Barreto double strike singes Port
Nehra may get another chance
Rohan Shandilya loses
Tehran women’s Games on schedule
IFA struggles to fix new date
Gangstang scaled
Calcutta Racing/ Prince Regent Cup for Ardon
Mysore Races/ Antequera likely to win

Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
Mohun Bagan 3
Port Trust 0

Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya, like his many counterparts in other teams, often complains about a common phobia — that of referees. He even stopped just short of declaring a “jihad” against the men in black when Tollygunge Agragami halted his team’s winning run on Thursday last.

Subrata must have realised now that his object of fear can also change to a saviour for his team. This exactly happened in today’s Super Division championship leg when they trounced Calcutta Port Trust 3-0 at their home ground.

After a barren, listless first half, Amar Ganguly opened the scoreline for the current league leaders and Mohun Bagan became a completely changed outfit to seal CPT’s fate as Jose Ramirez Barreto again proved twice his savoir-faire.

With today’s win, Mohun Bagan now stand on 33 points from 12 matches, with just their Derby clash with East Bengal to go. The latter have 26 from 11 matches and they now must have to win both their matches to enforce a championship play-off final. Any other result will give Bagan the title.

Into the seventh minute of the second half, Basudeb Mondal floated a goalward cross after the home team won a free-kick in the middle third. The Port rearguard moved up in a bid to create an offside trap. Bagan striker Ganguly, who looked to have fallen into the trap, got hold of the ball inside the box and tabbed it in without any resistance. When referee Sukriti Dutta upheld it as a goal, the home supporters appeared too surprised to burst into a belated joy.

Interestingly, assistant referee Ashish Chakraborty was seen making a half-hearted attempt to raise his flag to catch the referee’s notice. He quickly dropped it, perhaps prompted by the fact that there was no protest from the Port Trust against the decision.

And that was not the end of it all. Seven minutes later, Port defender Shib Sankar Chowdhury tried to clear a harmless cross from the left with no rival player inside the penalty box. But Dutta awarded a spot-kick for the home team, asserting Chowdhury had touched the ball with the hand.

Barreto, who had a lacklustre first half, failed to keep the resultant kick on target. But that was enough to demoralise CPT, whose only aim in the match seemed to be sharing points with the league leaders, by crowding the defence.

And Subrata’s side underwent a complete change of look and colour with Barreto, Abdulateef Seriki, Uday Konar (who replaced Jayanta Sen in the 46th minute), demolishing a hapless Port defence in the second session.

The Brazilian made amends of his spot-kick failure by scoring twice within 13 minutes.

On the first occasion, he perfectly followed the trajectory of a right-wing Dulal Biswas cross, broke free to collect the ball inside the box and placed in to the right of Port custodian Utpal Haldar.

In the 78th minute, Barreto, fed on a fine Konar through, feigned past a rival defender and then the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 for Mohun Bagan.

Four minutes from time, Utpal injured himself while clearing a ball from Konar. The players collided with each other and the Port ‘keeper had a cut on his left eyebrows. However, due to lack of medical facilities in the ground, including a stretcher, he had to be escorted off the ground by his teammates.


MOHUN BAGAN: Bibhash Ghosh; Lolendra Singh, Kajal Bhattacharya, Amouri da Silva, Dulal Biswas (Amzad Ansari, 73); Basudeb Mondal, R.P. Singh, Jayanta Sen (Uday Konar, 46); Jose Ramirez Barreto, R.C. Prakash (Amar Ganguly, 33), Abdulateef Seriki

CALCUTTA PORT TRUST: Utpal Haldar (Sandip Guha, 88), Sishir Ghosh, Srimanta Das, Rabi Karmakar, Shib Sankar Chowdhury, Gourav Dutta, Kausik Prasad, Santanu Chakraborty, Madhusudan Mazumdar, Sudip Ghosh, Pradip Indu.

Referee: Sukriti Dutta


Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
The latest episode in the Indian players’ fitness drama was enacted today, with the lead role being played at different times by different characters: Ashish Nehra, Jaywant Lele and Sourav Ganguly.

