86th-minute jinx strikes EB
Surya, Swati get off lightly
Manav reaches quarter finals
Central Bank win 4-1
Aurijit powers Wari to win
Jharkhand ride Dola golds to title
Top seeds move into semi-finals
Bangalore Racing/. Caressing may be hard to beat
Calcutta Racing/ 7 for Saturday’s Queen’s Cup
Mumbai Racing/ Sedona wins Rajpipla Trophy

 
 
86TH-MINUTE JINX STRIKES EB 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Feb. 14: 
The 86th-minute jinx continues for Calcutta teams in the Allwyn Durand Cup.

Four days ago, Mohun Bagan got knocked out of the tournament after ITI scored an 86th-minute goal to post a 2-1 win. Today history repeated itself — in the semi-finals — as pint-sized Churchill Brothers medio Ratan Singh’s late matchwinner sent East Bengal packing.

Churchill, in their maiden Durand final, will take on Mahindra.

The goal itself will haunt international goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee for years to come. It was an attempt from zero angle on the left and sped in at the first post, with Sangram slow to cover that vulnerable position. Till that crucial lapse, Sangram had displayed good reflexes and anticipation, and it seemed his nighmarish form was behind him. But again a lapse of concentration let his club down.

History repeated itself in another uncanny way for East Bengal. In November 2000, they lost at the same stage of the Durand to Mahindra, with the injured Tushar Rakshit and Chandan Das being passengers on the field as coach Syed Nayeemuddin had already made three substitutions. Today, coach Subhas Bhowmick made his three changes by the 63rd minute. When Jackson Egygpong got injured in the 81st minute, East Bengal were left with just ten players.

Bhowmick made the cardinal error of keeping a limping Jackson in defence. Churchill sensed an opening and attacked from the left flank. The wily Yusif Yakubi sent a quick through to an overlapping Ratan near the left touch-line. The clever Ratan scored from an acute angle.

East Bengal would have been better off shifting Jackson to midfield and playing substitute Jo Paul Ancheri as stopper-back.

Zee dominated the first half and scored a delectable goal in the 13th minute. Iranian recruit Syed Mousavi Amin cut in from the right, swerved past Dipak Mondal and sent a curling right-footer which struck the crosspiece. A lurking Ratan headed in the rebound, with the East Bengal defence static.

The introduction of veterans Tushar and I.M. Vijayan for the out-of-form Dipanker Roy and Dipendu Biswas enabled East Bengal wrest control in the second half.

In the 48th minute, Bijen surged past right back Denzil Ferrao on the left and sent a measured cross to the far post. Tushar headed across the goalmouth and Chandan Das, running into space, slammed in the equaliser.

With Tushar in good nick and Vijayan-Carlos combining well, East Bengal were on the rampage. Jackson’s header off a corner went wide. Tushar’s delicate chip and Chandan’s pile driver were well saved. Churchill looked to be on the ropes and East Bengal needed to play patient possession football to win the day. But it was not to be as Bhowmick’s team lacked a scorer.

Churchill coach T.K. Chathunni felt that it was sweet revenge for the 0-1 National League loss in Calcutta. In that match, East Bengal had scored an 81st-minute matchwinner through defender Suley Musah. Chathunni was pleased that even without internationals Noel Wilson (two yellow cards) and Mahesh Gawli (injured), his tactics of quick counter-attacks succeeded.

TEAMS

CHURCHILL: Edward Ansah, Denzil Ferrao, Francis Coelho, Osumani Husseni, Rajesh Meetei, Roque Baretto, Aqueel Ansari (Somatai Shaiza, 60), Tejinder Kumar, Ratan Singh, Yusif Yakubu, Mousavi Syed Amin.

EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee, Suley Musah, Dipak Mondal, Jackson Egygpong, Ratan Singh, Chandan Das, Anit Ghosh (Jo Paul Ancheri, 63), Dipanker Roy (Tushar Rakshit, 34), Bijen Singh, Dipendu Biswas (I.M. Vijayan, 46), Jose Carlos da Silva.

Referee: Bharat Mani (Karnataka).

   

 
 
SURYA, SWATI GET OFF LIGHTLY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
The All India Chess Federation (AICF) will not take any further action against Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Swati Ghate who allegedly ‘fixed’ their match in the recent National A meet in Nagpur.

