Fletcher adds voice to concern
Tolly rally to victory
6-wkt win for Netaji Subhas
Saurav Ghoshal in 3rd round
Chennai Derby/ Minstrel Star may strike

Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
While the England team kept grumbling about practice facilities at the CC&FC, the BCCI maintained its firm stand that there would be no change to the schedule drawn well in advance.

After conveying their displeasure through the team spokesman yesterday, today it was England coach Duncan Fletcher’s turn to list the problems they are facing. He reiterated that his team wants to practise at the Eden.

Reacting to Fletcher’s suggestion to make Eden Gardens available for practice before they are scheduled to train there, BCCI and CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya said: “Nowhere in the world is the visiting team allowed to train at the match venue so many days before the match. Also, details of their training schedule like venue and date were worked out well in advance. I don’t understand why they are making such a hue and cry. And, anyway, preparations at the Eden are still on.” City Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters), Banibrata Basu said that till preparations were completed, security reasons prevented the venue from being opened to the team.

Fletcher expressed his feelings after this afternoon’s session at the CC&FC nets. “The practice facilities are very disappointing and it is extremely frustrating for us. We have no grievances against the club as they have accommodated us to their utmost ability. But we would have liked to practice at the Eden Gardens where I hear the nets are great.”

Dalmiya, however, clearly said the England team would be allowed to use the Eden nets only from Tuesday, as was decided earlier.

Fletcher listed almost everything under the “not satisfying” category. “After being promised three nets, we have been provided with only two. Also, the wickets are not conducive to batting. The ball is doing too much. It is dangerous to bat out there. We expect nice, flat pitches for practice where the batsmen can feel comfortable. But here we can just practice defensive shots, nothing else. Our fast bowlers are not feeling very comfortable either,” he said.

Dalmiya said former Test opener Pronab Roy was sent to the CC&FC today to see how the pitches were. “According to him, everything looked fine,” informed the BCCI president. Those accompanying Roy were former first class player Sujan Mukherjee and Prabir Mukherjee, who used to look after the Eden Gardens strips.

The England coach complained about the added sixth one-dayer as well: “We cut down on our practice in order to accommodate the extra one-dayer. We just ask for decent practice facilities. If we can’t even get that… this isn’t the right way to treat an international side.”

England were previously scheduled to play two practice matches . Instead, they play just one against a Bengal XI at the same ground on Thursday. “This just isn’t preparation enough, and with these sub-standard facilities, it’s very tough,” Fletcher said.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Tollygunge 2
Punjab Police 1

Tollygunge Agragami took an early goal in their stride and then struck twice against Punjab Police to post their maiden win in this edition of the National League at Salt Lake Stadium today.

Parveen Kumar capitalised on a defensive slip in the sixth minute to put the visitors one up, but Tollygunge got even through Sasthi Duley in the 37th. Ashim Biswas capped an impressive outing with a smart finish five minutes after the breather.

The much-needed win took Tollygunge to six points from seven games and left the Punjab cops at a worrisome three from seven.

The visitors took the lead through Parveen, who having fed on a Harish Sharma’s cross from the left, shot home.

Tollygunge recovered quickly and started probing the rival defence with some high balls from both flanks. The tall Punjab Police defenders did well to thwart most of them but one from the left by Biswas found Duley lurking towards the far corner of the box. Duley sent in a crisp left-footer towards the far post that hit the inner half of the horizontal bar before dropping in.

Khemtang Paite masterminded the second goal with a through that saw Biswas chasing the ball inside the box alongside two defenders. The 19-year-old new recruit, son of a bus conductor, showed a cool head and shielded the ball well before scoring with a right-footer.


TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Amit Sinha Roy; Reaz-ul Mustafa, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Amitava Chanda; Moses Owira, Adeola Adeyeri, Ashim Biswas (Mehtab Hussain, 81, Biswanath Mondal, 90), Khemtang Paite; Sasthi Duley, Akim Abolanle.

PUNJAB POLICE: Satish Kumar; Balwinder Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Sumit Bali, Gurjit Singh; Kuldip Singh, Harish Sharma (Gurwinder Singh, 80), Gurpreet Singh (Harnek Singh, 63), Gurinder Pal Singh; Sher Singh (Manjinder Singh, 46), Parveen Kumar.

Referee: B.K. Singh (Bihar).


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
An unbeaten 93 by Aranya Deb Sarkar helped Netaji Subhas Institute to a six-wicket victory over Sporting Union in a CAB senior division league tie today.


Subarban Club 291/6 decl. Calcutta Rangers Club 292/8 (Chandan Sarkar 54, Sabbir Hossain 53, S.P. Srivastava 37, Sunil Gupta 32 n.o.) Calcutta Rangers won by 2 wkts.

