The Wright influence on Sourav
Title for National High
IFA committee to resolve gallery problem
East Zone Academy in final
Jeev snatches lead
Men In Blue, Tigers in final
OCA official inspects venues
Bangalore Races/ Allocated has it easy
Calcutta Races/ RCTC to reintroduce subsidies
Bangalore Races/ Aprilia looks good for second win

Calcutta, June 30: 
Sourav Ganguly was adjudged caught-behind for 20 today, but the captain’s 85 on Wednesday did mark his return among the runs. And, going by what Sourav himself indicated, a prominent behind-the-scenes influence has been coach John Wright.

Like lawyers and doctors who have a confidentiality ‘clause’ with clients/patients, Wright believes there is one between him and his wards. But while initially a trifle hesitant to talk of Sourav’s run-famine, till earlier this week, the coach did speak about it to The Telegraph.

Contacted at the team hotel in Bulawayo last evening, Wright said: “You could say Sourav’s bad patch has been a blessing in disguise as it gave him the chance to review his batting, something he may not have done otherwise...”

Wright added: “As a coach, generally, one looks at whether the lack of runs is because of a technical shortcoming and/or a mental worry... I think it becomes more difficult for the individual in question if he also happens to be the captain. After all, he must first be seen as doing his own job.”

According to Wright, an accomplished opener who also captained New Zealand, Sourav will be much better off “once he plays straight (down the wicket) while defending on the front foot... That will eliminate the edges.”

In Wright’s view, the coach ought not to resort to heavy tinkering with technique (at the highest level). Instead, he should offer “the little suggestions” which could make a big difference.

“If you ask me, no coach can really interfere too much and, essentially, the player must himself sort out his problem. He should not get into a situation whereby he actually begins to doubt whether he can bat or not. Basically, he’s got to remain positive,” Wright observed.

He added: “As man-management comes into the frame, a coach must keep encouraging his wards. For instance, I kept reminding Sourav he had it in him to come good. His advantage is that he has played so much cricket (43 Tests, 166 ODIs to date).

“However, till the other day, I could see Sourav was getting affected... He was specially miserable after the second innings failure (leg-before to Andy Blignaut for duck) of the Harare Test... It hurt him immensely that he couldn’t see off the second new ball that fourth morning.”

Wright maintained the truism that “form is transient, class permanent” holds true for Sourav.

Of course, this isn’t Wright’s way of returning a handsome Sourav-compliment (“he’s the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket”). For, as the coach himself opined, “it’s probably early” for a judgement to be passed on him.

Everything does point to a very favourable verdict, though.


Calcutta, June 30: 
National High School and Mahadevi Birla High School today won the senior boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively, at the Servo-Indian Oil national inter-school rowing championships over the Lake Club course.

The junior boys’ and girls’ titles went to Cathedral Mission and Modern High.

In the finals today National High beat Chetla Boys by a length, while Mahadevi Birla got the better of Calcutta Girls by 2.5 lengths. Cathedral Mission beat Lake View by two lengths and Modern High beat Desh Bandhu Balika Vidyalaya by 4.14 seconds.

The following were the bronze winners: Sr Boys: St James bt South Point. Sr girls: GD Birla bt South Point. Jr Boys: Halas HS bt St James. Jr girls — Mahadevi Birla bt Calcutta Girls.

Kabaddi meeting

The Bengal Amateur Kabaddi Association (BAKA) today held a special general meeting, the first after acquiring affiliation with the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India and after the West Bengal Kabaddi Association (WBKA) was disaffiliated.

The meeting ratified all the posts that had been set up while the new body was formed, said Keshab Datta, secretary of the body.

Datta said the original body, the WBKA, was disaffiliated from the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India at its general body meting on February 10. That meeting also awarded affiliation to the new body.

“So far 22 clubs and eight districts have affiliated with us,” said Datta. “Slowly all the clubs and districts will register. We have also asked the city police to see if we could acquire the existing tent and ground of the West Bengal Kabaddi Association which will give us fine courts and the tent.”


