Missed chances mark Bagan win
East Bengal unmoved on Rennedy issue
I’ve matured these past few months: Sourav
Isle Of Spice may come good
Sea Farer wins
Track trials
BANGALORE SUMMER RACING

 
 
MISSED CHANCES MARK BAGAN WIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 12: 
BAGAN 2
SALKIA0

Mohun Bagan scored two and missed many as they swept past Salkia Friends in a Super Division clash at home today. Sammy Omollo and Jose Barreto got the goals.

If rain had forced an abandonment of the match last week, today it did enough to leave behind a treacherous turf. Players struggled to stay on their feet even as the ball stuck in the slush or just skidded off some unconquered tuft of grass.

Football was, more often than not, reduced to a meaning joust.

As one would expect them to, against the weakest team on the table, the National League champions dominated proceedings throughout. Scoring opportunities came thick and fast, and from the early stages of the match. However, a combination of poor marksmanship and some good goalkeeping by Tapan Karmakar kept Mohun Bagan at bay till the 38th minute.

When the goal did come, it was in spectacular fashion with Omollo diving forward to meet and head home a Basudeb Mondal cross from the right following yet another corner.

Barreto’s goal, his sixth in seven matches, came just four minutes into the second session. Basudeb’s curling corner to the goalmouth was ‘relayed’ to Barreto at the far end by light headers from M. Suresh and then substitute R.C. Prakash. The Brazilian made no mistake with his little nod into the goal.

Barreto, Super Division’s leading scorer, could have swelled his tally by at least another couple of goals today. Joao Santos, R. C. Prakash, James Singh and Basudeb Mondal too squandered gilt-edged opportunities.

Lolendra Singh could have put his name on the scoresheet in the 25th minute had his 30-yard left-footer not come to grief on the crosspiece. Omollo too found the frame with his header, off a Lolendra cross just past the half-hour.

Salkia must also thank their goalkeeper for keeping the scoreline within the realms of respectability. Time and again, especially in the second session, Karmakar came in Mohun Bagan’s way — tipping over or blocking attempts or by simply nipping danger in the bud with interception of crosses.

Mohun Bagan came upon their first chance as early as the ninth minute when Santos headed out a James Singh cross. Five minutes later, the Brazilian saw his header off a Barreto prompt hit a defender. He was to come upon a terrific opportunity 10 minutes later when he went past the last defender only to see the ball get stuck in a sticky patch. Barreto, following up, manged to get in a shot but the goalkeeper was in the right place at the right time. As he was in the 15th minute, when Omollo got in a low drive.

James failed to beat the goalkeeper in the 35th after veteran Satyajit Chatterjee had scooped the ball over the last defender to set him free.

Three minutes later, and just when it seemed things were not going right for the home side, Omollo broke through to the relief of some 10,000 fans who had braved the weather to be at the Mohun Bagan ground.

The win took Mohun Bagan’s tally of points to 17 from seven matches. Salkia Friends have just one from seven.

TEAMS

MOHUN BAGAN: Sandip Nandy; Hussain Mustafi, Sammy Omollo, M. Suresh, Lolendra Singh (Jayanta Sen 46th); James Singh, R.P. Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Satyajit Chatterjee; Joao Dos Santos (R.C. Prakash 36th), Jose Ramirez Barreto (Goutam Ghosh 75th).

SALKIA FRIENDS: Tapan Karmakar; Debu Naskar, Soumen Singh, Sunil Pramanik, Nirapada Ghosh; Biswajit Das, Swaraj Das, Swastik Bhattacharya (Dinu Mondal 77th), Babun Naskar; Soumen Sarkar (Provash Ghosh 22nd), Dinu Sajjid.

Referee: Chandan Chowdhury.    


 
 
EAST BENGAL UNMOVED ON RENNEDY ISSUE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 12: 
East Bengal dug their heels in on the Rennedy Singh issue, saying it was not so much a fight for a player as it was for principles. Top officials of the club pointed out that by trying to grab “one of our players” Mohun Bagan were actually flouting an agreement they had been party to only last April.

With East Bengal peeved over a meeting yesterday between UB’s representatives in the city and Rennedy, few words were minced at the press conference today.

“Nobody, not even Vijay Mallya, has the right to interfere in our team building,” said the club’s assistant secretary Dipak Das. “That’s quite clearly stated in the agreement we have with UB when we formed the company,” pointed out Das, who is also the managing director of the United East Bengal Football Team Private Limited.

