Rangpur batsman Ariful Haque poses for a photo after scoring 117 in the day one of National Cricket League (NCL) match against Barisal at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium on Monday. Photo: Collected

Sports Reporter
Rangpur Division put up a brilliant batting display in their first National Cricket League (NCL) encounter against Barisal Division. The two Tier 1 sides faced each other at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium on October 1. Rangpur’s right handed batsman Ariful Haque has struck a magnificent double hundred for Rangpur yesterday, in the day two of NCL encounter.
Ariful carried on from his unbeaten 117 in day one and scored his double hundred. Ariful’s innings stopped at 231 runs. This is also his highest score in any form of cricket, not just first-class. He struck 21 fours and four sixes in his innings with a strike rate of over 70. At the stumps in day 2, Rangpur scored 502/10 in their first innings. Barisal’s Sohag Gazi and Monir Hossain bagged three wickets
Winning the toss at day one, Barisal elected to field first and took four wickets by the time their opponents reached 101 runs. Except for a 62-run innings from their opener Jahid Javed, the Rangpur-based team saw no notable contribution till then.
Naeem Islam and Ariful Haque then stitched a crucial 195-run stand to get a firm grip on the match. Shohag Gazi, who previously removed Javed, dismissed Naeem for 92 runs, but Ariful remained unbeaten with a hundred to his name. He completed his double hundred at day two.
In the other matches, Starting the second day on 122/1, Rajshahi Division put up a brilliant batting display against Khulna Division, who were all-out for 210 runs on the previous day. Rajshahi have gained a mammoth 226-run lead over their opponents at the end of day-2 in their opening game in their Tier 1 clash in the National Cricket League.
Junaid Siddique resumed Rajshahi’s innings alongside opener Mizanur Rahman and was out at the very beginning for four runs. His departure was followed by an 89-run stand between Mizanur and Forhad Hossain where the former picked up his century before finally getting dismissed for 117 runs.
Forhad formed another important partnership with Jahurul Islam and got 83 runs to his name before returning to the pavilion. Sabbir Rahman and Farhad Reza then scored 33 and 25, respectively, before getting out and kept the score ticking while Forhad stood firm at the other end.
Forhad finished the day being unbeaten on 91 runs and will resume the third day’s play for Rajshahi along with teammate Sunzamul Islam who finished day-2 by remaining not out on 40 runs.
Afif Hossain took two scalps on day-2 to take his tally of wickets in this innings to three. Al-Amin Hossain, Khan Abdur Razzak, and Nahidul Islam also got one wicket each, but that was not enough to bring their team back in the game.
Rangpur Division Vs Barisal Division (Tier 1)
Rangpur Division : 502/10 in 145.2 overs (Ariful 231, Naeem 92, Jahid 62; Monir 3/128, Shohag Gazi 3/145, Rabbi 2/94)