Calcutta, June 30: 
The IFA at its governing body meeting today decided to form an eight-member committee to look into the imbroglio surrounding the gallery restructuring issue. The police is still undecided on allowing spectators in the green galleries of the three enclosed Maidan grounds.

The core committee comprises the secretaries of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting, Tollygunge Agragami, George Telegraph, the two joint secretaries and the treasurer of the IFA. The committee will meet the state government and press for its demand to install permanent tubular structures in the stands.

City AC win 2-1

City AC overcame Wari 2-1 in a first division group A tie of the Calcutta Football League today. Shakeel Ahmed and A.H. Min Chung scored for the winners while Joy Roy Gupta reduced the margin for Wari.

In another tie, Milan Bithee beat Sonali Shibir 3-2. Mumtaz Khan struck twice while Debashish Roy scored the other goal for Milan Bithee. Sanjoy Roy and Mohammed Waris Hussain Mollah were Sonali Shibir’s scorers.


Calcutta, June 30: 
East Zone Cricket Academy have made it to the final of the inter-zonal meet in Bangalore.

According to information received here, East won both their matches against South and Combined Zonal Academy.

East rode Subid Biswal’s 94 on way to a 110-run win over South while against Combined Zonal Academy Ritesh Jaiswal did the star turn with 115 on way to the 154-run victory.


EZCA 256 (Subid Biswal 94). SZCA 146. EZCA won by 110 runs.

EZCA 309 (Ritesh Jaiswal 115). Combined Zonal Academy 255. EZCA won by 154 runs.

Tarak Mistry best

Tarak Mistry has been named CAB’s best sub-junior cricketer. He scored 397 runs in six innings and captured 13 wickets in the Ambar Roy meet. Liluah Coaching Centre was adjudged best disciplined unit.

Floodlit courts

Calcutta Gymkhana’s tennis courts will be floodlit from Sunday when they will be inaugurated.


Calcutta, June 30: 
Jeev Milkha Singh shot into the lead after a brilliant four-under 68 on the third day of the $970,000 Iiyama Cup, the showpiece event of the Japanese PGA Tour.

According to information reaching here from the Hourai Country Club in Tochigi, the 29-year-old golfer aggregated 12-under 204 for three rounds and jointly led the field with local pro Katsumasa Miyamoto.

“Tomorrow is going to be a very big test for me. I am playing well at the moment and my confidence is high. While it is foolish to predict anything in golf, I’ll go all out for victory,” said Jeev on phone from Japan.

Jeev, who had a bogey-free round, was ahead by a stroke before Miyamoto closed his round with a birdie on the par-4 18th to take a share of the lead. The Japanese had five birdies and one bogey in his round of four-under 68.

The two leaders have a two-stroke advantage over third-placed Kazuhiko Hosokawa, who was at 10-under 206. Hidemichi Tanaka of Japan zoomed up to nine-under 207.


Calcutta, June 30: 
Men In Blue and Bengal Tigers will vie each other for top honours in the Cup final of the inter-city seven-a-side rugby championship at the CC&FC tomorrow..

The Plate final will be fought between Calcutta Classics and Harlequin while Orissa and Cubs will be engaged in the Bowl final.

RESULTS (semi-finals): Cup: Bengal Tigers bt Wild Cats 17-7. Men In Blue bt Sharks 15-7. Plate: Calcutta Classics bt Cops 14-5. Harlequin bt Chennai 17-0. Bowl: Cubs bt Gremlins 19-0. Orissa bt Manipur 22-0.


New Delhi, June 30: 
Wei Jizhong of China, chairman of the Sports Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) today inspected the eight stadia being prepared for the first Afro-Asian Games from November 3 to 11.

He was impressed with the Tughlakabad shooting range and felt it was the best in Asia, especially as it was environment-friendly and had world class equipment. He was satisfied with renovation work in other stadia.

He said the four from Africa and three from Asia would take part in the individual events. Earlier the medal winners in the last Asian Games (1998) and African Games (1999) were to take part.