Das said the club would only react to what Mallya had to say on the issue. “We will talk about our response only after we receive his letter,” Das said. “He too is party to that agreement of April 12, and we are sure he will stick to that.”

In response to another question as to how the club would cope with Rennedy should the dispute end with him forced to stay on with East Bengal, club secretary Dipak Chakraborty said they were not buying the “unwilling horse” theory as yet.

“Let him tell us in person that he is not interested in playing for us any more and we’ll believe him,” Chakraborty said.

Journalists were again told that, contrary to the player’s statements in the papers, the club was negotiating with him.

They also showed documents on how Satyabrata Bhowmick (now with Tollygunge) was stopped from joining East Bengal from Mohun Bagan.

The club, meanwhile, is trying to get its cricket wing more organised. Naresh Ojha, the former Ranji player who led the club in 1985-86, will be co-ordinating cricket activities along with the cricket secretary.

Vece Paes will now extend his services to the cricketers of the club. Noomi Mehta of Selvel has been inducted as a vice-president.    


 
 
I’VE MATURED THESE PAST FEW MONTHS: SOURAV 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Aug. 12: 
It’s cause for double celebration at Old Trafford.

Overseas pro Sourav Ganguly, the India captain, should now be available for the entire season (till September 17) — Toronto, after all, is off unless the promoters can do a repeat of 1999.

Equally significantly, Sourav’s blistering MoM-award winning 101 not out last night, at home versus Gloucestershire, has given Lancashire some breathing space in the limited overs’ National League.

Sourav now has two limited overs hundreds for Lancashire. Last month, he posted an unbeaten 120 against Lincolnshire in the NatWest Trophy.

The timing couldn’t have been better: Tomorrow, Lancashire again face (holders) Gloucestershire, away in Bristol, this time in the NatWest semi-finals.

[The other semi-final is tonight, between Hampshire and Warwickshire.]

“It’s a real big game. Victory will take us to the August 26 final at Lord’s... Returning there will be terrific,” remarked Sourav, speaking to The Telegraph this afternoon, soon after completing the two-and-half hour Manchester to Bristol drive in his black Mercedes.

Back in 1996, on Test debut there, Sourav authored a classic hundred.

Looking to tomorrow, the revenge element is there for Lancashire: Earlier this summer, Gloucestershire came off better in their Benson & Hedges semi-finals.

Of course, Sourav then was away — leading India in the Asia Cup (Dhaka).

This weekend really marks the start of the home-stretch, for the Counties. Time, then, for some stock-taking...

“Yes, I could have done much better. That I haven’t got a Championship hundred is disappointing... I’ve got two nineties (one being 99 against Somerset), but it’s the hundreds people remember, not nineties.

“On the other hand, I’ve done well in almost all National League and Natwest matches... I accept I was a slow starter but, mid-June onwards specially, I’ve regularly made contributions that count,” Sourav pointed out.

The earliest he can go for a Championship hundred will be during the home game versus Kent (August 17-20).

“I suppose it’s only a matter of time,” the India captain added.

Sourav did take awhile to adjust to the early-summer cold. Moreover, frequent rain didn’t make the ‘welcome’ any warmer.

“It still rains now and then... It’s been a very wet summer but, generally, the wickets have improved and, in any case, there’s no substitute for confidence.”

Specifically, what has he learnt in four months of County cricket?

“Let’s say I’ve matured these past few months. For example, in the Natwest quarters against Surrey (at The Oval), I took singles and twos while Andrew Flintoff was blazing away at the other end.

“Most people would have expected me to do a Flintoff... Not only did I not get carried away, that one partnership actually taught me a few things,” Sourav replied.

And, frankly, how has he coped with day-in-day-out cricket?

“It’s been very tough... At times, I’ve enjoyed every minute; on other occasions, it hasn’t been so. Where the schedule is concerned, then, my feelings are mixed.

“Also, while this may be County cricket only, the pressure is enormous, specially on the overseas pro. You’re always expected to play the winning hand...”

Sourav’s tone suggested he may think twice about returning, next year, should Lancashire offer a contract for 2001.

This summer, though, Sourav is pleased to again be working with Bobby Simpson (he is head coach).

“Bobby’s contribution isn’t limited to ironing out technique-related problems. He’s at hand, for example, to suggest ways to be more tough mentally.”

Lancashire have had a reasonably good season, but Sourav opined the batsmen haven’t performed to potential. Then, Michael Atherton has repeatedly got the England call-up — obviously, it hasn’t helped.