While Board secretary Lele made an afternoon-announcement that Nehra wasn’t fit for the tri-series in South Africa, a hassled captain Sourav is understood to have impressed upon Lele that the decision actually be put on hold till the September 22-23 fitness tests in Mumbai.

The team leaves in the early hours of September 24.

Lele seems to have been influenced by Dr Anant Joshi’s views, but The Telegraph learns the captain (and coach John Wright, who is in New Zealand) feel that physio Andrew Leipus, who returns from Johannesburg tomorrow, should also have a say.

So, as of this evening, Nehra hasn’t quite become the fourth player (after V.V.S.Laxman, Zaheer Khan and Hemang Badani) to pull out. Apparently, he has himself told Sourav he is fit and will gradually go about consistently bowling at full pace.

It’s significant no replacement has been named, but the selectors have prepared contingency plans.

Speaking exclusively from his Pune residence, chief selector Chandu Borde tonight revealed Ajit Agarkar, Debashish Mohanty and Rakesh Patel have been asked to be present in Mumbai, on Saturday (September 22). If it comes to that, one of them will replace Nehra.

Not surprisingly, fingers are being pointed at the selectors for picking a clutch of unfit players but, to be fair to them, they wanted that September 7 meeting postponed.

According to well-placed sources, Borde and his colleagues (Madanlal, Ashok Malhotra, T.A.Sekar and Sanjay Jagdale) “requested” the Board to defer the selection till after fitness tests on the ‘suspect’ players.

The request was conveyed after Borde & Co. retained Sourav as captain, in Mumbai on September 6, but Lele reportedly talked of “compulsions” in making the selection well ahead of the departure.

One of the selectors, who wished anonymity, informed a specific suggestion was that the selection be scheduled for “around September 18,” after the fitness tests. Going by the pull-outs, the selectors’ suggestion was practical. Hopefully, the Board will learn from this experience at least.

Though Zaheer didn’t forward a fitness certificate (at the September 7 meeting), Laxman and Nehra did. Laxman’s certificate stated he would be fit “by September 23,” while Nehra’s said he already was.

Quite incredible, really.

Of course, Badani’s case is different. He wasn’t picked in the original XV and only made it as Laxman’s replacement. Twentyfour hours later, he too opted out after an injury sustained in the Moin-ud-Dowla was found to be serious.

As expected, Harvinder Singh and Jacob Martin have replaced Zaheer and Badani, respectively. If Nehra also vacates a slot, we will see a three-way ‘succession’ race.

Sourav could press for Agarkar, currently turning out for Mumbai in Nairobi, while the selectors may initially favour Mohanty. Baroda rookie Patel isn’t short of some influential backers either. Still, unless even Agarkar isn’t hundred per cent fit, he probably will be the frontrunner to take Nehra’s place.

Meanwhile, Wright, who is in Wellington spending time with kids Harry and Georgie, will reach Johannesburg (from New Zealand itself) around 48 hours before the team.


Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
On an eventful day, Debayan Majumdar of St James’ School caused a flutter by upsetting fifth seed, Rohan Vijay Shandilya of D.B.M.S. Career Academy, Jamshedpur in the fourth round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Alekhine Chess Club, today.

Debayan, playing Black, opted for his favourite French defence and obtained a clearly superior position from the opening. Debayan allowed his opponent counterplay on the Kingside in the middlegame after which the game was heading for a draw. Shandilya, lost on time in a clearly drawn ending as he failed to claim a draw in the endgame.

On the top board Mary Ann Gomes of Loreto Day School, Sealdah gave a few anxious moments to second seed, Somak Palit of Mitra Institution as she had a clearly better position in the Reversed Dutch Leningrad defence. But Mary lost a pawn and let Somak off the hook in the endgame after which Somak carefully nursed his extra pawn to victory.

Suman Basu of Madhyamgram High School went down to fourth seed, Abhishek Das of Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur in 23 moves in the Petroff defence.

Supriya Maji of B.A.P.L.S Vidyapith upset the winner of the Bhubaneswar leg of the meet, Nishkanka Mishra of B J English Medium School in a Caro- Kann defence. Supriya won three pieces for her Queen on the 18th move and then went on to win the game in 29 moves.

