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Gemcon Khulna master of oldies'

  • Published at 08:48 pm September 7th, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:24 pm September 7th, 2016
Gemcon Khulna master of oldies'
Gemcon Group Khulna defeated Lanka-Bangla All Stars Masters by four wickets to clinch the Walton Masters Cricket Carnival tournament at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. When the winning runs were struck in the 18th over, the excitement got to everyone present at the boundary's edge as even Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib al Hasan (both from the Khulna region) rushed to celebrate. The trophy also ended a great sporting week for Gemcon Group which won the 11th Ascent Corporate Soccer Cup on Saturday. It was their third consecutive title. Back to the game and the All-Stars made 124-6 in 18 overs. Opener Javed Omar Belim and Sohel Hossain built a good partnership at the beginning. In-form Javed was out for 17. Sohel top-scored with 27 runs that had two sixes before getting out in the 10th over. Khulna were brought back into the game immediately when All-Stars' captain Selim Shahed was clean bowled next ball. However, Ehsanul Haque and Azam Iqbal crafted another good partnership and All-Stars managed to get past 100 runs. In the later part of the innings, Lablur Rahman made a quickfire 23 off 15. Khulna's Totam took two wickets conceding 29 runs. [caption id="attachment_14900" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Gemcon Group Khulna players celebrate with the Masters Cricket Carnival trophy alongside BCB president Nazmul Hasan (C) following their four-wicket win over Lanka-Bangla All-Stars Masters at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday[/caption] In reply, Khulna started briskly, scoring 25 runs in three overs. All-Stars' pacer Hasibul Hossain bowled a brilliant over conceding just one run thereafter. In the first ball of the next over, Nahid got out to Jamal Babu. But captain Habibul Bashar stood firm at the other end and made a crucial 28 to keep the momentum going. All the Khulna batsmen put valuable contributions during the chase. But it was Sanjay Chakrabarty who smashed a vital 14 off just seven balls that had two big sixes. Eventually Khulna chased down the 125 runs with three balls to spare. Fahim Muntasir took two wickets for the runners-up side. Bashar was later adjudged man of the match while Mohammad Rafique of Dhaka Metro was rewarded as man of the series for his all round performance. BRIEF SCORE: Lanka-Bangla All Stars Masters 124 for 6 in 18 overs Soheil Hossein 27, Lablur Rahman 23, Azam Iqbal 20; Totam 2-29 Gemcon Group Khulna 126 for 6 in 17.3 overs Habibul Bashar 28, Jamal Babu 17, Harunur Rashid 15; Fahim Muntasir 2-16 Result:  Khulna win by 4 wickets Man of the Match: Habibul Bashar (Khulna) Man of the Series: Mohammad Rafique (Dhaka Metro)