Mohun Bagan begin with easy win
Second seed Sanjoy takes lead
Pace wing put on hold
Shamim leads, Digvijay slips
Tanya takes junior title
16 teams in fray
In The City
Bangalore Races/ Silvertre all set to amend failure
Pune Racing/ Lucky Strike triumphs
Track trials/ Magnifico impresses

 
 
MOHUN BAGAN BEGIN WITH EASY WIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Jose Ramirez Barreto started from where he had left off last season as he ensured an easy 3-1 victory for Mohun Bagan in their opening Super League encounter at the club ground Friday.

It was the super touch of Barreto that set up Basudeb Mondal for the first goal, while the Brazilian himself scored the second. The third was netted by Sheikh Sanjeeb before Bhratri Sangha’s Iranian defender Riyadh Ahmed got a reducer in the dying minutes.

Though Mohun Bagan came away with a fancy scoreline, the 3-5-2 system which coach Subrata Bhattacharya is trying to implement, came under serious pressure quite a few times.

For such a ploy to succeed, the wing-halfs should be fast and energetic enough to fall back, but neither Dulal Biswas nor Lolendra Singh were successful on the first day of the experiment.

Therefore, holes appeared in the defensive formation and with a little more potency in attack, Bhratri Sangha could have forced a different scoreline.

However, for a mediocre team like Bhratri Sangha, it was impossible to sustain the pressure of such quality players like Barreto and Basudeb. Even newcomer Sunil Chettry was impressive during the 32 minutes he spent on the pitch.

After Amar Ganguly missed a sitter set up by the Brazilian in the 18th minute, Basudeb broke the deadlock in the 35th minute. Lolendra sent a ball into the penalty box from the left and a deft back-heel by Barreto opened up the goalmouth for Basudeb. The midfielder rushed in and took a powerful shot, which crashed into the net.

Six minutes later, the crowd once again witnessed the outstanding skill of Barreto. Receiving Sanjeeb’s pass in the penetrative zone, he threw the opposition defenders off-balance with an inside and outside dodge in minimum space and slotted the ball in with utmost ease.

With the match well in his pocket, coach Subrata brought in 18-year old Chettri in the second half. Some eight years back, a Sikkimese kid called Bhaichung Bhutia had made his debut in Calcutta football. After that, what happened is history.

The little bit of Chettry that was on display Friday, was enough to kindle similar hopes. On a turf not quite fit for quality soccer, Chettry’s clean first touch and some neat inside and outside dribbles on the run made the crowd crazy for more.

The third goal was set up by the baby-faced Darjeeling boy as his through found an unmarked Lolendra on the left in the 60th minute and the latter’s centre was pushed in by Sanjeeb.

Mohun Bagan, however, could not maintain a clean chit as a Dipankar Biswas flag-kick in the dying moments of the match found Riyadh, whose right-footer boomed into the net. Mohun Bagan’s new Nigerian central defender Yakubu looked a little slow and one felt the opposition was too feeble to judge his worth.

Koomaleswaran Shankar supervised the match and things were tight. “I am really happy with the ovation I got in Calcutta,” the referee said at the end of the match.

TEAMS

Mohun Bagan: Amit Singha Roy; Kajal Bhattacharya, Yakubu, Sumit Sen Gupta; Lolendra Singh, Jayanta Sen (Sunil Chettry, 58), Amar Ganguly (Gourav Dutta, 25), Dulal Biswas, Basudeb Mondal, Sheikh Sanjeeb, Jose Ramirez Barreto (Umesh Sharma, 65).

Bhratri Sangha: Rajnarayan Mukherjee; Babun Kar, Riyadh Ahmed, Sankar Das, Palash Karmakar (Prasenjit Das, 46); Dipankar Biswas, Ranjan Dey (Madhab Das, 79), Brajadulal Jana; Laltu Sarkar (Shyambabu Raut, 59), Amochi.

