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Bengal rule the roost

Calcutta: Bengal reigned supreme with as many as five gold medals at the 4th National Lawn Bowls Championship that concluded on Tuesday, here, at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club Maidan Pavilion.

The hosts finished with eight medals — two silver and bronze apart from five gold — to top the list.

Men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s triples and women’s and men’s fours are the sections in which Bengal clinched the top position.

Besides, the most valuable player award in the men’s section, too, went to the Bengal men’s team captain Devesh Srivastava.

It was certainly a difficult task for Bengal, considering the strength of the Jharkhand side that featured a top performer in Sunil Bahadur.

The sheer hardwork of Bengal’s bowlers had put in helped them prevail over all the odds.

“It’s primarily due to our team work and team spirit that we emerged on top. We were aggressive in our strategy and cashed in on all opportunities coming our way.

“As for my own performance, I feel someone had to lead from the front and contribute in getting the job done. But at the end of the day, I would attribute this success to the hardwork that all of us had put in.

No wonder it’s a great feeling on having overcome a strong opposition in Jharkhand,” an elated Srivastava said.