Vinod Sridhar survives early scare
Aikya bowled out for 248
Bangla to host another event
Sourav ‘crowned’
Quake spares Ahmedabad, Rajkot grounds
Mumbai Racing/ Valparaiso may strike
Track trials

 
 
VINOD SRIDHAR SURVIVES EARLY SCARE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 30: 
Men’s singles top seed Vinod Sridhar of Tamil Nadu had a tough time in the first round, scraping past qualifier and statemate R. Narendran 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2 at the Indian Oil Servo senior national grasscourt tennis championships at the Calcutta South Club today.

Following the stiff resistance that Narendran put up in the first set, he was a trifle down in the second before getting his first break in the ninth game and the match was one-set all as he managed to hold his serves thereafter.

Sridhar was back in form in the third set and using excellent baseline play, won through the set and the round.

Calcutta’s Saurav Panja, the sixth seed, moved into the second round with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over P. Ravi Krishna of Andhra Pradesh.

Ninth seed Ashutosh Singh of Delhi, however, went down to unseeded Kedar Shah of Maharashtra 4-6, 6-7 (4-7).

Women’s top seed Manisha Malhotra had an easier time as she beat Samrita Sekar of Tamil Nadu, a qualifier, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Radhika Tulpule beat local girl Reedhina Parekh 6-2, 6-3, but second seed Sonal Phadke survived a few anxious moments before carving out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Goutam Sheethal. Bengal’s Ragini Vimal, was beaten 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 by Nandita Chandrasekhar.

RESULTS

MEN’S SINGLES, 1st round: Vinod Sridhar (TN) bt R Narendran (TN) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2; Saurav Panja (Ben) bt P Ravi Krishna (AP) 6-3, 7-5; Rishi Sridhar (TN) bt N Mukundan (TN) 6-4, 6-2; Kedar Shah (Mah) bt Ashutosh Singh (Dli) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

WOMEN’S SINGLES, 1st round: Manisha Malhotra (Mah) bt Samrita Sekar (TN) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Nandini Perumal (AP) bt Tanya Ahuja (Ben) 6-1, 6-0; Radhika Mandke (Mah) bt R Sai Swapna (TN) 6-3, 6-2; Karishma Patel (Guj) bt N Yadav (UP) 6-1, 6-0; Archana Venkatraman (Kar) bt Nikita Bharadwaj (Guj) 6-1, 1-0 (conceded); Lisa Pereira (Mah) bt Surabhi (UP) 6-0, 6-0; Nandita Chandrasekhar (TN) bt Ragini Vimal (Ben) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Shruti Dhawan (Chd) bt Sharmistha Chowdhury (Ben) 6-1, 6-0; Radhika Tulpule (Mah) bt Reedhina Parekh (Ben) 6-2, 6-3; Naina Karsolia (UP) bt Kalpita Raje (Mah) 6-0, 6-0; Karina Ahuja (Ben) bt Pragaya Yadav (UP) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0; Rushmi Chakravarthy (TN) bt Thiagarajan Sricharnya (TN) 6-1, 6-4; Geeta Manohar (AP) bt Yamini Thukkaindi (TN) 6-1, 6-4; Preeto Rao (TN) bt Saima Khan (UP) 6-0, 6-1; Janaki Krishnamoorthy (Mah) bt Priyanka Parekh (Ben) 6-2, 6-4; Sonal Phadke (Mah) bt Goutam Sheethal (Kar) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

   

 
 
AIKYA BOWLED OUT FOR 248 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 30: 
On the first day of their CAB senior division league today, Aikya Sammilani had been packed up for 248, while ABP Sports Club were 24 for one when stumps were drawn.

Mazahar Ali scored 97 off 109 balls (including 14 boundaries and two sixes), while Chandranath Sanyal scored 44,while Indrajit Banerjee of ABP picked up four wickets for 47.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Aikya Sammilani 248 (Mazahar Ali 97, Chandranath Sanyal 44; Indrajit banerjee 4/47, R Kumar 3/75). ABP 24/1 in 13.4 ovs.

BC Roy meet team

The Indian Football Associaton today announced a squad of 21 to take part in the BC Roy championship in Bangalore.

THE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Arijit Sengupta, Sujit Golui, Mahesh Singh.

Defenders: Arundam Bhattacharya, Kajal Das, Goutam Debnath, Amandeep Singh, Shankar Das, Shantanu Bit, Raquib-ul Dhali.

Midfielders: Goutam Nazumder, Mehtab Hossain, Saikat Mondal, Sanjit Pal, Susanta Karmakar, Dhiman Singha.

Forwards: Abir Basu, Amar Pyne, Supratik Aind, Trijit Das, Sankha Prasad Koley.

Coach: Swapan Sengupta.

   

 
 
BANGLA TO HOST ANOTHER EVENT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 30: 
The PGA of India’s Wills Sport Tour will engage in its second Bangladesh venture with the taka 12 lakh Dutch-Bangla Bank Open from February 21 to 24, according to information received here from Dhaka.

The meet will be held over the Kurmitola Golf Club, a facility that has been the usual host for the national amateur championship of the country. The Pro-Am of the meet will be held on February 20.

