In tier one, Dhaka Metropolis batted only 15 overs, posting 47 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets against Dhaka division in Bogra’s Shaheed Chandu Stadium. Opening batsman Shadman Islam was unbeaten on 18 while captain Marshal Ayub was yet to open his account.
Veteran Dhaka pacer Mohammad Sharif bagged two wickets.
In the second game of the top tier in Khulna’s Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Barisal division took first guard and put up 165 runs in 43 overs losing three wickets against Khulna division before the game was stopped due to rain at 1:20pm.
Barisal opener Shahriar Nafees was unbeaten on 76 off 111 balls with 11 boundaries. Nafees had put up a rescue effort, posting 146 runs for the second wicket alongside Fazle Mahmud after the side lost opener Nuruzzaman with only 19 runs on the board.
Fazle added 82 runs to the total with the help of a dozen boundaries and a six. Pacers Al Amin Hossain and Mahedi Hasan picked up a wicket each for Khulna.
Elsewhere at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Chittagong division locked horns with Rangpur division in a tier two game. Rangpur won the toss and asked Chittagong to bat first. The port-city side had pulled up the innings well, scoring 294 for five, riding on Yasir Ali’s 90 runs featuring 12 boundaries and two sixes.
Tasamul Haque, captain Mominul Haque and opener Nazimuddin added 52, 46 and 43 runs respectively. Alauddin Babu bagged two wickets for Rangpur.
In the second tier two game between Rajshahi division and Sylhet division in Rajshahi’s Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium, only 27.3 overs play took place before heavy rain stopped the game in the afternoon.
Rajshahi batted first after losing the toss and posted 94 losing two wickets. Junaid Siddique and Farhad Hossain were unbeaten on 26 and 30 runs respectively. Abu Hayed and Ebadat Hossain picked up a wicket each for Sylhet.
18TH NCL, 1ST ROUND, DAY 1
47/2 in 15 overs (Shadman 18*, Sharif 2/18) v DHAKA
165/3 in 43 overs (Fazle 82, Shahriar 76*) v KHULNA
294/5 in 87 overs (Rabbi 90, Tasamul 52) v RANGPUR
94/2 in 27.3 overs (Farhad 30*, Ebadat 1/15) v SYLHET