D’Cunha fires a brace
Bagan strike twice in second half
Top seed survives another scare
Title for Vijay
Pune Racing/ Romantic Heights may strike
Calcutta Racing/ Arbello, Regency Times shine
Pune Racing/ Salt Lake triumphs

 
 
D’CUNHA FIRES A BRACE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 17: 
Irrespective of the heavens choosing to be merciless or the fans pouring into the stadium in thousands, the CFL Super Division fails to dazzle. As a brand new season of the English Premier League kicked off Saturday, our very own powerhouse East Bengal blanked Food Corporation of India (FCI) 3-0 without any hint of vintage stuff at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Alvito D’Cunha struck twice, Mike Okoro rounded off the tally with his only show of brilliance for the day. East Bengal now have 13 points from five outings.

East Bengal were hardly stretched as FCI failed to string together worthwhile moves. But the ‘big brothers’ were far fr- om impressive in their domination.

The start, though, was on a positive note with Okoro and D’Cunha both getting near the target in the opening minutes. And just an insipid, aimless FCI effort in the 19th minute, D’Cunha netted his first.

Receiving a long ball from the left, the former Salgaocar man struck a low left-footer to the left of a hapless Shibram Roy at goal.

Dipankar Roy, Chandan Das and Shankarlal Chakraborty did show signs of speed and deft touches from time to time, but there was an absolute lack of the finishing touch — a quality which would have given East Bengal a bigger victory and D’Cunha a tally of at least five.

In the 38th minute, Kulothungan sent a through pass from the centre to D’Cunha on the left. D’Cunha trapped it immaculately and struck a searing left-footer, beating the goalkeeper all ends up.

FCI threatened just once — a move made possible by the introduction of Sanjoy Majhi after the break.

The only livewire upfront headed a pass from the right in the 68th minute, the East Bengal goalkeeper somehow managing to get his hands to the ball.

A few minutes later, Okoro showed why he is rated so highly. As Suryabikash Chakraborty effected an accurate cross from the right, Okoro headed in from an acute angle — a dazzling effort to say the least.

This was his eighth goal in five games.

East Bengal won alright but they didn’t have to put in much effort. Not an encouraging build-up for Tuesday’s derby tie with Mohun Bagan.

Teams

East Bengal: Sandip Nandy; Suryabikash Chakraborty, Anit Ghosh, M. Suresh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; Shankarlal Chakraborty, Dipankar Roy (Malsawmtluanga, 73) Chandan Das, Alvito D’Cunha; Mike Okoro (Trijit Das, 78), Kulothungam (Subhash Chakraborty 45).

FCI: Shibram Roy; Dipendu Roy (Tapan Das, 56), Tapan Giri, Dipak Mohato, Ranavijay Singh; Satyajit Bose, Nilabha Chakraborty, Bidyut Dey Biswas, Saikat Pal (Sanjib Pal, 67); Hidyatullah (Sanjoy Majhi, 45), Sanjib Mishra.

Referee: Subrata Ray.

   

 
 
BAGAN STRIKE TWICE IN SECOND HALF 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 17: 
Mohun Bagan were made to work hard for their 2-0 victory against SAIL at home Saturday. Lolendra Singh and Sunil Chhetry struck in the second half to keep the green-and-maroon brigade within fighting distance of arch-rivals East Bengal before their derby clash Tuesday.

But the way the team (other than Jose Ramirez Barreto) performed, coach Subrata Bhattacharya may well have a couple of sleepless nights.

Mohun Bagan played in the 3-5-2 formation, Satyabrata Bhowmick starting with Kajol Bhattacharya in defence, with the third man being Yakubu. But all three looked suspect, even against the mediocre line-up of SAIL.

The midfield looked jaded, with Basudeb Mondal having a rare bad day. There was hardly any understanding among the midfielders.

Barreto did all the hard work and was often seen falling back to help his beleaguered colleagues. He was also the lone man in attack, his partner Sheikh Sanjeeb hardly playing a role. Even the balls that Barreto set up for him, Sanjeeb was prompt to blow them.

The introduction of Chhetry in the second half added a bit of bite in the attack. The Barreto-Chettri duo weaved a couple of goal-bound moves, one of which bore fruit.

Though Lolendra Singh failed in his role as a wing-half, he scored a wonderful goal in the 66th minute. Basudeb set him up from a free-kick and Lolendra’s booming left-footer from 30 yards crashed into the net.

