Easy for Kalighat
Sandipan, Prakash post victories
Sunita champion
EB women win
Pre-World Cup probables’ list to be named today
Calcutta Racing / 7 to vie for Saturday’s ‘Million
Calcutta Racing / RCTC’s Invitational nominees
Bangalore Racing / Concur may be hard to toss
Mumbai Racing / Gulmohor wins

Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
Superb bowling by Sabir Ali and Murtaza Lodhgar helped Kalighat romp to a comfortable 145-run victory over Ananda Bazar Patrika Sports Club in the CAB first division league match today. Ali took five for 76 while Lodhgar claimed four for 24.


Kalighat Club 278. Ananda Bazar Patrika 133 (Sabir Ali 5/76, Murtaza Lodhgar 4/24). Kalighat won by 145 runs.

Shibpur Institute 268. Sporting Union 235 (Subhankar Das 59, Santanu Nag 50; Abhijoy Roy 4/78). Shibpur Institute won by 33 runs.

City AC 242. Mohunlal Club 191/2 (Swapan Das 97 n.o., Mainak Dutta 67 n.o.). Match drawn.

Md. Sporting 212. Wari AC 215/2 (Arindam Basu 81, Aurijit Basu 45). Wari won by 8 wkts.

Prafulla Chandra best

Prafulla Chandra College became champions in the Calcutta University inter-college cricket meet when they beat Bhowanipore Education Society (BES) by 34 runs in the final today.

BRIEF SCORES: Prafulla Chandra College 169/7 in 25 ovs (Uttam Majumdar 40). BES 135 in 22.1 ovs (A. Sharma 31; Md. Miswauddin 3/27, Sanjay Agarwal 3/28). Prafulla Chandra won by 34 runs.

Chandrabati to lead

Chandrabati Paul was today named captain of the Bengal women’s cricket team for the nationals in Asansol. Karnataka trounced Delhi by 141 runs to enter the quarter finals today.

THE SQUAD: Chandrabati Paul (captain), Pratima Chakraborty, Sima Bhowmick, Jayasree Roy, Babi Dutta, Jaya Mondal, Sabari Chatterjee, Biyas Sarkar, Rituparna Roy, Kalpana Das, Krishna Das, Mithu Pal, Rina Das, Pampa Mondal, Manasi Das.

Coach: Chaitali Basak.


Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
Sandipan Chanda and G.B. Prakash posted victories in the fourth round of the United Assurance chess tournament in Dhaka today.

According to information received here, Chanda beat Bangladesh GM Niaz Murshed with black pieces to move up to 1.5 points. Prakash, the other Indian in the 14-strong field, beat local IM Ziaur Rahman to take his tally to 2.5 points. Russian GM Alexander Volzhyn is the sole leader with three points.

It was Chanda’s best game in the meet after collecting just half-a-point from the first three games. He lost to Uzbek IM Vakhidov Tahir in the first round. After holding Latvian GM Igor Raussis in Round 2, Chanda lost to English GM Nigel Davies .

Prakash held Latvian GM Normunds Meazies in the first round. The GM-elect suffered a setback against Bangladesh’s Enamul Hussain in the second but came back with a win over local challenger Reefat Bin Sattar in the third.

Anand arrives Sunday

World champion Viswanathan Anand will arrive in the city Sunday to attend the silver jubilee celebration function of the Alekhine Chess Club.

Anand is scheduled to land here Sunday evening to attend the function on the next day. He leaves on Tuesday. Anand’s last trip to the city was in the early Nineties, for the Goodricke International Open. Anand will play simultaneous games with 40 players. Twenty of them will be readers of The Telegraph.

Camp deferred

A coaching camp to be concucted by GM Evgeny Vladimirov at the Goodricke Chess Academy has been deferred.

The Kazakhstan GM was supposed to have a stint with academy players Sandipan Chanda and Neelotpal Das this month but it had to be rescheduled as the former left for a meet in Dhaka.

The three-week camp will now be held in April.

Nisha moves up

Top seed Swati Ghate drew in the penultimate round against M.R. Sangeetha, to place herself half-a-point away from the title in the national women’s B chess meet, UNI adds from Palakkad.

Sangeetha, Bhagyashree Thipsay, Nisha Mohota, Arthie Ramswamy, Y. Prathibha and Sai Meera Ravi are placed second with six points each. Nisha outclassed Dolan Champa Bose (5).


Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
Sunita Goenka emerged winner on the third and final day of the 20th Taj Trophy Ladies golf championship at Tollygunge Club course with an aggregate nett of 204.

Sunita was followed by Anu Bindra and Chandra Das with aggregate netts of 209 and 210 respectively.

Priti S. Roy won the 30-36 division with three days’ nett of 226.


