Md. Sp. held by 10-man Tolly
Mankad to open tie
SAIL beat Salkia 2-1
Seeds sail on day-I
Dancing may sprint away with trophy
Season starts amid protests
Aflicker, High Life impress

 
 
MD. SP. HELD BY 10-MAN TOLLY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 20 
Mohammedan Sporting failed to take advantage of a 10-man Tollygunge Agragami as they were held goalless at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium today.

Tollygunge were reduced to 10 men in the 37th minute after Seriki Abdul Latif was given marching orders by referee Gautam Sadhuka.

He was first shown the yellow card for charging at goalkeeper Amit Sinha Roy and then, for quarrelling with the referee, the red card followed.

It was a saga of missed chances, especially in the second session, for Mohammedan Sporting. The slushy turf, too, conspired to reduce the match to a drab affair.

The muck around the centre circle often prevented the ball from rolling and the players also found it difficult to gain a foothold.

Tollygunge failed to take advantage of a fragile Mohammedan Sporting defence with their attacks lacking direction. Shasthi Duley, however, tried to build up moves down the middle but with little support from his teammates, his forays proved futile.

Tollygunge did start on a positive note, forcing Mohammedan Sporting to defend for most of the first half, But they ran out of steam midway the first session.

Abdul Khalique and Najimul Haq were the livewires in the black-and-white brigade’s forwardline.

With Kasif Jamal completely off-colour, the attacks the usual flair. The hardworking Srikrishna Ghosh, though, was at hand but with none around to make use of the flanks, Mohammedan Sporting’s attacks never really gathered momentum.

Inspite of all this, they could have won by a handsome margin had not Khalique and Najimul squandered at least a couple of gilt edged opportunities.

Khalique lost control of the ball after getting past the goalkeeper in the 31st minute. He missed another chance early in the second half when his header missed the target by a whisker following a Alauddin Rehman cross from the left.

Khalique then placed the ball on a platter for Najimul near the goalmouth but the striker failed to connect.

Najimul messed up another chance midway through the second session. In trying to dribble past a couple of defenders inside the penalty box, he positioned himself into an acute angle from where he shot wide.    


 
 
MANKAD TO OPEN TIE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 20 
Young Harsh Mankad has never featured in a Davis Cup tie before. Tomorrow, on a slow red claycourt in Bastad (Sweden), the son of former Test cricketer Ashok and ex-women’s national tennis champion Nirupama kicks off Mission Impossible against heavyweights Sweden.

Mumbai-based Mankad, now studying in the US, was drawn to play Swede teenager Andreas Vinciguerra in tomorrow’s opening rubber of the World Group play-off tie, according to information received here. Prahlad Srinath will then cross swords with Mikael Tillstrom, who got the nod for the second singles slot as Thomas Enqvist pulled out with a shoulder injury.

As expected, Indian captain Ramesh Krishnan nominated Mahesh Bhupathi and Syed Fazaluddin for Saturday’s doubles against Tillstrom and Nicklas Kulti.

Bhupathi, though, is far from fully fit. Apart from the sore shoulder — which forced him to skip singles — the Bangalorean strained his left calf muscle during a morning jog. He didn’t practise today, but Krishnan is hopeful of Bhupathi playing Saturday.

“He should be able to play the doubles rubber,” Krishnan told The Telegraph from his hotel this evening. Asked whether the withdrawal of Enqvist improved India’s slim chances slightly, the captain wasn’t sure.

“He’s (Enqvist) not a claycourt specialist, so his withdrawal is unlikely to make much of a difference,” Krishnan said, adding that the opposition was “very strong” anyway. “We’ve prepared accordingly, let’s see how things go...”

The last two times India met Sweden (1987 final in Gothenburg and 1996 World Group first round at South Club), they didn’t win a single match. Without Davis Cup expert Leander Paes, Krishnan would be a lucky man if the scoreline is any different this time around.    


 
 
SAIL BEAT SALKIA 2-1 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 20 
SAIL defeated Salkia Friends 2-1 in a Super Division tie today. SAIL could have gone ahead in the eighth minute but Mridul Halder missed a penalty.

A little later Biswajit Das’ suicidal goal, however, put them ahead. Partha Basu equalised for Salkia via a penalty. The matchwinner came through Prasenjit Pal.

