Alokendu hits 134 vs Wari
AGCS lose to Jadavpur HS
CESC edge past Customs 3-2
All-round show by Kunal in vain
Barun, Jimut Arun’s deputys
Indian duo in quarters
Arjun cards day’s best
2 semi-finalists identified
PCB meeting put off
Mumbai Races/ Queenstown for main event

 
 
ALOKENDU HITS 134 VS WARI 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
East Bengal rode Alokendu Lahiri’s 134 to reach 380 for six against Wari on the opening day of the CAB senior division league championship play-off final at Eden Gardens today.

Electing to bat on a wicket that was slow but had a tinge of green, East Bengal showed scant respect for the opposition bowlers. Alokendu and Ajay Verma (58) added 140 in an authoritative opening stand.

Though wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter, the run feast continued. Rohan Gavaskar’s flamboyant innings, 39 off 38 balls with two fours and one six, and Arun Lal’s quick departure did little to disturb Alokendu’s concentration and application.

He was a little circumspect at the outset, but gained confidence once he gauged the pace and bounce of the wicket. His 192-ball essay included ten boundaries. He was finally run out following a misunderstanding with Srikant Kalyani.

Once Alokendu left, Kalyani took charge. The field had been spread out by then and the veteran did the right thing by concentrating on the singles to keep the scoreboard moving. There were only five boundaries in Kalyani’s unbeaten 65, which came off 70 balls.

Some of the batsmen at the other end fell to injudicious strokes but Kalyani stayed cool. He had Sourashish Lahiri for company in the closing stages and the pair batted fluently and thereby guiding East Bengal to near safety.

The lack of penetration in Wari’s bowling and their lackadaisical fielding also made the batsmen’s task easier.

BRIEF SCORES: East Bengal 380/6 in 85 ovs (Ajay Verma 58, Alokendu Lahiri 134, Rohan Gavaskar 39, Srikant Kalyani 65 n.o., Gautam Shome 28; Kamlesh Singh Rajput 3/138).

CAB notice on Shukla

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has asked Laxmi Ratan Shukla to show cause as to why no action will be taken against him for his “indecent behaviour” during the Mohun Bagan-Kalighat CAB Knockout final Wednesday.

Shukla vented his ire and frustration on the field after being run out in a mix-up with Utpal Chatterjee, even going to the extent of throwing his bat away on the walk back to the pavilion.In the show-cause notice Shukla has been asked to give his explanation by Wednesday.

   

 
 
AGCS LOSE TO JADAVPUR HS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
Soumen Roy’s unbeaten 126 along with three-wicket hauls by Avigyan Guha and Arindam Roy helped Jadavpur High School beat Assembly of God Church School (AGCS) by 217 runs in the CAB Under-19 inter-school meet today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

St Paul’s 142 (Souvik Pramanik 32, Tanoy Bagh 39; Zafar Sami 3/33, Md Akber 3/17). Md Jan HS 146/4 (Md Fakhre Alam 51 n.o., Md Jawaid Ali 40 n.o.). Md Jan HS won by 6 wkts.

Kalighat High School 267/7 (Subhodip Paik 46, Abhishek Ganguly 58, Avik Mukherjee 44, Arnab Ghosh 37; Alexander Lai 3/35). St Joseph’s College 209/7 (Rakesh Shrivastava 100 n.o., Raunak Biswas 30; Subhodip Paik 4/27). Kalighat High School won by 58 runs.

Albani High School 153 (Vikram Tanna 3/21). Don Bosco Park Circus 157/5 (Saket Sutodiya 33 n.o., Anurag Daga 45; Haidar Ali 3/48). Don Bosco Park Circus won by 5 wkts.

Nava Nalanda 266/8 (Suraj Gond 37, Promit Maitra 44 n.o.). Hartley’s 107 (Aayesh Kapoor 48, Souvik Banerjee 3/17). Nava Nalanda won by 159 runs.

Jodhpur Park Boys High School 201 (Saibal Gupta 32, Arijit Sengupta 40, Argha Chatterjee 36 n.o.; Rupam Ghosh 3/43). BD Memorial 186 (Sayantan Bose 47, Joydeep Lahiri 36; Arijit Sengupta 4/23). Jodhpur Park Boys won by 15 runs.

Jadavpur High School 302/7 (Soumen Roy 126 n.o., Partha Sarkar 70, Rudra Das 35). Assembly of God Church 85 (Suthirtha Ghosh 35; Avijnan Guha 3/18, Arindam Roy 3/10). Jadavpur HS won by 217 runs.