Referee: K. Shankar

   

 
 
SECOND SEED SANJOY TAKES LEAD 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
Guwahati, July 19: 
Last year’s champion and second seed K. Sanjoy Singh of Kairang Lower Primary School, Imphal, jolted overnight leader Nandan Buragohain of Nazira Higher Secondary & Multi-Purpose School, Sibsagar, in the ninth round to snatch the lead in The Telegraph Schools’ Chess championship Friday.

Sanjoy now has eight-and-half points, while half-a-point behind him are Nandan and Troilokya Nanda of Edith Douglas School, Jorhat, who triumphed over Debananda Singh of Banskandhi High School, Ranipur. Debananda is now among a group of five players with seven points.

Playing with black pieces, Sanjoy exhibited rare end-game skill as he sallied his queen bishop with the support of his king.

In the resultant position from a Scotch Opening, white was left with pawns on c3 and b3, while black had one pawn on c5 and a bishop and the position did not seem likely for an easy win for black.

On the 48th move, Nandan advanced the b4 pawn, but had Sanjoy exchanged the pawn, the game would have petered out into a draw.

The Imphal boy coolly avoided it and advanced his pawn to c4. Moves that followed saw two white pawns tumble one after another and Nandan conceded the point on the 53rd move.

Nandan chose to split the point with Debananda in the eighth round to move into the ninth round with seven-and-half points.

Sanjoy had earlier thumped third seed Sashank Singh of Nichols High School, Chatribari, to move to seven-and-half.

Handling white, Troilokya coasted to a tactical victory over Debananda, cashing in on some opening errors in a much-analysed Ruy Lopez deviation. Black sat helpless as white had two pawns on f and g files lunging forward to queen themselves and finally resigned on the 23rd move. In the eighth round, Troilokya beat L. Shakespeare of Louis English School, Imphal.

Round IX results

Nandan Buragohain (7.5) lost to K. Sanjoy Singh (8), Troilokya Nanda (7.5) beat Debananda Singh (7), Rajib Dhar (7) beat Nirmal Jyoti Sharma (6.5), Ranbir Chakma (6) lost to Sashank Singh (7), Swaraj Buragohain (6) lost to Jibananda Singh (7), L. Shakespeare (6) lost to N Scientist (7), Durlov Nanda (6.5) beat Gaurav P. Talukdar (6), L Omeshor (5.5) lost to Partha Pratim Dutta (6.5), Ch. Birbal (6.5) beat Prabin K. Singh (5.5) and Manash P. Hazarika (6) drew with Montu Hatimuria (6).

   

 
 
PACE WING PUT ON HOLD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
The pace wing planned by the BCCI at Bangalore for the World Cup will not be functional in the immediate future. According to sources in the BCCI, due to the tremendous time constraint, the plan has been put on hold.

“Most of the players will be away on tour and there will not be much time for the pace wing,” the source added.

The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya had earlier announced that Kapil Dev will be in charge of the wing with Robin Singh and Sunil Walson as assistants.

Under them, ten top pace bowlers of the country were scheduled to train for the World Cup.

Bengal team

The CAB has delayed naming the Bengal squad for an invitational tournament to be played in Bangalore next month.

A senior CAB official informed that a discussion took place on Friday in the presence of the selectors, but the squad could not be announced.

It was learnt that there was disagreement over the selection of some senior players. There were deliberations over the right blend of seniors and juniors in the team.

The squad is expected next week. The tournament starts August 1.

Tour of Singapore

The Stallion Cricket Club will tour Singapore on an invitational tour in September. Former Bengal medium-pacer Satinder Singh, the coach of the team, informed that a selection trial will take place in the last week of August.

National selector Ashok Malhotra will be a part of the selection committee. East Bengal medium-pacer Abdul Munayam will lead the team.

Others expected to make the squad are Shib Sagar Singh, Dharmendra Singh and Wrichik Mazumder. Dipak Ghosh will be the manager of the team for the tour.

   

 
 
SHAMIM LEADS, DIGVIJAY SLIPS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Shamim Khan shot a three-under to snatch the lead at the halfway stage of the Rs 15 lakh Royal Springs Open being played at the par-72 Royal Springs Course in Srinagar Friday. According to information received here, the youngster has a tally of eight-under 136 after the second round.