Swati won the 12th-round match but was penalised the point after the arbiters ruled there were ‘irregularities.’

A senior AICF official today said the “matter is closed” and the players have been let off with a warning. “Both are promising and young. We think a warning is good enough,” he said.

Though he admitted it was a serious offence, he argued the punishment handed was strong enough to ensure such incidents did not recur. AICF secretary and Fide vice-president P.T. Ummer Koya could not be contacted.

   

 
 
MANAV REACHES QUARTER FINALS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Manav Das of Ambala today scored a comprehensive win over Lalith Kumara of Sri Lanka to reach the quarter finals in the individual section of the Eveready East India amateur golf championship at the RCGC.

Manav beat the Sri Lankan by a margin of 5-4 to set up a clash with Girish Virk.

Virk ousted local sensation Varun Sahay at the 18th hole after a close fight. It was a memorable outing for the city player nonetheless, who had beaten top seed Anura Rohanna of Sri Lanka in the first round.

Jasjeet Singh of Noida beat South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen on the 20th hole, but the former’s compatriot Charl Schwartzel stayed on course with an 18th hole win over Simarjeet Singh.

Tim Rice of Ireland beat Vikram Chopra on the 18th, while Mike McDermott, another Irishman, defeated Jaideep Patwardhan 4-3.

QUARTER FINAL LINE-UP

Manav das vs Girish Virk; Mike McDermott vs Jasjeet Singh; Rakesh Kumar vs Saurav Bahuguna; Charl Schwartzel vs Tim Rice.

   

 
 
CENTRAL BANK WIN 4-1 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Central Bank beat Canara Bank 4-1 in the eastern region all-India bank football meet in Durgapur today.

According to information received here, Dipak Dutta, Prasenjit Pal, Ranjit Karmakar and Biswajit Muhuri scored for the winners. Sujan Mondal struck for Canara Bank. Allahabad Bank and UBI finished goalless.

East Zone kho-kho

Bengal men beat Orissa by an innings and 1 point in the 11th East Zone kho-kho meet in Srerampore today. According to information received here, in the women’s section, Manipur beat Orissa by 14 points and Bengal defeated Jharkhand by 19 points.

   

 
 
AURIJIT POWERS WARI TO WIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Aurijit Basu’s unbeaten 153 powered Wari AC to an eight-wicket demolition of Mohammedan Sporting in the CAB league today.

Chasing 293 for win, Wari made 295 for two with Shubhojit Pal (61) and Pulak Das (52 n.o.) also chipping in.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Mohammedan Sporting 292. Wari AC 295/2 (Aurijit Basu 153 n.o., Shubhojit Pal 61, Pulak Das 52 n.o.). Wari won by 8 wkts.

Mohunlal 339. BNR 104 (Ajoy Kurmi 6/16). Mohunlal won by 235 runs.

Kumartuli 418/9. Taltala 317/5 (Mrinal Dey 105, Amit Biswas 124). Match drawn.

Suburban 256/9. Shyambazar 211 (Debdulal Majumdar 70 n.o., Samit Ghosh 5/83, Sajib Sashmal 3/36). Suburban won by 45 runs.

Young Bengal 378. Paikpara 295 (Monilal Saini 117). Young Bengal won by 83 runs.

Aikya Sammilani 293/7. Tapan Memorial 299/8 (Mithun Majumdar 53, C.S. Kanungo 3/89). Tapan Memorial won by 2 wkts.

Tour of England

The Calcutta Colts’ Cricket Club will leave for its fifth tour of England in July. Former Bengal stalwart Gopal Bose will accompany the 16-member squad as technical director.

Though officials prefer picking under-19 players, there will be some seniors as well and players from Bengal, Assam, Chandigarh and Bangalore are expected to make the month-long trip. They will play 15 matches against County clubs, most of which will be one-dayers.

   

 
 
JHARKHAND RIDE DOLA GOLDS TO TITLE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Dola Banerjee stamped her supremacy in the national-level archery meet for women, which concluded at the SAI Eastern Centre today.

After winning four gold medals in the Fita round of competitions yesterday, the national champion representing Jharkhand today came first in the 70m event for individuals with 102 points.

Chekrovolu Swuro of Nagaland came second at 99 and Jharkhand’s Keziengunuo Theunuo third with 96.

