League leader Khulna Division came close to clinch the Tier-1 title of National Cricket League (NCL) as they are now in the driving seat against their main contenders Dhaka Division on the 3rd day of the 6th and final round of the first class league at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Monday.
An outright victory over Dhaka in the ongoing final round assured their league crown. They have a good chance to be the champions in case of a draw as they are dominating the Tier -1 points table by a good margin.
Earlier, Sylhet Division emerged Tier-2 champions to earn promotion in the Tier-1 of the National Cricket League (NCL) with a convincing nine–wicket victory over Chattogram Division on the very 2nd day of the four-day affairs at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura on Sunday. The match featured 13 wickets haul by 18-year-old rookie left arm pace bowler Ruyel Miah
In day’s Tier-1 League, replying to Dhaka Division’s first innings total 279 runs, league leader Khulna Division resumed the first innings with overnight total 252 for 3 and finally piled up 379 runs for all in 128 overs to take just 100-run lead in the first innings.
Former national cricketer Tushar Imran, pairing with Nurul Hasan, contributed 143 runs in the 4th wicket stand to carry the team total to 274 runs from 131.
Captain Nurul Hasan, who was on batting with 56 runs, hammered a century scoring an unbeaten 150 off 227 balls featuring 13 fours and seven sixes. Another overnight batsman Tushar Imran (75) contributed 82 runs off 153 deliveries with 10 hits to the fence while Nahidul Islam added 49-ball 16 runs.
Shuvagata Hom, who grabbed two wickets for 25 runs on day-2, finally picked up five wickets for 46 runs and Nazmul Islam took two for 114 runs.
In reply, Dhaka Division opened the 2nd innings and scored 102 runs for 5 in 44 overs to take an overall two runs lead with two down Raqibul Hasan scoring not out 39 and Shuvagata Hom 42 runs.
Ziaur Rahman grabbed three wickets conceding 23 runs.
Brief score: Dhaka Division 1st innings: 279 all out in 93.1 overs; Taibur 110, Mazid 66, Shuvagata 60, Abdul Halim 5/27, Ziaur 4/24
2nd innings: 102 for 5 in 44 overs; Raqibul Hassan bot out 39, Shuvagata Hom 40, Ziaur Rahman 3/23.
Khulna Division 1st innings: 379 all out in 128 overs (overnight 252 for 3 in 84 overs), Nurul Hasan not out 150, Tushar Imran 82, Anamul Haque 50, Robiul Islam 45, Ajit Majumder 21, Nahidul Islam 16, Shuvagata Hom 5/46, Nazmul Islam 2/114.
Rangpur Division vs Rajshahi Division:
In the other Tier-1 match, Rangpur are leading by 248 runs with four wickets in hand against Rajshahi at Shaheed Kamaruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.
Resuming their overnight total of 224 for five in 77 overs, Rajshahi ended their first innings at 254/10 in 86.2 overs. Farhad Hossain posted 75, Avishek Mitra scored 67 and Junaid Siddique scored 37.
Right-handed all-rounder Ariful Haque bagged six wickets conceding 41 runs while Sajedul Islam took two wickets.
In reply, Rangpur Division scored 228 for 6 in 61 overs when bails were drawn for the 3rd day (Monday). They faced initial batting collapse losing the first wicket in the very first ball of the innings, but an unbeaten 72 by Tanbir Hyder and 48 run by Ariful guided the team toward a good total.
Delwar Hossain took four wickets conceding 73 runs while Muktar Ali took two wickets.
Brief score: Rangpur first innings 274/10 in 89.4 overs, Sohrawordi 105, Ariful 57, Delwar 4/59, Mohor 3/53
Rajshahi first innings 254/10 in 86.2 overs (overnight 224 for 5), Avishek 67, Farhad 75, Ariful 6/41, Sajedul 2/59
Rangpur second innings 228/6 in 61 overs, Tanbir 72*, Ariful 48, Jahid Jabed 33, Delwar 4/73, Mukter 2/44
Barishal Division vs Dhaka Metro:
Barishal Division are trailing by 22 runs with seven wickets in hand against Dhaka Metro in Barishal.
Resuming the overnight total of 225 for two in 69 overs, Dhaka Metro ended their first innings for 466/10 in 140.3 overs.
Shamsur Rahman (103) and Marshal Ayub (109) hit tons for Dhaka while Al Amin posted 92 and Zabid Hossain scored 62*.
Sohag Gazi took three wickets for 98 runs in 31.3 overs while Monir Hossain bagged two conceding 128 runs.
In reply, Barishal scored 30 runs for three wickets in 16 overs. Fazle Mahmud remained unbeaten at 19.
Arafat Sunny bagged two wickets conceding 10 runs while Taskin Ahmed took one.
