CESC ooze confidence
Wari in P.Sen Trophy semis
Selvel A win big
Ootacamund Races/ Easy win for Barrier Ridge

Calcutta, May 6: 
This has been a dream season for the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) hockey team. The only local outfit to have featured in the Beighton Cup semis last month, CESC are eyeing the BHA first division group A league title as the icing on the cake.

It’s very much within their reach — a draw against East Bengal in their last match tomorrow would be enough. East Bengal, on the other hand, need full points to snatch the crown and complete a rare league treble (football, cricket and hockey). “Our boys have played some good hockey this season and if they can maintain their form, we should beat East Bengal,” said CESC coach Bir Bahadur Chhetri.

CESC’s strength is a fluid midfield and swift forwardline. Christopher Thomas has marshalled resources admirably in the middle of the field, playing the spoiler and schemer’s roles with élan. With Niral Bhengra and Sudarshan Majhi assisting him ably, the forwards have always been fed on a steady supply of passes.

Up front, Anil Ekka and Sunil Soren have spelt double-trouble for rival defence lines with their speed and dribbling skills. Their off-days have invariably coincided with the team dropping points — courtesy goalless draws against SAI and CC&FC.

The days they have got stuck, CESC looked quite ordinary as they lack bench-strength. The likes of veterans D.K. Ghosh, Anil Maity and Lalit Singh have had to come on as rolling substitutes simply because there aren’t enough players on the roster.

East Bengal, the only other unbeaten team in the league (they drew with BSF South Bengal, Customs and ERSA), will be looking to run CESC ragged and then capitalise on their weakness.

Pramod Kumar and Gregory Minz, aces in the East Bengal pack, have been in sparkling form of late. If the likes of Sylvester Minz and Brajesh Singh can chip in too, the red-and-gold brigade could be a handful for CESC.


Calcutta, May 6: 
A 111-run second-wicket partnership, a commendable bowling performance along with excellent catching helped Wari AC to a 71-run win over Aryan Club in a P. Sen Trophy quarter final match at the Eden Gardens today.

Wari will meet East Bengal in the semi-final on Tuesday. The other semi-final, between Mohun Bagan and Tapan Memorial, will be played tomorrow.

Opting to bat first after a wet outfield delayed the match by an hour, Wari scored 239 for six in 46 overs. Opener Aurijit Basu was run out for a duck, before Souvik Mukherjee and Asiph Murtaza got together for the century stand that helped Wari set up a respectable target.

Souvik played a patient knock, scoring 65 off 99 balls. Asiph was the aggressive partner, striking six boundaries in his 59.

Kanchan Maity chipped in with a quickfire unbeaten 44 and Sudipta Mukherjee blazed a 25-ball 36 which included two sixes and a four.

In reply, Aryan were bundled out for 168 in 40.3 overs as Biswanath Bose’s well-made 42 went in vain.

Biswanath apart, none of the Aryan batsmen made a significant contribution. Four of the top six made good starts but fell below 30.

A combination of injudicious shots and fine catching saw Aryan lose wickets at regular intervals. Aryan were also docked one over for their slow rate during the Wari innings.

Medium-pacer Pradipta Majumdar did a good restricting job, taking two for 20 off seven overs. Nayan Sur and Saikat Mukherjee also bagged two apiece.

BRIEF SCORES: Wari 239/6 in 46 ovs (Souvik Mukherjee 65, Asiph Murtaza 59, Kanchan Maity 44 n.o., Sudipta Mukherjee 36; Pranab Nandy 2/49). Aryan 168 in 40.3 ovs (Biswanath Bose 42; Saikat Mukherjee 2/14, Pradipta Majumdar 2/20, Nayan Sur 2/37). Wari won by 71 runs.

South Point win

South Point HS recorded a 18-run win over Naktala HS to book a semi-final berth in the CAB under-19 inter-school meet today.

In another quarter final, Shyambazar AV ‘tossed out’ La Martiniere for Boys after the match was called off due to a waterlogged Rajdanga outfield.

BRIEF SCORES: South Point 156/7 in 25 ovs (Satyabrata Gupta 59 n.o., Arindam Chakraborty 29; Debjit Bose 2/22). Naktala HS 138/9 in 25 ovs (Subhabrata Chakraborty 39; Subhankar Roy Chowdhury 3/16). South Point won by 18 runs.


Calcutta, May 6: 
Selvel A routed Berger Paints in The Telegraph Merchants Cup five-a-side football meet at CC&FC this evening.