Best Nett in silver div.: Sunita Goenka (65). Best Nett in bronze div.: Indu Shrivastava (67). Best Nett in 30-36: Priti S. Roy (72). Nearest to the pin on 6th hole: Priyanka Dey.

Hidden holes: Indu Srivastava.

Hole-in-one 11th hole: Priyanka Dey.

Vijay Kumar in lead

Vijay Kumar with back to back 67’s topped the leader board of the inaugural Dutch-Bangla Bank Bangladesh Open at a cumulative score of 134 (ten under-par) in Dhaka today.

He was followed by Harmeet Khalon and Mukesh Kumar at the end of the second day, according top information received here.


Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
East Bengal eves beat Nabajanma Sangha 2-0 in the women’s football league today. Najda Tabasum and Shanta Dhara scored. Jubak Sangha and Itika Memorial beat Bally Gramanchal and Rampur, respectively, with identical 2-0 margins.    

Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will tomorrow name a list of probables for pre-World Cup matches.

Informing thus, AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi today said the preparatory camp is likely to be held in Bangalore from March 21. Details were not available since “things are yet to be finalised”.

Das Munshi did not say how many probables would be named. He also declined to comment on whether there would be a ceiling on the number of players picked from a club since the National League will continue at that time.

According to a preliminary list drawn by coach Sukhwinder Singh, the clubs may suffer as he intends to pick more than three from a club if needed.

Six Mohun Bagan players, for example, figure in the coach’s plans along with five from East Bengal.

Speculation over TD

Meanwhile, speculations are rife about Amal Dutta’s appointment as technical director. AIFF officials are yet to make an announcement and Dutta has not been approached.

In the last tournament India played, the Sahara Cup, there was no technical director for the team. During the tour of England last year, P.K. Banerjee had held the job. This time, Banerjee’s name is also doing the rounds along with those of Syed Nayeemuddin and, of course, Dutta.

EB to play BHA league

East Bengal will field a team in the BHA league this season. East Bengal, third last year, are in group A, matches of which started today. East Bengal are not scheduled to play before March 3.

According to a club official, Pramod Kujur, Gregory Minz, Sylvester Minz, Samarjeet Singh and Sunil Singh will be retained from last yar’s team.

They are also trying to rope in youngsters from the SAI camp in Lucknow and a sports academy in Rourkella.

Mohun Bagan, it may be recalled, have been relegated to group B for not playing any match last year. They did not pay their affiliation fees this season.

Khalsa Blues draw

Khalsa Blues and Punjab SC played out a 1-1 draw in the BHA first division (group B) league match. Amrik Singh scored for Khalsa, while Daljit Gill levelled the score for Punjab SC.

The group A tie between Calcutta Port Trust and Mohammedan Sporting was, however, postponed.


Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
There are seven in the running for Saturday’s chief draw, the 1,600m Kalyani Black Label Million, which literally ensures the winner about Rs one million in stake. First race starts at 12.30 pm.


1. Partisan Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; 5-y-o & over Rt. 00-28) 12.30 pm: Floral Path 60; Remember Me 57.5; Go With The Wind 55.5; Armila 54; Ghunghat 53; Pistol Star 53; Armed Alarm 51; Go India Go 50.5.

2. Revelation Cup 2,000m (Cl II; Cl III eligible Rt. 44-94) 1 pm: Harry The Horse 60; Sharp Sensation 59; Aracruz 57.5; Beau Bruno 54.5; Ace Of Spades 50.

3. Red Flannel Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 1.35 pm: Constantine 60; Aragrove 59; Bold Apparel 59; Red Trident 58.5; Hurricane Star 57; Chivalrous 56.5; Alterezza 55.5; Glass Slipper 51.5; Eau Savage 51.

4. Supernova Cup 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 2.15 pm: Sovereign Bullet 60.5; Pure Energy 60; Magnifico 58.5; Aileron 55; Googy Gangster 54.5; Tequila Shot 54; Pure Passion 53; All Jade 52.5; Stately Honour 52.5; Friendly Knight 51; Pneumatic Power 51.

5. Upguards Handicap, Div-I 1,200m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 2.50 pm: Solo Act 60; Arctic Fancy 59; Winning Hand 59; Santillana 57.5; Splendid Star 55; Smokey Bear 54; Abolisher 52.5; Scarlet Raider 52.5; Kargil Soldier 50.5; Spanish Drum’s 50.5; Ardon 50.

6. Kalyani Black Label Million Stakes 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 3.20 pm: Aiberni 56; Ansbach 56; Jeypore 56; Rescue Act 56; The Archer 56; Blue Gardenia 54.5; Galorescence 54.5.

