No leniency for Gibbs, Williams: Bacher
Bhupathi-Prinosil loses in final
Bhratri in another draw
Schools regatta
200 for Steel City edition
Haldibari top

 
 
NO LENIENCY FOR GIBBS, WILLIAMS: BACHER 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, June 19 
The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) hasn’t been moved by Hansie Cronje’s impassioned plea that Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams be shown leniency.

During his stunning deposition last Thursday, Cronje pleaded that Gibbs and Williams — both of whom accepted offers of $ 15,000 each to play below-par during the one-day series in India, earlier this year — shouldn’t be accorded the treatment meted out to him.

“South Africa needs them; the game needs them. They shouldn’t be made to pay because of me” was, it may be recalled, part of the disgraced former captain’s deposition before the King Commission.

Cronje was sacked as captain and dropped (in mid-April) hours after confessing to having interacted with bookmakers.

Gibbs, who testified on June 8, and Williams (June 9), both confirmed taking up the offers. Neither, however, received payment as they didn’t follow the bookmakers’ script.

In other words, they didn’t deliver.

The 26-year-old Gibbs’ emotional confession found him out of the Shaun Pollock-led squad which tours Sri Lanka in less than a fortnight. Had the selectors picked Williams, 33, he would have gone the same way.

Now, both will have to appear before the UCBSA’s disciplinary committee. The decision to drop Gibbs (replaced by 23-year-old Hendrik ‘Boeta’ Dippenaar) was taken by the executive committee.

According to UCBSA managing director Dr Ali Bacher, now in London for a series of International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, Pieter Strydom too will have to face the disciplinary committee.

Though Strydom didn’t accept any offer, he was the target of a $ 20,000-approach (by Cronje) on the eve of the Mumbai Test — as it turned out, his debut game.

Like Williams, though, Strydom has been ignored for Lanka.

“All three — Gibbs, Williams and Strydom — must appear before the disciplinary committee, which will meet as soon as the King Commission submits its interim report,” Dr Bacher told The Telegraph.

Though the interim report is expected by month-end, Dr Bacher isn’t sure it will actually be ready by then.

While it’s probably harsh on Strydom, 31, to be bracketed with Gibbs and Williams, the UCBSA is setting a precedent: After all, it’s also a crime to not report an inducement-offer.

Strydom, obviously, was emphatic in spurning the bribe. In fact, Cronje has admitted being “shamed” by his “remarks of doing well for South Africa.”

Williams (no Tests, seven ODIs) and Strydom (two Tests, 10 ODIs) may not have a great future — assuming the disciplinary committee clears them — but Gibbs (21 Tests, 59 ODIs) does appear to be indispensable.

Significantly, as a copy of the King Commission report will be forwarded to the ICC, the sport’s governing body could have something to say and, possibly, hand out penalties.    


 
 
BHUPATHI-PRINOSIL LOSES IN FINAL 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 19 
Two lost tie-breakers in Halle (Germany) last evening destroyed two dreams — David Prinosil was denied a double crown, Mahesh Bhupathi a second title in two months since returning from a long lay-off.

According to information received here, second seeds Bhupathi and Prinosil were beaten 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7) in the final of the $975,000 Gerry Weber Open to Swedish third-seeded pair Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom.

Bhupathi, who won the St Poelten crown last month with Andrew Kratzmann, had played with Prinosil in the French Open only to lose in Round 2.

The Indian is due to continue his partnership with the German at Wimbledon beginning Monday.

The 27-year-old Prinosil had earlier yesterday lifted the singles title beating Dutch Richard Krajicek 6-3, 6-2. Prinosil, who was a wild card entrant in Halle, will have to qualify for the Wimbledon singles main draw.

The Woodies, meanwhile, captured their 59th title by winning the Queen’s Club meet doubles title yesterday. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde beat Jonathan Stark and Eric Taino 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). The week before, the legendary Australian duo had won the French Open crown for a record 58th triumph.    


