East Bengal denied full points yet again
Sourav best
Record 61 teams in fray
Diptesh�s allround effort goes in vain
Mud-slinging must stop, says Dhindsa

Calcutta, May 6: 
East Bengal played second fiddle to SAI Training Centre at home this afternoon and came away with a 1-1 result in the senior division group A BHA League � their third draw in eight matches.

BNR rode P. Lugan�s hattrick to a 7-0 win over West Bengal Police. Lugan netted all three goals BNR got in the first half and added one more in the second. Rajat Minz, Linus Tirkey and Pradip Tirkey completed the tally.

The policemen, who have now lost all but one of their eight games, are neck-deep in relegation zone.

BSF South Bengal overcame Port Trust by the odd goal in seven. Down 1-3 in the second half, BSF did well to pump in three goals in the final 20 minutes.

R. Aind, J. Bhengra, S. Lugun and A. Purti scored for BSF, while S. Patra, N. Das and S. Singh were the Port scorers.

P.S. Rawat struck midway through the second session to help CC&FC beat Customs.

The East Bengal versus SAI Training Centre duel was a fast-paced one with coast-to-coast action. The SAI boys, with their crisp passing and hard running, dominated the first half and East Bengal had to rely on counter-attacks to test their rivals.

It was one such move which gave East Bengal the lead, a minute before half-time. Defender Yusuf Bhengra, on one of his forays upfront, hit a long forward pass which Jaswinder Singh deflected home.

SAI threatened the East Bengal citadel a number of occasions but, quite inexplicably, bungled near the striking zone after some delightful approach work. Sixteen minutes into the second half, SAI levelled scores. Poulus Soy worked his way through the left and essayed a measured through which Atal Tirkey controlled superbly and banged home.    

Calcutta, May 6: 
Sourav Ganguly has been adjudged the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year. The Indian captain, who logged 98 points, edged out Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Cairns (95 points each) to the award which carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a trophy.

Australia emerged as the team of the year, with 154 points. South Africa (101) were second and Sri Lanka (69) third. India were sixth with 52 points.


Sourav Ganguly (98 pts); Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Cairns (95 each); Adam Gilchrist (84); Jacques Kallis (80); Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Lance Klusener (76 each); Rahul Dravid, Mark Waugh (75 each).


Australia (154); South Africa (101); Sri Lanka (69); Pakistan (66); New Zealand (60); India (52); West Indies (49); England (33); Zimbabwe (14); Bangladesh (4).    

Calcutta, May 6: 
The Telegraph Merchants Cup football tournament gets underway at CC & FC tomorrow. A record number of 61 teams, six more than last year, are taking part in the meet this time.

The teams have been divided into eight groups and the top two from each group will advance to the main plate knock-out round. Like previous years, most matches will be played under floodlights.    

Calcutta, May 6: 
It�s not often that a cricketer bags six for 15, top-scores with 44 in a 25-overs-a-side game and still ends up on the losing side.

Diptesh Ghosh had that misfortune today, his efforts not enough to prevent Belgachia United Club from suffering a 14-run defeat against S.P. Roy Memorial CCC in an Ambar Roy Memorial sub-junior meet match today.

In other matches Benrec, Durgapur CC, Chandranath Chatterjee Memorial CC, Shilpasree and Udayan CA emerged victorious.


n CCC Uttarpara 145/8 in 25 ovs (Suprovat Biswas 65) lost to Benrec 147/3 in 24 ovs (Subhashish Ghosh 32 n.o.).

n Shute Banerjee 147/8 in 25 ovs (Abhirup Ganguly 40; Priyabrata Datta 3/29) lost to Durgapur CC 148/8 in 23.5 ovs (Joydip Rong 58 n.o.; Supriyo Basak 3/32).

n Chandranath Chatterjee Memorial CC 155 in 24 ovs (Sanjay Roychowdhury 59, B. Amit 40; S. Pandey 3/15) beat North Howrah CC 87 in 21.5 ovs (S.S. Roy 3/5).

n Chetla Agrani Sangha 82 in 19.4 ovs (Dipanjan Sengupta 37; Dominique Gomes 4/10) lost to Shilpasree CC 88/3 in 14.1 ovs (Somnath Mondal 51 not out).

n Belgharia Players� Corner 118 in 23.5 ovs (K. Chanda 3/23) lost to Udayan CA 120/3 in 20 ovs (Subhodip Sen 31).

n S.P. Roy Memorial CCC Jalpaiguri 126/9 in 25 ovs (Md Nazam Ali 41; Diptesh Ghosh 6/15) beat Belgachia United Club 112/8 in 25 ovs (Diptesh Ghosh 44; Abhishek Ghosh 3/25).

