Bagan blast via Barreto hattrick
311-run lead for Bengal
Isha, Somdev move into finals
Women’s archery meet from Monday
AFC move Fifa over BFF case
Firoz takes sole lead
Calcutta Racing/ Star Selection set to strike
Calcutta Racing/ Anatolia impresses
Ban galore Racing/ Alameda deserves another chance

 
 
BAGAN BLAST VIA BARRETO HATTRICK 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Feb. 8: 
Mohun Bagan 3
JCT 1
East Bengal 1
Punjab Police 1

Till the end of the first half of the second match today, Calcutta’s football fortunes at the Allwyn Durand Cup was as gloomy as the overcast sky. East Bengal had been held 1-1 by tenacious Punjab Police in their group B quarter final league match. And holders Mohun Bagan were trailing JCT 0-1 in group A.

Then came a dramatic equaliser and a sublime hattrick by the ball charmer from Brazil, Jose Ramirez Barreto enabled Mohun Bagan chalk up a resounding 3-1 triumph over gritty JCT. His three-goal feat in just 11 minutes, destroyed JCT’s confidence.

Bagan are now favourably placed to top group A and reach the semi-finals. They just need a draw in their last match against Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Sunday. ITI on one point need a win to qualify from this group. In contrast East Bengal are in a precarious position. They are coming second in their group. with one point. Salgaocar are topping this group with three points and need a draw to progress.

Both the Punjab teams, JCT and Punjab Police have been eliminated after today’s matches.

In the first half JCT were rampant, with midfielder Hardip Sangha spraying crosses and long balls to unsettle the shaky Bagan defence. JCT went ahead in the tenth minute as Sangha cut in and put Hardip Gill through. Both Bagan stoppers were slow to react and Gill blasted into the roof of the netting.

The 45th minute came the equaliser. R. P. Singh overlapped on the right and sent a measured cross and Baretto, though marked by stopper Balkar Singh, sent a delectable side volley into the net.

Three minutes into the second half, Abdulateef Seriki and Baretto played a quick ‘wall’ at the edge of the box to split the JCT defence. Baretto from the right edge of the six-yard box, scored with a crisp angular right-footer. His hat-trick was a due to a comedy of errors. JCT’s defence failed to clear a Rennedy Singh flag kick. Sangha’s miscued clearance went towards his own goal. JCT’s goalkeeper Baljeet Singh feebly palmed the ball to a lurking Baretto who placed in. It was Baretto’s first hattrick for Bagan since his three-goal feat vs Mahindra United in the last National football League.

Teams

Mohun Bagan: Surojit Chaterejee, Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi ((Basudeb Mondal 16), Amouri Da’Silva, Rishi Kapoor, R.P. Singh, Debjit Ghosh, P. Rennedy Singh (Ajoy Kumar Singh 79), Jatvpong Thongsukh, Jose Ramirez Barreto and Abdulateef Seriki (R.C. Prakash 67).

JCT: Baljit Singh, Sandip Sharma, Balkar Singh, Kuldip Singh (Sr.), Daljit Singh (Harvinder Singh Sr. 45), Hardip Saini, Rampal, Hardip Sangha, Stephen Abarowei, Hardip Gill and Shaminder Singh (Kuldip Singh Jr. 69).

Referee: P. Bhaskar (Tamil Nadu)

East Bengal’s plight

Coach Subash Bhowmick’s second match at the helm in East Bengal also ended poorly. The Calcutta lacked bite upfront and confidence in passing.

East Bengal scored against the run of play in the 32nd minute. Dipankar Roy put Jose Carlos Da Silva through on the left. As the Brazilian cut into the box, he was tripped from behind by Rajesh. Right back Suley Musah converted the resultant penalty kick confidently.

Slack defensive marking by East Bengal allowed Punjab Police to equalise in the 40th minute. Following a free kick, striker Parveen Kumar darted in and flicked to right winger Gurvinderpal Singh who scored at the first post.

