Mediocre Bagan win 3-0
Kalyani omitted
DeMel Lanka representative
Naren winner
Calcutta Races/ Andrada, impresses
Calcutta Races/ 2 trophy events on Wednesday

Calcutta, July 23: 
Mohun Bagan sailed past FCI 3-0 despite a mediocre display at their home ground today.

The sunshine having dried up the slush on the turf, a decent show of strength was expected of Bagan. But what materialised was some dull soccer — mispasses and a lack of co-ordination among the players.

After Debjit Ghosh opened the scoreline in the 21st minute, Jose Ramirez Barreto and substitute Jayanta Sen struck late in the second session.

There was bad news for the Bagan fans after Barreto earned his second yellow card in the Super Division, ruling him out of their next tie against Mohammedan Sporting. He was earlier booked in the lung opener against George Telegraph.

The Brazilian was the only saving grace in an otherwise listless Bagan forwardline. His runs down the left flanks were enough to open up the chinks in the FCI defence but there was none to capitalise from those thereafter.

Abdulateef Seriki’s aimless runs did the side no good while R.C. Prakash was a mere passenger in the line-up. Debjit and Rishi Kapoor’s support in the midfield only complimented Barreto’s efforts.

It was a freak goal that put Bagan ahead. Kapoor’s volley from outside the box following a Prakash corner deflected off Debjit’s feet into the goal.

The hosts had to wait till the 79th minute for the second goal. Debjit’s cross from the left was backpassed by Seriki from near the first post for Barreto to slot home with an angular grounder.

The third goal was courtesy referee Partha Rout Roy. He overlooked Jayanta standing in an off-side position when the ball ran lose to him as FCI goalkeeper Arindam Ghosh charged out of his position in an attempt to foil Sumit Sengupta well outside the box.

Jayanta ran a few yards before placing it into an empty net. Arindam injured himself in the process and had to replaced.

Arindam, however, had a fine outing, often coming to his side’s rescue with some neat collections and good anticipation.

The nearest FCI came to scoring was when Sujoy Dutta’s free kick was fisted away by Bibhas Ghosh. A little more effort from their forwards would have been able to put the Bagan defence to test.


MOHUN BAGAN: Bibhas Ghosh, Kajal Bhattacharjee, Amouri da Silva, Palash Ghosh, Rishi Kapoor, James Singh (Amar Ganguly, 63), Basudeb Mondal (Sumit Sengupta, 78), Debjit Ghosh, Jose Ramirez Barreto, Abdulateef Seriki, R.C. Prakash (Jayanta Sen, 46).

FCI: Arindam Ghosh (Sumanta Ghosh, 82), Kutubuddin Sepai, Santanu Bit, Dibyendu Pal Chowdhury, Tapan Giri (Sanat Mondal, 58), Saikat Mondal, Sujoy Dutta, Bidyut De Biswas, Debabrata Das, Abdur Rauf Khan, Biswajit Ghosh (Surajit Chakraborty, 34).

Referee: Partha Rout Roy.

BNR edge past SAIL 2-1

BNR edged past SAIL 2-1 in the day’s other Super Division clash at Howrah Stadium. Sushanta Karmakar and Sumit Mukherjee scored for the winners while Supriyo Dasgupta pulled one back for SAIL.

In first division group A, the matches between Taltala DS and Mohammedan AC, and Taltala Institute and Garalgacha SC ended goalless.


Calcutta, July 23: 
Srikant Kalyani and Wrichik Mazumder have been overlooked by the state selectors in the 28-member probables’ list for the pre-season conditioning camp. The camp will get underway once coach Karsan Ghavri arrives in the city Friday.

The focus was on injecting new blood into the side at the selection meeting today. The junior and senior selectors were present along with CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya. The captaincy issue was not discussed.

“The probables have been chosen keeping in mind the forthcoming Moin-ud Dowlah and Buchi Babu meets. Players omitted can be considered later,” chief selector Ashok Malhotra said.

It was also decided that players, other than those having contracts, playing League cricket in the counties and elsewhere will be asked to report back immediately. “From next season we will ask the players to have an exit clause in their contract so that they will be available when needed,” Dalmiya said.

