Soumya Sarkar impresses with bat and ball in NCL

The four games in this round of the National Cricket League were tied, with matches in Barisal and Cox Bazaar heavily affected by the rain. ESPNcricinfo looks at how the teams performed.

Top hitters
Tushar Imran became Bangladesh's first national cricket hitter to score seven hundred in a year. The seventh, 103 against the Rangpur Division, was also third in the 2018-19 season. It surpassed Mosaddek Hossain (2015) and Naeem Islam (2017), who had made six centuries in a year. Tushar scored eight legs in his innings of 176 balls.

Tushar has scored 1161 races this year with an average of 82.92. Having played for the last time more than 11 years ago, it is likely to be a major topic of conversation in the selection meeting before the series against Zimbabwe in November.

Shahriar Nafees reached his first hundred of the year when he scored 102 against Rajshahi. Division in Barisal. He hit 12 feet and three sixes in his 161-ball effort, in a game where bowlers dominated.

Tasamul Haque also scored his first century this season, achieving 116 of 185 balls with 13 feet and two sixes against Dhaka Metropolis in Bogra.

On the other hand, Ziaur Rahman continued his batting form with fifty in each possibility against the Rangpur Division, while Jahid Jabed hit a pair of 64 against the Khulna Division in the same game.

The best bowlers

Nayeem Hasan made his first tour of five terrains in the Chittagong Division game against Dhaka metro. He took 6-119 in the second innings to go with the three terrains he took in the first innings.

While Nayeem is only playing his second season, Taskin Ahmed got his first pitch of five wickets in the seventh year of play at this level. He took 5 out of 67 in the Chittagong-Dhaka Metro game after returning without playing a game in the APL in the UAE. Fast arm Sajedul took 6 of 81 against Khulna in a first-inning performance that should draw the attention of the selectors. He eliminated Tushar Imran, Nurul Hasan and Soumya Sarkar, and also took the Anamul Haque window in the second innings.

Players to follow

Ahead of the Zimbabwe series, three international players also stood out. The spinner of the left arm Taijul Islam took five windows in the Rajshahi-Barisal party, affected by the rain, while the young batter Zakir Hasan scored 88 against Dhaka.

But it was the complete show of Soumya Sarkar who stood out against Rangpur. He did 76 and 71, in addition to taking his first trip of five windows. Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes has said he has been watching Soumya.


Rajshahi moved to the top of the points table in Level 1 with 12.98 points, three ahead of defending champion Khulna. The Dhaka metro is five points ahead of its closest level 2 rivals in the Dhaka division, which has 13.5 points.


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