Bagan eye revenge vs East Bengal
South Point win again
Madhya Bharat in goal-rush
Assam kids crowd finals
Ootacamund Races/ ‘Venture’ tipped

 
 
BAGAN EYE REVENGE VS EAST BENGAL 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 11: 
It is perhaps befitting that the city’s two most glamorous rivals will ring the curtains down on the local cricket season when they meet in the P. Sen Trophy final at Eden Gardens tomorrow.

In this clash between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, the former will look to settle a score with their arch rivals. East Bengal may find it tough to defend their title without a number of key players.

“We have been playing consistently well this season, but luck didn’t favour us when it mattered most. We’ll try to make up our loss in the A.N. Ghosh Trophy (to champions East Bengal),” Mohun Bagan coach Madan Ghosh said.

East Bengal veteran Arun Lal said his team will take to the field a depleted lot.

“We will badly miss the services of Rohan Gavaskar, Shiv Sagar Singh and Wrichik Mazumder. Bowling wise at least, we will be weaker,” Lal said.

Lal, 46, who was instrumental in his team’s semi-final victory over Wari AC, however, ruled out plans of retirement after tomorrow’s match.

“It’s true with so many pre-occupations, I hardly find time to play competitive matches. But as long my body and mind permit and I enjoy the game, I’ll keep on playing, though not regularly,” the veteran cricketer said.

Like Lal, there is also no stopping Utpal Chatterjee of Mohun Bagan as the experienced campaigner vowed to give of his best “whether it be a final or a league match”.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla will play tomorrow which means Vishal Yadav will lead the team in place of Utpal.

Bagan, who will miss Devang Gandhi, look forward to the services of Safi Ahmed and Soumen Singh, who have been included in the team on lien.

   

 
 
SOUTH POINT WIN AGAIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 11: 
A 116-run opening stand between Arindam Chakraborty and Dipanjan Mustafi ruined whatever hopes National High School had as South Point cruised to a seven-wicket win to emerge champions in the Pepsi CAB under-19 inter-school cricket meet today.

Arindam remained unbeaten on 75 and Dipanjan made 60 as South Point reached the modest victory target of 183 with seven wickets and 14 balls to spare.

South Point thus won the title for the third time in succession.

On winning the toss at Eden Gardens, National HS elected to bat and got off to a steady start before Subhojit Paul (15) departed with the total on 40. Thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals as the South Point lads did some sharp work on the field.

A smart stumping by Sugata Gupta and Dipanjan’s direct hit from deep mid-wicket, to effect the dismissals of Pal and Mayukh Chatterjee, were the highlights of South Point’s fielding.

For National HS, Aloke Khetry (22), Abhirup Banerjee (21), Dibyendu Sarkar and Sunny Chowla (27) all fell after good starts. Nitin Chowrasia made a quick, unbeaten 23 as National HS ended with 182 for nine.

For South Point, Shubhankar Roy Chowdhury was the most successful bowler, taking three for 23, while Suranjan Nandy took two for 26.

South Point looked always in control as their openers played shots at will. After Dipanjan’s departure, Riki Mallik (12) and Sambit Dey (16) fell cheaply, trying to finish the match early.

Soumya Pal, Soumya Roy and Abhirup took a wicket each for the runners-up.

BRIEF SCORES

National High School 182/9 in 40 ovs (Dibyendu Sarkar 29, Sunny Chowla 27, Nitin Chowrasia 23; Shubhankar Roy Chowdhury 3/23, Suranjan Nandy 2/26). South Point 183/3 in 37.4 ovs (Arindam Chakraborty 75 n.o., Dipanjan Mustafi 60).

South Point won by 7 wkts.

   

 
 
MADHYA BHARAT IN GOAL-RUSH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 11: 
Madhya Bharat Papers whipped ICICI ‘Yellow’ 7-1 in the The Telegraph five-a-side Merchants’ Cup soccer meet at the CC&FC this evening. It was the day’s biggest victory margin.

Notching up 5-1 victories were Microwave Communications and Infar India, at the expense of The Assam Co and Deutsche Bank, respectivelY.

OTHER RESULTS

BDA Ltd bt Paes En Sport 3-2, The Telegraph bt Indian Aluminium 2-1; TCG Software bt HSBC 4-0, Bata India drew Blue Star 3-3, Goodricke Group drew ITC A 0-0, Aptech bt Williamson Magor 2-1, ICICI Blue bt Bayview Tech 1-0, ITC Infotech drew Skytech Solutions 0-0, Norinco bt Tata Tea 1-0.

