Khaled Ahmed’s 11-for Leads East Zone to BCL Title: Bangladesh News

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East Zone triumphed as the new Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) champions, defeating North Zone by an innings and 112 runs in the final round of matches. Khaled Ahmed was the standout performer with an 11-wicket match haul, bringing his tally to 18 wickets in just two games, leading East Zone to victory in Sylhet. East Zone finished at the top of the table with 20 points, twice that of second-placed Central Zone, after earlier defeating Central by seven wickets and drawing their opener against South Zone.

North Zone, after being put in to bat, were bowled out for 108 in their first innings, with Rejaur Rahman Raja and Khaled Ahmed both taking 4 wickets each. In response, Mominul Haque scored 117 and Parvez Hossain Emon contributed 90, leading East Zone to a total of 352. Trailing by 244 runs, North Zone faltered in their second innings with Khaled Ahmed taking 7 wickets for 50 runs, securing East Zone’s victory.

In another match, a dramatic batting collapse in their second innings cost South Zone against Central Zone, who eventually secured a win by chasing down just 16 runs in the fourth innings. South Zone had initially posted 214 in their first innings, with Moin Khan and Fazle Mahmud making significant contributions, while Central Zone took the lead by scoring 248 in their innings.

South Zone’s feeble batting performance in their second innings allowed Central Zone to cruise to victory, with the opening batsman Prantik Nawrose Nabil getting out after facing just ten balls. Central Zone’s bowlers Abu Hider, Shohidul Islam, and Salauddin Sakil were instrumental in securing the win.

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