Palmeiras jr team coming
City ODI vs England hits trouble spot
Dutta, Tolly resolve differences
Naren Kumar wins Goa rally
Calcutta Racing/ Arctic Fancy may score

 
 
PALMEIRAS JR TEAM COMING 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
The city has a chance to dance to the tune of samba football as former Brazil national league champions Palmeiras have confirmed participation in the forthcoming IFA Shield, though it will be just their under-20 squad.

“We have received a letter from the club stating their willingness to participate in the tournament,” IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta said today.

The September 22-October 8 tournament will also feature two foreign outfits — Muktijoddha of Bangladesh and Vietnam’s Nam Dinh Football Club. Apart from four city-based teams (Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Tollygunge Agragami and Bhratri Sangha), FC Kochin too will complete the eight-team meet.

Palmeiras will not send their first team. “Their team will be a combination of under-20 and some national A players,” Gupta said.

Bagan defer decision

Although East Bengal have already released their players for the national camp for the ensuing SAF Games, Mohun Bagan are yet to take a decision on this. Club secretary Anjan Mitra said today they will talk to the India coach Syed Nayeemuddin for a likely holdback of some of the players.

Six Mohun Bagan players — Rennedy Singh, R.P. Singh, R.C. Prakash, Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, James Singh and Hussain Mustafi — have been selected for the New Delhi camp and of them, Mustafi is ill and may not join immediately. Mitra, however, said they would release the players as soon as possible, “may be tomorrow or day after tomorrow”.

AIFF secretary Albert Colaco, when contacted, said this evening that he would talk to the coach if action for an early release of players were needed.

In another related development, Tollygunge Agragami has informed the AIFF that both their players selected for the camp — Sashthi Duley and Partha Sarathi Dey — are not eligible for the meet since they are overaged. SAF Games rules (following Fifa guidelines) allow only two over-23 players in the playing XI.

Kumartuli Inst. move up

Kumartuli Institute ensured promotion to the second division when they beat Taltala Ekta 2-1 in their third division championship play-off semi-final clash today. Basudeb Purokayet and Dipankar Pal scored for Kumartuli while Subhashish Rai reduced the margin. Kumartuli will meet Janbazar AC in the final.

Meanwhile, IBAC were relegated to the third division after they drew 1-1 with Southern Samity. Their fate was sealed when Howrah Town survived the relegation threat, edging past YMSA 3-0 via the tie-breaker.

In the sole group A match, Milan Bithee thrashed Kidderpore 3-0. Debashish Roy (2) and Promod Bhattacharya scored.

   

 
 
CITY ODI VS ENGLAND HITS TROUBLE SPOT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
The CAB may face problems over organising the second one-day International match between India and England at the Eden Gardens on January 25 next year since the city police will be busy with preparations for the Republic Day celebrations.

According to the revised itinerary released by BCCI yesterday, Chennai will host the first one-dayer on January 22. This was to have taken place in Calcutta, according to the previous fixture.

Bablu Kolay, CAB joint secretary, admitted that they would face “some problems” in organising the match on the new date.

“Apparently, we fear that adequate police force will not be available on that date (January 25). But we are yet to get any intimation from the BCCI about the revised itinerary and once we get it, we’ll think over it”, Kolay said today.

Banibrata Basu, DC (Headquarters), when contacted by The Telegraph, also said the CAB had not informed him about the match so far, but conceded that mustering a large enough police force to overview security during the match was “most unlikely”

“It will be virtually impossible to provide policemen for the match since we will be busy in preparing for the Republic Day celebrations,” he said.

Exchange trip

Meanwhile, a Bengal under-16 team will visit Bangladesh from the first week of October to play a few practice matches there.

A Bangladesh under-15 team will come to the city on November 15 on an exchange tour.

The Bengal under-19 team’s proposed tour to Bangalore has also been cancelled owing to lack of practice matches.

In another development, East Zone Cricket Academy coach Barun Burman said that the camp is likely to resume in April next year.

He said that six Australian players, including five from the country’s under-19 team, are currently learning about spin bowling at the NCA.

Burman went to Bangalore for his coaching examinations.

   

 
 
DUTTA, TOLLY RESOLVE DIFFERENCES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
Tollygunge Agragami coach Amal Dutta withdrew his resignation at the behest of club officials within hours of putting in his papers this evening.

Dutta, who did not accompany the team to the East Bengal ground during their Super Division first phase match Sunday citing security reasons, had skipped practice since.

The club officials, at a meeting this evening, had decided to seek an explanation from the veteran coach for his absence. But Dutta sent in his resignation before they could contact him.

Dutta changed his mind in the larger interests of the team after the officials spoke to him. He will resume his duties tomorrow.

Tollygunge Agragami lost their final two matches of the first phase to Mohun Bagan and East Bengal after having maintained a clean slate in their first seven matches.

   

 
 
NAREN KUMAR WINS GOA RALLY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
V. Naren Kumar and co-driver D. Ramkumar of Team MRF won the Old Anchor Rallye de Goa in 1401-1600 cc category yesterday.

According to information received here, the duo from Coimbatore, who had a healthy 13 second lead in the first leg on Sunday, raced to the finishing line in 1:13:08. They were leading the Fia Asian zone rally championship with back-to-back wins in Coimbatore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Team MRF’s Sagar Muthappa and Sandeep S. Rao, and N. Leelakrishnan and Farooq Ahmed finished second and third.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ARCTIC FANCY MAY SCORE 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta,Sept. 11: 
Sitting pretty by the terms of the race, Alyssum may be hard to toss in the 1,200m Orange William Cup, tomorrow’s feature event which happens to be a three-horse race and the opener. The focus therefore, will be on the 14-horse field of the Class II Mamma’s Mink Cup that may see jockey Nic Connorton coming good on the Daniel David-trained four-year-old filly Arctic Fancy.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.40 p.m.

