Ancheri may have said final farewell to city
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Easy win for Perfect Parade

Calcutta, May 8: 
It is probably the end of the road for Jo Paul Ancheri, or the former India captain seems heading towards a cul-de-sac.

His leg injury refuses to heal. And as if that was not enough, that ‘celebrated duo’ syndrome that he enjoyed along with statemate I.M. Vijayan, cuts no ice no more. Nobody is interested in hiring this game-making line, nobody in the Maidan, at least.

He may be struggling to get a team for the ensuing season but Ancheri has almost decided that he will not be returning to this city any more. That chapter, he told The Telegraph over telephone from Thrissur Wednesday, is virtually over.

The Keralite, however, is not giving up on his career. “I’m ready to play even for a second-division club, if they are ready to pay me more”, he said. The desperation is understandable, so is the grief.

“I am recuperating. But it will take me at least another one and-a-half months to be match-fit,” Ancheri said.

That depends on how many such ‘matches’ he will be able to play in next season.

East Bengal, his previous assignment, were reportedly frustrated with the player’s injury-prone contribution and are not keen on extending the contract with him this season.

With National League champions Mohun Bagan also not interested in him, the play-maker’s stint with Calcutta seems over.

“We asked him (Ancheri) to call us up by April 30, but he did not get in touch,” an East Bengal official said. “We also made the effort of ringing him up once the deadline was over, but we did not find him at home.” The club official also took umbrage at Ancheri’s insistence on keeping Vijayan with him.

Ancheri claimed he has got offers from Vasco SC and Mahindra United, but refused to go into details. Whatever his decision, he just might want to have a last go with East Bengal before saying his final goodbye. “The decision will also be based on the financial perspective,” he said.

Ancheri is finally getting to know that the ‘duo’ syndrome is perhaps pulling him down too. Vijayan, once India’s most charismatic striker has been rather inconsistent lately and has been dubbed a major failure for the past couple of years. Ancheri seems aware that Vijayan’s lack of form, couple with some family problems may lead to an unwelcome break in the phenomenal bond.


Calcutta, May 8: 

East Bengal reach P. Sen Trophy final

A spirited all-round performance from Sanjeeb Sanyal could not stop East Bengal from moving into the finals of P. Sen Trophy, Wednesday. The Kalighat all-rounder scored a quick-fire 51 and backed it up with three wickets from 45 runs on a lifeless Eden Gardens track. But East Bengal put up a tight show to beat Kalighat by six wickets.

Batting first, Kalighat put up 235 for seven in 50 overs, captain Safi Ahmed making 56 not out. He was backed up by Sanyal and Md. Ziauddin (47) to give his team’s total a look of respectability. Ziauddin has been a consistent performer throughout the season and might just get a Bengal call-up with the dearth of openers affecting the state side.

However, a second string East Bengal team was good enough for the mediocre Kalighat attack, which lacked punch. Prasenjit Ganguly played a wonderful knock of an unbeaten 66 while Uday Srivastav chipped in with 53. None of the bowlers except Sanyal could make any impression on the East Bengal batsmen whatsoever.

Customs’ title hopes recede

Calcutta Port Trust dealt a severe blow to Customs’ BHA Group A title hopes when they beat the latter by two goals at the Mohun Bagan ground Wednesday. Junas Bara and Mukti scored the goals. Rajinder Singh of Customs was shown the red card when he flung the yellow card shown to him by umpire Akbar Ali into the ground. It was told that the umpires will submit a report against the player and Singh’s fate will be decided in the league sub-committee meeting.

Meanwhile, SAI thrashed Howrah Union 9-0 in a one-sided match at the East Bengal ground. Sanjay Tirkey and Thomas Nag scored three goals each while Samar Horo netted a brace. P. Ekka scored the ninth goal.

In a Group B match at the Mohammedan Sporting ground, Police AC beat Barranagore 2-0.

Asian GP on May 18

The Asian Athletics Grand Prix will take place at Hyderabad on May 18 where top athletes from Asia are scheduled to take part. A new international stadium will also be opened at Hyderabad with the opening ceremony of the tournament. There will be nine events for men and six events for women in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the state athletics championships will take place at the Salt Lake Stadium from May 9 to 12. Thirty-three teams comprising 850 participants will take part and they will be divided into 10 groups.