Brief score: Barishal first innings 414/10 in 108.2 overs (overnight 338 for 6), Fazle Mahmud 141, Moin 75, Salman 72, Taskin 4/67, Asif 3/106
Dhaka Metro first innings 466/10 in 140.3 overs, Shamsur 103, Marshal 109, Al Amin 92, Gazi 3/98, Fazle 2/26
Barishal second innings 30/3 in 16 overs, Nafees 9, Fazle 19*, Arafat 2/10, Taskin 1/8
Bangladesh reached the semifinal of eight-nation ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2019 as Group B champions on Monday.
They have an impressive all-win record. They beat Nepal by 8 wickets in their third and last group match at BKSP ground-4 in Savar on Monday.
In the day’s other group matches, Pakistan emerged as unbeaten Group A champions to reach the semifinal crushing Oman by 147 runs. India booked a semifinal berth as Group B runners-up outplaying Hong Kong by 120 runs while Afghanistan finished Group A runners-up to reach semis eliminating Sri Lanka by 7 wickets at different venues.
Pakistan will now face Group B runners-up India in the first semifinal on Wednesday (Nov 20) while Bangladesh will play Group A runners Afghanistan on Thursday (Nov 21) – both at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Earlier, hosts Bangladesh made a flying start in the continental meet outplaying Hong Kong by 9 wickets and ensured the semifinal berth upsetting India by 6 wickets in the second match.
On their way to the semifinal, Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets and defeated Sri Lanka by 90 runs.
In the day’s last group match, Bangladesh sent Nepal to bat first after winning the toss and dismissed them for 138 in 44.3 overs. Sompal Kami scored the teams’ highest 38 runs, captain Gyanendra Malla 22, Karan KC added 18 runs for Nepal.
Both Sumon Khan and Minhajul Abedin Afridi took three wickets each conceding 29 runs each. Mahedi Hasan and Tanvir Islam bagged 2 wickets each conceding 25 and 26 runs respectively.
In reply, Bangladesh easily reached their target scoring 140 runs for the loss of two wickets in 24 overs. Captain Najmul Hossain Shanto contributed an unbeaten 59 runs, opener Mohammad Naim scored 45 runs and Yasir Ali scored an unbeaten 18 runs.
Karan KC and Sushan Bhari took one wicket each conceding 11 and 24 runs respectively.
Brazil rallied to beat Mexico 2-1 on Sunday to win its fourth under-17 World Cup title.
Bryan González opened the scoring for Mexico in the 66th minute at the Bezerrão stadium in Brasilia, but the hosts turned their fortunes with Kaio Jorge converting from the spot in the 84th and substitute Lázaro scoring in added time.
Brazil reached the final after overcoming a two-goal deficit to beat tournament favorite France 3-2, and had to come back again to capture the under-17 title for the first time since 2003.
The Brazilians didn’t initially qualify for the tournament after a poor performance in the South American qualifiers, but problems in the organization in Peru led soccer’s international governing body to move it to Brazil, allowing the team a spot as hosts.
Joe Gibbs won the first race, the last race and more than a dozen in between. His most dominating season in 28 years as a NASCAR team owner culminated with his fifth Cup Series championship.
This one had to be more special than the others.
Gibbs dedicated the season to his late son, J.D., who died in January after a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Joe Gibbs Racing responded with 19 victories in 36 races — a record for NASCAR's modern era — and another title for the three-time Super Bowl-winning champion who still goes by Coach.
Kyle Busch put Coach atop the racing world Sunday by winning the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the second Cup championship in five years for Busch and Gibbs, who also won titles in 2000 (Dale Jarrett), 2002 (Tony Stewart) and 2005 (Stewart).
Gibbs felt like J.D. had a hand in making the latest one happen.
“I think he's definitely a part of this," Gibbs said. “I miss him so much. ... It’s kind of hard to put in words. But it’s been special and different, and it was great to finish it up the way we did tonight.”
J.D. Gibbs was a part-time driver and over-the-wall crew member when he first started working for his famous father. He made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002. He stepped away from JGR in 2015 after he was diagnosed with "conditions related to brain function."
The final race he was able to travel to was Busch's first Cup Series championship. Gibbs was 49 and co-chairman at JGR when he died.
Joe Gibbs had three chances to win the title, with Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. locking up three of the four spots in the championship field. His former NFL team, the Washington Redskins, wished Gibbs and his three drivers luck with a message on the video boards before their game against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Hamlin and Truex were widely considered the most likely title contenders to win it all for Gibbs. Hamlin won last week at Phoenix and had all the momentum, and Truex had a series-high seven victories in 2019.
But both of them had pit-road issues that proved costly.
Truex's crew mixed up the right- and left-side front tires on lap 120, causing steering issues and forcing the 2017 series champion back to pit road. Hamlin’s crew put too large a piece of tape on the air opening to his engine, causing it to overheat and forcing him to make an unscheduled stop.
Both of them fell a lap back.
Truex recovered and finished second for the second straight year.
"To get here is so difficult," Truex said. "To win seven races is so difficult. Successful, but at the same time disappointing."
Hamlin's error came later in the race. He dropped from third to 19th because of the stop with 46 laps remaining. He battled back, but didn't have enough time to make up for the error and finished 10th.