Sixteen minutes later, Barreto’s deft pass found Chettry in the open, but the 19-year old shot straight to the goalkeeper.

Mohun Bagan sealed the win a minute before the long whistle. Barreto chased a ball sent from the Mohun Bagan back-line, beat two SAIL defenders with sheer speed and laid the ball on a platter for Chettry.

The youngster didn’t have too much to do other than push the ball past an onrushing ‘keeper.

Teams

Mohun Bagan: Amit Singha Roy; Yakubu, Satyabrata Bhowmick, Kajol Bhattacharya; Dulal Biswas, Lolendra Singh, Jayanta Sen (Uday Konar, 34; Sunil Chhettry, 63), Basudeb Mondal, Gourab Dutta; Sheikh Sanjeeb (Tariq Ahmed, 79), Jose Ramirez Barreto.

SAIL: Goutam Roy; Kutubuddin Sepai, Amulya Mondal, Binod Mal, Rashmohan Mullick; Sandip Saha (Dipak Das, 71), Chanchal Bhattacharya, Prakash Dutta, Ranjit Halder (Dulal Patra), Mustakin Mollah, Lawrence.

Referee: Goutam Sadhukhan.

   

 
 
TOP SEED SURVIVES ANOTHER SCARE 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Aug. 17: 
Top seed, Joydeep Dutta of Kumar Ashutosh Institution (Branch) survived a scare against Samantak Bhadra of Don Bosco in the second round of XV The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship on Saturday. The meet is presented by Horlicks.

Joydeep, playing with the black pieces, opted for his favourite Centre Counter defence but quickly landed in an inferior position as his opponent, ranked 60th, sacrificed a piece for a powerful attack.

Joydeep was in dire straits trying to find a suitable defence. But dame luck smiled on him as Samantak blundered under severe time pressure and handed the game and the point to Joydeep on a platter. Joydeep had managed to scrape past his rival in the first round yesterday.

Second seeded Debayan Majumder of St James’ School obtained a positional advantage against Arijit Sinha of Salt Lake School in the Pelikan variation of the Sicilian defence and had little difficulty thereafter in winning the game.

Third seed, Tanmoy Pattanayak of Mitra Institution (Main) penetrated the second rank of Souvick Barick of Hare School with his queen and major pieces in the Sicilian defence in 39 moves.

Fourth seed, Indradeep Giri of Uttarpara Govt HS made short work of Subhabrata Ghosal of Nava Nalanda in a miniature game which lasted 25 moves in a Sicilian defence.

In a upset, Sumit Shaw of St Lawrence held seventh seed, Fide-rated Rajib Dhar of Netaji Vidyapith, Guwahati to a draw in a hard fought battle which arose from the queen’s gambit.

In another upset, 14th seed Fide-rated Suchandra Chatterjee went down to Dipayan Ghosh of B.D. Memorial Institute in 47 moves in a Ruy Lopez opening.

Asian junior girls’ bronze medallist Mary Ann Gomes of Frank Correa Academy had to face some anxious moments against Abhratanu Dutta of Salt Lake School before her better placed pieces in the endgame decided the fate of the game.

TOP BOARD RESULTS: Samantak Bhadra (1) lost to Joydeep Dutta(2); Debayan Majumdar(2) beat Arijit Sinha(1); Souvick Barick(1) lost to Tanmoy Pattanayak (2); Indradeep Giri (2) beat Subhabrata Ghosal (1); Payel Guha(1) lost to Minhazuddin A Sagar(2); Saurav Chakraborti(2) beat Kinjal Basu(1); Sumit Shaw(1.5) drew with Rajib Dhar(1.5); Mary Ann Gomes(2) beat Abhratanu Dutta(1); Subhabrata Das(1) lost to Souparno Ghosh(2); Suman Basu (2) beat Lopamudra Guha (1); Tathagata Das(1) lost to Baisakhi Das(2); Debaditta S Biswas(2) beat Samrat Ghorai(1); Naresh Pramanik (VC, 1) lost to Souvik Chakraborty (2); Suchandra Chatterjee(1) lost to Dipayan Ghosh(2); Sukanya Dutta(1) lost to Samput Mallick(2); Kiran M Mohanty(2) beat Pallabi Roy(1); Saheli Banerjee(1) lost to Manish Sharma(2); Abinas Das (2) beat Soumya Talukdar (1); Soumya Thakurta(2) beat Siddhartha Das (1); Anurag Jaiswal (2) beat Mohana Sengupta(1); Shamima Akter Liza(2) beat Arinjoy Ganguly(1); Kh. Sanjoy Singh(1.5) drew with Satyajit Kundu(1.5); Chandrima Ghosh(1) lost to Sourav Bose(2); Sankar Majumder (2) beat Raja Bal (1); Shaati Mazumdar (1) lost to Nazir Arifin(2).

