Mark Waugh brilliance lights up final day
Aryan, SAI earn easy wins
Grudge tie for Bagan tomorrow
The Eden spies
Aussies land in city
Bangalore Races/ Shorter sprint may work to Alylady's advantage
Bangalore Races/ ‘Liberator’ for tomorrow’s ‘Million'
Mumbai Races/ Pleasures comes good

 
 
MARK WAUGH BRILLIANCE LIGHTS UP FINAL DAY 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, March 8: 
Australia 451 & 461/7
Board President’s XI 221

Australian coach John Buchanan’s goals for the three-day tie against Board President’s XI were extended practise for his batsmen and a reasonable work-out for his reserve bowlers and fielders.

He achieved all of them.

On the third and final day, the Aussies showed their ruthless side. Till play was called off, some time before the scheduled draw of stumps, Australia added 408 runs in 343 minutes, to finish on 461 for seven in the second innings.

It was a massacre of the innocents as the bowlers of the Board President’s XI toiled all day in the sun against the rampaging Australian batsmen. Mark Waugh scored a scintillating 164 off just 181 balls and Ricky Ponting his second century of the match.

Today, Ponting remained unbeaten on a chanceless 102 off 114 balls with 11 fours. It was his 31st first-class century and it won him the best batsman’s award. The Hero Honda Man of the Match award went to Mark Waugh for his sheer brilliance.

Sarandeep Singh got the best bowler’s award for snapping up five for 114 in the first innings.

Ponting and Waugh added 113 for the fifth wicket. They brought up the century partnership in just 57 minutes. Earlier, Mark and Damien Martyn had plundered 142 runs for the fourth wicket in just 112 minutes. Martyn’s return to form also pleased coach Buchanan. “It gives us options in the batting line-up,” he said.

Prior to lunch, Narendra Hirwani, as if stung by his exclusion from the squad for the Calcutta Test, embarrassed the selectors with a spell of 14-1-46-2. The bulk of the bowling today was done by him, Sridharan Sriram and medium-pacers Surinder Singh Baggal and Rakesh Patel.

The Indian thinktank decided not to expose Sarandeep, now that he has been selected for the second Test. Sourav Ganguly, even when he was off the field, at the start of play and then again after lunch, conveyed this to vice-captain Vijay Dahiya.

In the first hour, Hirwani took the wickets of Michael Slater and Justin Langer. Slater’s lean patch on this tour of India continued, as he stepped out to drive a well flighted delivery from Hirwani but could not keep his stroke down to be snapped up by a diving Dinesh Mongia at short extra cover. Today, he batted for just 16 minutes and could add only two to his overnight score of 24.

Langer, also looking for runs, battled on grimly for 58 minutes but was not timing the ball fluently. He scored a mere 15 runs before being beaten by a nippy leg-break by Hirwani and was caught bat-pad by a diving Mongia at silly point.

“Langer’s lack of runs is not particularly worrying as he has spent time at the wicket and we are confident that the fluency will soon return,” Said the coach.

The innings of the day came from Mark. He was the epitome of elegance as he cut, drove, swept and pulled in great style. He reached his 50 with a four and straight driven six of Sriram.

He reached his 100 off just 134 balls with 11 fours and four sixes and cut loose against Hirwani. He danced down the wicket and struck the stocky leg-spinner for three sixes over long-on in his 23rd over. He moved from 100 to 150 in just 24 balls and finished with a majestic 164 which included 17 fours and seven sixes. He also pulled Sriram for two sixes in an over.

Ponting also used his feet well against the spinners and struck 11 boundaries in his century. Mike Kasprowicz used the long handle effectively in the end to finish on 32 not out with a four and a six.

Buchanan, informing that wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist is certain to play in Calcutta, said: “The second Test is very crucial and the first day’s play will be vital in deciding the outcome of the match and maybe the series.”

   

 
 
ARYAN, SAI EARN EASY WINS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 8: 
Aryan and SAI (Training Centre) posted convincing wins in the BHA first division group A league today.

