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Diptayan struggles to victory

Calcutta: Diptayan Ghosh battled for over five hours to win against Turkey’s Yilmaz Mustafa in the seventh round of the Moscow Open Chess tournament, on Friday. Diptayan’s second successive win takes his points tally to 4.5. Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda had to settle for a draw. Both the players are on 5.5 points.

India probables

New Delhi: Wim Koevermans on Thursday named 30 probables for AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers’ preparatory camp in Pune from Tuesday.

Tennis tourney

Calcutta: Nitten Kirtane and Jayaprakash Mohit Mayur made it to the final of the Central Excise AITA Grass-court Tennis Championship. In the semi-finals, Kirtane beat Ronak Manuja 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, while Jayaprakash won 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Saurav Sukul.
In the women's semi-finals, Bhuvana Kalva overcame Treta Bhattacharya 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, while Natasha Palha defeated Nithya Raj Babu Raj 6-3, 6-3.

Rupesh loses

Calcutta: Alok Kumar shocked Rupesh Shah, reigning world billiards champion, in the semi-final of National Billiards and Snooker Championship, at Gwalior, on Friday. He won 4-2. In the final, Alok will meet B. Bhaskar, who defeated K. Venkatesham 4-1.

Golf league

Calcutta: Delhi Darts’ Johan Edfors and Rahil Gangjee reigned on the opening day of the Golf Premier League, at Aamby Valley, to give the team a one-shot lead over UP Eagles. Edfors carded 6-under 49 to take a one-shot lead over Gangjee.

Corporate meet

Calcutta: Piyush Chawla took six wickets to guide Chemplast to a 79-run win over India Cements in the final of the BCCI Corporate Trophy, at Indore, on Friday.

Brief Scores
Chemplast 267/7 (R. Sathish 105). India Cements 188 (P. Chawla 6/32)

James included

Calcutta: All-rounder James Neesham, on Friday, has been called into the New Zealand T20 squad for Saturday’s match vs England at Eden Park, Auckland.

Five changes

Calcutta: Australia on Thursday made five changes for next week’s one-off T20 International against the West Indies.

T20 squad: George Bailey (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay, Shaun Marsh, Ben Rohrer, Adam Voges.

Vizzy Trophy

Calcutta: West Zone University took a handy 42-run lead in the Vizzy Trophy final, at Eden Gardens, over North Zone University.
Brief scores: West Zone University 273 and 49/2 (SC Ghadigaonkar 24 n.o.). North Zone University 231 (A. Singh 86; V. Thakor 3/33).

Staff Reporter & Agencies