Hindu School 252/7 (Sandeepan Haldar 34, Arihan Chakraborty 96 n.o., Soham Dey 41; Rabish Pandey 3/27). Saifee Hall 144 (Rabish Pandey 41, Khalid Parvez 42, Parnab Roy 3/12). Hindu School won by 108 runs.

   

 
 
CESC EDGE PAST CUSTOMS 3-2 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
Frontrunners Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) returned to winning ways in the BHA first division group A league championship with a 3-2 verdict over Calcutta Customs today.

Down by a Rajinder Singh goal till the 34th minute at CC&FC, CESC restored parity through Sunil Soren just before the halfway mark. Anil Ekka and, Soren again, scored within the first 15 minutes of the second session to give CESC a two-goal cushion. Manjinder Singh made it 2-3 for Customs with very little time left for the equaliser.

CESC, on a hot streak this season, thus registered their sixth win in seven league outings. Having collected full points from their first five games, the Beighton Cup semi-finalists had drawn with SAI Training Centre two days ago.

Soren excels

The star of the show this afternoon was Soren, the nippy left-half who was quite a livewire. Not only did he score a brace, he was the catalyst behind most CESC forays.

Soren used his speed and distribution skills to switch the game from one flank to the other, prising open the Customs defence time and again. He was ably assisted by Ekka, Gurjit Singh, Niral Bhengra and the hard-working Christopher Thomas.

CESC opened proceedings on a speedy note, forcing three penalty corners in the first 12 minutes. All those went a-begging, as did two more later. Soren himself missed out on a field goal, failing to touch a well-directed Bhengra prompt cross from hand-shaking distance of goalkeeper Sandip Srivastav.

Customs took some time to warm up, but when they did they made it count. Custodian Richard Fanthome denied A.P. Thapa twice, before Rajinder Singh converted Customs’ first penalty corner with a stinging shot.

Seconds before half-time, Gurjit set up Soren whose prompt drive crashed into the board.

Seven minutes into the second session, Ekka scored a beauty. Receiving a through ball from Thomas facing his own goal, Ekka skilfully reverse-flicked it past Srivastav on the half-turn.

CESC could soon have been 3-1 up, had anyone directed a terrific Soren cross into an untenanted goal. It was left to Soren to do it himself, following some clumsy defending by Customs. A stray ball wasn’t cleared and Soren’s soft push went in off the goalkeeper’s pads.

Despite being two goals in the red, Customs didn’t give up hope. A copybook move down the right helped them get closer to CESC. Sanjay Bist’s cross to Thapa was relayed to Manjinder who coolly placed the ball in.

The CESC defenders looked shaky at this stage but managed to see off the remaining eight minutes without further damage.

CPT thrash HU

Calcutta Port Trust (CPT) thrashed Howrah Union 4-0 in another group A match, at the Mohun Bagan ground.

Manoj Das scored in the first half. Mukti Toppo (2) and Sunil Singh added to the tally in the second.

In group B action, Police AC and Baranagore SC played out a goalless draw.

   

 
 
ALL-ROUND SHOW BY KUNAL IN VAIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
Kunal Biswas’ allround show went in vain as Calcutta CCC lost to P. Sen MCCC by 56 runs in the N.C. Kolay junior meet at Kalighat ground today. He picked up three wickts for 20 runs and scored 48.

SUMMARISED SCORES

P. Sen MCCC 153/7 in 25 (S. Mukherjee 53, Shyandeep Barman 30; Kunal Biswas 3/20). Calcutta CCC 97 in 20.1 (Kunal Biswas 48; Soumajit Mondal 3/18). P. Sen MCCC won by 56 runs.

Chandranath Chatterjee CCC 157/7 in 25 (Avik Mullick 56, Avijit Bose 60; Ambarish Yadav 3/29). Bulan CC 161/7 in 25 (Manohar Chettri 47; Ambarish Yadav 34). Bulan CC won by 3 wkts.

Agragami Sangha, Siliguri 192/6 in 25 (Chanchal Sarkar 55, Kaushik Guha 31; Avijit Das 4/24). Officer’s Choice CCC 112/8 in 25 (Arijit Sen 22). Agragami Sangha won by 80 runs.

S. Paul CCC 186/6 in 25 (Moinak Mukherjee 47, Dipanjan Mustafi 41, Ankur Dutta 39). ICI CCC 170/8 in 25 (Tapas Kundu 33, Arnab Sarkar 49; D. Mustafi 3/34). S. Paul CCC won by 16 runs.

Under-16 schools’ meet

SUMMARISED SCORES

N. N. Institution 140 (Sumit Das 41; Kunal Das 4/29). Jadvapur Vidyapith 141/7 (Deep Sarkar 3/18). Jadvapur Vidyapith won by 3 wkts.

