Bengal begin Saturday
Chandra Das in the lead
9-wkt win for Port Trust
Bagan eves triumph
Calcutta Racing / Pesi may take matter to court
Calcutta Racing / Arendal, Alicyclic shine
Live coverage of Invitational races
Mumbai Racing / Fabulous Fortune may strike
M. D. Mehta Cup / Easy win for Eminent

 
 
BENGAL BEGIN SATURDAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
Bengal start off their quarter final encounter on Saturday with the winners of the West Zone (Maharashtra) and Central Zone (UP) match in their women’s national cricket championship, which begins in Asansol tomorrow.

The West Bengal Women’s Cricket Association is organi sing the championship which ends on March 3. Twelve teams will take part, comprising teams from the five zones, Indian Railways and Air India.

The 50-over matches will be on a knockout basis, till the quarter final, after which matches will be 90-over-a-side affair. The three-day final will be of 90 overs for the first innings and 45 overs for the second innings.

The participating teams are Indian Railways, Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra, UP, Bengal, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bombay and Air India.

Central Railway champions

Central Railway emerged champions in the 47th all-India inter-Railways cricket championship at the Eastern RailwaySports Complex, James Long Sarani, today.

At the end of the three-day final they emerged three-wicket winners. This was Central’s third national title. South Eastern finished third, while Eastern finished fourth.

Western’s first innings score of 221 saw a 232-run reply by Central, with Mani Bangera scoring 83. Western’s second essay was cut short by Mannu Kumar’s four-wicket haul (for 67) and Daveender Singh’s three scalps (for 72). Central overhauled the aggregate, scoring 154 for seven, Raja Ali hitting 45 and Dinesh Panwar scoring 43.

BRIEF SCORES: Western Rly 221 & 163 (Nitun Survey 33; Mannu Kumar 4/67, D Singh 3/72). Central Rly 232 (M Bangera 83, K Latke 36; V Choudhary 3/62) & 154/7 (D Panwar 43, D Singh 26; S Khanelkar 3/44, I Pathan 3/33).

   

 
 
CHANDRA DAS IN THE LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
After the second day’s play in the 20th Taj Trophy Ladies golf championship over the Tollygunge Club course Chandra Das leads with an aggregate nett of 137. Today she brought in the best card of a nett 68.

Following Chandra were Anu Bindra with a total nett 137 and K. Soft (138). The 30-36 division is being led by K. Sabharwal.

SECOND-DAY PRIZES

Best Nett in Silver div.: Lydia Posch (68). Best Nett in bronze div.: K. Soft (66). Best Nett in 30-36: R Ayaz (74). Nearest to the pin on 6th hole: Sunita Goenka.

Vijay, Vinod joint leaders

Vijay Kumar and Vinod Kumar shot to the lead with fine rounds of 5 under par 67s in the Dutch-Bangla Bank Bangladesh Open in Dhaka today. They have a one stroke lead from a group of three players.

According to information reaching here, Mukesh Kumar, Uttam Singh Mundy and Vishal Singh were in the second spot.

A further stroke behind at a round of three under 69 were Rahul Ganapathy, Harmeet Kahlon and Sanjay Kumar.

Md Reazul Karim from Dhaka was the best local player with a round of two under par 70.

   

 
 
9-WKT WIN FOR PORT TRUST 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
Calcutta Port Trust today beat Aikya Sammilani by nine wickets on the first day of their two-day CAB senior division league match.

Aikya were bundled out for 137 with modest contributions from Joydeep Karmakar (49) and S. Chowdhury (30), with Port’s Soumen Singh picking up four wickets for 28 and Md Sarfraz Ahmed three for 54.

Soumen was in all-round form getting an unbeaten 75 with the bat. Sanjeev Pandey contributed an unbeaten 53.

In another match Mohammedan Sporting scored a modest 212 in 57.2 overs with a 61 from Khurshid Khan. Wari AC’s Pradip Majumder picked up four Mohammedan Sporting wickets for 53. Wari have scored 74 without loss in reply.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Mohammedan Sporting 212 in 57.2 ovs (Khurshid Khan 61, Tanbir Hyder 24 n.o.; Pradip Majumder 4/53, Kamlesh Singh Rajput 3/41). Wari 74 for no loss in 24 ovs (Arindam Das 39 batting; Arijit Basu 25 batting). Match to continue

Aikya Sammilani 137 (Joydeep Karmakar 49, S. Chowdhury 30; Soumen Singh 4/28, Md Sarfraz Ahmed 3/54). Calcutta Port Trust 138/1 (Soumen Singh 75 .o., Sanjeev Pandey 53 n.o.). Port won by nine wickets.