   

 
 
TITLE FOR VIJAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug 17: 
Vijay Kumar recorded his second successive title win on the Hero Honda Tour as he won the TNGF Open in Chennai on Saturday. Vijay bagged the title with a three-stroke win.

According to information reaching here, Vijay has now reached the top spot on the Order of Merit for the current season.

Mukesh Kumar and S.S.P. Chaurasia finished tied for the second spot with an aggregate of nine-under 279. Two other city men, Feroz Ali and Uttam Singh Mundy, were joint fourth with a score of eight-under 280.

Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh finished sixth at 281, while Delhi’s Pappan occupied the seventh spot at 282.

FINAL SCORES (after 72 holes): 276 — Vijay Kumar (64, 68, 70, 74); 279 — Mukesh Kumar (69, 67, 70, 73); S.S.P. Chaurasia (71, 69, 71, 68); 280 — Feroz Ali ((72, 67, 73, 68), Uttam Singh Mundy (67, 70, 70, 73); 281 — Ranjit Singh (74, 66, 73, 68); 282 — Pappan (67, 73, 70, 72); 283 — S. Madaiah (72, 72, 70, 69); 284 — Ali Sher (72, 72, 71, 69), Digvijay Singh (71, 74, 69, 70).

Jeev misses cut

Jeev Milkha Singh failed to make the cut at the Wichita Open being played at the Crestview Country Club, US. According to information received here, Jeev had a five-over 75, finishing with six-over 146, reports PTI from New Delhi.

   

 
 
PUNE RACING/ ROMANTIC HEIGHTS MAY STRIKE 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, Aug. 17: 
Trained by Altaf Hussain, Romantic Heights is fancied to win the 1,400m F. D. Wadia Trophy at the Pune races on Sunday. C. Rajendra partners the Diffident-Menorah three-year-old filly.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Fidillo 1. Golden Gem 2. Zongrilla 3.

2.15 pm: Keytothevaults 1. Command Zone 2. Raptures 3.

2.45 pm: Vivienne 1. Latest News 2. Touch Wood 3.

3.15 pm: Romantic Heights 1. Aldeburgh 2. Classy Devil 3.

3.45 pm: Fantasy Star 1. Moment Of Pleasure 2. Tactful 3.

4.15 pm: Kraft 1. Track Emotions 2. Blushing Minstrel 3.

4.45 pm: The Flying Star 1. Irresistible You 2. Draculla 3.

Day’s Best: Fidillo

Double: Vivienne & Romantic Heights

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ARBELLO, REGENCY TIMES SHINE 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Aug.17: 
Arbello and Regency Times worked well today.

Outer sand track (Going soft)

1,400m: Star Selection (Asghar) and Discomatic (Amil) in 1-56s; (400m) 29s. They were level.

1,200m: Giorgio (Upadhya) and Suriyothai (A. P. Singh) in 1-32s; (400m) 29s. Former a length better. Sovereign Bullet (Dalpat) in 1-33s; (400m) 32s. Fit.

800m: Tsavo (Amjad) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Scarlet Raider (Salam) and Royal City (Asghar) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Level. Khublei (Engineer) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. Blushing Brave (Amjad) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Sariano (G. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s.Revolution (G. Singh) and Val Rouge (Amjad) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Sagittarian (Dalpat) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s.

600m: Gul (Rb) in 49s; (400m) 31s. Raaz (Kujur) in 48s; (400m) 31s. Pearl Dragon (Gurang) and Thunder Storm (Rb) in 49s; (400m) 30s. Level. Brave Venture (A. P. Singh) and Common Spirit (Salam) in 47s; (400m) 29s. Level.

400m: (Yadav) and Soviet Ride (Amil) in 31s. Level.

Monsoon track

1,400m: Acklins (Rb) in 1-47s; (400m) 28s. Note. Arbello (Shanker) and Calcuttan (Surender) in 1-42s; (400m) 26s. Level.