Samput Mallick of Holy Home beat Sashank Singh of Nichols High School, Guwahati in 31 moves in the Tarrasch variation of the French defence. Another Guwahati boy, Nandan Buragohain (3), playing black, beat Sourav Biswas (2).

Ritam Bhowmick of Modern English Academy got the better of Soumya Thakurtha of St James High School in 33 moves in a Vienna Opening.

Chiranjit Saha of Umakanta Academy, Agartala overcame the challenge of Sambhabi Pattanaik of Blessed Sacrament High School, Puri in a Centre Counter Opening in 50 moves.

In a game between 11-year-old Ritam Chatterjee of Julien Day School and 6 year-old Rishi Raj Sarkar of Hind Motor Education Centre, the youngsters showed great resilience and patience to carry on the game till the 67 move, after which Rishi Raj resigned.


Mary Ann Gomes (3) lost to Somak Palit (4); Ayan Lahiri (4)bt Sayan Sarkar (3); Suman Basu (3) lost to Abhishek Das (4); Rohan V Shandilya (3)lost to Debayan Majumder (4); N Sashank Singh(3) lost to Samput Mallick (4); Tanmoy Pattanayak (3.5)drew with Minhazuddin A Sagar(3.5); Sourav Bose(3) lost to Joydeep Dutta(4); Soumya Thakurta (3) lost to Ritam Bhaumik(4); Supriya Maji (4) bt Nishikant Mishra (3); Debaditta S Biswas (3.5) drew with Karamtej Singh (3.5); Anirudha Menon (3.5) drew with Pritam Banerjee(3.5); Saptarshi Roy (3.5) bt Suddhasattwa Das (2.5); Sankar Majumder (3) drew with Amritesh Ray (3); K Chakraborty (2.5) lost to Abhisikta Pattnaik (3.5); Hasib R K Sagar (3) drew with Sk Shahid Ahmed (3); Priyanka Das (2.5) lost to Arpan Sarkar (Sr) (3); Prabuddha Ghosh(3) bt Dipayan Ghosh(2); Abinash Das(3) bt Saurja Dasgupta (2); Saurav Chakraborti (3) bt Tathagata Banerjee (2); Priya Ratnam(3)beat Sayantan Roy(2) Arijit Ghosh (3)bt Antarip Roy(2); Saurov Sett (2) lost to Swagatam Sengupta(3); Souvik Chakraborty(2) lost to Syed Wasim Akram(3); Sourav Biswas(2) lost to Nandan Buragohain (3); Vikash Kumar Tiwary(3) bt Suman Ghosh(2); Sambhabi Patnaik (2) lost to Chiranjit Saha (3); Najir Arifin (2.5) drew with R Bhattacharya (2.5); Arinjoy Ganguly(2) lost to C Vijay Gopal(3); Jibanand Singh (3) bt Arjun Dhall(2); Ayush Gupta (2) lost to Suman Mallick(3).

Net view

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Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
Despite the worldwide rescheduling of sporting events as a fallout of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the third Moslem Women Games remains as scheduled in Tehran from October 24 to November 4. The Games were first held in 193 and then in 1997.

According to information reaching here, the Games, being held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia, is likely to see participation grow from the second Games’ 748. In 1997 25 countries had taken part in the Games which were held in 12 disciplines.

This time around three more disciplines have been added to the tally. The disciplines include athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, fencing, gymnastics, handball, karate, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

However, only shooting and chess will be the events that will allow general spectators and even photography.


Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
With Friday’s Derby clash between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal now cancelled, the IFA is struggling to fix a new date for the match in the Super Division championship leg.

The IFA today suggested September 25, but Mohun Bagan said ‘no’. “IFA has made it a habit of changing the league fixtures at their will. In the changed perspective, we’ll not play unless the East Bengal-Tollygunge Agragami tie is held before the Derby tie,” club secretary Anjan Mitra said today.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya said he was planning to face East Bengal only after the completion of IFA Shield, starting next week.


Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
A eight-member team of the Ordnance Factory Trekkers, Ishapore, scaled the 20,216 feet Gangstang peak in the Lahul range in Himachal Pradesh August 29, according to information received here. Sajal Kundu was the leader.

State billiards

The state senior and junior billiards and snooker championships, organised by Bengal Rowing Club, will start from October 1. Entry for the meet closes on September 25.    

Calcutta, Sept. 19: 
Ridden by Fateh Ali Khan, the Daniel David-trained Ardon scored a start-to-finish victory in the Prince Regent Cup, the chief event in today’s six-event race-card which also witnessed some exciting finishes.


1. Pompano Handicap 1,400m: (1-5-4-2) Freedom Warrior (C. Alford) 1; Ballard Lady (Asghar) 2; Stella Blue (Rutherford) 3; Fencai (F. Khan) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 3; 1-1/2; (1-32.8). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 11; 17; 25; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 228. Fav: Freedom Warrior (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Astounde Handicap 1,400m: (6-5-3-2) Solo Act (Rutherford) 1; Mr. Bombshell (Kujur) 2; Altiama (C. Alford) 3; Aflicker (Rabani) 4. Won by: SH; 1/2; SH; (1-31.6). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 15; 17; 10; Quinella: 93; Tanala: 280. Fav: Altiama (3). Winner trained by R. Alford.

3. Almanac Cup 1,400m: (7-6-1-5) Acklins (Amil) 1; Iron Warrior (Dalpat) 2; Rheinheart (Shanker) 3; Black Mane (Kujur) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1; 6; (1-32). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 10; 19; 16; Quienlla: 59; Tanala: 208. Fav: Acklins (7). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Golden Beam Handicap 1,100m: (10-3-6-5) Floral Path (Shanker) 1; Bird’s Empire (F. Khan) 2; Crest Star (Rutherford) 3; Flying Power (Amjad) 4. Won by: 1/2; 1; SH; (1-14). Tote: Win Rs 101; Place: 25; 16; 23; Quinella: 87; Tanala: 1,132. Fav: Bird’s Empire (3). Winner trained by Bath.

5. Prince Regent Cup 1,100m: (9-3-8-2) Ardon (F. Khan) 1; Addab (Am-jad) 2; Tajik (Rutherford) 3; Scarlet Raider (Dalpat) 4. Not run: Ammeter (13). Won by: 1; SH; 5; (1-12.1). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 19; 23; 11; Quinella: 169; Tanala: 815. Fav: Magnifico (14). Winner trained by Daniel D.

6. Sprightly Handicap 1,200m: (11-1-2-3) Grecian Prince (Connorton) 1; Glass Slipper (K. Kumar) 2; Global Harmony (Bird) 3; Finders Keepers (Smith) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 2; 1-1/4; (1-21). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 14; 20; 29; Quinella: 87; Tanala: 782. Fav: Grecian Prince (11). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 8,247; (C) Rs 1,706.

Treble: (i) Rs 54; (ii) Rs 1,934.

Mysore, Sept. 19: 
Antequera from Darius Byramji’s yard appears to have edge over Star Pegasus and Ansbach and may win the Mysore 2,000 Guineas here tomorrow. Aslam Kader partners the Green Forest-Silver Reflet son.


1.45 pm: Turf Rythm 1. New Fortune 2. Nice And Noble 3.
2.15 pm: Fereneze 1. Forest Emperor 2. Young Lust 3.
2.45 pm: Splendid Quest 1. Sunny Spice 2. Solar Spirit 3.
3.15 pm: Argyle Gold 1. Aerobatic 2. Pink Squirrel 3.
3.45 pm: The Music Man 1. Royal Satin 2. Valparaiso 3.
4.15 pm: Antequera 1. Star Pegasus 2. Ansbach 3.
4.45 pm: Travel Around 1. Austin Jennings 2. Bold Commander 3.
5.15 pm: Abridge 1. Mambo Prince 2. Fugleman 3.

Day’s Best: The Music Man

Double: Splendid Quest & Abridge.

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