Shibpur Club 268 in 84.1 ovs (Kaushik Bhattacharya 63, Kingshuk Das 42; Akbar Ali Khan 4/37, Sudipto Mukherjee 3/70). Match vs Sporting Union.

Kalighat 278 (Safi Ahmed 47, Md Ziauddin 77, Sanjib Sanyal 70; Sudipto Ganguly 4/52, Indrajit Banerjee 3/83). ABP 31/3 (Sabir Ali 2/22). Match to continue.

City AC 242 (Sampat Patnayak 77 n.o., Achutananda Das 58; Arijit Jana 3/60, Ajoy Kurmi 3/47). Mohunlal Club 65/2 (Mainak Dutta 26 batting). Match to continue.

   

 
 
BAGAN EVES TRIUMPH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
Mohun Bagan women today scored a 2-0 victory over Jubak Sangha, scoring once in each half of their IFA women’s soccer league match.

Anjana Kumari put the team ahead in the first half, while Rinku Ghosh rounded off the tally in the second.

Income Tax today earned a whopping 7-0 win over hapless Kasba Samannay. Chaitaly Kar scored four goals, with Rekha Khatun scoring two and Pushpa Das scoring the other.

In another match, Youth Footballers’ Welfare Association beat Bidyut AC 1-0, Shilpi Das scoring midway the first session.

Calcutta University best

The Calcutta University men’s rowing team emerged champions with 18 points in the all-India inter-university regatta held in Aleppey between February 6 and 9.

CU sculler Rishi Kumar Singh won gold and the CU fours finished with runners-up, while the pairs won third spot. Kerala won silver.

The girls’ title went to Kerala, CU girls winning bronze.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING / PESI MAY TAKE MATTER TO COURT 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
The shock absorbing and aircush kind of whips have not found favour with Mumbai jockeys. The conventional whip is being phased out following a year long tussle with Maneka Gandhi, Union minster for social justice and empowerment, resulting in the Union government’s ban on it recently.

According to reports received from the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), most of the senior jockeys are protesting against the use of the new type of stick which have been recently introduced. Jockeys have authorised their fellow-rider, Pesi Shroff, to seek legal advice to fight the issue which they consider to be arbitrary and not supported by logical reasons.

Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) was the first one to abide by the Maneka ruling by switching to the shock absorbing whips from February 2 this year. Madras Turf Club (MRC) followed the suit recently. If Calcutta jockeys are satisfied with the new variety of whips, their western and Southern counterparts have been complaining that the new variety of whip being heavier, compared to the conventional stick, it jars the wrist and hurts the shoulder. Incidentally, the stewards MRC have decided not to permit any whip other than shock absorbing type approved by the Turf Authorities of India (TOI) during the Invitational week-end which MRC is to host.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING / ARENDAL, ALICYCLIC SHINE 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
Arendal, Alicyclic, Magnifico, Calorescence, Ansbach and Princelene were very impressive from among the following horses seen exercising here this morning:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Ace Of Spades (A. Imran) in 1-42s; (400m) 28s. Fit and well. Arendal (Amil) and Anolini (C. Alford) in 1-40s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Former was handy, later was pushed.

1,200m: Alicyclic (C. Alford), Alsheim (Amil) and Albright (Surender) in 1-23s; (400m) 27s. Each was separated by a distance. Make a note of the first named horse who was impressive.

1,000m: Magnifico (C. Alford) and Alterezza (Surender) in 1-11s; (400m) 27s. Former 2 ls better. Note both.

800m: Calorescence (C. Alford) and Alegria (Amil) in 53s; (400m) 27s. Former was 4 ls better. Double Dancer (Rb) and Remember Me (M. Reuben) in 57s; (400m) 30s. They were level as they went easy. Ansbach (C. Alford) in 51s; (400m) 26s. Was hard held. Winning Hand (Rb) and Flying Scot (M. Reuben) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Former was a head better. Almond Rock (Paswan) and Bold Apparel (A. Imran) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Former 2 ls better. Former was handy, later was pushed.