7. Rostrum Handicap 1,600m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 3.55 pm: Calculus 61; Lovely Duchess 61; Flying Scot 60; Abstone Queen 59.5; Scavenger’s Son 59.5; Airs Image 59; Acaress 58.5; Crest Star 57; Fibonacci 47; Three Good 47.

8. Upguards Handicap, Div-II 1,200m (Cl IIIl; Rt. 44-72) 4.35 pm: Added Asset 60; Cup Of Life 59.5; Ispahan 59; High Life 57; Peace Envoy 54.5; Sadaf 53.5; Bird’s Empire 53; Cavala 53; Crimson King 51; Orbital Star 50.5.

Jackpot: 4; 5; 6; 7 & 8.

Treble: (i) 2; 3; & 4; (ii) 6; 7 & 8.


Calcutta, Feb. 22: 
The following hors- es have been nomined by RCTC for the Invitational races in Chennai on March 3 and March 4:

The Indian Turf Invitation Cup: Altimara, Fame Star, Daggers Drawn and Aloritz. Reserve: Soviet Ace.

The Hindu Sprinters’ Trophy: Starry Flag, Soviet Song, Stately Don and Bo-untiful Gesture.Reserve: Joe The Pro. The Usha and Mehra Stud Stayers Trophy: Illustrious Reign, Allodium, Colonial and Surfside. The A. V. Thomas Super Mile: Alternator, Fame Star, Artwork and Allodium. Reserve: Aloritz. The S.R.M. Japan Trophy: Angeles, Calorescence, The Archer and Astride. Reserve: Andrada.


Bangalore, Feb. 22: 
A very comfortable winner in his last start, the V. V. Abdullah-trained four-year-old Concur may be hard to down in the Saptarishi Cup tomorrow. Malesh Narredu partners the Binkhaldoun-Blue Orchid gelding.


2 pm: Discuss 1. Magic Mantra 2. Set Example 3.

2.30 pm: Zoracia 1. Silver Falcon 2. Omni Presence 3.

3 pm: Lyrical Queen 1. Flaming Tower 2. Spirited Effort 3.

3.30 pm: Sher Khan 1. Kilkemny 2. Barassie 3.

4 pm: Concur 1. Desert Gold 2. Comet Star 3.

4.30 pm: Zouk 1. Walk In The Clouds 2. Sinister Minister 3.

5 pm: One So Wonderful 1. Winning Glory 2. Baffin Bay 3.

5.30 pm: Carnival Crown 1. Forest Ranger 2. Scenic 3.

6 pm: Annodomini 1. Saturn Star 2. Jai Bharath 3.

Day’s Best: Concur Double: Sher Khan & One So Wonderful    

Mumbai, Feb. 22: 
The S. N. Joshi-trained Gulmohor won the Indian Express Trophy in Mumbai on Thursday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. L. M. Motee Plate 1,800m: (4-5-1) Saranyu (Sandeep) 1; Silver Rock 2; Mountain Wind 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-55.6). Tote: Win Rs 152; Place: 49; 21; Quinella: 236; Tanala: 1,970. Fav: Mountain Wind (1).

2. Tristar Plate 1,600m: (5-6-2) Astaire (Bhati) 1; Burning Issue 2; Speakeasy 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 6-1/2; (1-42.6). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 27; 21; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 881. Fav: Set Point (1).

3. Topspin Plate 1,200m: (2-5-1) Catch The Sun (Rajendra) 1; Golden Star 2; Way Beyond 3. Won by: 3-3/4; Nk; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 11; 25; 13; Quienlla: 114; Tanala: 268. Fav: Catch The Sun (2).

4. Blue Ice Plate 1,200m: (5-7-3) Natural Grace (Gallagher) 1; Begonia 2; Piaget 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1; (1-13.5). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 11; 23; 12; Quinella: 136; Tanala: 395. Fav: Piaget (3).

5. Indian Express Trophy 1,400m: (5-1-7) Gulmohor (M. Narredu) 1; Days Of Glory 2; Shirley Valentine 3. Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-25.7 — record). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 22; 23; Quinella: 112; Tanala: 612. Fav: Fabulous Fortune (4).

6. Klairon Gold Plate 1,000m: (6-7-1) Speed Of Light (Rajendra) 1; Timbavati 2; Call Her Madam 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-0.8). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 10; 13; 15; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 49. Fav: Speed Of Light (6).

7. Parnasus Plate 1,000m:(3-2-1) Earth Song (Farooq) 1; Moira 2; Sarena Pride 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1/2; (1-1.2). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 19; 18; 31; Quinella: 118; Tanala: 1,186. Fav: Earth Song (3).

Jackpot: Rs 896; (C) Rs 84.

Treble: (i) Rs 107; (ii) Rs 208.


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