League leaders Old DOHS maintained their winning note in the Premier Division Cricket League, but Victoria Sporting Club slipped to the second-position to join Mohammedan Sporting Club at the end of fifth round matches at different venues across the country Saturday.
Defending Champions Old DOHS recorded their successive fifth victory with a six-wicket triumph over minnows Indira Road KC at the Shaheed Chandhu Stadium in Bogra while title aspirants Mohammedan SC registered a seven-wicket victory over newcomer Orient SC at the BKSP-2 ground in Savar. At the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Victoria SC conceded an 87-run defeat to last year's runners-up City Club, who suffered a six-wicket defeat to Abahani Limited in the fourth round.
After losing two successive defeats, Brothers Union returned to the winning spree with a massive 136-run victory over Agrani Bank at the BKSP-1 ground.
At Fatullah Cricket Stadium, a 97-run knock by Jahirul Islam helped Abahani Limited register a hard-fought eight-run victory over Kalabagan KC.
The match between Sonargaon Cricketers and Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been shifted to the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium Sunday, as the match could not take place Saturday due to rain at Comilla Stadium.
Old DOHS vs Indira Road
Kenyan star Steve Tikolo and skipper Akram Khan propelled the champions for fifth successive victory as both the batsmen put unbeaten half-century to reach 199 for four in 39.5 overs, chasing Indira Road's 196.
Tikolo hit 67 off 76 balls featuring nine boundaries while former Bangladesh skipper Akram Khan scored 60 off 62 balls that eight times hit the fence.
Besides, both the batsmen, who mostly guided Old DOHS in every victory, contributed 81 runs after the league leaders were reeling 118 for four in 22.2 overs.
Earlier, national all-rounder Khaled Mahmud captured four wickets for 28 to restrict the minnows within an achievable total. Steve Tikolo and Abdur Razzak took two wickets each for 15 and 32 respectively.
Victoria SC vs City Club
Opted to bat first, City Club piled up challenging 253 for eight riding on two fifties from skipper Tushar Imran and Alok Kapali.
City Club were tottering 60 for three at one stage, and Tushar Imran and Alok Kapali pulled off the team putting 66 runs for the fourth wicket stand before Tushar (58 off 72 balls) was caught by Farhad off a Waskuruni delivery.
Alok paired with Mehrab Hossain added another 54 runs for the fifth wicket stand before Alok was caught by Sagir off Jafar Kuraishi, who snatched four for 36 runs.
Victoria, in reply, were bundled out for 166 with Pakistani Jafar Kuraishi putting highest 41 runs. After showing at bat, City Club skipper Tushar Imran took three wickets for 33.
MSC vs Orient SC
Indian Sandeep Sharma put an unbeaten 66 off 87 with ten fours and a six as the title aspirant the Mohammedans reached home making 129 for three in 31.2 overs, chasing a paltry total of 127 from Orient Club.
Left-arm spinner Nadif Chowdhury damaged the Orient Club innings capturing four wickets for 11 and young spinner Sabbir Khan provided him a due assistance removing three batsmen for 32.
Brothers vs Agrani Bank
Pakistani Rashed Hanif hit league first century as Brothers Union amassed 271 for eight and the minnows Agrani Bank were bundled out for 135 in 43.1 overs.
Hanif made 107 off 149 balls that included 11 fours and two sixes while Ehsanul Haq hit 47 off 74 that feature three boundaries and one over-boundary. Agrani Bank Rizwan Qureshi was successful one, scored 45 with help of four fours and two sixes and grabbed three wickets for 60 runs.
Abahani vs Kalabagan
After being put into bat first, Abahani scored a modest total of 217 for eight riding on Jahirul's 97 and Faisal Hossain Dickens's 63 runs. Jahirul hammered 10 boundaries and two over boundaries in his 114-ball knock while Dickens hit three fours and two sixes.
Kalabagan, who beat Brothers Union, were restricted 209 for all in 42.3 overs as Dickens and Alamgir Kabir shared six wickets giving away 22 and 46 runs respectively, according to BDNEWS.