   

 
 
ASSAM KIDS CROWD FINALS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 11: 
Save Samrat Ghosh in the boys’ under-16 category, all four final berths in the AITA ranking zonal junior tennis meet at the Shyambazar Tennis Club, Deshbandhu Park, were today booked by players from Assam.

The fourth-seeded Samrat caused what can be called a mild upset in beating second-seeded statemate Sabyasachi Bose 6-0, 3-6, 6-1. In the final Samrat takes on fifth seed Abhinav Bora of Assam who dispatched Bengal’s seventh-seeded Farid Alam 6-1, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

Bora was also the better of the two when they met in the under-14 semi-finals, winning 6-3, 6-0. Bora has, therefore, lined himself up for a ‘double’.

There was another upset, in the other semi-final of the boys’ under-14 category. Abhinav Sharma of Assam, the fourth seed, upset second-seeded statemate Hrishikesh Deka 7-5, 6-3. Considering Sharma’s form today, he might be charged up enough to give Bora a run for his money in the final tomorrow.

The girls’ section saw no change in the Assam trend. If anything, it was more pronounced. In the first semi-final, second-seeded Kasturi Verma proved more than a handful for Bengal’s sixth seed Devangshi Rajgarhia, winning 6-0, 6-2.

In the second semi-final, though, Bengal’s Karina Ahuja, the seventh seed, fought well versus her fourth-seeded rival, Varsha Datta, from Assam before losing 3-6, 4-6.

Karina and Kasturi met in the semi-final of the girls’ under-14 category. Karina (sixth seed here) was more aggressive in this last-four stage, but despite taking second seed Kasturi the distance, the Bengal girl lost 4-6, 6-3, 2-6.

The other semi-final in this category was more straightforward, Assam’s top seed Varsha Datta beating third seed Shilpi Jaiswal of Bihar 6-1, 6-2.

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Boys’ singles U-16: Samrat Ghosh (Ben) bt Sabyasachi Bose (Ben) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1; Abhinav Bora (Asm) bt Farid Alam (Ben) 6-1, 6-1.

Girls’ U-16: Kasturi Varma (Asm) bt Devangshi Rajgarhia (Ben) 6-0, 6-2; Varsha Datta (Asm) bt Karina Ahuja (Ben) 6-3, 6-4.

Boys’ U-14: A. Bora bt F. Alam 6-3, 6-0; Abhinav Sharma (Asm) bt Hrishikesh Deka (Asm) 7-5, 6-3.

Girls’ U-14: V. Datta bt Silpi Jaiswal (Bih) 6-1, 6-2; K. Verma bt K Ahuja 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Indian boys, girls in quarter finals

Both the Indian boys and girls teams have advanced to the quarter finals of the World Youth Cup (Under-16) tennis meet in Jakarta.

According to information received here, the Indian boys lost their first match (0-3 to Uzbekistan) before beating Hong Kong 3-0 and China 2-1.

The girls started off with a 3-0 sweep of Uzbekistan but suffered a 0-3 rout at the hands of South Korea. In the crucial final league match, they downed China to ensure a berth in the last eight.

   

 
 
OOTACAMUND RACES/ ‘VENTURE’ TIPPED 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Ootacamund, May 11: 
Pearl Venture, a five-year-old by Classic Sport out of Distant Relation, is expected to lift the 1,200m Mysore Race Club Cup at the Oot- acamund (Udhagamandalam) races on Saturday. A. Imran Khan partners the Robert Foley-trained mare.

SELECTIONS

11.30 am: City Of Stars 1. Bay Dragon 2. Wise Tracker 3.
12 noon: Noble Dancer 1. Titan Star 2. Rare Symbol 3.
12.35 pm: Pearl Venture 1. Star Carnival 2. Ganga Divine 3.
1.05 pm: Noble Lord 1. Prismatic 2. Amber Royal 3.
1.35 pm: Sea Farer 1. De Quest 2. Royale Girl 3.
2.05 pm: Bourbon Boy 1. Power Point 2. Mark Of Respect 3.
2.35 pm: On My Own 1. Simply Unique 2. Calypso Run 3.
Day’s Best: Sea Farer
Double: City Of Stars & Noble Dancer
   
 

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