Yakubu destroys Tolly
Luck favoured India at Eden Gardens
Amal Dutta resigns
CRC best in badminton
Calcutta Races/Bold Chieftan bags prized event
Calcutta Racing/ Trainer suspended

 
 
YAKUBU DESTROYS TOLLY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 20: 
Churchill 4
Tollygunge 0

Riding Yusuf Yakubu’s brilliant hattrick, Churchill Brothers demolished Tollygunge Agragami 4-0 in a National Football League match at Salt Lake Stadium today.

The Ghanaian struck in the 28th , 71st and 83rd minutes as the Goa league champions stamped their complete dominance. Somatai Shaiza scored the fourth in the 90th minute.

On the back of today’s verdict, Churchill were pitchforked into the top position of the NFL table, ahead of Mahindra United, Mohun Bagan and Vasco SC on goal difference with 15 points. The match also assumed significance by being the biggest margin of victory as well as producing the first hattrick in the League so far.

The visitors took control of the game right from the outset. In the fifth minute, medio Aqeel Ansari made a solo run down the left and took a shot from close to the box. The woodwork came to Tollygunge Agragami’s rescue, but Ansari’s early sortie was sort of a harbinger of things to come.

Tollygunge’s defence cracked too often under Churchill’s relentless attacks and the floodgates finally opened in the 28th minute.

Following a throw-in, Ratan Singh collected the ball in the midfield and effected a piercing through towards Yakubu. The striker sprinted ahead of two Tollygunge players, then ran unchallenged towards the penalty box and finally shot home past an advancing Amit Singha Roy.

Six minutes later, Churchill could have extended the lead, but Abdul Saley Ganiyu’s header from six yards hit the crosspiece.

Coach Amal Dutta replaced Adeola Adeyeri by Sandip Das in the striking zone as Tollygunge launched a series of attacks soon after the second half. But the home team’s attempts for an equaliser came a cropper as both Sandip and Akeem Abulanle lacked punch and power to beat an alert Churchill rearguard, led by Osumanu Hussaini.

Sasthi Duley’s futile attempt from the edge of the box and Akeem’s probing 30-yard piledriver was all Tollygunge could boast of before conceding another goal.

Into the 25th minute of the second session, Ratan swung in a goalmouth centre from the left and Yakubu’s header from close forced a goalline save from Tollygunge defender Satish Bharti.

A minute later, the action was repeated and Yakubu was successful in snapping up the resultant cross from Ratan. Yakubu’s second strike grounded the home team’s striving for a fight back as Churchill’s positive approach forced the tentative Tollygunge defence to back-pedal.

Seven minutes from time, Yakubu completed his hattrick in style. During injury time, Tejinder sent in a through for Shaiza, who forged ahead leaving a hapless Tollygunge defence behind and placed the ball in past an advancing Amit.

TEAMS

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: Edward Ansah, Denzil Ferrao, Francis Coelho, Osumanu Hussaini, Rajesh Meetei, Roque Barreto, Noel Wilson (Tejinder Kumar, 88), Aqeel Ansari, Ratan Singh, Abdul Saley Ganiyu, Yakubu Yusif (Somatai Shaiza, 87).

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Amit Singha Roy; Biswanath Mondal, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Amitava Chanda, N. Khemtang (Mehtab Hossain, 76), Moses Owira, Adeola Adeyeri (Sandip Das, 24), Sasthi Duley, Akeem Abulanle, Ashim Biswas.

Referee: S.M. Balu.

   

 
 
LUCK FAVOURED INDIA AT EDEN GARDENS 
 
 
BY SUNIL GAVASKAR
 
Jan. 20: 
England were robbed. Marcus Trescothick was playing the innings of a lifetime and taking his team to a famous victory when he was stopped on his tracks by a decision that turned the match in India’s favour. Leg-before decisions are never the easy to make nor are they unanimously accepted by the fielding side or the batting side, but the speed at which they were given made them look worse. Trescothick was batting superbly and pacing the innings so well that the Indians seemed to have no clue about how to stop him.

Cricket sure is a funny game. On this very ground, about a year ago, V.V.S. Laxman played a stupendous innings and along with Rahul Dravid, turned the match in favour of India and Harbhajan Singh who finished it off with his off-spinners. Here, Laxman was the one who was sweating buckets as he dropped Trescothick when he was only on two and the sturdy left-hander almost took the game away from India.