Bangalore, June 30: 
The Rashid Byramji-trained Allocated posted a comfortable victory in the Karnataka Sub-Area Cup in Bangalore on Saturday. C. Ruzaan partnered the Placerville-Arctic Theme four-year-old to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. High Commission Cup, Div-II 1,200m: (7-9-1) Sunspangled (Harish) 1; Black Ocean 2; Proflare 3. Not run: Attune (5). Won by: 4-1/4; SH; (1-18). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 13; 44; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 314. Fav: Sunspangled (7).
2. Richelieu Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (10-1-3) Paranjyothy (C. Krishnan) 1; Ivory Wings 2; Furia Rossa 3. Won by: 1-1/2; Nk; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 13; 15; 17; Quinella: 55; Tanala: 207. Fav: Paranjyothy (10).
3. New Market Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (9-7-4) Oscar (Hesnain) 1; Zulia’s 2; Bacardi Star 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1/2; (1-18.1). Tote: Win Rs 389; Place: 68; 21; 19; Quinella: 958; Tanala: 6,938. Fav: Seat of The Master (3).
4. Regency Stud Plate 1,200m: (1-4-5) Resist The Force (Prakash) 1; Al Habib 2; Grisogono 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1-3/4; (1-15.4). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 14; 11; 35; Quinella: 23; Tanala: 261. Fav: Al Habib (4).
5. Karnataka Sub-Area Cup 1,400m: (7-5-4) Allocated (Ruzaan) 1; Acute 2; Comet Star 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 2-1/2; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 52; 15; Quinella: 180; Tanala: 685. Fav: Allocated (7).
6. High Commission Cup, Div-I 1,200m: (4-5-1) Alicyclic (C. Alford) 1; Tal 2; Shathabisha 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 3-1/4; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 138; Place: 35; 11; 14; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 1,279. Fav: Tal (5).
7. Richelieu Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (10-8-2) Risk Me Now (Rajesh S.) 1; Aryawun 2; Just Do It 3. Won by: 2; SH (1-31.2). Tote: Win Rs 64; Place: 25; 47; 14; Quinella: 508; Tanala: 4,260. Fav: Just Do It (2).
8. New Market Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-3-2) Olympic Queen (Prakash) 1; Briscay 2; His Heirness 3. Won by: Dist; 5-1/4; (1-16.9). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 22; 23; Quinella: 43; Tanala: 276. Fav: Olympic Queen (4).
Jackpot: Rs 30,740; (C) Rs 3,217.
Treble: (i) Rs 2,192; (ii) Rs 5,225.

Calcutta, June 30: 
Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) has decided to re-introduce subsidies which were withdrawn years ago, informed Gen. (Rtd.) Shankar Roychowdhury, chairman and senior steward RCTC, while briefing the media-persons today on prospects of the monsoon racing season beginning from Thursday.

He said that the incentive schemes are to attract additional bloodstock to the centre. The scheme includes reimbursement of transportation costs upto a maximum of Rs 10,000 per horse to trainers who bring horses from other centres before July 31, 2001. A subsidy of Rs 1,000 per horse will be given to runners in any handicap/terms race other than a “sweepstake” race, subject to the race having six or more actual runners. A horse-strength of more than 250 horses will make the monsoon fields.


Bangalore, June 30: 
The Mumbai based Aprilia, an outstanding winner in her debut run here, looks outstanding in the field of 12 to lift the 1,200m Juvenile Sprinters’ Million, tomorrow. C. Ruzaan partners the Jaggy Dhariwal trained filly by Don’t Forget Me-Passing Gull.


1.30 pm: Crowned 1. Ace of Pace 2. Zoracia 3.
2 pm: Forestry 1. Money Spinner 2. Bolshvik 3.
2.30 pm: Acceptor 1. Deep In The Jungle 2. Star Liner 3.
3 pm: Hello Baby 1. Aerobatic 2. Marcus Aurelius 3.
3.30 pm: Classic Belle 1. Breaking News 2. Musselburgh 3.
4 pm: Aprilia 1. Amber Dancer 2. Blue Hare 3.
4.30 pm: Grand Illusion 1. Ankole 2. Tina’s Turn 3.
5 pm: Arikana 1. Star Chieftan 2. Soviet Ace 3.
5.30 pm: Wovoka 1. Incarnation 2. Star Pegasus 3.
Day’s Best: Aprilia
Double: Crowned & Forestry

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