Imran inspires Lanka pitch for hospice
P. Sen CC best
Victoria set Howrah Union 226-run target
Making most of temporary bond
Udhagamandalam Racing/ My King likely to win Colts Stakes
Udhagamandalam racing/ ‘Ransom’ lifts main event

Calcutta, May 4: 
Inspired largely by former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan, Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardena has taken the initiative for the Emerald Isle’s most sophisticated cancer hospital.

While it was the death of his cancer-afflicted mother, Shaukat Khanum, which prompted Imran to build Pakistan’s first cancer hospital (sentimentally named after his mother), in Lahore, it’s the death of younger brother Dhisal (again, a victim of cancer) which got Mahela involved.

Dhisal died in 1996, while Shaukat Khanum had passed away in 1985.

Imran, of course, has gone on record that his mother’s illness and death was the “most painful and traumatic period” of his life. Young Dhisal’s death affected Mahela just as badly.

According to information available with The Telegraph, Mahela approached the Sri Lankan Cricketers Association (SLCA) for help and that newly-formed body got into the act straightaway. The SLCA, by the way, is headed by captain Sanath Jayasuriya.

Appropriately named Hope, the project is a joint venture of the SLCA and the Lions Club of Colombo (Somerset District 306-B). Incidentally, land for the hospital — on the premises of the existing (but inadequate) Maharagama Cancer Institute, just outside Colombo — has been made available by the health ministry.

As the international fund-raising formally began only recently (specifically, during last month’s Sharjah Cup 2002), no completion date has yet been set. However, once ready, the hospital will be managed by the Institute.

Following the Shaukat Khanum model, the Hope Cancer Hospital will be completed in stages. Stage-I envisages a 450-bed ward with the basic infrastructure. Stage-II will see the upgrading of facilities. Stage-III envisages adding 300 beds.

Despite the similarities, though, there’s a big difference between Imran’s venture and the Hope project. Imran, after all, neither had government support — except initially — nor was there a players’ body to make a strong pitch. Essentially, it was an incredible one-man show.

Mahela, thankfully, found spontaneous support from organised quarters.

According to the fund-raising brochure, “1 in 10 Sri Lankan deaths is caused by cancer…” And, recalling the Jayawardena family’s trauma, the brochure poignantly states: “… Very soon they found out what a Sri Lankan family can or, rather, cannot do against cancer…”

Chilling, really.

Donations, obviously, are welcome and cheques can be sent to any Seylan Bank branch in Sri Lanka. The Hope Cancer Hospital’s account number is 040750.


Calcutta, May 4: 
P. Sen Memorial Cricket Coaching Centre won the N.C. Kolay Memorial junior tournament today when they beat Barasat Subhas Institute (BSI) by four wickets at the Kalighat ground.

Batting first, BSI made 194 for eight in 30 overs with Debopom Biswas, adjudged Best Batsman of the meet, top scoring with 68, which included five boundaries and three sixes.

P. Sen MCCC skipper Vikramaditya Majumdar took three for 41 to put the brakes on BSI. Majumdar was declared Best Bowler of the tournament.

In reply, P. Sen MCCC overhauled the BSI total in 29.3 overs with decent contributions from most of their batsmen.


BSI 194/8 (Debopom Biswas 68; Vikramaditya Majumdar 3/41). P. Sen Memorial CCC 196/6 (Suprabhat Biswas 49, Anup Chowbey 42, Debraj Pramanik 34 n.o., Samrat Sengupta 33 n.o.). P. Sen MCCC won by 4 wkts.


Calcutta, May 4: 
Victoria SC made 225 for eight on Day I of their second division championship play-off final versus Howrah Union at the Eden today.

Surajit Dasgupta made 93 and Shashank Shekhar Tapikar made 34 to help their team post a challenging total.

The winners of this match will be promoted to the senior division next season.


Victoria SC 225/8 in 70.4 ovs (Surajit Dasgupta 93, SS Tapikar 34) vs Howrah Union. Match ends Sunday.

ECDSC U-19 Cricket

Bangladesh XI moved into the final of the ECDSC under-19 invitation cricket meet beating Bengal XI by a wicket today..

Kamrul Islam of the visiting team took three for 17. For the locals, Ambar Roy and Soumya Roy Chowdhury took three wickets each but their efforts were not enough.


Bengal XI 137 in 36.3 ovs (Kamrul Islam 3/17). Bangladesh XI 138/9 in 39.2 ovs (Ambar Roy 3/26, Soumya Roy Chowdhury 3/33). Bangladesh XI won by 1 wkt.

BHA League

In today’s BHA League group A matches, FCI beat BSF South Bengal 4-2. S. Minz scored a brace for FCI, while N. Nag and J. Surin scored one each.

In another match, BNR beat Calcutta Port Trust by a solitary goal, RK Mi    

Calcutta, May 4: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are making the most of their temporary reunion. Having struggled past their first hurdle, the twice French Open champions sailed through the next two rounds to reach the final of the $380,000 Mallorca Open.

