Securing top slot in the Tier 2 of the 18th National Cricket League (NCL), Rangpur Division advanced to Tier 1 after playing a draw against Rajshahi Division in the 6th round match that ended on day 4 at Saheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra on Friday.
Rangpur collected unbeaten 72 points from six rounds of the 18th edition first class domestic cricket league, having three wins and three draws.
Tier 1 bottom place finisher Dhaka Metropolis, collected 29 points from six rounds with two loss and four draws, will be relegated to Tier 2 for the next season NCL to join with three other division teams –Rajshahi, Sylhet and Chittagong.
Meanwhile, Khulna Division defended the title with one day to spare on Thursday last with a huge 398-run victory against Dhaka Metropolis in the 6th round to top in the Tier 1. Khulna collected unbeaten 58 points with two wins and four draws.
The two other Tier 1 team Dhaka Division and Barisal Division finished the race with 2nd and 3rd position respectively.
Rangpur vs Rajshahi
In the 6th round match, Rangpur scored 351 runs in the 1st innings and collected 196/2 in 44.2 overs in the 2nd innings on the 4th day to play out draw against Rajshahi, the side collected 191 in the 1st innings and 403/7-declared in the 2nd innings.
Dhaka Division vs Barisal
In the Tier1 match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Dhaka Division won by an innings and 78 runs against Barisal Division.
Dhaka Division declared the 1st innings on day 2 scoring 588/6-d in 125.5 overs based on two double centuries of Saif Hassan (204) and Taibur Rahman (242).
In reply, Barisal finished the 1st innings with 189 runs to follow on and collected 321/10 in 84.5 overs in the 2nd innings.
Sylhet vs Chittagong
Sylhet and Chittagong Division played out draw in their Tier 2 match that ended on day 4 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Sylhet declared the 1st innings collecting 555/7-d in 143 overs on day 2 and declared the 2nd innings on day 4 collecting165/7-d in 25 overs.
Chittagong scored 320 runs in the 1st innings and opened the 2nd innings on day 4 to collect 261/7 in 88 overs till stumps.
Sports Desk (UNB)