St Xavier’s Collegiate School 210/6 (Rahul Roy 80 n.o.). National High School 110 (Nilava Chatterjee 4/11). St Xavier’s won by 100 runs.

Central Model 161 (J. Hussain 42; Amalraj Sengupta 5/25 including hattrick). Bhowanipore Gujarati Education Society 158/8 (A. Sengupta 34; I. Alam 3/40). Central Model won by 3 runs.

   

 
 
BARUN, JIMUT ARUN’S DEPUTYS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
Bengal’s Barun Burman, Orissa’s Jimut Mohanty and Bihar’s Randhir Singh will be assistant coaches to Arun Lal at the BCCI’s East Zone Academy. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the lack of proper turf wickets at SAI complex has forced the CAB to organise nets opposite the Club House. The trainees will also be put up in a hotel instead of the SAI hostel. The gymnasium at SAI, though, will be used.    

 
 
INDIAN DUO IN QUARTERS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi eased into the quarter finals of the $375,000 Atlanta Challenge meet with a straight-set dismissal of American wild cards Paul Goldstein and Andy Roddick. According to information received here, the fifth-seeded Indian duo won 6-4, 6-4.

Paes and Bhupathi will next meet the Japanese-American combine of Thomas Shimada and Eric Taino. Shimada, it may be recalled, paired with Takao Suzuki to give the Indians a run for their money in the Davis Cup doubles rubber in Tokyo earlier this month.

   

 
 
ARJUN CARDS DAY’S BEST 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
Meenakshi Singh returned the opening day’s best individual gross score (86) by a woman in the Calcutta Ladies’ Golf Club-organised mixed teams Gold Cup golf tournament.

The best nett score by a lady golfer was K. Soft’s 70.

Among men, Arjun Singh carded the best gross (70) and Cdr K. Challiah (67) the best nett.

Squads for Asia-Pacific junior meet

India’s boys and girls’ teams will take part in the 23rd Asia-Pac- ific junior golf meet in Sarawak, Malaysia from May 1 to 4, adds UNI from New Delhi.

SQUADS

BOYS: Harinder Gupta, Chiragh Kumar, Madhav Verma, Anup Singh. Non-playing captain: Lakshman Singh.

GIRLS: Irina Brar, Gurneet Raikhy, Praguya Mishra. Non-playing captain: Champak Sayal.

   

 
 
2 SEMI-FINALISTS IDENTIFIED 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
La Martiniere for Girls and Balika Shiksha Sadan won their respective matches today to make the semi-finals of the WBBA-organised inter-school basketball meet.

La Martiniere thrashed Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan 49-15, while Balika SS overcame Ashok Hall 30-10. In an inconsequential match, Loreto (Dharmatola) beat Assembly of God Church 33-20.

   

 
 
PCB MEETING PUT OFF 
 
 
BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, April 27: 
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put off naming Javed Miandad’s successor as coach.

The PCB’s advisory council was to have met in Lahore today, but the meeting got deferred as PCB chairman Lt General Tauqir Zia was required to be in Rawalpindi for an Army commanders’ conference.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, the all-powerful council will now meet “within 48 hours”.

As reported in these columns yesterday, Kepler Wessels is one of those in contention. In the fray, too, is another South African — Richard Pybus.

The first assignment for Miandad’s successor will be the ensuing tour of England. The PCB has already decided Australian Darryl Foster will accompany the team as bowling coach.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACES/ QUEENSTOWN FOR MAIN EVENT 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, April 27: 
Well in at the weights, the Cooji Katrak-trained mare Queenstown may be hard to toss in the Comma-nche Trophy at the Mumbai races on Saturday, the penultimate race-meeting of the 55-day winter racing season. Malesh Narredu partners the five-year-old mare by Batzushka out of Great Request.

SELECTIONS

2.30 pm: Black Falcon 1. Mein Kampf 2. Laktara 3.
3 pm: Napoleon The Great 1. Code Red 2. Potential Force 3.
3.30 pm: Change The Attitude 1. Star Guest 2. Rage 3.
4 pm: Partner Perfect 1. Gasconade 2. Miss Trump 3.
4.30 pm: Anxious Moments 1. Destiny Calling 2. Idaho 3.
5 pm: Queenstown 1. Twist Afleet 2. Tap On Power 3.
5.30 pm: Momentous Mover 1. Count Dracula 2. Reflecting 3.
6 pm: Multi Millionaire 1. Seville Star 1. Mariazella 3.
Day’s Best: Change The Attitude
Double: Black Falcon & Queenstown
   
 

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