"Certainly we got a little aggressive there and it cost us," Hamlin said. "It just didn't work out."
It did for Gibbs, though.
The organization broke the modern-era record (since 1972) for wins by the same team in a single season. Hendrick Motorsports, with a lineup that featured Cup champions Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Casey Mears and Busch, won 18 races and the championship (Johnson) in 2007.
"It's just a great year," Hamlin said. "We won 19 races as an organization. That's the most in this era. That's a good thing. In the world where we just keep getting more common with everything — common pit guns, common this, common that — JGR continues to set itself apart, and that's the people and the effort that they're putting in. I think that it really says a lot about the organization, no doubt."
JGR won the big one — the season-opening Daytona 500 with Hamlin — and the more-important finale with Busch.
"It's a thrill for us," Gibbs said. "J.D. spent his entire professional life building our race team. This whole year I think is just a tribute to him. I think everybody saw the Daytona 500, everything that's happened this year. I know the Lord had his hand in what has taken place. I believe J.D. had a great view of it."
Denny Hamlin's championship run was foiled by the tale of the tape.
Hamlin's air of confidence came across the team radio when he boasted the race "ain't (bleepin') over" as he made a late push to the lead.
Except it was, his Toyota stuck on pit road steaming like a kettle because a foot-long slab of black tape slapped over the grille had caused the No. 11 Toyota to overheat and forced an unscheduled pit stop. Hamlin dropped from third to 19th because of the stop with 46 laps remaining and fell a lap down.
His first NASCAR Cup title has to wait.
"I really just wanted a chance to go after them after that pit stop," Hamlin said. "But with the overheating, I couldn't. I was going to blow up. I had to make the right call and try and unlap ourselves. Try for a caution. Try for a miracle."
Hamlin's season was sensational from the start, opening with an emotional Daytona 500 victory that he dedicated to the late son of team owner Joe Gibbs. He rebounded from a winless 2018 to six wins this season, a career renaissance orchestrated by rookie Cup crew chief Chris Gabehart.
Gabehart took the blame for the aggressive aerodynamic call for the tape that crushed Hamlin's race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
With Michael Jordan rooting him on from the track, Hamlin finished 10th and had the worst finish of the four championship drivers. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch won the race and his second career Cup title. JGR driver Martin Truex Jr., who had his own pit-road mishap, was second, and Stewart-Haas Racing contender Kevin Harvick was fourth.
Hamlin stared into the sky with his back against the car door when Gabehart walked over for a big hug and private chat. Hamlin smiled a bit and nodded as he listened to Gabehart's words. But nothing could console either man over a season that collapsed in the pits over a small mistake.
"We beat ourselves right here, just trying to get too much because that's what you do in a championship race," Gabehart said. "We were just trying to pull off a really difficult play and didn't get it done. Unfortunately, as good as our car was at the end, I don't know if it needed it anyway."
Hamlin had been the sentimental favorite to win the championship. The other three contenders are former champions and Hamlin had dedicated the season to team co-chairman J.D. Gibbs. Gibbs had discovered Hamlin in the early 2000s and the (hashtag)DoItForJD slogan was emblazoned across the back of his Toyota. He was 49 when he died in January from complications of a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.
Hamlin had reason to feel good on pit road before the race. Hamlin gathered his oldest and closest friends around him for a picture at the 11 car and they shouted out the (hashtag)LFG catchphrase he's been using in his social media posts.
Hamlin was buttoned up in Miami in previous championship attempts but spent this week living his best life as usual and seemed to enjoy the pressure packed race weekend. Hamlin clutched his youngest daughter, Molly, in his arms and leaned down to give his oldest, Taylor, a kiss.
He had an A-lister in the house with his good friend Jordan, who owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, back to support Hamlin like he did in the 2014 finale during the JGR driver’s last run at the title.
Air Jordan still has a 6-0 edge in championships over Hamlin.
"We go way back," Jordan said during an interview with NBC Sports. "He's a season-ticket holder at the Hornets. I spend a lot of time playing golf with him, and obviously I'm a big NASCAR fan, so I came out to support him."
Hamlin turns 39 on Monday and organized a big bash for after the race. It's more a birthday party now than a championship celebration.
"I told you at the beginning of the week we're going to celebrate our year," Hamlin said. "Our year was fantastic in every way you can think of, and it just didn't pan out in one race in our favor."
JGR might need some extra pit practice before 2020.
Truex had his bid for a second Cup championship derailed when the No. 19 Toyota was forced to pit after his team mixed up the right- and left-side front tires on a stop earlier in the 400-mile race. Truex had the dominant car early and could never make up the costly, lost ground.
"I've never had that happen," Truex said. "I don't even know what to say. It doesn't drive good with the left front on the right front, though, I can tell you that."
Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens had the flawless run late under the lights that the other JGR drivers failed to grasp.
“When you get here this is a lot of pressure and it's human beings trying to get this done,” Gibbs said. “You can always have something be a mistake.”