Defending champions Rajshahi, Dhaka and Chittagong Divisions made flying start separately in fashion in the one-dayer openers of the Ispahani Mirzapure Tea 7th National Cricket League Saturday, reports BDNEWS.
In the low-scoring matches, Rajshahi registered an eight wickets victory over Barisal at Rajshahi Divisional Stadium (RDVS), Dhaka also recorded an eight wickets win over last year's runners-up Sylhet Division at Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium (DCS) and Chittagong registered a seven wickets victory over Khulna at Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
After sent to bat first, Barisal were all out for paltry 108 in 46.2 overs as Mushfiqur Rahman, Rezawanul Islam, Shafaq Al Jabir and Shahajada grabbed two wickets each for the hosts.
Barisal struggled from the beginning after losing the first wicket on seven runs and at one stage they lost five wickets for 35.
After then, Shaheen Hossain and Towhid Hossain made a little resistance putting 33 runs for the sixth wicket stand.
Shahajada wrapped up the BarisaL innings sending back number 11 Golam Rabbani on team's 108 runs.
The champions Rajshahi also faced a little setback in the beginning with losing both the openers on 20 runs, but Naeem Islam and Anisur Rahman steered their side home making 112 in 23.2 overs.
Naeem made unbeaten 54 off 72 balls with nine fours while Anisur scored 31 off 55 balls featuring five fours.
Mohammad Ashraful celebrated his debut as captain when he guided his Dhaka team to home with putting a polish 48 runs in the league opener.
Opener Rashedul Haque, however, top scored with a blazing 76 runs.
Ashraful hit ten boundaries while Rashedul 13 fours and one six in their unbeaten knocks.
National discard pacer Mohammad Sharif earlier made the foundation for Dhaka capturing five Sylhet wickets for 21 runs. Last year's runners-up Sylhet were all out for 147 in 46.2 overs after opting to bat first.
Skipper Rajin Saleh made the team's highest 31 runs, followed by Imtiaz Hossain's 27 and Rezaul Haque's 23.
After being put into bat first, Khulna without Habibul Bashar Sumon made a modest score of 211 for eight in 50 overs with Tushar Imran putting the highest 57 off 68 balls with four fours.
Khulna led by Manzarul Islam Rana made a smooth start with scoring 43 runs for the first wicket stand but at one stage they lost four wickets on 96 runs on the scoreboard.
Fifth wicket stand between Tushar and Hasanuzzaman (27) added 76 runs before being separated, but the others could not accelerate the runs.
Ehsanul Haq, Waseluddin and Yasin Arafat took two wickets each for Chittagong.
The hosts, in reply, reached the home making 215 for three wickets in 48.4 overs as Ehsanul Haq and Faisal Hossain Dickens put unbeaten half-century each.
After losing the third wickets on 81, Ehsanul and Faisal gripped the paddle to reach the hosts at home with putting 134 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand.
Faisal hammered 75 off 92 balls featuring seven fours and one six while Ehsanul made 66 off 78 balls with five fours.