Harmeet Kahlon is a stroke behind the leader. The reigning Hero Honda Masters champion added a 69 to his Thursday’s 68. Firoz Ali was third at six-under 138. Delhi youngster Jaiveer Virk, who finished third in the Sher-e-Kashmir Open here last year, shot the day’s best of five-under 67 to join Pappan at the fourth place with 139.

Overnight leader Digvijay Singh had a terrible day off the tee and made two double bogeys after going well into the left rough on the 14th and eighth holes. The Meerut-based player dropped four strokes in his last four holes to card a dismal two-over 74. He is four strokes behind the leader at 140 with four others.

The cut was applied at eight-over 152 and 52 pros made it to the weekend rounds.

Jyoti Randhawa started with a double bogey and then made just one birdie in a round of one-over 73 that took his tally to two-under 142. Gaurav Ghei, after a forgettable first day, was in his elements with a four-under 68. Mukesh Kumar shot a two-under 70 after his disastrous 77 yesterday.

Shamim, who made a hole-in-one Thursday, was consistency personified as he made five birdies and two bogeys. He started on the tenth tee with a birdie and was even-par at the turn with bogeys on the 14th and 18th and a birdie on the 17th where he sank a 12-footer putt. On the back-nine he birdied the first, seventh and ninth holes.

Kahlon went bogey-free for the second successive day. He started with nine straight pars and then made birdies on the tenth, 11th and 14th holes for a three-under 69.

   

 
 
TANYA TAKES JUNIOR TITLE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Tanya Wadhwa, the prodigiously talented Indian junior golfer who prides herself on sharing the same initials as Tiger Woods, recorded a historic win in the 9-10 age group category of the 2002 Callaway Junior World Championships on Thursday, according to reports received here.

The David Ledbetter coached Tanya, the youngest in her category, recorded a winning tally of 15-under 162, a record in that age-group category.

The tournament, being held at the par-58 Singing Hills Golf Course, Pine Glen, USA is considered a vital stepping stone up the golfing hierarchy in the United States. Among previous winners in the 9-10 category is Tanya’s golfing hero Tiger Woods. Woods returned back-to-back wins in 1984 and ‘85.

Nine-year old Tanya returned scores of 52, 54 and 56 in three rounds to beat Kline Mackinzie of Encinitas, California by a whopping seven strokes. Last year, Tanya had returned a third place finish in the under-eight category at the same tournament.

The cut was applied after two rounds at five-over 121 and the top 17 golfers made it to the third and final round.

   

 
 
16 TEAMS IN FRAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Sixteen teams will take part in the All-India and South Asia Rugby Cup at the CC&FC from August 17 to 24.

One team from Sri Lanka — Ceylon Planters’ Society Combined XV — will take part. Six city teams will be in the fray — CC&FC, LMOB, Kolkata Police, Young Rugby, Future Hope and Sergeants’ Institute. The other teams include defending champions Bombay Gymkhana, Greater Mumbai Police, Maharashtra State Police, Magic Bus (Delhi), RFU (Orissa), RFA (TN), RFU (Bangalore), RFC and Manipur Rugby Club.

The seven-a-side tournament will be played on August 23.

   

 
 
IN THE CITY 
 
 
 
July 19: 

Bhratri’s Nigerian in IFA squad

Dulal Biswas has been named captain of the IFA XI headed for South Africa. The 18-member squad was announced on Friday with Bhratri Sangha’s Nigerian striker, Amochi, being the only foreigner. The squad leaves Tuesday.

The squad — Sudip Sarkar, Sandip Nandy, Dulal Biswas, Lolendra Singh, Sandip Das, Ashim Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, Dipendu Biswas, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Aneet Ghosh, Alvito de Cunha, Rabi Karmakar, Sandip Ghosh, Malsawmtluanga, Rahim Nabi, Amochi, M. Suresh, Sujoy Dutta.

