Quiet opening to East academy
Bagan hit back via Devang
Utter chaos greets EB at airport
Top-seed Pooja toppled
CCFC win big
Ootacamund Racing/ ‘Flame’ may come good

 
 
QUIET OPENING TO EAST ACADEMY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 1: 
No speeches. No promises. No clipping of the ribbon. The launching of the National Cricket Academy’s East Zone chapter today was marked by the absence of ceremonies and the trainees did what they would over the next 60 days or so — sweat their guts out in the summer heat.

Chief coach Arun Lal and fitness consultant Vece Paes were in Bangalore yesterday, to attend a meeting with NCA consultant Rodney Marsh. Armed with the ‘schedule’ and manuals, the duo made sure the first day didn’t go abegging.

“The fitness programme suggested (by the Australian Cricket Academy) is not new to India. Athletics and tennis have already employed things similar,” reminded Dr Paes, pointing out that medical, physical, mental and other aspects like hand-eye coordination and reflexes are all taken care of as is ‘recovery’.

During the physical training at the SAI Eastern Centre this morning, the 18 boys (two are yet to land up) did learn a lot about pushing themselves to the limit and creating higher ‘fitness plateaus’ for themselves.

A few threw up and a few looked on the verge of collapse, and they all emerged — with two of India’s top junior tennis players, Sunil Kumar and Amanjot Singh, showing them what can be achieved through the programme.

“Ninety per cent of the stress has to be on fitness and fielding. The rest will fall in place,” said Lal, flush from a fruitful day.

When the wards came to the nets in the afternoon, opposite the Club House, there was no mistaking that this was the cream of East Zone talent. Every boy, under the watchful eyes of Lal and coaches Barun Burman and Jimut Mohanty (Randhir Singh is yet to join), was making a statement for himself.

Dr Paes says his new assignment will not come in the way of those with the Indian Davis Cup team or with East Bengal, but he sees sports science taking on a new edge in the country with BCCI getting involved. Enough for him to be talking of a sports Science centre in the city.

Lal too sees the academy make a big impact to grooming talent in these parts. To ushering in a new culture.

As Lal, Dr Paes and CAB officials made lists of things to do, there was this underlying excitement about the project.

   

 
 
BAGAN HIT BACK VIA DEVANG 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 1: 
Devang Gandhi led a Mohun Bagan resurgence in their J.C. Mukherjee Trophy title-clash against Kalighat at the Eden Gardens today. Having lost three quick wickets, the defending champions managed to end the opening day on 297 for eight in 75 overs.

The match was reduce to a 80-overs-a-side affair after play began 30 minutes late because of a wet square.

Devang scored a 160-ball 126 with 13 fours and a couple of sixes before Sanjib Sanyal bowled him. He was lent good support of Madhusudhan Acharya (32) and Ajit Singh (30), but survived some anxious moments.

There were loud shouts, first for a caught-behind on 40 and then for leg-before on 51.

The bowler on both occasions was Murtaza Lodgar, and he showed his displeasure by beginning to walk off the pitch. Wicket-keeper Humza Firozie prevented a tricky situation by stopping his teammate on time.

Meanwhile, Laxmi Ratan Shukla was back in the Mohun Bagan team. Shukla, who has been asked to show cause by the CAB following an on-field incident with skipper Utpal Chatterjee during the League play-off semis with Kalighat, had sat out the A.N. Ghosh match with East Bengal.

Mohun Bagan have meanwhile decided to take Safi Ahmed and Sudip Chanda of Kalighat on lien for the P. Sen Trophy. Soumen Singh of Port Trust and Nazhar Khan of Mohammedan Sporting will also be roped in.

BRIEF SCORES

Mohun Bagan 297 for 8 (75 overs) (Devang Gandhi 126, Madhusudan Acharya 32, Ajit Singh 30) sv Kalighat Club. Match to continue.

   

 
 
UTTER CHAOS GREETS EB AT AIRPORT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 1: 
It will probably take a little time for East Bengal to get into the champion mode. It was their first National Football League title, but the joy and import of the achievement was all but lost in the sheer pandemonium that greeted the players at the Calcutta airport as they returned by the flight that touched down at 10.40pm.

