Stayback duo for first class games only
Md. Sporting escape amid rain
Nine share lead after third round
Jeev fails to make main draw
34 from Bangla qualify
In The City
Calcutta Racing/ Jinxed season set to start today
Mysore Races/ Classy Babe for RWITC Trophy

Calcutta, July 16: 
There is no more confusion. India’s one-day specialists (barring the injured Yuvraj Singh) will remain in England with the Test squad without actually being part of it.

They can play first class games so that the Test players don’t get overworked. This was decided after an emergent meeting of the national selection committee Tuesday.

Announcing this, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya added the decision had been taken to enable Mohammed Kaif and Dinesh Mongia stay in touch with the game ahead of September’s ICC Championship in Sri Lanka.

“The final Test against England ends on September 9 and our team reaches Colombo on September 11. India’s first match is on September 14. Kaif and Mongia won’t get much practice in India all this while. Staying with the Test party there will help them,” said the BCCI chief. “They will stay back so that they can avail the services provided by the physio and physical trainer.”

He informed Yuvraj would be out of cricket for three weeks and need physiotherapy after that. There was no announcement on whether he too would be sent to join the rest of the squad if he recovers quickly.

Dalmiya clarified the Test squad of 16 remains intact and whether Kaif or Mongia could be included in case of an emergency will be decided according to the situation.

“Kaif and Mongia are part of the contingent, not the squad. It was felt that since there are a number of players playing both Tests and ODIs, some of them may require rest by rotation. Kaif and Mongia could therefore play in the first class games.”

The same applies to bowlers, seamers, to be precise. The BCCI feels the faster bowlers would be under too much pressure and it would consider sending back-up bowlers from India, if required.

“The India under-19 team is also in England. If necessary, one of the pace bowlers from that team could be included in the senior contingent,” Dalmiya informed.

Apart from the four Tests, India will play five first class games, against West Indies A (match started Tuesday), Hampshire, Worcestershire, Essex and Derbyshire.

Tight schedule

Dalmiya supported eight captains who voiced their displeasure over the tight international calendar at the captains’ meeting with the ICC in London Monday. “I agree the schedule is tight, but what to do? All we are doing is fulfilling commitments.”    

Calcutta, July 16: 
Rain and an extremely questionable decision to abandon play because of that by referee Supriya Bhattacharya helped Mohammedan Sporting escape embarrassment against Super Division newcomers Ever Ready Association at the club ground Tuesday.

Fighting to erase a 0-2 deficit incurred as early as in the 24th minute, Mohammedan Sporting had pulled one back and were struggling to get another when the man in black decided to halt play amid a moderate drizzle. Play resumed after an eight-minute break, only to be stopped almost immediately again.

This time, without any apparent change in conditions, the referee called off the match after deliberating with the skippers for about five minutes. The reason, learnt later, was manifold — bad light, poor ground condition (ball not rolling near one penalty box) and markings turning invisible. The match lasted 62 minutes.

Elsewhere in the Maidan, the elements were not as penetrative to stop the other Super Division matches.

It was clarified that there was no appeal on the part of Mohammedan Sporting players to stop play and the referee used his discretion to review the situation.

This leads to a question. Without any visible deterioration in the conditions, how could things turn unplayable barely two minutes after the first stoppage?

The answer is difficult to come by and no points in guessing why. Big teams usually reap such benefits while playing the lesser teams. Ever Ready are Super Division debutants and it’s too early for them to even think of getting justice all the time.

There was actually a time when the elements were threatening to intervene, but it didn’t shower as heavily as it seemed it would and the light was never really a problem. The state of the turf was far from ideal but not unplayable by any stretch of imagination.

About marking, well, what does it take to mark the lines afresh?

Ever Ready, as expected, were livid and made their displeasure clear by asking the referee to rethink. As it often happens to smaller teams, their plea fell on deaf ears.

Time to talk about the match that will be recorded as a no-match. It was not easy going for Mohammedan Sporting and things in their midfield didn’t look better despite the inclusion of East Bengal discard Amit Das.

They attacked more but Dipendu Biswas failed to make two easy chances count and a shot by Habeeb Adenkule hit the horizontal.

Ever Ready, on the other hand, looked an organised side and tried to combat the weight of their rivals by having more men near the ball and playing short, neat passes to go on the counter. Debraj Chatterjee put them in the lead in the in the 19th minute before Mohun Bagan reject Bhabani Mohanty added another five minutes later.

It forced Mohammedan Sporting to step on the gas and Syed Rahim Nabi finally got the reducer a minute before the half-time whistle.


Ever READY: Debashish Ghatak; Dibakar Roy, Anupam Sarkar, Sandipan Das, Madhusudan Majumdar; Bimal Sarkar, Mohammed Rafiq, Debraj Chatterjee (Samarjit Chakraborty, 60), Suman Ghosh; Bhabani Mohanty, Amit Das.