Harbhajan, who had claimed a hattrick apart from a lot more in that epic Test against Australia, found this game entirely different as the England opener used his feet well and smashed him repeatedly over the in-field. He played a variety of sweep shots, from mid-wicket to fine-leg, to make a mockery of the field placing. Eden Gardens is also the venue where Anil Kumble recorded his best one-day figures but he too came in for a mauling from Trescothick.

Not many would have given England even a sniff of a chance once India put up a formidable total of 281 and when England were penalised an over for slow bowling, it looked even more difficult. England also did not help their cause by some thoughtless cricket. Paul Collingwood and Michael Vaughan, who were looking set and batting well, went for big shots at a time when they not required. Also, there was little pressure on them at that time.

Then Andrew Flintoff turned blind and paid the penalty for forgetting the basics of running between wickets. England’s tail did not wag and once the top order was consumed, the inexperience of the youngsters showed, as they crumbled in front of the vociferous Eden Gardens crowd, which went berserk at the fall of each English wicket.

India got off to a quick start from the trusted pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. All the other specialist batsmen got off to decent starts but did not convert them into innings of substance. Ganguly, short of runs in recent times, wasted a great opportunity to get a big one by playing a horrible shot after doing all the hard work. Dinesh Mongia batted well but one needs to question the wisdom of sending him ahead of Laxman who scored India’s highest individual Test score at the same venue in his previous appearance there. It also meant that instead of a left-right combination there were two left-handers at the crease.

India will also have to look closely at their fielding and the fact that their fielders stand a little deep, which keeps them from stopping the singles and being in the right place to catch. In contrast, England were magnificent with Jeremy Snape and Collingwood being outstanding. They saved many runs with their athleticism and agility. India don’t have even one who comes close to them. However, they have luck and maybe against this side, that’s all they need.

   

 
 
AMAL DUTTA RESIGNS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 20: 
In a blow to Tollygunge Agragami’s struggle for survival in the elite division of the National Football League, coach Amal Dutta today announced his resignation soon after his team’s 0-4 defeat to Churchill Brothers.

Dutta said he was peeved at the club officials’ continuous interference in his affairs.

“According to the agreement, club officials were not supposed to interfere in my working with the team. But this has not happened. I can’t continue with officials dictating terms,” said a livid Dutta.

Tollygunge secretary Mantoo Ghosh, however, said the team would continue practising at the SAI ground even without Dutta. The secretary himself would double in as the coach, as he has done on some occasions before.

It was learnt that Ghosh went to Tollygunge’s reserve bench during half-time today and tried to force him to make a few changes in the playing XI.

But Dutta stuck to his formation and instead asked Ghosh to call a meeting if he had any problem with his coaching.

The secretary later said he just wanted to know whether Sandip Das (46th-minute replacement for Adeola Adeyeri) was match-fit.

Dutta left the ground in a huff after the match.

Tollygunge, so far, have six points from eight matches.

   

 
 
CRC BEST IN BADMINTON 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 20: 
Calcutta Rowing Club emerged best in three of four rowing events while hosts Bengal Rowing Club clinched the titles in badminton, bowling and golf in the finals of various events in the inter-club championships.

RESULTS (finals)

Croquet — Saturday Club bt RCGC; Snooker — Hindustan Club bt Bengal Rowing Club; Badminton — Bengal Rowing Club bt Ordnance Club; Bowling — Bengal Rowing Club bt RCGC; Dart — International Club bt Bengal Rowing Club; Pool — Dalhousie Institute bt Saturday Club; Table tennis — Dalhousie Institute bt Bengal Rowing Club; Tennis — Dakshin Kalikata Sansad bt Ordnance Club; Golf (best team bet) — Bengal Rowing Club bt Saturday Club; Bridge — Dakshin Kalikata Sansad bt RCGC; Paddle boat — Lake Club bt Punjab Club; Cricket — Hindustan Club bt Bengal Rowing Club; Rowing — Calcutta Rowing Club bt Bengal Rowing Club (in fours handicap), Calcutta Rowing Club bt Lake Club (in pairs), Lake Club bt Calcutta Rowing Club (in sculls) and Calcutta Rowing Club bt Bengal Rowing Club (in veterans fours).

