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Premier div cricket
Favourites sail in style

          Defending champions Old DOHS, runners-up City Club, title aspirants Mohammedan SC, Brothers Union, Victoria SC and Abahani Limited won their respective Premier Division Cricket League openers at different venues across the country Monday.
A polished 74-run knock by Kenyan Steve Tikolo helped Old DOHS record a convincing 57-run victory over newcomer Sonargaon Cricketers at Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium, reports BDNEWS.
At Fatullah Cricket Stadium, two half-centuries from national caps Shahriar Nafees and Tushar Imran powered City Club to a six-wicket win over Kalabagan KC.
National captain Habibul Bashar's significant 80-run knock helped Mohammedan Sporting Club register a 66-run victory over minnows Agrani Bank at the BKSP-1 ground in Savar.
Brothers Union recorded a five-wicket victory over Biman Bangladesh riding on an unbeaten 84-run knock from Ehsanul Haq Sejan at Comilla Stadium.
At the BKSP-2 ground in Savar, two 50s by Sajjadul Hasan and Nasiruddin Faruque powered two-time champions Victoria SC to a seven-wicket victory over Orient SC.
Though, the title aspirants started their premier league campaign smoothly, Abahani registered a nail biting seven-run victory over Indira Road at Bogra Stadium.
City Club vs Kalabagan KC
After being put into bat first, Kalabagan piled up a modest 218 for seven in 50 overs as the opening pair put a 107-run stand before being separated.
Saju Datta brought the first breakthrough for City Club bowling out opener Arman Hossain (47 off 70). Farid Uddin trapped another opener Uttam Kumar (57 off 81).
Losing both the openers in the space of only four-run, Kalabagan lost wickets one after another. At one stage, they were tottering 150 for five.
Number six Mahbubul Karim scored 39 off 43 to take Kalabagan to surpass over 200.
City Club, in reply, reached the home making 222 for fours with 6.4 overs to spare.
The highlights of the City Club batting was 82 off 96 balls from national opener Shahriar Nafess and 50 from 55 balls. Nafees hit nine fours and two sixes while Tushar's innings clobbered five boundaries.
Brief score: Kalabagan KC - 218/7 in 50 overs (Uttam 57, Arman 47, Mahbub 39, Tareq Mehmood 22, Farid Uddin 2/35 and Saju Datta 2/50).
City Club - 222/4 in 43.2 overs (Nafees 84, Tushar 50, Alok Kapali 32, Rajin 9, Tatenda Taibu 12, Imran 2/11).
Mohammedan SC vs Agrani Bank
Opted to bat first, Mohammedan SC amassed a moderate score of 230 for nine in 50 overs as national captain Bashar scored the highest 80 off 126 balls featuring four fours and a six.
National keeper Khaled Mashud Pilot (29), Moniruzzaman (26) Dhiman Gosh (22) were other remarkable scorers with remaining batsmen failed to reach the double figure.
In reply, the bankers were all out for paltry 164 in 44.3 overs as spinners Sabbir Khan and Monirul Islam grabbed seven wickets to cause the damage the opponent innings.
Although the top orders produced few resistances, it was not enough to avoid a defeat as the tail-enders failed to take the team on the bank.
Jamal Faisal made highest 56 off 92 balls with eight fours, followed by Touhid's 22 and Kalim's 20.
Brief score: Mohammedan SC - 230/9 in 50 overs (Bashar 80, Pilot 29, Moniruzzaman 26, Dhiman 22, Hannan Sarkar 4, Imtiaz Hossain Tanna 3/16, Touhid 2/11 and Rasel Khan 2/47).
Agrani Bak - 164/10 in 44.3 overs (Jamal 56, Touhid 22, Kalim 20, Kuntal 19, Sabbir 4/32 and Monirul 3/18).
Brothers vs Biman
Batted first Biman scored a paltry 180 for eight in 50 riding on national discard Musfiqur Rahman's unbeaten 67 off 120 with two fours and one six.
National pacer Nazmul Islam damaged Biman's top order and the national flag carrier could not repair the early setback and they were tottering 55 for five at one stage.
After that, Musfiqur and Hassanuzzaman Jharu mended the broken part putting 84 runs for the seventh wicket stand before Jharu (47) was caught by Gazi Salahuddin off an Arafat Sunny delivery.
Despite facing an early damage (29/3), Brothers Union reached the target making 181 for five wickets in 45.4 overs as middle order produced some resistance to bring the team in home.
Ehasanul Haq played important 84 off 97 balls featuring eight fours while Arafat Sunny played a patient 35 off 84 balls with a boundary.
Brief score: Biman - 180/8 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur 67 not out, Jharu 47, Javed Omar 13, extras 19, Nazmul 4/33).
Brothers - 181/5 in 45.4 overs (Ehsanul 84 not out, Arafat 35, Rezaul 22 and Mushfiq 2/29).
Victoria vs Orient
After put into bat first, Orient were bundled out for 168 in 49.5 overs with Firoz Alam putting the team highest 57. Nazmul Islam and Saifullah scored 29 and 26 respectively.
Victoria easily attained the target making 172 for three with 13 balls to spare with Sajjadul and Nasiruddin putting 55 off 135 balls and 54 off 68 balls respectively.
Brief score: Orient SC - 168/10 in 49.5 overs (Firoz 57, Nazmul 29, Saifullah 26, Abdul 18, extras 22, Kabir 3/39 and Mahbub 2/38).
Victoria SC - 172/3 in 47.5 overs (Sajjadul 55, Nasiruddin 54, Farhad Hossain 27 not out and Sagir 14 not out).
Abahani vs Indira Road
After being put into bat first, Abahani made 207 for eight in 50 overs with the help of middle order batsmen.
Number five Fiasal Hossain Dickens was the highest scorer, who made 48 off 110 balls, followed by skipper Niamur Rashid Rahul's 44 and Ali Arman's unbeaten 30. Mr. Extras was the third highest scorer (40).
In reply, India Road were all out for 200 in 49 overs as national pacer Anwar Hossain Monir grabbed three wickets and Ahsanullah Hasan provided the proper assistance taking two wickets.


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