Winning start for NCA

Monday, August 27, 2007

The BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) made a winning start in the tour of Down Under when they handed a 10-run defeat to Western Australia in their first limited-over match at the Marrara Cricket ground-2 yesterday.

The visitors amassed 219 for 5 in their stipulated 40 overs after skipper Mehrab Hossain decided to bat first. Raquibul Hassan top scored with a run-a-ball 59 while Nasiruddin Faruque contributed 47 in 97 deliveries.

Imrul Kayes chipped in with a 44-ball 31 and Mehrab hit a quickfire unbeaten 34 off 23 balls.

NCA then restricted the home team, who played with three first-class players, to 209 for 8 in 40 overs with Mick making team highest 60.

Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain claimed two wickets for 17 runs while Nazmul (1-34), Talha Jubiar (1-37), Dollar Mahmud (1-23) and Nayeem Islam (1-39) were the other successful bowlers.