Among the stars to be seen in the meet, hailing from either side of the border, are last season’s Player of the Year and current Tour leader Mukesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Shiv Prakash, Rahul Ganapathy, Ali Sher, Firoz Ali, Indrajit Bhalotia, Rohtas Singh, Uttam Singh Mundy, Harmeet Kahlon, Rafiq Ali, Basad Ali and more.

Mumbai meet

The 22nd BPGC Open, one of the oldest tournaments in the Wills Sport Indian Golf Tour, will tee off at the par-70 Bombay Presidency Golf Club course Thursday.

Information received here says the total prize purse is Rs 6 lakh, with the winner taking home Rs 97,200. The runner-up will earn Rs 67,200.

A full field of 100 professionals, including the top three on the Order of Merit will play.

   

 
 
SOURAV ‘CROWNED’ 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 30: 
India skipper Sourav Ganguly added another feather in his cap today — a crown actually — when the Umpires of the Cricket Association of Bengal presented him with a gold-plated silver crown.

Receiving the stone-studded crown and a shawl at the YMCA (Chowringhee) hall, Sourav said he may be leading the country, but was honoured to be a Calcuttan.

Present at the function, among others, were selector Ashok Malhotra, Sambaran Banerjee and Arun Lal.

Sourav also released the inaugural issue of the organisation’s journal, Stump View.

   

 
 
QUAKE SPARES AHMEDABAD, RAJKOT GROUNDS 
 
 
BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 30: 
The murderous earthquake, which flattened parts of Gujarat last Friday, has spared the international cricket staging venues in two of the affected cities — Ahmedabad and Rajkot.

“There is hardly any damage to the Gujarat Stadium (on the outskirts of Ahmedabad),” Gujarat Stadium Association secretary Vikram Patel told The Telegraph when contacted this afternoon.

Pressed, Patel said: “The only damaged caused has been a crack in our office (in the Stadium clubhouse). That’s all.”

The Sourashtra Cricket Association secretary, Niranjan Shah, wasn’t available for comment, but sources in Rajkot were quick to point out that the Municipal Ground there had not suffered any damage.

While the Gujarat Stadium had been a Test centre from 1983, Rajkot is a fairly regular venue for ODIs.

In fact, the Gujarat Stadium hosted an ODI only last month, during the Zimbabwe series, when Sourav Ganguly’s team thrashed the visitors.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ VALPARAISO MAY STRIKE 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, Jan. 30: 
Trained by M. K. Jadhav, Valparaiso may win the 1,200m Rough Deal Trophy, the chief event in the Mumbai race-card on Wednesday. N. McCullagh partners the Libor-Carpentaria son.

SELECTIONS

2.30 pm: Arabian Commander 1. Skippy 2. Remus 3.
3 pm: Conflict 1. Earth Song 2. Piabo 3.
3.30 pm: Flamebird 1. Lightning Arrow 2. Pink Floyd 3.
4 pm: Piaget 1. Exhilarating 2. Natural Spark 3.
4.30 pm: Sea Minstrael 1. Rebounding Ray 2. Majesty Of Law 3.
5 pm: Valparaiso 1. My Solitaire 2. Little Champ 3.
5.30 pm: Abish 1. Tamarinda 2. Loyal Rebel 3.
6 pm: Catch Me If You Can 1. Ally McBeal 2. Days Of Glory 3.

Day’s Best: Conflict

Double: Arabian Commander & Sea Minstrael
   

 
 
TRACK TRIALS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 30: 
Blue Gardenia and Earl Grey were impressive in work outs today.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Glass Slipper (Rutherford) in 1-53s; (400m) 29s. Easy.

1,200m: Desert Force (Kujur) in 1-31s;(400m) 30s. Easy.

800m: Flinders (Khalander) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. Double Bull (A. Imran) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Cavala (Khalander) in 56s;(400m) 29s. Easy. Andestine (C. Alford) 56s; (400m) 29s. Ispahan (Connorton) and Prince Obolensky (Upadhya) in 54s; (400m) 28s. Former a head better. Master Bold (C. Alford) and Alsheim (Amil) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former better. Blue Gardenia (Connorton) and Earl Grey (Yadav) in 53s; (400m) 27s. Former a head better. Alastar (C. Alford) and Special Sovereign (Amil) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Lovely Project (A. Imran) and Rich Dominion (Som S.) in 59s; (400m) 28s. Former a distance better. Anokato (Tamang) and Angels Venture (Brij) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Former far better.

Sand track

1,200m: Mameena (Upadhya) in 1-19s; (400m) 24s. Abstone Queen (A. Imran) in 1-32s; (400m) 28 1/5s.

1,000m: Splendid Star (A. Imran) and Ardon (Upadhya) in 1-10 1/5s; (400m) 25s. Former far better. Scarlet Raider (Upadhya) and Arctic Fancy (A. Imran) in 1-11 1/5s; (400m) 25s. Former a length better. Sadaf (A. Imran) and Santillana (Upadhya) in 1-2s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Former far better.    

 

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