U-19 meet

St James� and Ballygunge Government HS entered the semi-finals of the Parle-G under-19 schools meet, winning their respective matches by 59 runs and 42 runs, respectively.


n St James� 250/7 in 40 ovs (Kaushik Sarkar 85, Akash Sahni 74 n.o.; Rabish Pandey 2/26) beat Saifee Hall Golden Jubilee Public School 234/7 in 40 ovs (Sourav Shukla 65, Khozame Golwala 59).

n Ballygunge Govt HS 199/8 in 35 ovs (Soumik Roy 32; Chandramuli Neogi 3/21) lost to La Martiniere for Boys 157 in 31.5 ovs (Ananda Saha 42; Masidur Rahman 4/28, Anirban Bhowmick 3/21).

U-16 school meet

Lycee won their Milo Cup under-16 school meet match against Jadavpur HS by four runs. Also winning today were National HS, CAGS and Julien Day.


n Lycee 141 (Ayan Chowdhury 38; Amit Debnath 3/31) lost to Jadavpur HS 137/6 (Debasish Biswas 44).

n National HS 190/5 (Abhirup Banerjee 60) beat N.N. Institution 135 (Tanmoy Roy 43).

n Calcutta Anglo Gujarati 173/4 (Kaushik Thakkar 64; D. Pradhan 5/16) beat N.N. Institution 135 (Tanmoy Roy 43; P. Chopra 3/29).

n Julien Day 185/6 (Jaspinder Singh 80) beat Kalidhan Institution 152/8 (Kaustav Haldar 44; Abhinav Gupta 4/32).

Bagan declared best

As expected, the CAB today declared Mohun Bagan champions of the A.N. Ghosh Memorial meet. Mohun Bagan and Kalighat had tied on points after their round-robin league clash had been washed out.

With Mohun Bagan enjoying a better quotient, it was only a formality for them to be crowned champions. The CAB sub-commitee, which met today, did just that formalising Mohun Bagan�s fourth title of the season.    

Calcutta, May 6 
Union minister for sports, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, today called for an end to the saga of allegations and counter-allegations which have rocked the cricketing world following Hansie Cronje�s sensational revelations.

Expressing concern over the growing number of such incidents, which he said are baseless unless complemented with evidence, the minister said: �We have had too many charges without any proof. This mud-slinging must stop.�

He said he has already raised the issue in the parliament and suggested those who do have some information on such things should go to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The union minister was here to inaugurate the Vivekananda Sports Foundation-conducted football coaching centre in Panihati.

He was accompanied by the minister of state for communications, Tapan Sikdar.

A number of former internationals like Sailen Manna, Chuni Goswami, Tulsidas Balaram, Sahu Mewalal and Nikhil Nandy were also present and adding glamour to the gathering was filmstar Mithun Chakraborty.

Though there was no cricket in the air, the union sports minister had to face a volley of questions on the issue of match-fixing and he said he expected the CBI inquiry would reveal the truth.

The minister said the CBI has been instructed to complete its investigation as soon as possible though they have not been set a deadline.

�It�s not possible to set a deadline as the CBI will require some time � to collect data from the Interpol and some state governments � to complete the investigation.

But they have been told to make it as fast as possible,� Dhindsa said.

He added the Delhi police will continue its probe into the case involving Hansie Cronje and the two inquiries will be conducted simultaneously.

Dhindsa said the central government does not want to interfere in the day to day activities of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but said it became necessary to take action as allegations of match-fixing caused nation-wide concern.

Dhindsa informed that he has told the people concerned to provide security to Manoj Prabhakar and he has also asked the BCCI to release its share in the former allrounder�s benevolent fund.

New sports policy

Dhindsa, who is also the president of the national cycling federation, said he feels the increasing popularity of cricket is posing a threat to the existence of other disciplines.

He said the government is concerned about the future of the other sports and a new sports policy is likely to be disclosed at the next parliament session.

Details of the policy, however, were not available. Dhindsa added the government also plans to set up a fund to help sports and sportspersons.    


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