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Imran Khan, Reaz-ul Mustafa, Hussain Mustafi, Habeeb Adenkule, Amandeep Singh (Biswanath Mondal, 60); Arunava Sarkar, Khemtang Paite, Amit Das; Abdulateef Seriki, Dipendu Biswas, Syed Rahim Nabi.

Referee: Supriya Bhattacharya.

Bhratri, E. Rly win

Bhrarti Sangha had Biman Mondal sent off in the 20th minute, but they still won 2-1, against FCI. Prakash Kolay and Omochi scored for Bhratri, while Biplab Kar scored for FCI.

Eastern Railway registered a 3-0 win over SAIL with goals from Samrat Roy Chowdhury, Saikat Mondal and Swapan Das.


Guwahati, July 16: 
Fide rated Raib Dhar, K. Sanjoy Singh, Sashank Singh, Nandan Buragohain and Twinkle Daulaguphu were among nine others who led the table with three points at the end of third round of the Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship in progress here at the Netajee Vidyapeet Railway HS School (NVRHSS), Maligaon.

Rajib of NVRHSS had the better of Angsuman Kaushik of Don Bosco High School, Jorhat in 56 moves of an irregular Sicilian. Playing black, Rajib avoided the skirmishes during the early part of middle game and moved his pieces with caution. In the second round encounter, Rajib beat Niraj Kalita of Cambridge Public School, Maligaon in 27 moves of a game which transposed into a Viena variation when the latter declined to enter into the complicated Alekhine’s defence.

Sanjoy of Kairang LP School, Imphal made mince-meat of Suranjana Talukdar of Disneyland High School, Beltola in 29 moves of a four knights game, an opening popular among the beginners. Earlier, handling the blackside, Sanjoy rounded off his second round match with Ananya Chakravorty of Faculty HS School, Amingaon in 29 moves of an irregular set-up which bore some characteristics of Sicilian defence.

Sashank of Nichols High School, Chatribari relegated Jintu Singh of Dispur Govt. HS School in 38 moves of a Pirc defence. Jintu aimlessly brought forward his pieces, thus losing his white initiative and allowing his experienced opponent to launch a direct attack on the kingside.

In the second round, Abhinandan Baruah of Army School, Narengi adopted a Ruy Lopez variation against Sashank but could not cope with the middle complexities and lost in 43 moves.

It was not ice creams and raspberries for Twinkle of Assam Valley School, Balipara who had to sweat it out to carve out a tactical victory over Manash Hazarika of Happy Child School, Ulubari in 52 moves of the Caro Kan defence. His second round victim was Partha Jyoti Borah.

Entries finally closed with 142 entrants who joined the third round with half point byes. Meanwhile, Coca Cola served all participants and their escorts soft drinks free.

Third round results

Angsuman Kaushik (2) lost to Rajib Dhar (3), K. Sanjoy Singh (3) beat Suranjan Talukdar (2), Jintu Singh (2) lost to Sashank Singh (3), Nandan Buragohain (3) beat Aditya Gogoi (2), Manash Hazarika (2) lost to Twinkle Daulaguphu (3), Swaraj Buragohain (3) beat Ankur Jyoti Borah (2), Hemanga Gogoi (2) lost to nirmal J. Sarmah (3), L. Shakespeare (3) beat Chirnajib Roy Medhi (2), L. Omeshor (2.5) drew with Gaurav P. Talukdar (2.5), N. Scientist (2.5) drew with Raktim K. Borah (2.5).


Calcutta, July 16: 
Jeev Milkha Singh returned a second round four-over 75 on day-two of the final stage of the British Open qualifiers, thereby failing to make it to the main draw of the major. The British Open commences at Muirfield Thursday.

According to information received here, Jeev, playing the Gullane No. 1 course, gave himself a good platform to make it to his second straight major championship with an opening-round 68. However, his second round 75 Monday put paid to his dreams of playing his second successive major championship.

Last month, Jeev became the first Indian to qualify for the prestigious US Open, later following it up with another first for Indian golf by making the cut in the major.

The Gullane No. 1 was one of the four courses hosting the British Open final qualifiers. As many as 384 players were chasing as few as 24 spots on the first round draw of the Open. The top six were selected from each of the four courses.

Among the big names who passed the final qualifying test were former Walker Cup player, Luke Donald, former USPGA Champion, Steve Elkington and Andrew Coltart.


Calcutta, July 16: 
The Indian Pro Golfers’ Association has come of age, with its own qualifying school, so to say. And Nurul-Islam Gani of Bangladesh stole the show with a consistent display over four days to emerge triumphant in this qualifying school for the 2002-03 season’s Hero Honda Golf Tour.