TEAMS

East Bengal: Sangram Mukherjee, Suley Musah, Jackson Agyapong, Deepak Mondal, Rattan Singh, Isiaka Awoyemi (Amit Das 72), Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy, Jose Carlos Da Silva, I.M. Vijayan (Tushar Rakshit 45) and Bijen Singh (Dipendu Biswas 62).

Punjab Police: Satish Kumar, Naresh Kumar, Balvinder Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Bachittar Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh (Gurbinder Singh 90) Harnek Singh, Gurvinderpal Singh, Sher Singh (Narinder Kumar 83) and Parveen Kumar

Referee: A.K. Ashokan (Services).

   

 
 
311-RUN LEAD FOR BENGAL 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
Bengal 353 & 279/3
Gujarat 321

Losing the first innings lead to Bengal seems to have hit the Gujarat team hard. The demoralising factor affected their performance on the field today.

The bowling lacked bite as the Bengal batsmen made merry on the penultimate day of the Ranji Trophy quarter final tie. By stumps the hosts were ahead by 311 runs with skipper Rohan Gavaskar looking set for his third hundred this season.

Play, however, had to be called off nine overs early because of bad light.

Amitava Chakraborty’s early departure had no impact on the team as Deep Dasgupta (84 off 185 balls, 13x4) and Devang Gandhi (82 off 163 balls, 8x4) ensured the middle-order did not come under any unnecessary pressure. The pair stitched together a 149-run stand for the second wicket.

The partnership was built around some intelligent handling of the spinners. They were never allowed to settle into a line as the two batsmen kept rotating the strike. When the pacers were brought into the attack they found the going tough as the wicket had very little assistance to offer.

Deep, however, did not live upto his reputation. He was found wanting in the corridor of uncertainty and even survived a sharp chance at first slip. His wicketkeeping in this game has been impressive but the batting lacked the confidence and solidity that has been his forte.

However, he showed good tenacity and temperament in sticking around for 292 minutes. Frustration gripped him as he stood his ground for a while once the umpire adjudged him leg before while attempting the sweep.

Devang, too, did not seem to be in his elements. Very often the timing was not perfect and he even survived a spilled chance at long off. There were a few of his trademark drives on the off side but he never looked to be a man in command.

The best innings of the day came from Rohan (74 off 81 balls, 12x4, 2x6). The Bengal skipper was a pillar of confidence during his 106-minute stay. His shot selection was perfect and there was very little error in whatever he did today.

He seemed determined to make amends for his unfortunate dismissal in the first innings. The strokes were hit clean and hard and there was very little the bowlers could do to restrict the mayhem.

He has already added 71 runs for the fourth wicket with Subhomoy Das. It should come as no surprise if Bengal press for an outright victory on the final day after the addition of another 70 odd runs.

With Sourav still to bat, the line-up looks awesome. The Indian skipper, who was down with fever yesterday, did not make an appearance at the ground today but is reportedly feeling better.

The bowling for most of the day has been lacklustre. They lacked enthusiasm and it remains to be seen how effectively they use the second new ball tomorrow morning.

Gujarat’s Tejes Varsani was injured while fielding today and was later diagnosed as suffering from internal bleeding in the webbing between his thumb and right index finger.

   

 
 
ISHA, SOMDEV MOVE INTO FINALS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
One each from India will contest in the singles finals of the Bharat Petroleum ITF junior meet at DKS tomorrow.

In the boys’ semi-finals today, Amit Inbar of Israel ousted compatriot Dor Werteimer 6-2, 6-3, while fifth seed Somdev Dev Varman tamed fellow Indian and qualifier V.M. Ranjeet 6-4, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Rui Du overcame third seed Sana Bhambri 6-0, 6-4 in the first girls’ semi-final but No. 2 Isha Lakhani ensured there will be Indian representation in the final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sun Sheng-Nan of China.