BNR 278/8 (Abhijit Bhattacharya 72 n.o., Sumantra Chatterjee 61; Sourashish Lahiri 5/72, Subir Dey 2/73). East Bengal 211/6 (Abhijit Ganguly 73, Srikant Kalyani 51 n.o., Alokendu Lahiri 39; Y. Prakash 2/25, Arindam Bhattacharjee 2/83, Chiranjib Guha 2/79). Match drawn.

Sporting Union 218. Netaji Subhas Institute 219/4 (Aranya Deb Sarkar 93 n.o., Moyonika Chakraborty 86. NSI won by 6 wkts.

Taltala 320. Paikpara 206 (Irfan Bari 44; Asit Ghosh 3/72, M.S. Maruti 2/25, Sankar Chakraborty 2/50). Taltala won by 114 runs.

DKS 203. Rajasthan 204/4 (Sanjay Agarwal 91 n.o., Soumya Dey 40; Birendra Pratap Singh 2/70). Rajasthan won by 6 wkts.


Calcutta, Jan. 13: 
Local challenger Saurav Ghoshal reached the third round of the East India Open squash championship at the Calcutta Racket Club today.

Ghoshal overcame another local player, Kavi Seth, 9-2, 3-9, 9-1, 9-5 in the second round. Rahul Suri of Calcutta caused an upset of sorts, beating Tamil Nadu veteran Cyrus Poncha 9-5, 10-8, 9-0 in another third-round match.


Balamurugan bt Harjinder Singh 9-0, 9-0, 9-2; G. Rathore bt Satyajit 9-0, 9-1, 9-1; Rahul Suri bt Cyrus Poncha 9-5, 10-8, 9-0; Bikram Oberoi bt Sumit Jaiswal 9-0, 9-0, 9-2; Saurav Ghoshal bt Kavi Seth 9-2, 3-9, 9-1, 9-5; Deepak Agarwal bt Amjad Khan 9-5, 9-3, 9-2; Dilip Tripathi w/o against Tanveer Ahmed.


Chennai, Jan. 13: 
The R. Foley-trainee Minstrel Star may win the Chettinad Cement South India Derby Stakes in Chennai on Monday.


1.30 pm: Scenic Star 1. Sterling Fantasy 2.
2 pm: Premium Gallo 1. Fairy Dancer 2. Fabulous Flight 3.
2.30 pm: Queen’s Ransom 1. Family Fortune 2. Bold Connection 3.
3 pm: Supreme Glory 1. Star of Gaiety 2. Great Pasha 3.
3.30 pm: Minstrel Star 1. Bountiful Star 2. Superuby 3.
4.15 pm: King’s Academy 1. Apache Len 2. Autumn Hues 3.
4.45 pm: Majestic Star 1. Silent Boy 2. Sea Horse 3.
5.15 pm: Sign of Success 1. Diamond Treasure 2. Bold Bidder 3.

Day’s Best: Minstrel Star

Double: Premium Gallo & Scenic Star

Sunday’s Mumbai results

(With inter-state dividends)

1st race: Radical Force 1; Laser Light 2; Chance 3. Won by: Dist; 4-1/4; (2-7.2) Win Rs 19; (P) 15; 54; (Q) 383; (T) 1,799. Fav: Radical Force.

2nd race: Charlie Parker 1; River Rainbow 2; Cagliari 3. Won by: SH; 7-1/2; (1-1.6). Win Rs 15; (P) 11; 11; 15; (Q) 16; (T) 36. Fav: Charlie Parker.

3rd race: Rambus 1; Soviet Fire 2; Natural Spark 3. Won by: 7-1/2; SH; (1-26). Win Rs 13; (P) 13; 21; 147; (Q) 77; (T) 1,740. Fav: Rambus.

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5th race: Dazzling Gold 1; Lek 2; Cool Water 3. Won by: Nk; 4; (1-13.8). Win Rs 31; (P) 17; 39; 49; (Q) 198; (T)3,982. Fav: Dazzling Gold.

6th race: Strength To Strength 1; Queenscliff 2; Prince Nicholas 3. Won by: 1/2; 6-1/2; (1-11.8). Win Rs 89; (P) 20; 12; 16; (Q) 54; (T) 350. Fav: Queenscliff.

7th race: Victory March 1; Appeaser 2; Zephyr Bay 3. Won by: Hd; 1-3/4; (1-53.1). Win Rs 24; (P) 12; 14; 30; (Q) 40; (T) 348. Fav: Victory March.

8th race: Austral 1; Arctic Star 2; Aurelia 3. Won by: 6-1/2; Nk; (1-54). Win Rs 53; (P) 22; 28; 41; (Q) 136; (T) 2,083. Fav: Safari Girl.

Jackpot: Rs 3,940; (C) Rs 286.

Treble: (i) Rs 39; (ii) Rs118; (iii) Rs 907.

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