“Basically, Lancashire’s strength is batting... However, I must compliment the bowlers — in particular Glen Chapple and Chris Schofield. Also Peter Martin... He had a great start, got injured, but has returned.”

Sourav himself had a niggle, earlier this week, but a few days rest did a world of good.

Incidentally, besides a handsome Indian representation, Manchester has a sizeable Pakistani population. But even while relations between New Delhi and Islamabad are strained, the Pakistanis there have been rooting for the India captain in all Lancashire home matches. It remains to be seen whether New Delhi’s saying “no” to the Sahara Cup will make a difference. For his part, Sourav has been consistent in not commenting on decisions reached at the political level.

That’s exactly how it should be.    


 
 
ISLE OF SPICE MAY COME GOOD 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
 
Isle Of Spice may come good Working well, the Sohrab Sunderji-trained Isle Of Spice is expected to bag the 1,200m Colts’ Stakes, a terms race, in Pune on Sunday. C. Rajendra partners the youngster by Portroe out of Solid Selection.

SELECTIONS

12.45 pm: Atomist 1. Roman Holiday 2. Short N Sweet 3.

1.15 pm: Share The Spirit 1. I’M Honoured 2. Kesaria Balam 3.

1.45 pm: Hope 1. Accentuate 2. Topaz 3.

2.15 pm: Anthology 1. Shanillo 2. Lets Party 3.

2.45 pm:Alice Charms 1. Wild Heart 2. Caribbean Mystery 3.

3.15 pm: Cymbidium 1. Silent Fox 2. Sacred Mission 3.

3.45 pm: Isle Of Spice 1. Among Men 2. Storm Again 3.

4.15 pm: Different Crown 1. Silver Sea 2. The Proletarian 3.

4.45 pm: Way beyond 1. Gagan Glory 2. Bag Of Tunes 3.

Day’s Best: Atomist Double: Share The Spirit & Isle Of Spice    


 
 
SEA FARER WINS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
 
Pesi Shroff guided the J. Dhariwal-trained Sea Farer to victory in the Fillies’ Stakes in Pune on Saturday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends) 1. La Madeleine Plate 1,400m: (3-8-1) Speculative (Prakash) 1; Pussy Cat 2; Certain Smile 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 1; (1-27.8). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 14; 14; 13; Quinella: 43; Tanala: 136. Fav: Speculative (3).

2. Solar Kiss Plate, Dvi-II 1,400m: (8-5-1) Pleasures (Gallagher) 1; Court Of Appeal 2; Dhanadal 3. Won by: 7; 3-3/4; (1-26.7). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 18; 19; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 147. Fav: Pleasures (8).

3. Fillies’ Stakes 1,200m: (4-2-6) Sea Farer (Shroff) 1; Zeta Jones 2; Au Revior 3. Won by: 1; 3-1/4; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 14; 23; Quinella: 43; Tanala: 209. Fav: Dancing Dreams (1).

4. Slolar Kiss Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (7-6-5) Rise And Shine (Prakash) 1; Dream Image 2; Sicalade 3. Won by: Nk; SH; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 23; 19; 17; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 345. Fav: Metronomic(2).

5. Chief Of Kagal Trophy 1,600m: (5-4-8) Top Mover (Bajrang) 1; El Cid 2; Thunder Struck 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-41.7). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 16; 27; 33; Quinella: 157; Tanala: 1,718.Fav: Top Mover (5).

6. Mayor’s Trophy 1,800m: (3-8-2) Knoxville (Gallagher) 1; Saytarra 2; Flamebird 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-57.7). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 10; 35; 12; Quinella: 198; Tanala: 611. Fav: Knoxville (3).

7. Navratilova Plate 1,400m: (5-8-10) Country Cousin (Bajrang) 1; Seventh Fleet 2; Piece Of Art 3. Not run: Batroyale (2). Won by: 3-1/4; 6; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 10; 14; 24; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 205. Fav: Seventh Fleet (8).

8. Cupid Plate 1,100m: (1-12-3) Rich Babe (T. Jodha) 1; Perfect Strides 2; Azurica 3. Won by: 1/2; SH; (1-8.2). Tote: Win Rs 77; Place: 28; 41; 19; Quinella: 853; Tanala: 4,601. Fav: Polish Nobility (15).

Jackpot: Rs 3,716; (C) Rs 151.

Treble: (i) Rs 250; (ii) Rs 565.    


 
 
TRACK TRIALS 
 
 
 
Calcutta, Aug. 12: 
The following horses were seen exercising today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Master Charlie (Brij) in 1-52s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

1,000m: Scavenger’s Son (Rb) in 1-23s; (400m) 28 3/5s.