Amanjot Singh and Vikram Aditya Menon won the boys’ doubles, beating Rishi Behl and Saurav Kohli 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

RESULTS

SINGLES: BOYS’ SEMI-FINALS — Amit Inbar (Isr) bt Dor Werteimer (Isr) 6-2, 6-3; Somdev Dev Varman (Ind, 5) bt V.M. Ranjeet (Ind) 6-4, 6-2. GIRLS’ SEMI-FINALS — Rui Du (Chn, 8) bt Sana Bhambri (Ind, 3) 6-0, 6-4; Isha Lakhani (Ind, 2) bt Sun Sheng-Nan (Chn) 6-2, 6-1. DOUBLES FINALS: BOYS — Amanjot Singh-Vikram Aditya Menon bt Rishi Behl-Saurav Kohli 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. GIRLS — Rui Du- Sun Sheng-Nan bt Hsuan Hwang-Yung Jan Chan (Ch Tpe) 6-4, 6-2.

   

 
 
WOMEN’S ARCHERY MEET FROM MONDAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
A national-level archery meet for women will be held at the SAI Eastern Centre from Monday to Thursday. All leading archers of the country are likely to take part.

The meet is being organised jointly by SAI and the Department of Women and Child Development (Ministry of Human Resources Development), to mark the Women’s Empowerment Year.

About 144 participants are expected. National champion Dola Banerjee, National Games winner Chekrobolu Swuro and others like Jhanu Hansda and Angela Devi will take part.

Merchants’ Cup squash

Kankaria Group and J. Thomas reached the final of the 48th Merchants’ Cup squash at Calcutta Racket Club today. In the semi-finals, Kankaria Group beat McLeod & Co. 2-1, while J. Thomas overcame ITC 3-0. ITC had earlier beaten Deutsche Bank 2-1 to reach the semi-final and not the other way, as was wrongly stated in the Calcutta Racket Club press release issued Tuesday.

   

 
 
AFC MOVE FIFA OVER BFF CASE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will ask Fifa to withdraw the suspension on the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).

The BFF was suspended following sweeping changes in its ranks, which contradicted the Fifa norms. However, according to an AFC release, that body has been dissolved and the earlier ‘democratically elected’ body reinstated.

Following this, the AFC has decided to request Fifa that Bangladesh’s case be reconsidered. The suspension of the BFF led to the cancellation of the SAFF Cup, supposed to be held in Bangladesh last month.

‘World Cup’ in town

The World Cup, rather, a replica of it will be in town. As part of promotion of football’s quadrennial showpiece, Gillette will conduct a few programmes in the city on February 15 and 16. It’s likely to include a procession with the replica of the trophy.

NFL second division

Calcutta Port Trust will play their National Football League, second division, matches (from the cluster stage) in Chandigarh on March 4, 9, 12 and 15.

Bhratri Sangha, seeded into the second phase of qualifiers, will play in Chennai.

   

 
 
FIROZ TAKES SOLE LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
Local man Firoz Ali set himself up for his third Hero Honda Golf Tour title this year, with a brilliant four-under 68 at the Rs 12 lakh Dutch-Bangla Bank Bangladesh Open being played at the par-72 Kurmitola Golf Club.

Firoz currently leads the field at nine-under 207, followed by the in-form Digvijay Singh of Meerut, two strokes behind the leader at 209.

Overnight joint-leader Sanjay Kumar (Lucknow) and Mukesh Kumar (Mhow) were tied for third spot at six-under 210.

Local amateur Mohd Siddikur returned a one-under 71 to tie for the fifth place with the city’s Rafiq Ali at three-under 213, according to information reaching here.

Amateur meet in city

The Eveready 101st amateur golf championship of India will be played at RCGC from Sunday to February 17. It includes two tournaments — the international team championship and all India amateur meet for individuals.

The meet returns to the city after 1996.

Three pairs from India, two from Sri Lanka and one each from South Africa and Ireland will take part in the team championship. Keshav Mishra and Gurbaz Maan form one Indian team with Manav Das and Gagan Verma the other. The third team includes Simarjeet Singh and Jaydeep Patwardhan.