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/BOLD CHIEFTAN BAGS PRIZED EVENT 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 20: 
Judiciously ridden by the visiting jockey J. Abraham, the Daniel David-trained gelding Bold Chieftan, despite his topweight, was all brilliant while having a comfortable measure of the field to win one of the oldest sponsored race event in the RCTC calendar, the 1,200m HSBC Cup, a terms race, today. Scoring a treble in an eight event race-crad Daniel had a profitable afternoon that was, however, ruled by lesser fancied winners.

RESULTS

1. First Flier Handicap 1,600m: (5-8-2-3) Odyssey (Rutherford) 1; Calculus (Islam) 2; Bay Dragon (Abraham) 3; Archery (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 4-1/4; 3-1/2; (1-42.6). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 10; 18; 15; Quinella: 59; Tanala: 261. Fav: Odyssey (5). Winner trained by R. Alford.

2. Sheridan Handicap 1,200m: (7-8-5-3) Rich Dominion (Yasin) 1; Constantine (Kujur) 2; Freedom Warrior (Amil) 3; Asprey (Upadhya) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 18; 15; 15; Quinella: 187; Tanala: 1,201. Fav: Grecian Prince (4). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Beresford Cup 1,600m: (3-5-1-7) Discomatic (Abraham) 1; Accrete (C. Alford) 2; Yukon (Islam) 3; Charlene (Rabani) 4.Won by: 5; 2; Nk; (1-40.4). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 12; 11; 42; Quinella: 17; Tanala: 695. Fav: Accrete (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

4. In Excelsis Handicap, Div-I 1,200m: (3-6-2-5) Sadaf (Rabani) 1; Alegria (C. Alford) 2; Crimson King (Abraham) 3; Ace of Spades (Saran S.) 4. Won by: 4-3/4; SH; 2-3/4; (1-13.3). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 14; 12; 25; Quinella: 31; Tanala: 299. Fav: Alegria (6). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Voluntary Plate 1,100m: (3-6-12-10) Ardency (Shanker) 1; Musician (C. Alfrod) 2; Star of Ring (Abraham) 3; Social Girl (Asghar) 4. Not run: Arian (4). Won by: 4; 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 69; Place: 19; 12; 19; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 454. Fav: Musician (6). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. HSBC Cup 1,200m: (1-7-3-2) Bold Chieftan (Abraham) 1; Ancheta (Rutherford) 2; Beneficent (A. P. Singh) 3; Soviet Song (Gowli) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 3-3/4; 1; (1-11.3). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 16; 14; 58; Quinella: 63; Tanala: 2,088. Fav: Alcalde (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

7. In Excelsis Handicap, Div-II 1,200m: (6-4-7-1) Calamint (Gajender) 1; Bird’s Empire (B. Gurang) 2; Lively Project (Abraham) 3; Illustrious Reign (V. Jaiswal) 4. Won by: 3-1/4; 3/4; 3/4; (1-13.7). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 14; 56; 16; Quinella: 309; Tanala: 1,020. Fav: Calamint (6). Winner trained by Vijay S.

8. Theogundi Handicap 1,100m: (12-4-11-15) Storm Centre (Dalpat S.) 1; Simply Monarch (A. P. Singh) 2; Beau Bruno (Brij S.) 3; Floral Path (Rabani) 4. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; 3/4; (1-7.5). Tote: Win Rs 185; Place: 33; 16; 265; Quinella: 539; Tanala: 1,13,744. Fav Fly By Alibi (9). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

Jackpot: Rs 1,24,284; (C) Rs 1,111.

Treble: i) Rs 660; (ii) Rs 3,225; (iii) Rs 1,858.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ TRAINER SUSPENDED 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 20: 
Admitting to have administered a prohibited substance to enhance performance of his horse Fencai, the winner of the Lombard Handicap on December 22, and also for attempting to substitute the sample of horse’s urine meant for testing, trainer Peter Locke was suspended by the RCTC stewards until April 30. The Stewards, who held an enquiry today, further ruled that the trainer will not be granted licence till April 30, 2003, should he applied for the same.    
 

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