired hurt with cramps. Asif remained unbeaten on 91 off 105 balls with six fours and a six.