Shukla set to return
Regular skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla is all set to make a comeback for Bengal’s fifth Ranji Trophy Super League (Group B) encounter against Uttar Pradesh that is to be played in Kanpur. Shukla, who has recovered from a quadriceps strain is likely to replace Sayan Sekhar Mondal. The UP match is a crucial one and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has decided to make himself available for the December 8-11 tie. With the Green Park track showing signs of being a slow turner, the toss-up will be between Iresh Saxena and Sourav Sarkar.
Bengal colts lose
Gujarat thrashed hosts Bengal by an innings and 10 runs in a Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19) match at the JU (Salt Lake) ground on Monday. Bengal, in their first essay, were all out for 319 in 108.4 overs. Gujarat scored 573 in the first innings. The visitors logged six points including the bonus.
Gujarat 573. Bengal 244 & 319 in 108.4 ovs (A. Das 96, S. Banerjee 53; J. Patel 5/82). Gujarat won by an innings & 10 runs.
Chirag United are set to miss regular striker Joshimar in their fourth Sahara CFL match, against George Telegraph, Tuesday with a double booking. Denson Devadas also has a slight niggle and looks a doubtful starter. Chirag, so far, have nine points from three matches.
The 114th All India Beighton Cup Hockey tournament will start at the newly laid Sports Authority of India (Eastern Complex) astro turf from Tuesday. The tournament will feature six outstation teams apart from 15 local outfits.
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Chess: The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship: Inauguration at 2pm, followed by matches
Football: CFL Premier Division: Chirag United vs George Telegraph (Barasat Stadium); Mohammedan AC vs Calcutta Port Trust (Khardah Stadium). Both matches from 2:15pm
hockey: Beighton Cup matches at SAI from 12noon.