In group A action, Railway FC beat Kalighat 3-1. Indrasekhar Roy Chowdhury, Kajal Nandi and Subhaslal Das scored for the winners, while Asim Das reduced the margin for Kalighat.

The Rajasthan-Eastern Coalfield tie ended goalless.    


 
 
SEEDS SAIL ON DAY-I 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 20 
Three-and-a-half-year-old Rourib Das was thrilled to bits. Having learnt the chess moves from his father’s friend just two months ago, he was the cynosure at the Alekhine Chess Club, Gorky Sadan, during the inauguration of the 13th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship this afternoon.

Rourib, a Nursery I student of Nava Nalanda, made a symbolic move against the youngest girl in the meet — five-year-old Meghna Roy. Both Rourib and Meghna had to stand on chairs to reach the demonstration board. Meghna, who picked up the basics six months ago, is a student of La Martiniere.

After the formalities, the seeded players got down to business and registered easy opening-round wins. Only Yamben Dhanvir Singh, the Guwahati leg champion of The Telegraph meet, faced some anxious moments against Suddhasatwa Das before winning in a rook versus minor piece endgame in a long struggle.

Top seed and national sub-junior boys’ champion Saptarshi Roy had little difficulty in outwitting Kultarak Singh. Saptarshi’s Scotch Opening later transposed to a Ruy Lopez. Saptarshi won a pawn in the opening and then a piece before checkmating his rival in 24 moves.

Second seed and national under-12 champion Deep Sengupta faced some resistance from Dipayan Ghosh in a King’s Indian defence. Deep made inroads by applying pressure down the g-file and forced the exchange of queens. He later won a couple of pawns in a rook and minor piece ending which decided the game.

Third seed Baishakhi Das won a marathon game against Payel Guha of Holy Child in a Ruy lopez Opening. Baishakhi later withdrew from the championship as she has received a call from the AICF to attend a camp in Delhi. Deep’s elder brother Pratik also opted for the King’s Indian defence against Amritesh Roy of South Point. But he was made to sweat it out till the 58th move by his 10-year-old opponent.

Sayantan Dutta of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William, had little difficulty against Anirban Kar.

National sub-junior runner-up Yashpal Singh Sonwani got the better of Prithvi Basu in the closed variation of the Sicilian defence.

Bangladeshi boys Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan and Syed Ejaz Hussain won their games with ease.

The visually challenged boy Pradip Jha of Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless, Uttarpara, outplayed Saima Almas of Bangladesh in 52 moves.

Rourib went down to Poushali Chakraborty while Meghna lost to Chandrima Ghosh.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Saptarshi Roy bt Kultarak Singh; Dipayan Ghosh lost to Deep Sengupta; Baishakhi Das bt Payel Guha; Amritesh Roy lost to Pratik Sengupta; Sayantan Dutta bt Anirban Kar; Prithivi Basu lost to Yashpal Singh Sonwani; Rohan Vijay Shandilya bt Antarip Roy; Nilesh Mukherjee lost to Puneet Jaiswal; Gulam Mustafa Bhuiya (Bangladesh) bt Sonakshi SadhuKhan; Ramkrishna Basu lost to Somak Palit; Shiyd Ejaz Hussain (Bangladesh) bt Priyankar Sarkar; Shounak Mitra lost to Ayan Lahiri; Yamben Dhanvir Singh bt Suddhasatwa Das; Saurabh Maheshwari lost to Samput Mallik.    


 
 
DANCING MAY SPRINT AWAY WITH TROPHY 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
 
Sitting pretty at the weights, the Dallas Todywalla-trainee Table Dancing gets the first call in the Loyal Manzar Trophy, the feature event at the Pune races on Friday. K. P. Appu partners the four-year-old speedy filly by Tecorno out of Goldilocks.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Victory Flag 1. Miracle 2. Diane In Demand 3.

2.15 pm: Desert Fighter 1. Lady Mayoress 2. Dendrobium 3.

2.45 pm: Sanaga 1. Coronado 2. Let’s Party 3.

3.15 pm: Fantasy 1. Blue Water 2. Merry Millennium 3.

3.45 pm: Table Dancing 1. Secret Blessing’s 2. Strength To Strength 3.