THE PROBABLES: Openers: Arindam Das, Amitava Chakraborty, Aurijit Bose, Nikhil Haldipur. Middle-order: Rohan Gavaskar, Subhomoy Das, Safi Ahmed, Saikat Mukherjee, Soumen Singh, Subhrodeep Ganguly, Souvik Mukherjee, Devang Gandhi. Wicketkeepers: Deep Dasgupta, Ritesh Jaiswal. Allrounders: Sanjib Sanyal, Dharmendra Singh, Samrat Guha. Pacers: Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shabbir Ali, Ranadeb Bose, Shib Shankar Pal, Samad Akhtar. Spinners: Utpal Chatterjee, Sourashish Lahiri, Pradipta Mazumdar, Soujan Biswas, Gaurav Sharma, Murtaza Lodhgar.


Calcutta, July 23: 
Former seamer Asantha DeMel will represent Sri Lanka in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

DeMel left the city this evening after a meeting with Asian Cricket Foundation (ACF) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya. His trip, it was learnt, was to acquaint himself with the functions of the ACC and ACF.

DeMel, secretary of the interim committee in charge of the Sri Lankan cricket Board, was also asked to recommend names for a representative from Sri Lanka to the technical committee for the Asian Test Championship.


Calcutta, July 23: 
India’s Naren Kumar was declared winner in the Singha Beer Asia Zone Thailand rally after Karamjit Singh of Malaysia was disqualified with an uncertified gear box yesterday.

According to information received here, Karamjit finished 70 seconds ahead of Naren but the post-race scrutiny revealed his “gear ratio” was not valid.


Calcutta, July 23: 
Andrada and Ascoril were impressive when the following horses exercised today:

Outer sand track

800m: No Regrets (Gowli) in1-2s; (400m) 32s. Highland Flame (C. Alford) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Andrada (A. P. Singh) and Aherlow (C. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Former was too good. Ascoril (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Impressed. Arendal (C. Alford) and Anolini (A. P. Singh) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Former better. Treasurer (Surender) and Alyssum (C. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Former was 4 ls better.

Sand track

800m: Almond Rock (Rb) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Ashbury (P. Kumar) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Moved easy. Scavenger’s Son (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Bird’s Empire (Rb) 55s; (400m) 25s.
600m: Beau Bruno (Yasin) and Pneumatic Power (Saran) in 47s; (400m) 29s. They were level and were easy. Regency Times (Yasin) in 38s; (400m) 25s. Easy.
400m: Friendly Knight (Jaiswal) in 29s.

On Sunday, outer sand track

600m: Santillana (F. Khan) in 41s; (400m) 27s.

Calcutta, July 23: 
The two trophy events in Wednesday’s card — the Class I Tokaido Express Cup and the Class III An Apple Day Cup — are well represented. First race starts at 1.40 pm.


1. Aristocrat Handicap 1,200m (Only 3-year-olds in Cl IV, Cl V eligible; Rt. 00-50) 1.40 pm: Aiberni 60; Anokato 57; Regency Times 56; Aberdan 48.5.
2. Tokaido Express Cup 1,400m (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over) 2.20 pm: Treasurer 60; Alyssum 57.5; Arendal 56; Illustrious Reign 55.5; Highland Flame 52; Clarice Cliff 51.5; Gold Buck 49.5.
3. Camlin Handicap 1,800m (Cl IV, Cl V eligible; Rt. 22-50) 2.50 pm: Beau Bruno 60; Pneumatic Power 58; Flying Scot 57; Scavenger’s Son 57; Nearco Prince 51.
4. Mountain Lily Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 3.20 pm: All Jade 60; Finders Keepers 60; Ascoril 58; Victoria Rose 53.5; Fencai 53.
5. An Apple A Day Cup 1,200m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.55 pm: Spanish Drum’s 60; Addab 59.5; Ashbury 59.5; Russian Czar 59.5; Set Aside 59.5; Almond Rock 58; Santillana 58; High Life 56; Solo Act 56; Cavala 53.5.
6. Pickwick Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt; 22-50) 4.25 pm: Ballet Master 61; Bird’s Empire 58; Bold Apparel 57; As A Rule 56; Aherlow 55.5; Stately Honour 51.
Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.
Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

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