Mayor’s XI

An under-19 Mayor XI for the Dana Cup in Denmark and the Norway Cup was announced Friday. Announcing the team, mayor Subrata Mukherjee said the team, coached by Goutam Sarkar, would leave on Sunday.

The squad — Kamal Biswas, Bishnu Soren, Abhishek Aich, Indranarayan Pal, Sanjoy Sarkar, Bisesh Mondal, Rajiv Ahmed, Dinesh Biswas, Joydeb Bose, Amit Poddar, Suman Dutta, Mithun Saha, Jamidul Mullick, Chaitan Mandi, Samir Sarkar, Sujit Das, Sandip Karmakar.

Table tennis

Ranabir Das will meet Shibaji Dutta in the final of the CCD table tennis meet Saturday. In the semis, Ranabir beat Snehashish Bhattacharya 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7, while Shibaji overcame Anirban Nandy 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5. Samapika Pal faces Ria Dasgupta in the women’s final.

Pitch queered

A Group A match between Milan Bithee and Calcutta Customs was abandoned at the end of the first half on Friday after the referee found the ground unfit for play. The score was 0-0.

TODAY IN SPORT

FOOTBALL: Calcutta League, 1st Div., Grp A: Sonali Shibir vs City AC (MB), Peerless SC vs BNR (SAP I), Mohammedan AC vs Kalighat Club (EBl). Grp B: Aikya Sammilani vs Victoria SC (Md.Sp.), Sporting Union vs Garalgachha SC (Rabindra Sarobar). Matches from 3.30 pm.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ SILVERTRE ALL SET TO AMEND FAILURE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, July 19: 
The Rashid Byramji-ward Silvertre, who let down a host of supporters last time out due to bad handling of jockey Harish, looks set to make amends for the failure in the 1,200m S. M. Ramakrishna Rao Memorial Cup on Saturday here.

In great heart, the Alnasr Alwasheek-Queen To Conquer filly may come up with some resistance from the top weighted Flying Scotsman and Joe The Pro who is well placed at weights, but now with the strong assistance from Pesi Shroff in the saddle, the filly may make no mistake.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Truffles 1. Coco Beach 2. Katina 3.
2.30 pm: Mythical Star 1. Adolfito 2.
3 pm: Sushmitha 1. Silver Feathers 2. Bacardi Star 3.
3.30 pm: Welsh Dancer 1. Streak of Fire 2. Royal Contender 3.
4 pm: Silvertre 1. Flying Scotsman 2. Joe The Pro 3.
4.30 pm: Another Time 1. Original Sin 2. Adarco 3.
5 pm: Blush With Pride 1. Star Diamond 2. Bin Tin Tin 3.
5.30 pm: Arctic Snow 1. Galaxie Dust 2. Banzai 3.

Day’s Best: Silvertre

Double: Welsh Dancer & Another Time
   

 
 
PUNE RACING/ LUCKY STRIKE TRIUMPHS 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, July 19: 
Lucky Strike, from trainer Altaf Hussain’s yard, scored a fluent victory in the 1,400m Great Guns Plate, the main event at the Pune races held on Friday. P. Kamlesh partnered the four-year-old filly by Alnasr Alwa-sheek out of Bazooka Babe.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Ajaya Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (8-5-6) Don’t Look Twice (Appu) 1; Furiously 2; Skip Out Front 3. Not run: Track Cruiser (10). Won by: 5; 3; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 11; 13; 38; Quinella: 24; Shp: 32; Tanala: 221. Fav: Don’t Look Twice (8).

2. Adam’s Glory Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (1-3-4) Command Zone (Belose) 1; Music Prospector 2; Always Certain 3. Won by: 1/2; 4-3/4; (1-28.2). Tote: Win Rs 267; Place: 22; 11; 22; Quinella: 77; Shp: 60; Tanala: 4,228. Fav: Music Prospector (3).

3. Adam’s Glory Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (7-4-2) Fairy Goddess (Aadesh) 1; Crepine 2; Revenger 3. Won by: Hd; 3-1/4; (1-30). Tote: Win Rs 117; Place: 17; 20; 26; Quinella: 620; Shp: 41; Tanala: 14,539. Fav: Precious Pearl (8).

