Peerless win
Rohan emerges champion
Monsoon fare from tomorrow
Allaying shines

Calcutta, June 29 
Peerless collected full points from their CFL first division group A tie against Md AC this afternoon, finishing on the right side of a five-goal thriller at the Mohun Bagan ground.

Kaushik Dey and Liton Majumdar scored early to give Peerless a solid platform. But before the first half was through, Md AC had got back on even terms — Ranjan Dey and Rajib Sil finding the target.

It wasn’t before the 80th minute that Peerless managed to regain the lead. Liton, their most prolific scorer this season, got into the act again to seal Md AC’s fate.

Bhratri Sangha finally tasted victory today, a seventh-minute Christian Okolanko strike ensuring full points for them.

Railway FC and Sonali Sibir carved out similar 1-0 wins over Kidderpur and WB Police, respectively. Railway FC were lucky as Kidderpur defender Avijit Khotel deflected the ball into his own net. For Sonali Sibir, Chandan Das netted the winner in the 21st minute.

The day’s sole goalless result in senior division action came in the Howrah Union versus Bata match at SAI ground. S. Biswas of fifth division Moitree Sangha scored all his side’s three goals against Goan Assn of Bengal.

East Bengal stand

Chances of East Bengal participating in the season-opening McDowell Cup (beginning Saturday) are getting dimmer by the day. With six of their players already in two national camps, and being asked to release four more for the senior India camp (in Patiala), East Bengal stand to ‘lose’ 10 players of which five are defenders.

According to a senior club official, they’ll write to the IFA that even if more players have to be released, they must retain services of at least three defenders so that coach Syed Nayeemuddin can field a team in local meets. Otherwise, they will have to pull out of the McDowell Cup and Super Division.

While East Bengal’s McDowell Cup opener is slated for Sunday, they are scheduled to kick off their Super Division campaign July 17.

Peerless duo suspended

The IFA today slapped three-month bans on Peerless’ Masud Ali and Shubhangshu Majumdar for violating registration rules. The duo switched allegiance from Bhratri Sangha to Peerless this season and even played for their new club in the McDowell Cup cluster competition. But neither had obtained the necessary clearance from Bhratri Sangha.


Jamshedpur, June 29 
Rohan Vijay Shandilya of S.R. Singh School, Munger emerged champion in The Telegraph Schools chess championship here today.

Shandilya defeated Pratik Sengupta of SER Mixed English Medium School, Chakradharpur in two play-off matches of 15 minutes duration each. Both had scored 8.5 points out of a possible nine and therefore a play-off had to be conducted as the duo’s progressive score was also the same.

In the first play-off, Sengupta messed up a winning position due to shortage of time. In the second, Shandilya, with black, outplayed Sengupta in the middle game but due to poor handling allowed the latter some chance of a draw which Sengupta failed to capitalise upon.

Earlier, Shandilya beat Akash Kusum of Motilal Nehru Public School, Jamshedpur, in 47 moves.

Sengupta, too, had no difficulty in defeating Pranjal of Don Bosco Academy, Patna. Sengupta played Vienna opening with white. Pranjal wasted some moves by moving the white bishop erratically. Sengupta created a king-side attack and Pranjal resigned on the 25th move. The top five have qualified for the final phase in Calcutta.

TOP TEN: 1. Rohan Vijay Shandilya (8.5 pts, SR Singh School, Munger); 2. Pratik Sengupta (8.5, SER Mixed English Medium School, Chakradharpur); 3-4. Joint winners — Swagatam Sengupta (7.5, Jodhpur Park Boys’ School, Calcutta) and Suman Basu (7.5, Madhyamgram School, Calcutta); 5. Pranjal (7, Don Bosco Academy, Patna); 6. Akash Kusum (7, Motilal Nehru Public School, Jamshedpur); 7. Ved Prakash Sinha (7 pts, Ram Mohan Roy Seminary); 8. Sourav Chakraborty (7 pts, St James School, Calcutta); 9. Abhisekh Das (7 pts, Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur); 10. Sudipto Dasgupta (7 pts, DAV School, Jamshedpur).    

Calcutta, June 29 
Contrary to expectations, the Calcutta monsoon racing gets started come Saturday. Poor ‘entries’ had threatened cancellation of the season opener.

Fields, however, average out only at seven per race event in the frame of six with the five-horse Bhishma Cup poorest of all. First race starts at 2 pm.


1. Artemis Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 2 pm: Constantine 60; Bernadine 53.5; Royal Ruler 53.5; Ardon 53; Tequila Shot 52.5; Crucible 50.

2. Moth Handicap 1,000m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over, Rt. 22-50) 2.40 pm: Prince Of War 60.5; Go With The Wind 60; Jayaashva 56.5; Friendly Knight 56; Master Charlie 56; Floral Path 51.5; Magic Ring 49.5; Work Order 48.5.

3. Prince Lyon Cup 1,200m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 3.10 pm: Noble Canonire 60; Art Smart 59.5; Aristotemus 59; Double Dancer 56; Alocina 53.5; Quizzical 51; Aeolian 50.

4. Bhishma Cup 1,100m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 3.40 pm: Blitzer 60; Jeweller 58; Kansai 57.5; Char Bahar 57; Double Crown 55.5.

5. Zifi Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, 3-y-o only Rt. 00-50) 4.10 pm: Scarlet Raider 60; Queen’s Logic 57; Ashb-ury 56; On The Bit 52; Bird’s Empire 50; Fencai 50; Exclusive Girl 48.5.

6. Absolution Handicap 1,200m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 4.40 pm: Remember The Day 60.5; Storm Centre 59.5; Sky Hawk 56.5; Mameena 56.5; Marimba 56; Storm Trooper 52.5; Super Smile 52.5; Scimitar 50.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.    

Calcutta, June 29 
Allaying worked best from among the following horses seen exercising here today morning.

Outer sand track

800m: Double Crown (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 26. Easy. Mystic Hill (C. Alford) in 57 3/5s; (400m) 27 3/5s. Fit. Remember Me (Rb) in 1-2s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Master Charlie (Upadhya) in 1-3s; (400m) 29 3/5s.

Monsoon track

1,000m: Allaying (Rabani) Amistad (Islam) in 1-8 3/5s; (800m) 53s; (600m) 39 3/5s; (400m) 24 1/5s. Former was a neck better, both moved well. 800m: No Surrender (M. Reuben) in 51s; (400m) 23 2/5s. Impressed. Privy Council (Rb) in 1-2s; (400m) 27 3/5s. Fencai (M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Handy. Winning Hand (Rb) and Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 51s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Former was a neck better. Both moved well. Aznavour (M. Reuben) and Kargil Soldier (E. Smith) in 53s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Former was a neck better. Prizren (M. Reuben) and No Regrets (Rb) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Both were level and easy. Silver Raising (M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Good. Storm Centre (Engineer) in 54 2/5s; (400m)24 1/5s. Easy. Dancing Fire (Rabani) in 56; (400m) 25 3/5s. Comeback Kid (Afzal K.) in 53s; (400m) 24 4/5s. Easy.

600m: Lovely Lucy (Akhtar) in 47 3/5s; (400m) 28 4/5s.

Sand track

1,000m: Royal Ruler (Yadav) and Ballard Lady (K. Gurang) in 1-17 4/5s; (800m) 59 3/5s; (600m) 44 4/5s; (400m) 27 4/5s. Former length better.

800m: Whitney (Brij S.) in 57 2/5s; (600m) 44 3/5s; (400m) 28 3/5s.    


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