Dola’s stellar performance also helped Jharkhand to the team title as they finished with 3708 points. Dola contributed 1282, Basari Dhar 1216 and Jhanu Hansda 1210.

Bengal finished second in the team event with 3166 points. Sujata Das tallied 1175, Sangita Samanta 1066 and Sonamoni Bhowmick 925.

Maharashtra, Nagaland and Ordnance Factory Sports Control Board were the others taking part in the team event.

The meet was organised to mark the Women’s Empowerment Year, jointly by SAI and the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

   

 
 
TOP SEEDS MOVE INTO SEMI-FINALS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
The top four seeds in the men’s draw moved into the semi-finals of the Ordnance Club tennis meet today.

Top seed Saurav Panja beat Manoj Sewa 6-2, 6-3, No. 2 Avishek Jagnani defeated Pratik Sinha 6-1, 6-0, third seed Dhrub Kumar overcame Ajay Singh 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-4, while No.4 Vinod Sewa outplayed Snehashish Mukherjee 6-3, 6-2. Ragini Vimal entered the women’s singles final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Soma Banerjee.

OTHER RESULTS

MEN’S DOUBLES (semi-finals) — Saurav Panja & Ram Kumar bt Bhagirath Kumar & Ajay Singh 6-0, 6-2; Vinod Sewa & Manoj Sewa bt Krishanu Dey & Ramnath Roy 6-0, 6-2.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING/. CARESSING MAY BE HARD TO BEAT 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Feb. 14: 
On her second to Nairn in the Oaks, trainer Dhariwal’s ward Caressing may be hard to beat in the 1,800m Shravanabelagola Cup, tomorrow. S. Rajesh partners the Twist And Turn- filly.

SELECTIONS

3 pm: Rusticana 1. Franco Leone 2. Power Extreme 3.

3.30 pm: Tina’s Turn 1. Kilkemny 2. Soldier of Fortune 3.

4 pm: Caressing 1. Astronautics 2. Rio Tinto 3.

4.30 pm: Polar Charge 1. Pretty Move 2. Fugleman 3.

5 pm: Slim Twist 1. Dance Royale 2. Allespagne 3.

5.30 pm: Chippo 1. Royal Satsuma 2. Bacardi Star 3.

Day’s Best: Caressing

Double: Polar Charge & Slim Twist

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ 7 FOR SATURDAY’S QUEEN’S CUP 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
There are seven horses in the line-up for the 2,800m Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday. First race at 12.55 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Brown Wolf Handicap 1,200m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 12.55 pm: Flying Power 60; Albright 59; Iron Warrior 59; Darth Vader 57.5; Gul 50.

2. Relevance Cup 1,200m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible, 3-y-o only Rt. 00-50) 1.25 pm Moon Mission 60; Actable 47.5; Phunney Phellow 47; Altigraph 47; Cupid’s Arrow 47; River Melody 47; Star of Ring 47.

3. Azhar Cup 1,200m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 2.05 pm: Pearl Dragon 60; On The Bit 58.5; Kargil Soldier 56.5; Queen’s Logic 55.5; Russian Czar 55.5; Ardon 54.5; Bird’s Empire 54.5; Excellent Striker 53.5; Winning Hand 53.5; Acklins 52.5; Auctioneer 52.5; Common Spirit 52.5; New Fortune 48; Soviet Dance 47.5.

4. Rising Star Cup 1,100m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 2.40 pm: Tsavo 60; Dancing Dreams 57; Alicyclic 54.5; Anokato 54.5; Sky Command 54; Lawyer’s Love 51.5; Gra-Lemor 49.5; Super Smile 47.5.

5. Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2,800m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.10 pm: Colonial 60; Touch of Silver 56.5; Anagram 55.5; Allodium 55; Alamito 50; Arterial 50; Calorescence 48.5.

6. Ardiles Cup 1,400m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 3.45 pm: Comedy of Errors 60; Estocade 58; Silver Patriarch 57; Ispahan 55; Reine Beau 53; Soviet Port 52.5; Silver Toy 52; Argolis 51.5; Raaz 51; Calamint 50.5; Immaculate 50; Peace Envoy 48.5; Regal Rocket 48.5; Aflicker 48.

7. Gridiron Handicap 2,000m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible Rt. 00-50) 4.15 pm: Leading Conquest 60; Crowned Prince 57.5; Actuate 57; Black Mane 56.5; Odyssey 56.5; Abandoned 53; Scavenger’s Son 53; Royal Ruler 51.5.