Sand track

1,200m: Princelene (Khalander) in 1-15s; (400m) 26s. Impressed. Scavenger’s Son (A. Imran) in 1-21s; (400m) 24s. Moved well.

800m: Sadaf (A. Imran) in 50s; (400m) 23s. Note. Splendid Star (A. Imran) and Arctic Fancy (Gowli) in 51s; (400m) 24s. Former was a distance better. Added Asset (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Raaz (Rb) and Peppy Mistress (M. Reuben) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Former a head better. Both easy.

   

 
 
LIVE COVERAGE OF INVITATIONAL RACES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 21: 
The Turf Invitational races, to be held in Chennai during the first week-end of March, will be telecast live (digitally) to all major turf centres in the country, including Calcutta, according to RCTC sources. The Sprinters and the Stayers Cup will be held on March 3, while the Indian Turf Invitation Cup is scheduled for March 4.    

 
 
MUMBAI RACING / FABULOUS FORTUNE MAY STRIKE 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Feb. 21: 
Fabulous Fortune is strongly fancied to win the 1,400m Indian Express Trophy, the main event at the Mumbai races on Thursday. A good third behind Altazano and Tap On Power, the Steinbeck-Wishing Well four-year-old filly, though taking on five rivals over a trip far too sharp to her liking, may assert her class and triumph. Aaron Fernandes partners the S. S. Shah-trainee.

SELECTIONS

3 pm: Silver Rock 1. Mountain Wind 2. Tamarinda 3.

3.30 pm: Set Point 1. Astaire 2. Burning Issue 3.

4 pm: Catch The Sun 1. Way Beyond 2. Golden Star 3.

4.30 pm: Natural Grace 1. Begonia 2. Piaget 3.

5 pm: Fabulous Fortune 1. Gulmohor 2. Day’s Of Glory 3.

5.30 pm: Speed Of Light 1. Timbavati 2. Call Her Madam 3.

6 pm: Earth Song 1. Sabara 2. Sarena Pride 3.

Day’s Best: Fabulous Fortune Double: Catch The Sun & Speed Of Light

   

 
 
M. D. MEHTA CUP / EASY WIN FOR EMINENT 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, Feb. 21: 
The Dallas Todywalla-trained filly Eminent had a comfortable measure of her owner-mate, Crimson Rage, in the 1,000m M. D. Mehta Cup at the Mumbai races held on Wednesday. Malesh Narredu partnered the Shapoor Mistry-property.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Replay Plate 1,800m: (1-3-5) Rebounding Ray (Gallagher) 1; Fire Girl 2; Chelsea 3. Won by: 3-1/4; Nk; (1-58). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 25; 43; Quinella: 303; Tanala: 1,749. Fav: Soviet Run (2).

2. M. D. Mehta Cup 1,000m: (4-1-3) Eminent (M. Narredu) 1; Crimson Rage 2; Adams Light 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 3-1/2; (1-1.8). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 13; 17; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 61. Fav: Eminent (4).

3. Abbess Plate1,600m: (4-2-6) Amorous Warrior (McCullagh) 1; Ancestry 2; Proper Pride 3. Won by: 6; 4-3/4; (1-41.2). Tote: Win Rs 64; Place: 22; 16; 49; Quinella: 185; Tanala: 5,270. Fav: Pink Floyd (3).

4. K. M. Munshi Trophy 1,000m: (5-8-2) Ally McBeal (M. Narredu) 1; Dreadnought 2; Phrwaxshi 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 1/2; (1-0). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 13; 24; 17; Quinella: 61; Tanala: 235. Fav: Ally McBeal (5).

5. Victory Salute Plate 1,400m: (2-1-8) Mustakeem (M. Narredu) 1; Double Barrel 2; Royal Partner 3. Won by: 3; 3/4; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 17; 28; 19; Quinella: 128; Tanala: 1,069. Fav: Mustakeem (2).

6. Moment To Moment Plate 1,200m: (9-8-2) Charging Bullet (Z. Sayyed) 1; Happiness 2; Piece Of Art 3. Won by: SH; 2-1/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 182; Place: 51; 31; 27; Quinella: 1,314; Tanala: 36,011. Fav: Piece Of Art(2).

Jackpot: Rs 2,739; (C) Rs 78.

Treble: (i) Rs 429; (ii) Rs 684.

   
 

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