Gani’s winning tally of five-over 289, earned him Indian Rs 12,000, according to information reaching here.

The qualifying school for the 2002-03 Hero Honda Golf Tour season was conducted at the par-71 Rambagh Golf Club, in the northern Indian city of Jaipur. The earlier two editions (2000-01 & 2001-02) were held in Pune.

The top-34 players in the final qualifying school earned exemptions to play 18-hole tournaments on the Hero Honda Golf Tour.

Delhi’s Balbir Singh Verma finished second at 290 while Bangalore’s S. Madhaiah and Chennai’s S. Murthy finished third at 291. While Verma got to take home Rs 9,000, Madhaiah and Murth pocketed Rs 7,500 each.

As many as 329 entries were received of who 65 received exemption into the final stages.


July 16: 

Nikhil Haldipur unlikely

The CAB will announce this week or early next week a list of probables for an invitational meet organised by the Karnataka State Cricket Association from August 1. The CAB team will also take part in the Buchi Babu meet in Chennai and the Moin-ud-Doullah Gold Cup in Hyderabad. As per early indications, Nikhil Haldipur’s chances of getting selected, even in the list of probables, look slim. Among newcomers, Soujan Biswas and Anirban Chatterjee are likely to be considered.

Bagan case

The IFA joint-secretary Ranjit Gupta and Mohun Bagan’s general secretary Anjan Mitra appeared before the high court on Tuesday regarding a case filed by a section of club members, says our Law Reporter. The dispute is about the club using the name of its sponsors. The division bench headed by M.H.S. Ansari exempted Mitra and Gupta from further personal appearances, but directed club assistant secretary Kesto Pal to appear before it on July 22.


SOCCER: Calcutta League — Super Div.: Tollygunge vs Port Trust (Howrah). 1st div., grp A: Rajasthan vs George Telegraph (Md. Sp.); Railway FC vs Customs (SAP I); West Bengal Police vs City AC (Belgharia); Sonali Shibir vs Peerless (EB); Wari AC vs Mohammedan AC (MB); BNR vs Laighat Club (Shyamnagar Tarun Sangha). Matches from 3.30 pm.

TABLE TENNIS: CCD-organised meet at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.


Calcutta, July 16: 
Weather having improved considerably, one, finally, expect an otherwise jinxed monsoon racing season getting a start on Wednesday. The first two meets had to be cancelled owing to syces stir followed it by the heat and humid conditions. Nevertheless, the victory of Bharath Singh’s colt Alcalde, partnered by C. Alford in the Midnight Cowboy Cup, is all geared up to bag the first trophy of the season.

Read as: Horse nos, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.25 p.m

Satellite Handicap 1,100m (Cl V; Rt 18 & below) — Indian jockeys only
1 0000 April Ace [Rodrigues] B. Gurang 60.0 4
2 4444 Castle Moon [Karki] Amjad K. 59.5 2
3 0000 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Jayaprakash 58.0 5
4 0000 Iron Warrior [Rodrigues] Upadhya 55.0 1
5 4200 Don Vittorio [Bath] S. Shanker 53.5 3

1. Don Vittorio (5) 2. global harmony (3) 3. castle moon (2)

Don Vittorio: Looking well. May notch up his maiden win if he does not bleed. Global Harmony: May go close to the winner. Castle Moon: Upset, if any.

2nd Race at 1.55 p.m

Midnight Cowboy Cup 1,200m (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over))
1 0120 Beneficent [Rodrigues] Merchant 60.0 1
2 1110 Alcalde [Bharath] C. Alford 55.0 2
3 - - 10 Acute [Bharath] S. Rabani 52.0 3

1. alcalde (2) 2. beneficent (1)

Alcalde: Looking well and favoured at the weights, too. Beneficent: May have to defy the handicap disadvantage.

3rd Race at 2.30 p.m.

Moon Fairy Handicap 1,100m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) — Indian jockeys only
1 1010 Revolution [Karki] Amjad K. 60.0 5
2 4040 Sky Command [Mujeeb] S. Rabani 58.0 8
3 4000 Arctic Fancy [Rodrigues] A. P. Singh 57.0 7
4 3302 Queen’s Logic [Bharath] M. Maseyk 52.0 3
5 0413 Tajik [R. Alford] S. Tamang 52.0 2
6 2100 Sergeant Slipper [Rodrigues] S. Salam 51.0 4
7 2420 Winning Hand [Javed] Som S. 51.0 6
8 3321 Assertive Dancer [Rodrigeus] Merchant 49.0 1
9 2040 Sovereign Bullet [Rodrigues] Surender. 48.5 9

1. assertive dancer (8) 2. winning hand (7) 3. sky command (2)

Assertive Dancer: A good second in the ‘Million.’ May overcome the sprint disadvantage. Winning Hand: Betrter suited to sprints. Sky Command: May place.