Jackpot: 3; 4; 5; 6 & 7.

Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 5; 6 & 7.

Today’s track trials

Outer sand track

1,600m: Star Selection (Connorton) and Assertive Dancer (Upadhya) in 2-4s; (400m) 29s. Former 2 ls better.

1,400m: Anatolia (C. Alford) and Afflutter (Shanker) in 1-43s; (400m) 27s. Former 6 ls better. Iron Warrior (A. P. Singh) Giorgio (Upadhya) 1-42s; (400m) 30s. Former 2 ls better. Angeles (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Jungle Cat (Rb) and Arrayal (Rb) in 1-43s; (400m) 28s. Former better.

1,200m: Mack The Knife (K. Kumar) and Saladin (Rutherford) in 1-40s; (400m) 30s. Level. Tiger Talk (Gowli) in 1-34s; (400m) 31s.

1,000m: Smart Ruler (Asghar) and Royal City (A. P. Singh) in 1-17s; (400m) 29s. Former a length better.

800m: Raaz (Smith) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Good. Comedy of Errors (Gowli) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Note. Asprey (A. P. Singh) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s.

600m: Keep The Faith (V. Jaiswal) and Abandoned (Dalpat) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better. Accrete (Amil) in 47s; (400m) 32s. Winning Hand (Smith) and Azurica (Gowli) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Level. Leading Conquest (Gowli) 42s; (400m) 29s. Easy.

Sand track

1,600m: Colonial (Rb) and Yukon (Rb) in 1-55s; (400m) 26s. Former was a length better.

1,400m: Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 1-41s; (400m) 29s.

1,200m: Declarationoflove (Tamang) in 1-34s; (400m) 27s. Silver Victress (Gowli) in 1-22s; (400m) 26s. Note.

800m: Aklovic (Gajender) in 52s; (400m) 25s.Fit.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ SEDONA WINS RAJPIPLA TROPHY 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Feb. 14: 
Ridden by C. Rajendra, the Imtiaz Sait-trained Sedona won the Rajpipla Trophy in Mumbai on Thursday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends

1. Laxmi Vilas Plate 1,200m: (5-6-4) Royal Standard (Lemaire) 1; Star Status 2; Reaching Out 3. Won by: 2-1/2; Hd; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 21; 17; Quinella: 42; Tanala: 463. Fav: Star Status (6).

2. Fair Ray Plate 1,600m: (7-3-5) Amaron (McCullagh) 1; Miss Sunshine 2; Darksideofthemoon 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-40.7). Tote: Win Rs 48; Place: 17; 14; 19; Quinella: 60; Tanala: 595. Fav: Miss Sunshine (3).

3. Recoup Plate 1,600m: (4-6-3) Cacophony (Belose) 1; Kraft 2; Astor Place 3. Won by: Nk; 3/4; (1-38.6). Tote: Win Rs 161; Place: 23; 12; 12; Quinella: 300; Tanala: 1,368. Fav: Astor Place (3).

4. Rajpipla Trophy 1,600m: (5-3-4) Sedona (Rajendra) 1; Southern Star 2; Final Authority 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 7-1/2; (1-36.9). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 14; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 44. Fav: Sedona (5).

5. Mayor’s Trophy 1,000m: (10-1-6) Romantic Heights (McCullagh) 1; Heart of Danger 2; Dreams To Reality 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 3; (59.5). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 18; 43; 17; Quinella: 458; Tanala: 8,229. Fav: Forest Angel (8).

6. Naval Glory Plate 1,400m: (2-3-8) Habit (Appu) 1; Mystic Lady 2; Briar Rose 3. Won by: Nk; 5-1/2; (1-27.4). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 11; 14; 56; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 609. Fav: Habit (2).

7. Britainny Plate 1,000m: (3-8-1) Spring Time (Appu) 1; Bigshow 2; Majestic Crown 3. Not run: Extraordinary (6). Won by: 5; Nk; (1-0.6). Tote: Win Rs 73; Place: 21; 65; 25; Quinella: 1,088; Tanala: 15,325. Fav: Black Falcon (2).

Jackpot: Rs 9,729; (C) Rs 856.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,140; (ii) Rs 293.

   
 

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