RESULTS: Sunday’s matches: Selvel A bt Contfreight/Hanjin 7-0; Jet drew ITC ‘B’ 1-1; Hindustan Times bt McCann-Erickson 3-0; Web Dev. bt ABN Amro Bank 3-2; IISCO bt Duncans 6-0; HTA bt Tata NYK 6-0; Tata Steel ‘A’ bt Spice Cell 6-0; Sony India drew Autoexide.com 0-0; Blue Star bt Goodricke 5-0; Madhya Bharat bt Infar 8-2; ICICI ‘Yellow’ drew Deutsche Bank 0-0; Bata bt ITC ‘A’ 1-0; Paes En Sport bt HSBC 3-0; Assam Co. Ltd bt Indian Aluminium 3-2; Microwave bt The Telegraph 2-1; TCG Software bt BDA 1-0; Williamson Magor bt Skytech Solutions 3-0; Tata Tea bt Bayview Technology 4-0; ICICI ‘Blue’ bt Norinco 4-0; Aptech bt ITC Infotech 2-0; Transways bt Selvel B 1-0; Usha Martin bt Bharat Raut 2-1; TCT bt Tata Steel B 4-0; Smithkline Beecham bt ACCEL 1-0; Taj Bengal drew India Foils 3-3; Xerox Modi bt Carritt Moran 2-0; Transworld Group bt McNally Bharat 1-0; Apeejay bt TIL 3-0; Selvel A bt Berger Paints 10-0; J. Thomas bt Contfreight/Hanjin 5-0; The Park bt PriceWaterhouseCoopers 2-0; Bates India bt Seagrams 1-0; Jet bt Hindustan Times 5-0; ITC ‘B’ drew Web Dev. 0-0; HDFC Bank bt McCann Erickson 7-2; HTA bt Autoexide.com 1-0; Berger bt The Park 1-0; Bata bt Infar 1-0.

Saturday’s matches: IISCO bt Tata NYK 9-0; Duncans bt Spice Cell 1-0; Tata Steel ‘A’ bt Sony India 2-0; J. Thomas bt Bates India 5-0; Madhya Bharat bt Blue Star 4-2; Goodricke bt ICICI ‘Yellow’ 4-0; Deutsche Bank bt ITC ‘A’ 1-0; Xerox Modi bt Apeejay 5-1; Paes En Sport bt Indian Aluminium 4-0; HSBC bt The Telegraph 3-2; Microwave drew TCG 2-2; BDA bt Assam Co 4-0; Williamson Magor bt Bayview 6-0; Skytech bt ICICI ‘Blue’ 1-0; ITC Infotech bt Norinco 3-0; Aptech bt Tata Tea 2-0; Selvel B bt Bharat Raut 3-0; Transways bt TCT 3-1; Smithkline Beecham bt Tata Steel ‘B’ 3-1; Usha Martin bt ACCEL ICIM 2-0; Taj Bengal bt Carrit Moran 1-0; India Foils bt Transworld 5-0; McNally Bharat bt TIL 3-2; PriceWaterhouseCoopers bt Seagram 4-0.


Ootacamund, May 6: 
The Robert Foley- trained Barrier Ridge posted an upset victory in the Silver Dale Plate at the Ootacamund (Udhagamandalam) races held on Sunday. S. Amjad Khan partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Silver Dale Plate 1,800m: (3-2-5) Barrier Ridge (S. Amjad) 1; Legendary Lover 2; Stately Girl 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1; (1-59.5). Tote: Win Rs 202; Place: 46; 33; Quinella: 924; Tanala: 2,319. Fav: Master Weaver (4).
2. Dharapuram Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (9-3-7) Owner’s Pride (Hesnain) 1; Simply Monarch 2; Prime Target 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-17.4). Tote: Win Rs 178; Place: 24; 15; 88; Quinella: 127; Tanala: 12,180. Fav: Prime Target (7).
3. New Hope Plate 1,200m:(4-9-3) Brightest Star (A. Imran) 1; Forest Brigand 2; Bourbon Boy 3. Won by: 4-1/2; Hd; (1-17.7). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 15; 17; 30; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 543. Fav: Forest Brigand (9).
4. Dodabetta Cup 1,800m:(10-5-3) Zaryad (Subbiah) 1; Simply Unique 2; High Clarity 3. Won by: 1/2; 2-1/4; (2-1.2). Tote: Win Rs 104; Place: 18; 35; 14; Quinella: 811; Tanala: 14,596. Fav: Pass The Rest (7).
5. Gray Hills Plate 1,400m: (6-9-2) Beneficent (S. Amjad) 1; Ganga Divine 2; Cut Ahead 3. Won by: 4; 1-1/4; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 13; 24; 41; Quinella: 194; Tanala: 5,035. Fav: Code Word (3).
6. Dharapuram Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-8-7) Cloud Forest (S. Amjad) 1; Titan Star 2; Sea Horse 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-16.9). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 14; 23; Quinella: 69; Tanala: 285. Fav: Noble Dancer (6).
7. Madukarai Plate 1,600m: (3-6-4) Red Cordon (Rajendra S.) 1; Gold Symbol 2; De Quest 3. Won by: 3; 1-1/4; (1-46.1). Tote: Win Rs 97; Place: 21; 25; Quinella: 203; Tanala: 1,284. Fav: Red Cordon (3).

Jackpot: Rs 56,329 (Carried over on May 12); (C) Rs 7,242.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,561; (ii) Rs 4,266.

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