Aryan dismissed Howrah Union 4-0, thanks to a brace from N. Ekka and one each from Vivek Singh and S.K. Singh.

SAI brushed off their first-match blues to dismiss BSF (South Bengal) 3-0. Atal Tirkey, Paulus Soy and Manoj Kujur scored for the champions who had kicked off their campaign with a draw against BNR.

In group B action, Sporting Union beat Baranagore SC 3-1. Amarnath Dutta, Subrata Patra and Sudip Singh were the successful marksmen for Sporting, while Arvind Kito reduced the margin.

Bagan in final

Mohun Bagan stormed into the final of the IFA women’s league, pumping in half-a-dozen goals past Nabajanma Sangha without reply. Kalpana Shaw netted three, while Rinku Ghosh, Mousaba Alam and Girija Das joined in the feast.

Mohun Bagan will face the winners of the East Bengal versus Income Tax clash in the final.

Media soccer

Sambad Pratidin won the Servo-CSJC championship for the print media, beating Combined Agencies 3-0 in the final today. Khabar Ekhon emerged champions in the meet for electronic media, edging out Khas Khabar 1-0.

Mohunlal win

Mohunlal beat Ballygunge United by six wickets in a CAB League relegation play-off tie today.

BRIEF SCORES: Ballygunge United 205 (Samrat Sengupta 71; Saikat Goswami 3/17) lost to Mohunlal 209/4 (Partha Adhikary 62, Abhishek Chowdhury 41). Mohunlal win by 6 wkts.

Kabaddi meet

A Japanese women’s kabaddi team will be in the city later this month to participate in two tournaments in the city. The first one will be the Subhas Bani Sansad-organised all-Bengal meet at B.K. Pal Park from March 16-18, followed by the West Bengal Kabaddi Association-organised and hosted Millennium Cup on March 19 and 20.

   

 
 
GRUDGE TIE FOR BAGAN TOMORROW 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 8: 
Less than 20 hours before Sourav Ganguly walks out to toss with Steve Waugh at the Eden, Subrata Bhattacharya’s Mohun Bagan will be locked in a fierce battle with Churchill Brothers at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Having conceded a six-point cushion to East Bengal after the first phase of the National League, it’s a must-win situation for third-placed Mohun Bagan every time they get on to the playing field now. “We have to play for a win, we don’t have an option,” said Subrata who guided Mohun Bagan to the title last season.

The coach isn’t thinking in terms of a revenge, but the 0-2 away defeat at the hands of Churchill will surely be weighing on the minds of Jose Ramirez Barreto & Co. “If we miss chances like we did in Goa, we can’t win. Also, the refereeing has to be better than what we have been facing,” said Subrata, alleging that too many decisions went against them in the games versus Churchill and Salgaocar.

But for a thigh injury to latest Brazilian recruit Flavio Lopez, the green-and-maroon camp is pretty comfortable.

The players had a practice session today, they’ll be working out again tomorrow — in the afternoon.

Churchill may have been outplayed the other day in a goalless draw with Tollygunge Agragami, but they have the ammunition to fire on all cylinders any time.

   

 
 
THE EDEN SPIES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 8: 
Aware that another spell of crowd trouble may invite some drastic measures from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is planning to install sophisticated closed circuit TV cameras to nab the trouble makers at the Eden Gardens.

“There is a strong possibility that the measures will be installed from the ensuing India-Australia second Test,” informed CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya today.

A separate organisation, which is are already working overtime, has been put in charge of installation of the cameras while it will be operated and controlled by the Calcutta Police. “The moment there is trouble in the galleries, the cameras will automatically focus on the spot and start filming the trouble. The trouble makers will be identified before they leave the ground, making it easier for the police to nab the culprits.”

The CAB is all spruced up for D-Day. The Indians — barring Sourav Ganguly, Sarandeep Singh, Venkatapathi Raju and Nayan Mongia — had an extended practice session at the Eden Gardens in the afternoon. The wicket, expectedly, was the focus of attention, and coach John Wright wasted no time in having a first-hand look the moment he stepped onto the Eden turf. A close examination was followed by a composed reaction. “Good wicket...” was all he would have to say.

