Dalmiya sues three publications
China smash Korea to enter final
BSF (N. Bengal) ensure title
Bournvita CA, S.P. Roy CCC to clash in final

Calcutta, May 18 
ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya today filed three different suits at the Calcutta high court against three publication houses — two Indian and the other London-based —claiming Rs 50 crore in damages from each for allegedly tarnishing his image in the ongoing match-fixing issue.

The defamation suits were filed against the Sunday Telegraph of London and its reporter Scyld Berry, and India’s Outlook and India Today.

An application in connection with the suit against the Sunday Telegraph was moved yesterday by Dalmiya’s advocates Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Usha Nath Banerjee and Surojit Mitra. Justice R.K.Mitra, in an ad-interim order of injunction, restrained the Sunday Telegraph management from publishing any news item involving Dalmiya in match fixing matters.

Moving the application, Ray told the court that the Sunday Telegraph in its April 30 issue had published two news items ‘President of ICC under corruption spotlight’ and ‘Great ICC whitewash’ to lower the dignity of his client in the eyes of cricket lovers of the world.

In the other two matters, involving the Indian publications, the petitioner has been directed to serve notices to the respondents.

Dalmiya’s recent contention that he will also be trying to sue the Sunday Telegraph and its reporter abroad also seems to be on the anvil as of now, adds a Staff Reporter. It was learnt that this will probably be a follow-up action to these suits.

In a press conference in New Delhi today, Dalmiya said: “I was compelled to file a defamatin suit against the Sunday Telegraph, its reporter Scyld Berry and its editor Dominic Lawson,” adds AP.

Dalmiya’s tenure as ICC president ends in the third week of June. after which Malcolm Gray of Australia takes over.

Questionnaire for Bindra

Meanwhile, the CBI, probing the alleged match-fixing scandal, today said it has sent a questionnaire to former cricket board chief I. S. Bindra seeking clarifications on his report submitted to the agency on May 15, adds PTI from New Delhi.

The questionnaire is only to seek some clarifications from him to which he would reply soon, agency sources said here.

The questionaire sent by the special crime branch of the agency is based on Bindra’s report running into 360 pages, the sources said, adding it could summon him in case of doubts.

When contacted, Bindra said he “will be sending reply in two days.”    

Kuala Lumpur, May 18 
China smashed South Korea 3-1 to enter the final of the Thomas Cup at the Putra Stadium here today.

They now await the winners of the Denmark-Indonesia semi-final, to be played tomorrow.

China defeated Korea in the second doubles match which all badminton pundits thought will go the Korean way. But Chinese coach Li Yong Bo said in a post match interview that his players had worked hard in the training camp and now that they won against Korea in the doubles also, it can be said that Chinese doubles is also on the track.

The Koreans did spring a surprise of sorts when they promoted Lee Hyun Il — who had won all his matches in second singles spot, defeating even the reigning Olympic champion Eric Hoyer Larsen of Denmark in the Korea-Denmark group clash — to first singles in place of Shon Seung Mo. But this move failed to get dividends as the top Chinese shuttler Xia Xuenze — the current All-England champion — broke through Lee’s defence to canter to a 15-6, 15-7 win in just 37 minutes.

Lee left too many gaps on the flanks whenever he tried to move in after a smash, and that left Xia with several options — the favourite being to deflect the bird cross court at the net.

The Korean repeated the mistake, and never found his rhythm. The cardinal rule in badminton is to smash only when you can recover fast enough to return to the net.

The first doubles, as expected, went the Korean way as world number two pair of Ha Tae-kown and Kim Dong-moon defeated Yu Jinhao and Chen Qiqiu, but not before the Chinese pair stretched them to a three-game, 80-minute battle. Korea won 15-11, 5-15, 15-9.

“It would have been more prudent to keep him in the second spot, not play Abn Jae Chang in a second spot as he has not been competing for long,” analysed Prakash Padukone.

Lee had a better chance in the second singles against Ji Xinpeng, who is extremely erratic. But in the second singles match against Ahn Jae Chang, Xinpeng kept his cool in tight situations to lead right through the first game.

He led 5-2 and 8-5 before the Korean came close to 8-9. Xinpeng playing long rallies tried to catch the out of form Ahn Jae Chang in stamina and succeeded. from 11-9 onwards it was apparent that he will win the first game. In the second too, he led throughout to win.

The second doubles kept the crowd enthralled. The Chinese duo of Zhang Wei and Zhang Jun played inspired badminton to win the first game at 15-9. This rattled the Koreans, and their world No. 3 pair of Yoo Young-soo and Lee Dong-Soo had to battle for 5 minutes to win the second at 15-12. Zhang Jun. a left hander, played brilliantly to take his side to 8-0 in the third, and it was his defensive play, mixed with nicely placed smashes down the middle, that frustrated the Koreans.

The Chinese got stuck for sometime at 12-7, but the pressure finally got to the Koreans and they caved in, giving easy openings at the net.    

Calcutta, May 18 
BSF, North Bengal, today confirmed the second division title with a convincing 3-0 win over Sporting Union.

With two wins in the second division championship leg, BSF North Bengal are assured of being crowned champions. Sporting Union, Aikya Sammilani and Calcutta Adivasis are out of the title reckoning. Eric Lakra sounded the board twice and A.K. Dunga netted the other goal for BSF.

In first division group B action, CLW defeated Khalsa Blues, the goals coming from Eric Lakra, P. Toppo and A. Bhengra. In another tie, Chotonagpur RC overcame Jagrihi 3-1. Kishor Bhengra (2) and John Tigga struck for the winners while S. Sarkar pulled one back for Jagrihi.

Arup top seed

Arup Baidya and Tanmoyee Nandi will lead the men’s and women’s challenge in the West Bengal Badminton Players Association organised state ranking meet at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra from Saturday. The meet will also have an event for amateurs.

Nearly 300 players will participate in the six-day tournament. Promising players selected from the championship will be awarded scholarships of Rs 1000 per month for a year.

Lawn bowls

Mac Escorts overcame J. Thomas B 17-11 in the Merchants Cup lawn bowls competition today.    

Calcutta, May 18 
Bournvita CA will meet S.P. Roy CCC in the Ambar Roy sub-junior meet final. In the semi-finals today, Bournvita CA recorded a convincing 73-run win over Sonarpur SUSA while S.P. Roy CCC got past Subhas Institute by two runs in a keen tussle.

The Bournvita CA boys, coached by former Test cricketer Arun Lal, put up a solid allround display to quell the challenge of Sonarpur SUSA.

Batting first, Bournvita CA rode Adit Osatwal’s 65 off 56 balls (7x4, 2x6), and Suraj Gond’s 52 off 26 balls to reach 205 for six in the stipulated 25 overs. Prasenjit Das also contributed a quickfire unbeaten 23 towards the end.

Sonarpur SUSA, in reply, were bundled out for 132.

In the other semi-final, Subhas Institute set up a valiant chase against S.P. Roy MCCC but fell short of the target of 150 by only two runs.    


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