CESC move closer to title
Errant Bhratri trio may face action
EB runners-up
A win at last for Leander and Mahesh
Touch of Silver fails tests, disqualified

 
 
CESC MOVE CLOSER TO TITLE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 2: 
CESC moved one step ahead towards retaining the BHA Group A crown when they defeated Calcutta Port Trust 3-1 at the CCFC ground Thursday. CESC are on 21 points from 11 games while Port Trust remain on 15 from 10 games.

CESC took control of proceedings right from the start.Their midfielders controlled the game and a goal looked imminent despite Port Trust crowding the goalmouth.

But the defending champions were kept waiting till the 33rd minute. Christopher Thomas moved down the left and passed the ball to Gurjeet Singh who made no mistake.

The CESC players did not allow the rhythm to break in the second session and scored another goal right after the break. Sunil Surin struck after a penalty corner.

However, Port Trust reduced the margin nine minutes later. The CESC defenders failed to intercept a long through and M. Toppo converted with a measured flick.

CESC’s third goal came in the 54th minute and it was a treat to watch. Gurjeet, who had a good game, dribbled past a couple of defenders and essayed a pass to Anil Ekka who slotted it past an onrushing goalkeeper.

Customs force abandonment

Title contenders Customs forced their match against Eastern Railway to be cancelled in the second session at Mohun Bagan ground when they were trailing by a goal.

The Customs players started protesting against the light little after the break and demanded the match be abandoned. Play was halted for nearly ten minutes but soon after the re-start, the players started protesting again. This time, the match officials had no option but to call off the game.

The outcome of the game will be decided by the BHA league sub-committee on the basis of the report given by the umpires.

The group B match between Punjab Sports Club and Sporting Union at the East Bengal ground ended without any disruptions. Punjab Sports won the match 2-1. Hardeep Singh and Jagrut Singh scored the goals for the winners.

   

 
 
ERRANT BHRATRI TRIO MAY FACE ACTION 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 2: 
Bhratri Sangha will ask for financial compensation from the three Iraqi players who had absconded just before the commencement of the second division of the National League. It was learnt that the AIFF has issued a letter to the IFA asking for details of the three Iraqis, as a possible step of disciplining the absconders.

The national body is also planning to approach Fifa in a bid to initiate punishments against the defaulters.

Suvrajit in lead

Top seed Suvrajit Saha beat Nilotpal Ghosh in the fourth round of the HDCA chess meet Thursday. The win put Saha in the lead. Arindam Mukherjee drew with Baidyanath Garai while Laltu Chatterjee split the point with N.C. Chauhan.

Inter-school basketball

21 schools will participate in the second N.S. Subaiya memorial inter-school under-16 basketball meet at the YMCA Wellington Branch. The tournament will start on May 6 with the finals on May 12.

   

 
 
EB RUNNERS-UP 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 2: 
East Bengal emerged runners-up in the A. N. Ghosh Trophy when they beat Kalighat by eight wickets Thursday. Kalighat was reduced to 187 for six in 45 overs. Sanjeeb Sanyal scored 53.

East Bengal, after losing two quick wickets early on, batted well to notch up the required runs in 40.2 overs. Captain Alokendu Lahiri remained unbeaten on 91 while Ajoy Verma was not out on 78.

In another A.N. Ghosh Trophy match of the day, Wari defeated Tapan Memorial by 18 runs. Batting first, Wari put up 219, Tirtha Roy making 80. Tapan Memorial were all out for 201 in 42.1 overs, wicketkeeper Joydeep Ganguly claiming six dismissals.

Meanwhile, Kalighat will play Tripura allrounder Timir Chanda in the forthcoming P. Sen Trophy.

   

 
 
A WIN AT LAST FOR LEANDER AND MAHESH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 2: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi finally managed to get a win under their belt. Playing together at the Mallorca Open as a one-off understanding, the Indians saw off Alexander Kitinov (Macedonia) and Johann Landsberg (Sweden) in the first round of the $380,000 meet Wednesday.

According to information received here, the top seeds won 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), (10-7) to set up a quarter-final meeting with the unheralded pair of Stephen Huss and Miles Wakefield.

The hard-earned victory was significant because it ended a three-match losing streak of both men with different partners. Three-time Grand Slam champions Paes and Bhupathi split for the second time two months ago following a string of disappointing losses — including the last three matches they played together.

Paes has chosen South African John-Laffnie De Jager as his partner for at least the next two months, while Bhupathi is committed to playing with big Belarussian Max Mirnyi till the end of the season.

   

 
 
TOUCH OF SILVER FAILS TESTS, DISQUALIFIED 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, May 2: 
The multi-classic winning filly Touch of Silver failed the confirmatory drug test, according an RCTC notification received on Thursday.

The split sample of Touch of Silver’s urine, sent to a laboratory in France, early last month, only confirmed the end-March findings reported by a lab in Hong Kong that the filly had tested positive of Diclofenac following her victory in the Calcutta St Leger on March 16. Diclofenac is one of the many prohibited drugs under the rules of medication and doping control.

Holding an inquiry last Sunday, the stewards, RCTC not only disqualified Touch of Silver from the Calcutta St Leger and revised the placings in favour of Alamito and Calculate, they also suspended Daniel David, the trainer of Touch of Silver, from July 1 to July 31. Daniel was also fined Rs 10,000. A further fine of Rs 10,000 was slapped on the trainer for his gross carelessness in failing to comply with RCTC’s notification regarding stocking of prohibited substances in his stable. With two trainers, Vijay Singh and Peter Locke, already on a ban list for drug related offences, the monsoon season beginning July 5 may suffer.

   
 

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