The team championship will be played on Sunday and Monday and the winners will be decided by stroke-play, gross score over two rounds of 18 holes each. A South African pair had won this title in Mumbai last year.

The individual event has 64 participants with 15 from the city and there will also be nine foreign participants. It is a match-play event pitting one against one and each match consists of one round of 18 holes.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ STAR SELECTION SET TO STRIKE 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
Fields are big in tomorrow’s seven-event card but the focus is going to be on the filly Star Selection, an easy winner of the Alokananda Stakes. The well-bred Green Forest-Classic Story daughter, having already won the first leg of the championship series, the Triple Tiara, has set her eyes on the 1,400m Acorn Stakes, the chief attractrion in the card. The Fillies’ Trial Stakes during the monsoon season will be the final destination for the fair sex seeking Rs four lakh in bonus.

The fact that the Daniel David-trainee was kept underdone yet she claimed the 1,200m sprint in a facile manner, a much fitter MAM Ramaswamy-property is expected to be equally comfortable over the seven- furlong race and nullify her weight disadvantage. Nick Connorton, who partnered her to victory in the Alokananda, will be seen in action again.

Race card and selections

1. Picnic Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 18 and below) 12.50 pm: Lovely Duchess 60 Aadesh Kumar 1; Orchestra 60 Surender S. 5; Lady Shirley 59.5 A. P. Singh 6; Blushign Brave 58.5 Saran S. 4; Heaven’s Blessing 58.5 S. Shanker 3; Wild Is The Wind 54 Md Amil 2; Jayaashva Dalapt S. 7.

1. Lovely Duchess (1) 2. Blushing Brave (4) 3. Jayaashva (7)

2. Baqlava Cup 2,000m (Cl III; Cl IV, eligible Rt. 22-72) 1.20 pm: Regal Rocket 61 B. Gurang 3; Argolis 56.5 Saran S. 1; Ace of Spades 51.5 Yasin 4; Laurels 51.5 R. Gowli 5; Flying Scot 50.5 Som S 2.

1. Ace of Spades (3) 2. Laurels (4) 3. Flying Scot (5)

3. Philosopher Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 2 pm: Brave Venture 61 G. Upadhya 11; Rich Dominion 58.5 A. P. Singh 4; Master Bold 57.5 Md Islam 7; Tequila Shot 55 S. Shanker 3; Royal Philosopher 54.5 B. Gurang 2; Freedom Warrior 54 Md Amil 8; Odyssey 53.5 Aadesh Kumar 5; Brave Show 52 S. Rabani 1; Dictate 51 Yacoob 6; Lucifer 51 Dalpat S. 10; Darth Vader 47.5 Brij S. 9.

1. Odyssey (7) 2. Rich Dominion (2) 3. Lucifer (10)

4. Madras Race Club Cup 1,600m (Cl I; Cl II eligible Rt. 66-94) 2.35 pm: Acceptor 60 C. Alford 6; Colonial 56.5 R. Gowli 7; Clarice Cliff 55 S. Rabani 3; Cape Blanco 54 Gajender S. 5; Amusing 53.5 N. Connorton 1; Lockers Park 53.5 Md Islam 9; Earl Grey 53 Rutherford A. 4; Thunder Struck 49.5 Md Yasin 8; Estocade 47 Brij S. 2.

1. Lockers Park (6) 2. Acceptor (1) 3. Earl Grey (7)

5. Acorn Stakes 1,400m (Terms, 3-y-o fillies only) 3.05 pm: Star Selection 57 N. Connorton 3; Abyssinia 53 S. Rabani 2; Assertive Dancer 53 Asghar 1; River Melody 53 Saran S. 6; Romantic Notes 53 C. Alford 5; Sweet Paintedlady 53 G. Upadhya 4.