4. Ajaya Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (1-2-6) Jaannisar (Nirmal) 1; The Flying Star 2; Harry Potter 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 4-1/4; (1-8.6). Tote: Win Rs 116; Place: 19; 24; 19; Quinella: 457; Shp: 53; Tanala: 4,383. Fav: Active Warrior (3).

5. Great Guns Plate 1,400m: (2-4-11) Lucky Strike (Kamlesh) 1; Aphaia 2; Darksideofthemoon 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-27.5). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 15; 17; 70; Quinella: 36; Shp: 41; Tanala: 1,654. Fav: Lucky Strike (2).

6. So Smitten Plate 1,000m: (14-4-1) Tarragona (Kamlesh) 1; Sheer Silver 2; Secret Path 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 3-1/4; (1-1.3). Tote: Win Rs 89; Place: 23; 11; 16; Quinella: 62; Shp: 36; Tanala: 502. Fav: Sheer Silver (4).

7. Mrag Lochnee Plate 1,200m: (7-4-11) The Avenger (Prakash) 1; Dreams To Reality 2; Discover 3. Not run: Wordsworth (1). Won by: 4; 1-1/4; (1-13). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 11; 13; 222; Quinella: 29; Shp: 42; Tanala: 1,470. Fav: Dreams To Reality (4).

8. Incence Plate 1,600m: (4-10-1) Full Reason (Belose) 1; Fidillo 2; Pique 3. Won by: 5; 1; (1-42.4). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 15; 25; 45; Quinella: 110; Shp: 75; Tanala: 2,563. Fav: Full Reason (4).

Jackpot: Rs 26,797; (C) Rs 2,330.

Treble: (i) Rs 13,975; (ii) Rs 650.
   

 
 
TRACK TRIALS/ MAGNIFICO IMPRESSES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Magnifico and Prince of Fashion were impressive from among the following horses seen exercising on Friday morning:.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Magnifico (C. Alford) in 2-1; (400m) 34s. Eased up in the home straight. Callisto (C. Alford) in 2-5s; (400m) 35s. Very easy. Cupola (F. Khan) in 2-6s; (400m) 35s. Went at easy pace.

1,200m: No Regrets (Gowli) and Venus (Som S.) in 1-39s; (400m) 31s. They were level and were easy. Prince of Fashion (Tamang) in 1-39s; (400m) 29s. Moved attractively.

800m: Midas Touch (Gurang) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. Unextended.

400m: Amber Dancer (Yasin) in 31s.

Sand track

1,000m: Brave Venture (Asghar) and Bird’s Empire (Yasin) in 1-25s; (400m) 32s.

400m: Lawyer’s Love (Rb) in 30s.

On Thursday, outer sand track

Cupola and Lively Project worked well.

1,000m: Cupola (F. Khan) in 1-16s; (400m) 29s. Moved impressively.

800m: My Opinion (Amjad) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Mack The Knife (Rutherford) and Kargil Soldier (F. Khan) in 1-15s; (400m) 31s. They finished level. They were easy. A 3-y-o by Forest Fire/Gold Souk (Tamang) in 46s; (400m) 30s.

400m: Leading Conquest (Jaiswal) and Wandering Warrior (Koch) in 32s. They went level. Cool Quest (Jaiswal) and Flinders (Koch) in 29s. They finished level. They were easy.

Monsoon track

1,000m: Endless Surprise (Islam) in 1-15s; (400m) 29s. Moved well.

800m: Alamito (Rabani) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s.

600m: Ashbury (Rabani) in 45s; (400m) 29s.

Sand track

1,200m: Kyalami (Tamang) in 1-35s; (400m) 30s.

800m: Reine Beau (Kujur) in 1-2s; (400m) 31s.

600m:Lively Project (Yasin) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Good.

Mock race on Wednesday

Monsoon track

1,200m: Flame Bird (Gowli) and Grand Lodge (Som S.) in 1-22.6; (400m) 27s. They finished level .    

 

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