4.15: Reflecting 1. Court Of Appeal 2. Pleasures 3.

4.45 pm: Perfect Placement 1. Batroyale 2. Russian Czar 3.

Day’s Best: Victory Flag Double: Sanaga & Reflecting    


 
 
SEASON STARTS AMID PROTESTS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
 
Ridden by Malesh Narredu and trained by Vinayak, Gironde posted a narrow win over Master Honey in the July Trophy on the opening day of the Pune racing season, on Thursday, which were transmitted ‘digitally live’ to centres conducting inter-venue betting. The season, however, started amid protests and squatting on the track by a section of workers thus the first race was delayed by 35 minutes.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Full Flight Plate 1,000m: (10-7-2) Chocolate Chip (Daniel) 1; Pure Passion 2; Roman Holiday 3. Not run: Celebration Time (9). Won by: 4-1/4; 2; (1-1.8). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 16; 16; 26; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 368. Fav: Pure Passion (7).

2. Prize Fighter Plate 1,400m: (2-3-1) Kesariya Balam (P. Belose) 1; Ric-Rac 2; Way Beyond 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/4; (1-30.7). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 20; 21; 24; Quinella: 213; Tanala: 2,051. Fav: Saytarra (8).

3. Corrente De Ouro Plate 1,400m: (8-3-1) Simply Noble (Appu) 1; Yukon 2; Certain Smile 3. Not run: Proper Pride (10). Won by: Dist; 5-1/2; (1-27.5). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 12; 13; 26; Quinella: 17; Tanala: 54. Fav: Simply Noble (8).

4. Mrag Lochnee Plate 1,000m: (2-11-10) Catch Me If You Can (R. Pandey) 1; Tonnerre 2; Caribbean Mystery 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 4-1/4; (1-0.9). Tote: Win Rs 90; Place: 23; 22; 34; Quinella: 150; Tanala: 1,727. Fav: Meadow Royale (7).

5. July Trophy 1,200m: (5-1-7) Gironde (M. Narredu) 1; Master Honey 2; Prabhuti 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-3/4; (1-12.3). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 11; 15; 14; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 80. Fav: Gironde (5).

6. Grand Vedette Plate 1,000m: (14-11-5) Safarando (Appu) 1; My Blue Moon 2; Future Arrives 3. Won by: SH; 6-1/2; (1-0.4). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 14; 12; 50; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 1,134. Fav: My Blue Moon (11).

7. Darado Plate 1,000m: (2-7-11) Cafe Noire (Rajendra) 1; Silent Fox 2; Thunder Struck 3. Not run: Star Music (10). Won by: 1/2; 1; (1-0.2). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 13; 111; 36; Quinella: 506; Tanala: 6,100. Fav: Cafe Noire (2).

Jackpot: Rs 695; (C) Rs 120.

Treble: (i) Rs 351; (ii) Rs 98.    


 
 
AFLICKER, HIGH LIFE IMPRESS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 20 
Aflicker and High Life were impressive when the following track-work was noted today:

Outer sand track

800m: Art Smart (Saran) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Remember Me (Rb) and Aliqa (M. Reuben) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Both were level.

600m: Madame X (Rb) and The Stud (Upadhya) in 43 2/5s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Former 6 ls better.

Monsoon track

1,400m: Atacada (Rabani), Super Smile (Islam) and Private Lives (Rb) in 2-4s; (400m) 30s. They were separated by a length and 2 ls. All three were very easy.

1,200m: Aflicker (Islam) and Aileron (Rabani) in 1-22s; (800m) 53 3/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Former was a head better. Both moved well. High Life (Islam) and Armed Alarm (Rabani) in 1-21 1/5s; (800m) 53 4/5s; (400m) 24 1/5s. Former 6 ls better.

1,000m: No Surrender (M. Reuben) in 1-9s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Fit.

800m: Ingleside (Manohar) and Infierno (Rb) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Former was a head better and was handy. Alesund (Islam) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Moved attractively. Atacama (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 30 3/5s. Citadel (Rabani) In 59s; (400m) 26 1/5s. Silver Raising (M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Mameena (R. Ahmed) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

600m: Mountain Memory (Yadav) and Time Of Times (K. Gurang) in 46s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Both were easy.    

 

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