Utpal guides Bagan to final
Mumbai Racing/ Big Blaze may do the trick

 
 
UTPAL GUIDES BAGAN TO FINAL 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 25: 
Kalighat were caught on a sticky wicket as Mohun Bagan moved into the final of the J.C. Mukherjee Trophy on Thursday.

Overnight showers resulted in a late start this morning and Kalighat’s revised target was 170 off 69 overs. One Utpal Chatterjee made sure they didn’t go beyond 133. The left-arm spinner took five for 41 as Kalighat were dismissed in 65 overs.

The Kalighat camp was anything but happy with the umpires’ decision to start the game as early as they did. The players felt that the wicket had not dried up completely and was unfit for batting.

The Kalighat batsmen did not do themselves any favour by being over-cautious. None of the top-order batsmen managed to settle and they were quickly reduced to 48 for four. The likes of Humza Ferozie and Safi Ahmed were total failures. The only hint of resistance came from Sanjib Sanyal, who scored a fighting 29.

The Mohun Bagan attack, ably led by Utpal, was just the right one to exploit the slow Eden Gardens pitch. “There was no chink in their armoury,” Sanyal said later.

Utpal was his usual miserly self, pitching the ball at the right spot and giving the batsmen no room. Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who will be off to Bangalore to practise at the National Cricket Academy, has been a very consistent performer with both bat and ball this season, and it was no no different today.

He ably supported Utpal and finished with two wickets.

Brief scores: Mohun Bagan 213. Kalighat 133 (Sanjib Sanyal 29; Utpal Chatterjee 5/41, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 2/29). Mohun Bagan won by 36 runs after Kalighat’s target was revised to 170.

P. Sen Trophy

Both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will have depleted sides for the forthcoming P. Sen Trophy. Mohun Bagan will miss England-bound Devang Gandhi, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Subhomoy Das (both of whom will travel to the NCA in Bangalore). East Bengal will not have the services of Nikhil Haldipur (off to England), off-spinner Sourashish Lahiri (to join the NCA) and Rohan Gavaskar.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ BIG BLAZE MAY DO THE TRICK 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
 
Although C. Rajendra is sitting pretty at the top of the jockeys’ championship table, trainers contest at the Mumbai races still seems to be alive. There are only three meetings to go and trainer Imtiaz Sait with 31 winners face a threat from Cooji Katrak (27). However, the former has a chance to further consolidate his position in Friday’s six events that presents him with an opportunity to lead in two winners while Katrak has a lone entry in the card.

It may, therefore, turn out to be an interesting contest in the feature event, the S. Mody Trophy. Although Katrak’s ward Reconquista is marginally better placed at the weights, Sait’s Big Blaze may still do the trick in the hands of jockey K. P. Appu. It is because Reconquista is known to be a difficult ride and the filly may not come up to apprentice Sunil’s expectations.

SELECTIONS

4 pm: Saphire Princess 1. Bon Apetit 2. Highland Mist 3.

4.30 pm: Multi Millionaire 1. Super Cop 2. Angelic Warrior 3.

5 pm: Big Blaze 1. Reconquista 2. Femme Fatale 3.

5.30 pm: Jaannisar 1. Khim 2. Original 3.

6 pm: Discman 1. Palentino 2. Enduring Image 3.

6.30 pm: Tall Boy 1. Full Reason 2. Smart Ale 3.

Day’s Best: Saphire Princess

Double: Jaannisar & Discman

   
 

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