It was followed by an intense net session with the players having to go through the physical grinding under Wright and physio Andrew Leipus.

The coach seemed to pay much attention to the tailenders’ contribution with Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan opening the batting at the nets. The technical flaws were too apparent. For Wright, it was also a moment to reminisce memories of the New Zealand-Zimbabwe match of the 1987 Reliance World Cup, the only time he played at the venue. “Nothing much has changed. Everything seems to be in place,” he remarked.

   

 
 
AUSSIES LAND IN CITY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 8: 
The Australians arrived in the city late this evening from New Delhi.

Brad Haddin also accompanies the squad and according to media manager Bryan Murgatroyd, the reserve wicketkeeper is likely to fly home Sunday.

“Adam Gilchrist is fit. But we are not taking any chances and have decided to keep Haddin as standby for any last-minute injury worries,” he informed.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ SHORTER SPRINT MAY WORK TO ALYLADY'S ADVANTAGE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, March 8: 
The two horses, in a field of 10 runners, who have the best credentials to land the 1,200m Arundhati Cup, tomorrow, are the in-form Avocation and Alylady. Both are working exceedingly well in their morning try outs and there is little to choose between the two. Over the shorter sprint, however, the Inayathulla-trainee Alylady, a filly by Adler out of Tempt Me, appears to have a slight edge over the Rashid Byramji-ward. K. P. Appu partners the four-year-old filly.

SELECTIONS

1.30 pm: Dusty Street 1. Selected Princess 2. Solo Spirit 3.
2 pm: Top The Star 1. Peter Pepper 2. Arroganto 3.
2.30 pm: St. Chris 1. Emmenbrucke 2. Young Lust 3.
3 pm: Splendid Ally 1. Carnival Crown 2. Caesarr 3.
3.30 pm: Surge Of Power 1. Ratn 2. Measure By Measure 3.
4 pm: Alylady 1. Avocation 2. Holy Heights 3.
4.30 pm: Telegram 1. Don King 2. Anzac 3.
5 pm: Auric 1. Astounding Bay 2. Forest Pegasus 3.
5.30 pm: Nobody’s Angel 1. Sinatra 2. Forest Emperor 3.
Day’s Best: Auric
Double: St. Chris & Splendid Ally

Friday’s riders and draws

1st race: Shakti 4; S. Rajesh 7; S, Narredu 9; Rakesh 5; C. Krishnan 2; Appu 1; Shobhan Babu 8; Imran Chisty 6; P. Ramesh 3.
2nd race: Afsar 10; R. Marshall 8; M. Rajendra S. 6; Jayaprakash 3; Zia Akhtar 12; P. Krishna 2; Ruzaan 4; C. Krishnan 11 Shareef 9; B. Prakash 7; Imran Chisty 5; Ram Patil 1.
3rd race: Amit 8; G. Raghavendra 1; C. Krishnan 7; Warren 3; Imran Chisty 4; Gallagher 5; Appu 6; Md Thameem 2.
4th race: Warren 3; Shakti 6; Arun Rao 5; Surjeet 2; Shobhan Babu 4; B. Prakash 7; L. Marshall 8; M. Shafiq 1.
5th race: Appu 9; Shakti 10; Warren 5; Amit 8; Harish 2; Surjeet 1; Arun Rao 4; Md Thameem 7; C. Krishnan 6; S. Kishore 3.
6th race: Shobhan Babu 9; Gallagher 7; C. Krishnan 6; Guruprasad 8; Ruzaan 2; Appu 4; S. Narredu 5; Ms Storai 1; S. Rajesh 10; Imran Chsity 3.
7th race: Shareef 10; B. Prakash 4; Ruzaan 5; Gallagher 11; Appu 2; S. Narredu 12; R. M. Michael 8; C. Krishnan 13; L. Marshall 1; Ms Storai 3; Md Ghous 7; Shakti 9; Zia Akhtar 6.
8th race: Warren 6; Md Shafiq 10; Appu 13; Amit 1; C. Krishnan 12; Shakti 3; S. Rajesh 2; Imran Chsity 9; Afsar 11; B. Prakash 5; Ms Storai 7; S. Narredu 8; Kader 4.
9th race: Md Thameem 6; J. Shukla 3; Rakesh 7; S. Narredu 9; Md Shafiq 2; M. Narredu 5; C. Krishnan 4; R. Marshall 8; Warren 1.
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ ‘LIBERATOR’ FOR TOMORROW’S ‘MILLION' 
 