According to information received here, the top-seeded Indian pair sailed past Michael Hill (Australia) and Daniel Vacek (Czech Republic) 6-4, 6-2 in the first semi-final Friday. They had a straight-set victory in the quarter finals as well.

Paes and Bhupathi, who have 21 titles in their kitty, now await the winners of the Gustavo Kuerten-Andre Sa versus Julian Knowle-Michael Kohlmann clash.

This is by far Paes and Bhupathi’s best result since they opened the year with the Tata Open title in Chennai. Poor form thereafter led to their split two months ago. Even with different partners, the two fared miserably in March-April.

Frequent first-round losses were making a dent in their earnings as well as rankings. Having done remarkably in the claycourt season 12 months ago — including lifting their second French Open crown — Paes and Bhupathi stand to lose a lot if they fail to defend those points. This week’s booty (at least $12,880 and 24 points for making the final) will come in handy for the troubled duo.

Both were ‘free’ this week, and without a partner. Next week onwards, Paes is scheduled to rejoin South African John-Laffnie De Jager, while Bhupathi is due to resume his partnership with Max Mirnyi.

It remains to be seen whether there will be a change of heart if the Indians bag the winners’ trophy in the Spanish resort on Sunday.


Udhagamandalam, May 4: 
My King, the best performed horse among the nine horses in the line-up, may win the 1,400m The Hindu Nilgiris Colts Trial Stakes at the Udhagamandalam races on Sunday. J. Abraham partners the R. Foley-trained colt.


10.45 am: Dressed For Dinner 1. Capitulate 2. Society Column 3.

11.10 am: Gold Mist 1. Mountain Memory 2. Evening In Paris 3.

11.40 am: Silent Fox 1. Supreme Glory 2. Fairy Regal 3.

12.10 pm: Imperial Scholar 1. Knighted 2. Ardent Flame 3.

12.40 pm: Fairy Gold 1. Crimson Crest 2. Carnival Princess 3.

1.10 pm: My King 1. Caesar’s Moment 2. Splendid Gesture 3.

1.40 pm: San Marino 1. Arctic Charmer 2. Royal Delight 3.

2.10 pm: Holland Park 1. Splendid Pride 2. Secret Melody 3.

2.40 pm: Direct Hit 1. Prodigious 2. Dakshin Red 3.

Day’s Best: Dressed For Dinner

Double: Silent Fox & My King.

RCTC has decided to conduct inter-venue betting on Udhagamandalam races scheduled for May 16.


Udhagamandalam, May 4: 
Trained by Robert Foley, Queen’s Ransom easily won the Silver Dale Plate in Udhagamandalam on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Dharapuram Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-3-8) Dicty Danger (Hesnain) 1; King’s Academy 2; Priceless Accord 3. Won by: 1-1/4; SH; (1-17.1). Tote: Win Rs 97; Place: 22; 30; 421; Quinella: 1,221; Tanala: 7,317. Fav: Rainbow Flash (6).

2. Dharapuram Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (8-7-6) Golden River (Abraham) 1; River of Stars 2; Rock The Cradle 3. Won by: 3; 3; (1-17.4). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 18; 56; Quinella: 72; Tanala: 3,584. Fav: Golden River (8).

3. Silver Dale Plate 1,800m: (1-6-2) Queen’s Ransom (Rajendra S.) 1; Viking 2; Soviet Ace 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 7; (2-10.9). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 51; 47; Quinella: 370; Tanala: 2,162. Fav: Queen’s Ransom (1).

4. New Hope Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (5-4-6) Kasmira (Ananda) 1; Major Attraction 2; Casino Ace 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-17.6). Tote: Win Rs 510; Place: 40; 15; 60; Quinella: 979; Tanala: 21,280 (C.o). Fav: Major Attraction (4).

5. New Hope Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (8-7-5) Amazing Crown (Milan) 1; Runic Symbol 2; Bruce Wilis 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 2; (1-17.1). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 31; 31; 13; Quinella: 499; Tanala: 4,144. Fav: Bruce Wilis (5).

6. Dodabetta Cup 1,800m: (3-5-6) Our Ambition (Rajendra S.) 1; Zaryad 2; Prospectors Delite 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1-1/2; (2-2.6). Tote: Win Rs 94; Place: 28; 36; 56; Quinella: 454; Tanala: 17,887. Fav: Our Ambition (3).

7. Madukarai Plate 1,600m: (2-6-9) Minstrel Star (Kariappa) 1; Signal Tap 2; Unaproachable 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 4-1/2; (1-44.8). Tote: Win Rs 106; Place: 26; 21; 34; Quinella: 259; Tanala: 26,584. Fav: Great Occasion (7).

8. Gray Hills Plate 1,400m: (2-6-4) De Qeust (Prem) 1; El Cid 2; Resist The Force 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-29.8). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 18; 26; Quinella: 112; Tanala: 390. Fav: El Cid (6).

Jackpot: Rs 18,100 (Carried over on May 12).

Treble: (i) Rs 4,212; (ii) Rs 11,044.


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