Orange William Cup 1,200m (Terms, 4-y-o & over)
1 2111 Alyssum [Vijay] C. Alford 60.0 1
2 0232 Clarice Cliff [Bharath] S. Rabani 58.0 3
3 - - - 0 Merano [Asfand] Md Amil 58.0 2

1. Alyssum (1) 2. Clarice Cliff (2)

Alyssum: Sitting pretty by the terms of the race. May be hard to toss. Clarice Cliff: Good for the second slot only.

2nd Race at 2.20 p.m.

Heiress Handicap 1,000m (Cl V Rt. 00-28)
1 1204 Secret Aversary [Daniel] N. Connorton 60.5 2
2 0340 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] Rutherford A. 56.0 5
3 0300 Calculus [Asfand] G. Upadhya 54.5 1
4 1000 Remember Me [Javed] E. Smith 53.5 4
5 0040 Aberdan [Bharath] M. Maseyk 51.5 3

1. Secret Adversary (1) 2. Aberdan (5) 3. Remember Me (4)

Secret Adversary: May win by default in the absence of any serious challenger. Aberdan: Working well, Ignore his last run. Remember Me: May place.

3rd Race at 2.50 p.m.

Bright Hanovar Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV,Cl V 3-y-o only Rt. 22-50) Indian jockeys only
1 - - 20 Actuate [Vijay] Surender S. 60.0 5
2 ---- Impressive Prince [Daniel] D. Locke 60.0 2
3 - - 00 Acklins [Vijay] Md Amil 53.0 3
4 0433 Maltayar [Daniel] P. Kujur 51.5 4
5 0000 Grecian Prince [Daniel] S. Shanker 48.0 1

1. Acklins (3) 2. Maltayar (4) 3. Actuate (1)

Acklins: Worked well in the company of Ashbury.May come good in the race, as well.Maltayar: Knocking at the door. Actuate: Fit, upset, if any.

4th Race at 3.20 p.m.

Pussy Galore Handicap 1,800m (Cl IV, Cl V eligble Rt. 00-50) Indian jockeys only
1 0121 Ascoril [Vijay] Rutherford A. 60.0 1
2 4434 Scavenger’s Son [Daniel] B. Gurang 54.5 2
3 0021 Rescue Act [Bharath] S. Rabani 51.5 4
4 2244 Nearco Prince [Bharath] Md. Islam 50.5 3

1. Ascoril (1) 2. Rescue Act (3) 3. Nearco Prince (4)

Ascoril: Hardly penalised for her last easy win, May win again. Rescue Act: If he stays the trip well, he will trouble the best. Nearco Prince: May place.

5th Race at 3.55 p.m.

Mamma’s Mink Cup 1,400m (Cl II; Rt. 66-94)
1 4400 Highland Flame [Bharath] A. P. Singh 61.0 5
2 ---- Gallant Romeo [Daniel] Asghar 54.0 2
3 ---- Gra-Lemor [Daniel] B. Gurang 54.0 14
4 ---- Own Legacy [Daniel] G. Upadhya 54.0 11
5 1121 Soviet Port [Bharath] S. Rabani 53.5 4
6 0104 Arctic Fancy [Daniel] N. Connorton 53.0 13
7 ---- Sanctified Star [Daniel] R. Ahmed 53.0 3
8 0220 Added Asset [Daniel] S. Shanker 51.5 1
9 1030 Staffordshire [Javed] Som S. 51.0 9
10 - - - - Fairy Prince [Daniel] F. Khan 50.5 7
11 0021 Ashbury [Bharath] Md Amil 50.0 6
12 3220 Ispahan [Stephens] Rutherford A. 50.0 8
13 ---- Midas Touch [Daniel] Brij S. 50.0 12
14 ---- Pearl Dragon [Daniel] P. Kujur 47.0 10

1. Arctic Fancy (6) 2. Soviet Port (5) 3. Added Asset (8)

Arctic Fancy: Came from nowhere to end up a good fourth in last start. May do better. Soviet Port: Working well but he may need this run. Added Asset: May place.

6th Race at 4.30 p.m.

Noble Fairy Handicap 1,000m (Cl III, 5yo& over Rt. 44-72)-Indian jockeys only
1 2202 Winning Hand [Javed] G. Upadhya 61.0 4
2 0303 Crimson King [Daniel] Dalpat S. 58.5 6
3 - 000 Auctioneer [Vijay] Md Islam 58.0 8
4 0314 Tajik [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 54.0 7
5 0000 Addab [Mujeeb] Md Amil 53.5 2
6 0000 Classic Pursuit [Bharath] S. Rabani 52.5 3
7 0020 Mr. Bombshell [Daniel] R. Ahmed 52.5 1
8 ---- Red Cordon [Daniel] P. Kujur 50.0 5
9 ---- Simply Dashing [Daniel] Brij S. 48.0 9

1. Tajik (4) 2. Crimson King (2) 3. Winning Hand (1)

Tajik: A good fourth in the Independence Cup. May win. Crimson King: A speedy customer, may go close to the winner. Winning Hand: May place.

Day’s Best:Ascoril

Double: Alyssum & Tajik
   
 

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