4th Race at 3.00 p.m.

Adelina Cup 1,400m (Cl V; maiden 3-y-o only Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 - 042 Musician [Bharath] S. Rabani 60.0 3
2 ---- Adducer [Bharath] S. Domingo 58.5 4
3 0443 Social Girl [Rodrigues] Merchant 57.0 2
4 0200 Moon Quest [Rodrigues] Asghar 56.5 6
5 0002 Mahika’s Pet [R. Alford] Rutherford 55.0 5
6 0004 Pehlvan [Bharath] Md Islam 55.0 1

1. Social Girl (3) 2. Mahika’s Pet (5) 3. Pehlvan (6)

Social Girl: Enjoys marginal weight advantage over Mahika’s Pet. Mahika’s Pet: May go close to the winner. Pehlvan: May place.

5th Race at 3.30 p.m.

Flower Dust Cup 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28)
1 0111 Blessed Spirit [Jaiswal] Rutherford 60.0 5
2 0030 Impressive Prince [Rodrigues] Asghar 59.0 2
3 4320 Bay Dragon [Rodrigues] Md Yasin 57.0 3
4 0000 Dictate [Mujeeb] Haroon K. 49.0 4
5 0000 Scenic Song [Mujeeb] Md Amil 47.5 1

1. Bay Dragon (3) 2. blessed spirit (1) 3. scenic song (5)

Bay Dragon: Ideally placed at the weights and looking well, too. Blessed Spirit: An eight-year-old. May need to produce his winter form. Scenic Song: May upset.

6th Race at 4.00 p.m.

Star Flame Cup 1,100m (Cl II; Rt. 66-94)
1 1100 Dancing Dreams [R. Alford] Rutherford 60.0 3
2 2020 Ballet Master [Rodrigues] Merchant 59.5 6
3 1010 Argolis [Rodrigues] B. Gurang 56.0 4
4 2100 Illustrious Reign [Jiaswal] R. Koch 52.5 5
5 1000 Scarlet Raider [Rodrigues] Md Yasin 51.5 2
6 1130 Discomatic [Rodrigues] Md Yacoob 49.5 1

1. Ballet Master (2) 2. Dancing Dreams (1) 3. Illustrious Reign (4)

Ballet Master: Has crossed swords with upper class horses. Dancing Dreams: May trouble all if she produces her winter form. Illustrious Reign: Upset, if any.

7th Race at 4.30 p.m.

Bright Law Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50)— Indian jockeys only
1 4100 Declarationoflove [R. Alford] Rutherford 60.5 5
2 1100 Rare Gold [Mujeeb] Md Amil 57.5 8
3 4000 Ace of Spades [Rodrigues] Upadhya 56.0 3
4 ---- Flossy [Javed] R. Gowli 55.5 6
5 0000 Yukon [Rodrigues] A. P. Singh 54.5 4
6 0030 Simply Monarch [Rodrigues] R. Ahmed 53.5 7
7 3233 Tequila Shot [Bath] S. Shanker 53.5 9
8 0040 Schumacher [Rodrigues] S. Salam 52.5 2
9 1233 Star Selection [Rodrigues] Merchant 52.5 1
10 0000 Crowned Prince [Rodrigues] Md Yasin 49.0 10
11 1030 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] Brij S. 48.0 11
12 0000 New Fortune [Rodrigues] Md Yacoob 47.0 12

1. Star Selection (9) 2. Yukon (5) 3. Rare Gold (2)

Star Selection: Finished close to Assertive Dancer in the Million. Merits regard. Yukon: Looks like he has regained Mumbai form. Rare Gold: Upset, if any.

Day’s Best: Star Selection

Double: Alcalde & Assertive Dancer

Mysore, July 16: 
An impressive winner on her debut run, Classy Babe looks all set to win the 1,100m Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd. Trophy on Wednesday here. A. Imran Khan partners the R. Shanker-trained three-year-old filly.


2.15 pm: Surf Rider 1. Little Brave 2. Omni Presence 3.
2.45 pm: Dilmerub 1. Silver Touch 2. Chandana 3.
3.15 pm: Good Win 1. Lost Horizon 2. Tequila Ride 3.
3.45 pm: Chity Bang 1. Baaja Bajaav 2. Chuck Berry 3.
4.15 pm: Classy Babe 1. Noble Priest 2. Sizzling Beauty 3.
4.45 pm: Cash Run 1. Anjaam 2. King Athlete 3.
5.15 pm: Smokester 1. Tattoo 2. Waves of Emotion 3.

Day’s Best: Classy Babe

Double: Good Win & Chity Bang

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