However, top four junior and eight senior athletes will not be able to take part in the tournament because they will be busy at the national camp.


Percept, the well-known entertainment and event-management company, has joined hands with Tiger Sports, India’s number one golf management group.

Speaking on this occasion, Shailendra Singh, joint MD Percept said, “This decision will open up a world of opportunities in sporting events, especially golf.”

Bagan win

Mohun Bagan maintained a clean chit in the women’s football league when they beat Nabajanma 4-0 at the SAI ground. All the goals were scored in the second half.

Meanwhile, Friends Organisation did not turn up in the ground giving a walk-over to Bidyut Sporting.


Soccer: Women’s league: Bally Gramanchal KS vs Youth Footballers WA (SAI). Rampur MS vs Samannoy Kasba (Howrah Stadium). All matches from 4 pm.

Cricket: Milo School Cricket

Hockey: BHA Group A: BSF South Bengal vs Howrah Union (East Bengal). Group B: Chotonagpur RC vs Wari (Mohammedan Sporting). All matches from 3:30 pm.


Chennai, May 8: 
Trained B. Suresh, Perfect Parade easily carried the public-purse to victory in the Green fields Plate at the Udhagamandalam races held on Wednesday. Venkatesh partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Dolphine’s Nose Plate 1,800m: (10-4-5) Alminstar (Ross) 1; Arctic Charmer 2; Majestic Star 3. Won by: SH; 3/4; (2-2.4). Tote: Win Rs 150; Place: 39; 33; 22; Quinella: 365; Tanala: 7,220 (C.o). Fav: Pride of Kings (7).

2. Podanur Plate 1,400m: (5-8-11) Family Fortune (Kariappa) 1; Signal Tap 2; Unaproachable 3. Won by: 1; Hd; (1-31.8). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 14; 26; 18; Quinella: 101; Tanala: 703. Fav: Signal Tap (8).

3. Gudalore Plate 1,800m: (5-6-7) Minstrel Star (D. Prakash) 1; El Cid 2; Lady Gibraltar 3. Won by: Dist; 8; (2-10). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 11; 22; 13; Quinella: 110; Tanala: 416. Fav: Lady Gibraltar (7).

4. Tusker Trials Plate 1,400m: (4-3-6) Capitulate (Senthil) 1; Mountain Memory 2; Falcon Fly 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-32). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 16; 17; 157; Quinella: 105; Tanala: 1,325. Fav: Fighting Brave (11).

5. Green Fields Plate 1,300m: (5-3-7) Perfect Parade (Venkat-esh) 1; Kings Ivory 2; Welsh Dancer 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-17.9). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 25; 55; Quinella: 53; Tanala: 485. Fav: Trojan Desert (2).

6. Kodanad Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (16-8-13) Supreme Challenger (Murugan) 1; Make A Million 2; Fleeting Glimpse 3. Not run: Flirting Quest (5). Won by: 8; 1-1/2; (1-30.1). Tote: Win Rs 202; Place: 62; 42; 192; Quinella: 3,140; Tanala: 18,900 (C.o). Fav: Airs Image (4).

7. Kodanad Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (13-11-12) Victory Arch (Venkatesh) 1; Connected Boy 2; Stary Way 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-33.4). Tote: Win Rs 90; Place: 21; 43; 113; Quinella: 1,090; Tanala: 9,922. Fav: Bold Statement (15).

8. Kodanad Plate, Div-III 1,400m: (9-11-3) Diamond Treasure (Cornelius) 1; Global Affair 2; Money Matters 3. Not run: Icelandic Hope (6) & Ganga Angel (10). Won by: 1/2; Nk; (1-33.9). Tote: Win Rs 163; Place: 31; 19; 90; Quinella: 688; Tanala: 36,050 (Carried over). Fav: High Clarity (12). (Note: The winner survived objection).

Jackpot: Rs 14,700 (Carried over on May 12).

Treble: (i) Rs 333; (ii) Rs 10,890 (Carried over the second treble on May 12).

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