1. Star Selection (1) 2. Romantic Notes (5) 3. Assertive Dancer (3)

6. Mossy Bear Cup 1,100m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 3.40 pm: Tsavo 61 A. P. Singh 5; Silver Patriarch 57 Asghar 4; Gold Buck 56.5 S. Shanker 2; Reine Beau 55.5 R. Ahmed 9; Scarlet Raider 54 P. Kujur 11; Arctic Fancy 53.5 N. Connorton 6; Sky Command 53 S. Rabani 7; Endless Surprise 52 C. Alford 10; Dancing Dreams 51 Aadesh Kumar 12; Lawyer’s Love 51(Withdrawn); Alkido 50.5 Md Islam 3; Pearl Dragon 50 Md Yasin 8; Gra-Lemor 49 Sk. Salam 1.

1. Endless Surprise (8) 2. Dancing Dreams (9) 3. Pearl Dragon (12)

7. Victo Handicap, 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4.15 pm: Montjeu Star 60.5 B. Gurang 2; Declarationoflove 60 P. Alford 10; Excellent Striker 59.5 A. P. Singh 8; Cosmic Flash 58.5 Md Islam 11; Midas Touch 58 Asghar 9; Asprey 56.5 G. Upadhya 7; Red Trident 56.5 Aadesh Kumar 5; Simply Dashing 54.5 R. Ahmed 1; Bold Apparel 54 P. Kujur 14; Royal Ruler 51 S. Tamang 6; Global Harmony 50.5 Yacoob 4; Ever So Loyal 50 Som S. 3; Flying Power 50 Saran S. 15; Albright 48.5 Md Amil 13; Floral Path 48 S. Rabani 12.

1. Declarationoflove (2) 2. Albright (14) 3. Asprey (6)

Day’s Best: Ace of Spades

Double: Lockers Park & Star Selection

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ANATOLIA IMPRESSES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8: 
Anatolia was impressive when the following horses worked here today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Royal City (Connorton) and Regal Rocket (Kujur) in 1-48; (400m) 31s. They were level. Saladin (Rutherford) in 1-49s; (400m) 31s. Easy. Ever So Loyal (Som S.) in 1-50s; (400m) 31s. Anatolia (C. Alford) in 1-40s; (400m) 27s. Good.

1,200m: Rescue Act (Rabani) and Ardency (C. Alford) in 1-25s; (400m) 27s. Former was 2 ls better. Software (Brij S.) and Software Classic (Rutherford) in 1-24s; (400m) 27s. Former far better. Silver Victress (Rb) and Leading Conquest (Som S.) in 1-25s; (400m) 29s. Former was far better. Social Girl (Upadhya) and Schumacher (Yasin) in 1-31s; (400m) 29s. They were level. Touch of Silver (Connorton) and Impressive Prince (A. P. Singh) in 1-35s; (400m) 30s. They were level. Actuate (Amil) in 1-30s; (400m) 31s. Fit.

800m: Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Was handy. Cons-tantine (Brij S.) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s.

Sand track

1,600m: Among Men (Gowli) in 2-1s; (400m) 31s.

1,400m: Smart Ruler (Asghar) and Discomatic (A. P. Singh) in 1-37s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better.

   

 
 
BAN GALORE RACING/ ALAMEDA DESERVES ANOTHER CHANCE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Feb. 8: 
To be ridden by Aslam Kader, the Darius Byramji-ward Alameda, who finished off the frame in his last start, must be given another chance when he takes on his four rivals in the 2,400m Chief Minister’s Trophy, tomorrow’s main event.

SELECTIONS

3 pm: Cape Martin 1. Classic Ballet 2. Fabulous Star 3.

3.30 pm: Patriotic 1. Maltese Falcon 2. Ambermatic 3.

4 pm: Alameda 1. Hello Brother 2

4.30 pm: Indian Rocket 1. Belief 2. Saujas 3.

5 pm: Shining Conquest 1. Forest Monarch 2. Rasna 3.

5.30 pm: King of Mohra 1. Beautiful Bird 2. Cat On The Wall 3.

Day’s Best: Alameda

Double: Indian Rocket & Shining Conquest

   
 

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