 
 
BHRATRI IN ANOTHER DRAW 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 19 
Bhratri Sangha, coached by Amal Dutta, were locked 1-1 — their second draw in three outings — with Peerless SC in a Calcutta Football League first division group A match today.

For Bhatri, Sarajit Das was the scorer while Lytton Majumdar scored for Peerless.

But more than the match, the venue, Rajdanga ground, came under scrutiny. Considering the unplayable ground conditions, the IFA has decided to suspend matches there. However, matches will take place there till June 22 as the schedule is already fixed, IFA joint secretary, K. D. Pal, said.

In other group A matches, Mohammedan AC drew goalless with Bata, Howrah Union and Kidderpore SC drew 2-2. Tinku Banerjee and Prakash Sarkar scored for Howrah, while Sanjib Pal and Sanjay Roychowdhury found the mark for Kidderpore.

The group B match between Bally Pratibha and Calcutta Customs, scheduled to be held at SAI, Eastern Centre, fell through as no notice had reached the venue and so the ground was not prepared.

In third division, B. Halder of Chandney was given marching orders following two yellow cards against Town. Town won 1-0.

Sub-junior cricket

Durgapur CCC entered the semi-finals of the Bidyut Ganguly Memorial sub-junior meet.

Brief scores: Durgapur CCC 91/9 in 20 ovs (Subhradip Bhattacherya 37; Subhankar Mullick 3/18). Shyamnagar Sabuj Sangha 88 in 19(Srimoy Ghosal 36; Ramiz Sahin 3/11). Durgapur won by 3 runs.    


 
 
SCHOOLS REGATTA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 19 
Last year’s runners up Prafulla Chandra College and Umesh Chandra College entered the quarter finals of the senior boys’ category of the 27th Servo inter-school regatta at Lake Club today.

RESULTS

Senior boys’: Prafulla Chandra bt La Martiniere, Jogesh Chandra bt Don Bosco, Heramba Chandra bt Birla High, Khalsa HS bt National High, St James bt St Xavier’s, Umesh Chandra bt Shyama Prasad, La Martiniere bt Calcutta Boys’. Junior boys’: Khalsa English High bt Saifee Hall, South Point bt La Martiniere, Cathedral Mission bt Modern Collegiate School, Lycee bt St James.Senior girls’: G.D. Birla bt Carmel, Calcutta Girls bt Modern High (B), Mahadevi Birla bt south Point. Junior girls’: South Point bt Mahadevi Birla, Carmel bt G.D. Birla.    


 
 
200 FOR STEEL CITY EDITION 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Jamshedpur, June 19 
Around 200 participants will vie for top honours in The Telegraph schools chess championships’ inaugural Steel City edition. The tournament will be held from June 21 to 30 at the J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex.

Thus far, the tournament has only been held in Calcutta but, from this year, competition is being staged in Jamshedpur and Guwahati.

The top-five finishers, both in the Steel City and in Guwahati, will get direct entry to the main championships in Calcutta, expected to be held in the second-half of July.

In Jamshedpur, the tournament is being organised with the assistance of the Tata Steel Chess Centre and Calcutta’s Alekhine Chess Club. Besides local entries, competitors are also expected from Patna, Ranchi, Chakradharpur and Nagpur.

Horlicks has, for the first time, lent support.    


 
 
HALDIBARI TOP 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, June 19 
The Shree Cement Open bridge meet started at the Bhowanipore Education Society hall Saturday with 168 players taking part in the Pairs qualifying round. Thirty-four pairs made it to the final to be played on July 2.

Thirty-two teams took part in the one-day Swiss qualifying round of the Open Teams event yesterday. The top ten qualified for the nine-session quarter-final league.

State champions Haldibari topped with 137 VPs out of 175, followed by Arvind Poddar (134), A.R. Das (125), Manas Mukherjee (124), Mukul Chatterjee (121), Swarnendu (115), SNDMC (114) and PARLMS, Calcutta Bridge Club and Jesus IV (112 each).    

 

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