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NCL Round-up – Dhaka becomes champion, Chattogram wins promotion

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Dhaka Division won the NCL Tier 1 trophy after seven years when they beat the other national power Khulna Division by 179 points in the final round. Dhaka has now won six NCL titles, tied with the Rajshahi division, while Khulna tops the list with seven trophies.

Chattogram division clinched the only level 2 promotion spot after their draw against Metropolis of Dhaka, bringing their total to 31.60 points.

Best pasta
Barishal Division captain Fazle Mahmud was the tournament’s top scorer with 603 points at an average of 60.30. His 188 and 71 unbeaten in the draw against Rajshahi Division took him to the top of the rider list ahead of Sylhet’s young pistol, Amite Hasan. Mahmud hit 17 fours and a six on his 356-ball effort in the opening innings.

Amite set a career record 186 against Rangpur, bringing his total to 590 points with an average of 59.00, with two centuries and two fifty. He hit 19 fours in his nearly nine-hour marathon in the final round.

Dhaka’s title had a lot to do with Abdul Mazid, who was the other hitter to cross 500 points this season. Mazid completed 521 runs with an average of 43.41, with a century and four fifties, including half a century in their tournament-winning match against Khulna.

In this round, Myshukur Rahaman, Zakir Hossain and Shahadat Hossain Dipu hit centuries while veteran Farhad Reza missed just one point.

Myshukur of Rangpur had 157 balls out of 316 balls with 14 fours against Sylhet. Zakir responded with 122 out of 248 balls with 14 fours against Rangpur.

Farhad hit ten fours and six sixes in his 111 99 balls against Barishal while youngster Dipu, who is part of the Bangladesh Under-19 squad, hit a career-high 159 out of 306 balls against Dhaka Metro .

The best bowlers
Chattogram’s promotion had a lot to do with left-arm spinner Hasan Murad and spinner Nayeem Hasan. The pair took 33 and 32 wickets respectively to lead the NCL bowling rankings. The 32 wickets of left arm spinner Nazmul Islam helped Dhaka win the Level 1 title.

Among the fast bowlers, Al-Amin Hossain won the most wickets – 20 strokes at 19.60, including a nine-wicket game.

In the final round, Shuvagata Hom only won his second ten-wicket booty when he took 7 for 48 and 3 for 66 against Khulna. Mohammad Mithun surprised with his seven wickets in the second set, having taken just six wickets in 109 first-class games previously.

Taibur Rahman of Dhaka took 5 for 40 in the same match, while Ruyel Mia, left arm quick, took 5 for 120 for Barishal against Rajshahi.

Best match
The Dhaka-Khulna meeting was the only one that gave an absolute result in the final round. Beating first, Dhaka made 335 before beating Khulna for 213. Dhaka declared 256 for 8 in the second inning, leaving Khulna with a mountain to climb on the final day. Khulna managed to beat 89.1 overs on the final day, but was eventually eliminated for 199 points.

Points to consider
Dhaka’s 179-point victory over Khulna helped them overtake Rangpur, which led the Tier 1 points standings in the final rounds of the competition. But their draw against Sylhet cost them dearly.

Chattogram got his promotion after his draw against Rajshahi. If Barishal had beaten Rajshahi, they too would have come close to promotion. Seven-time champion Khulna, however, is now downgraded to Tier 2 next season.

Players to watch
Mahmudul Hasan Joy capped his impressive NCL run with an 83 against Dhaka Metro. His solid form resulted in a first call-up in the Bangladesh test team.

The coaches may want to consider Mahmud and Mazid for at least the Bangladesh A teams after their good returns in the NCL. Amite and Murad could also be on the coach’s radar.