 
FROM OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Bangalore, March 8: 
Royal Liberator, a sparkling winner on debut, looks set to make it an encore when he takes on six rivals in the 1,400m Nanoli Stud Bangalore Juvenile Million, Saturday’s star attraction. The Green Forest-Figure Libre three-year-old gelding is trained by Arjun Mangalorkar.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Magic Mantra 1. Rasna 2. Superbe Asset 3.
2.30 pm: Formal Gold 1. Roman Flame 2. Clinton’s Pet 3.
3 pm: Special Request 1. Starstruck 2. Red Rosie 3.
3.30 pm: Appleby 1. Soul Of Gold 2. Forest Ranger 3.
4 pm: Royal Liberator 1. Dust On The Bottle 2. Star Of Giety 3.
4.30 pm: Concur 1. Arrakis 2. Royal Steps 3.
5 pm: Alphabetic 1. Almost Heaven 2. What A Pleasure 3.
5.30 pm: Three Coins 1. River Nile 2. Altdorfer 3.
Day’s Best: Royal Liberator
Double: Concur & Three Coins.
   

 
 
MUMBAI RACES/ PLEASURES COMES GOOD 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, March 8: 
Trained by Bezan Chenoy, the Placerville-Treasure Flower daughter Pleasures won the 1,600m Fair Haven Trophy at the Mumbai races on Thursday. N. McCullagh partnered the five-year-old to victory.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Noble Way Plate 1,600m: (5-4-7) Special Selection (Biramne) 1; Astaire 2; Wagga Wagga 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 2-1/2; (1-41.2). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 15; 14; 41; Quinella: 78; Tanala: 1,196. Fav: Special Selection (5).
2. Bookmakers’ Trophy 1,200m: (4-1-3) Elegant Jade (Gallagher) 1; Calpurnia 2; Triumphant 3. Won by: Nk; 7-1/2; (1-14). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 12; 17; Quinella: 39; Tanala: 326. : Elegant Jade (4).
3. Yaffingale Plate 1,200m: (1-4-2) Southern Star (Rajendra) 1; Majestic Hills 2; Texas King 3. Won by: 4; 3-1/2; (1-12.8 –– record). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 13; 19; 16; Quinella: 46; Tanala: 126. Fav: Southern Star (1).
4. Serenade Plate 1,200m: (1-7-6) Sarena Pride (Prakash) 1; Uprising 2; Blusheon 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 3-3/4; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 18; 15; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 180. Fav: Sarena Pride (1).
5. Fair Haven Trophy 1,600m: (2-3-5) Pleasures (McCullagh) 1; Viking 2; Final Authority 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 5; (1-38.9 –– record). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 14; 17; 55; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 1,686. Fav: Pleasures (2).
6. Thurendot Plate 1,600m: (4-7-1) Cozumel (McCullagh) 1; Northern Frontier 2; Special Crown 3. Won by: 3-1/4; Nk; (1-40.9). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 13; 19; 27; Quinella: 98; Tanala: 786. Fav: Cozumel (4).
7. Class Apart Plate 1,000m: (1-3-6) Days Of Glory (Aadesh) 1; Heartbreaker 2; Portentous 3. Won by: 1/2; 3-1/4; (1-0.9). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 14; 34; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 264. Fav: Days Of Glory (1).
Jackpot: Rs 303; (C) Rs 58.
Treble: (i) Rs 52; (ii) Rs 242.
   
 

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