1,200m: Immaculate (Asghar) and Amber Dancer (A. P. Singh) in 1-26s; (400m) 25s. Level. Aherlow (Surender) and Automatic (Shanker) in 1-29s; (400m) 29s. Level. Andrada (Shanker) and Calculate (Surender) in 1-25s; (400m) 27s. Former, 2 ls better. Rare Gold (Shanker) in 1-34s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Tiger Talk (Smith) in 1-27s; (400m) 27s. Fit.

1,000m: Cup of Life (Shanker) in 1-10s; (400m) 25s. Note.

800m: Flossy (Som S.) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Approval (K. Kumar) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Winning Hand (Som S.) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Good. Ispahan (F. Khan) and Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Level. Heaven’s Blessing (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Regency Times (A. P. Singh) and New Fortune (Rb) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Level. Magnifico (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

600m: Arctic Fancy (A. P. Singh) and Adeline (Engineer) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Level. April Ace (Asghar) in 44s; (400m) 28s. Red Cordon (Amil) and Midas Touch (Salam) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Level. Accrete (Rb) in 46s; (400m) 30s. River Melody (Gurang) and Soviet Port (Upadhya) in 39s; (400m) 24s. Level. Endless Surprise (Rabani) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

400m: Silver Patriarch (Amil) in 27s.

Sand track

1,000m: Peppy Mistress (Smith) and Star Music (Rb) in 1-16s; (400m) 28s. Former 3 ls better.

800m: Bul Bul (Engineer) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Tajik (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Kyalami (Rb) and Leading Conquest (Brij S.) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Former better.

600m: Flying Power (Amjad) in 38s; (400m) 24s. Good. Aldridge (Shanker) and Calabash (K. Kumar) in 48s; (400m) 31s. Former far better.

Gate practice, 1,000m: Adam’s Thunder (G. Singh) and Positive Thinker (Kujur) (from 2,000m to 1,000m) in 1-5s. Former 6 ls better.

   

 
 
PUNE RACING/ SALT LAKE TRIUMPHS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Pune, Aug. 17: 
Jaggy Dhariwal’s Salt Lake won the 2,000m Charon Trophy in Pune on Saturday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Certainty Plate 1,100m: (1-2-5) Fire Dancer (Yogender) 1; Silver Sand 2; Kilmore Quay 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-10.4). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 26; 17; Quinella: 59; Shp: 58; Tanala: 314. Fav: Fire Dancer (1).

2. Don Juan Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-2-3) Signor Escobar (Bajrang) 1; Goin N’ Style 2; Provocateur 3. Won by: Dist; 7-1/2; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 11; 11; 15; Quinella: 30; Shp: 33; Tanala: 126. Fav: Goin N’ Style (2).

3. Don Juan Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (7-2-1) Radiance (Belose) 1; Oriental Ace 2; Freedom’s Choice 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-14.2). Tote: Win Rs 62; Place: 17; 11; 14; Quinella: 32; Shp: 38; Tanala: 334. Fav: Oriental Ace (2).

4. Charon Trophy 2,000m: (1-3-4) Salt Lake (Rajendra) 1; Great Alliance 2; Miss Sunshine 3. Won by: 3/4; Dist; (2-9). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 13; 18; Quinella: 24; Shp: 38; Tanala: 99. Fav: Salt Lake (1).

5. Red Buttons Plate 1,600m: (2-3-6) Music Prospector (Prakash) 1; Saint Emillion 2; Flames 3. Won by: 9; 2-1/4; (1-42.2). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 14; 11; Quinella: 28; Shp: 31; Tanala: 81. Fav: Music Prospector (2).

6. Classico Plate 1,600m: (2-3-1) Cacophony (Belose) 1; Communicator 2; Lek 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 3/4; (1-42). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 15; 34; 20; Quinella: 173; Shp: 141; Tanala: 2,005.Fav: Ippodamia (7).

7. Sun King Plate 1,400m: (10-5-3) Wild Flame (Shaikh) 1; Colour of Joy 2; Innocence 3. Won by: SH; 1/2; (1-29.7). Tote: Win Rs 112; Place: 29; 34; 24; Quinella: 890; Shp: 88; Tan-ala: 7,229. Fav: Nothing Better (4).

Jackpot: Rs 31,315; (C) Rs 248.

Treble: (i) Rs 471; (ii) Rs 1,068.

   
 

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