800m: Black Mane (Yacoob) and Flying Power (Ajmad K) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Both level. American (Gowli) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s.

Monsoon track

1,200m: Hot (Amil) in 1-26s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Good.Constantine (Amjad K.) and Art Smart (M. Reuben) in 1-27 2/5s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Former much superior. Fame Star (C. Alford) and Sterling Prospect (Amil) in 1-26s; (400m) 24s. Former 2 ls better. The Stud (Upadhya) and Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 1-26s; (400m) 23 2/5s. Former a length better. Both were pushed.

1,000m: No Regrets (M. Reuben) and Prizren (Rb) in 1-22s; (400m) 27s.

800m: Alastar (C. Alford) and Freedom Warrior (Surender) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Kargil Soldier (Ruthrford) in 57s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Easy. Global Harmony (Yacoob) in 53s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Moved well. Garden Of Heaven (Yacoob) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Note. Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Impres-sed. Swash Buckler (Upadhya) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Pushed. Remember Me (Rb) and Lovely Lucy (Rb) in 57 2/5s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Whitney (Brij) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Easy.

600m: Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Good. Consul’s Secret (Bird) in 41s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Swingtime (Smith) in 42s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. 400m: As You Please (Rb) in 24 2/5s.

Sand track

1,000m: Giorgio (Rb) and Analyzer (Rb) in 1-18s; (400m) 28s. Both fit.

800m: Go With The Wind (K. Kumar) and Sapphire And Silk (Yadav) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Ballet Master (Rutherfo-rd) and Relative Shade (Gowli) in 52s; (400m) 23s. Both level. Tanganyika (Amjad K.) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Good.

600m: Royal Ruler (Yadav) and Golden Express (Rutherford) in 41s; (400m) 23s. Both level. Noble Canonire (Yadav) in 42s; (400m) 26s. 400m: Arlington (Rb) in 27 2/5s. Work Order (Rb) in 28s. The following horses were seen exercising today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Master Charlie (Brij) in 1-52s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

1,000m: Scavenger’s Son (Rb) in 1-23s; (400m) 28 3/5s.

800m: Black Mane (Yacoob) and Flying Power (Ajmad K) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Both level. American (Gowli) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s.

Monsoon track

1,200m: Hot (Amil) in 1-26s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Good.Constantine (Amjad K.) and Art Smart (M. Reuben) in 1-27 2/5s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Former much superior. Fame Star (C. Alford) and Sterling Prospect (Amil) in 1-26s; (400m) 24s. Former 2 ls better. The Stud (Upadhya) and Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 1-26s; (400m) 23 2/5s. Former a length better. Both were pushed.

1,000m: No Regrets (M. Reuben) and Prizren (Rb) in 1-22s; (400m) 27s.

800m: Alastar (C. Alford) and Freedom Warrior (Surender) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Kargil Soldier (Ruthrford) in 57s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Easy. Global Harmony (Yacoob) in 53s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Moved well. Garden Of Heaven (Yacoob) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Note. Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Rule With Honour (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Impres-sed. Swash Buckler (Upadhya) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Pushed. Remember Me (Rb) and Lovely Lucy (Rb) in 57 2/5s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Whitney (Brij) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Easy.

600m: Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Good. Consul’s Secret (Bird) in 41s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Swingtime (Smith) in 42s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. 400m: As You Please (Rb) in 24 2/5s.

Sand track

1,000m: Giorgio (Rb) and Analyzer (Rb) in 1-18s; (400m) 28s. Both fit.

800m: Go With The Wind (K. Kumar) and Sapphire And Silk (Yadav) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Ballet Master (Rutherfo-rd) and Relative Shade (Gowli) in 52s; (400m) 23s. Both level. Tanganyika (Amjad K.) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Good.

600m: Royal Ruler (Yadav) and Golden Express (Rutherford) in 41s; (400m) 23s. Both level. Noble Canonire (Yadav) in 42s; (400m) 26s. 400m: Arlington (Rb) in 27 2/5s. Work Order (Rb) in 28s.    


 
 
BANGALORE SUMMER RACING 
 
 
 
Bangalore, Aug. 12: 
The stewards Bangalore Turf Club have reversed their earlier decision of cancelling the last two fixtures on August 9 and August 10. Two extra days of racing here has been re-scheduled for August 17 and August18 — subject to peace returning to the city. In view of the above change, the first two Mysore meetings on August 17 and 18 stand cancelled.    
 

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