About 400-odd raucous supporters and club officials, who were waiting at the airport since the evening, went wild the moment the flight from Chennai landed.

What was supposed to be a hero’s welcome, soon turned into a painful experience for the players as rowdy fans tried to force their way in. They broke the police cordon around the exit gate of the domestic terminal, and before the security personnel could do anything, the were “captured” by the fans.

The indisciplined supporters snatched away Dipendu Biswas, Suley Musah and Omolaja Olalekan to their ‘den’ and smeared them with aabir as well as kisses.

The half-hour drama ended with the intervention of the police and some club officials as the players waded through the crowd to reach the team bus.

   

 
 
TOP-SEED POOJA TOPPLED 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 1: 
On a day of upsets, unseeded Sanjukta Barooah of Assam created the biggest ripple when she showed top seed Pooja Mitra the door in the opening round of the under-16 girls singles in the state mini/sub-junior tennis meet at South Club today. Sanjukta beat her fancied opponent in staright sets 6-2, 6-2.

In another upset result, Shibani Dutta, also a Assamese girl, shocked seventh seed Karina Ahuja 7-6 (5), 7-5.

In the boys under-16 singles, top seed Sabyasachi Bose and eighth seed Samriddh Burman had it easy to make it to the second round. They won in identical fashion 6-2, 6-2 against Karamveer Singh Dillon and Dharamveer Bishwakarma respectively.

RESULTS

(Singles, first round)

U-14 BOYS: Farid Alam bt Asitya Bandopadhyay 6-0, 6-1; Arkopravo Rakshit bt Shivraj Singh 6-0, 6-0.

U-16 BOYS: Sabyasachi Bose bt Karamveer S. Dhillon 6-2, 6-2; Samriddh Burman bt D. Bishwakarma 6-2, 6-2; Nirvick Mohinta bt Abdesh Roy 6-1, 6-4.

U-16 GIRLS: Sanjukta Barooah bt Pooja Mitra 6-2, 6-2; Tanya Ahuja bt Hina Valecha 7-5, 6-3; Devanshi Rajgarhia bt Madhurima Chaudhuri 6-0, 6-1; Kasturi Verma bt Rupsa Roy 6-1, 6-3; Shivika Burman Alpha Maheswari 6-3, 6-4.

   

 
 
CCFC WIN BIG 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 1: 
Osman Khan struck thrice as CCFC crushed Howrah Union 8-0 in a first division (group A) match of the Bengal Hockey Association league today. Calcutta Port Trust and BSF, South Bengal were locked 1-1. Yusuf Bhengra scored for Port Trust, while the BSF goal came from J. Bhengra.

The other scorers for CCFC were P.S. Raut, G. Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Rakesh Mondal, Dheeraj Kumar.

   

 
 
OOTACAMUND RACING/ ‘FLAME’ MAY COME GOOD 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Ootacamund, May 1: 
Working well, Rebounding Flame may be hard to down in the Lake View Plate at the Ootacamund (Udhagamandalam) races on Wednesday. C. Murugan partners the Mandanna-trained four-year-old colt by Rebounding Thrill out of Northern Love.

SELECTIONS

11.30 am: Mark Of Respect 1. Red Jacket 2. San Marino 3.
12 noon: Global Affair 1. Creator 2. Great Splendour 3.
12.35 pm: Pearl Of India 1. Belezian 2. Sea Horse 3.
1.05 pm: Cool Prospect 1. Autumn Glory 2. Italian Star 3.
1.35 pm: Rebounding Flame 1. Sovereign Prince 2. Amber Brown 3.
2.05 pm: Soldier’s Dream 1. Majestic Star 2. Bold Aristocrat 3.
2.35 pm: Blue Mountain King 1. Passionate Queen 2. Victory Arch 3.

Day’s Best: Global Affair

Double: Pearl Of India & Rebounding Flame.
   
 

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