Sports Reporter
Both of the Tier 1 matches ended in a draw while Dhaka Metro and Dhaka Division clinched victory yesterday in Tier 2 matches on the first round of Walton National Cricket League 2018-19. Top performer of the opening round was Tushar Imran (Khulna), Afif Hossain (Rajshahi) Ariful Haque (Rangpur), and Rony Talukdar (Dhaka Division). Tushar became the first Bangladesh batsman to score centuries in both innings in First Class cricket in more than one occasions. Afif Hossain bagged 7 wickets for 66 for Khulna against Rajshahi. Ariful Haque and Rony Talukdar grabbed the spotlight with double centuries for their respective teams.Dhaka Metro vs Sylhet Division Dhaka Metro completed a crushing innings and 41-run victory over Sylhet Division on the 4th-day of the ongoing 20th Walton National Cricket League Tier-1. Sylhet Division started their day keeping four wickets in hand. But, they were all-out at 170 runs. Jakir Hasan was the highest scorer with 72 runs while Rajin Saleh scored 60. With the ball, Asif Hossain of Dhaka Metro bagged five wickets by giving away 44 runs. Besides, Arafat Sani took three wickets while Shahidul Islam two wickets. Earlier, Dhaka Metro scored 426 runs in first innings. In reply, Sylhet scored 215 runs. Dhaka Metro’s Sadman Islam was given man of the match award for his outstanding 157 runs
Dhaka Division vs Chattogram Division
Dhaka Division sealed an emphatic victory against Chittagong Divi­sion by 214 runs at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, in Fatullah. Dhaka Division set target of 481runs for last day but they failed to chase down the target. Dhaka Division’s Rony Talukdar selected man of the match award for his outstanding double hundred (228 runs). Chittagong Division will face Sylhet Division in their next clash, starting on October 8. Dhaka Division will take on Dhaka Metro in their second match of the league.