EB storm into semis
No team enjoys clear advantage
Bombay Gym begin title defence today
Father-son sign for same club
8 of Md. Sp. satisfy IFA
Weak foreign participation
Bhalotia opens up six-stroke lead
�Valentine� may bag main event
Starry Scene wins
When Richard, Amyn ran into form

Calcutta, Sept. 8: 

Dipendu Biswas� left foot destroyed JCT at the Salt Lake Stadium today and propelled East Bengal to the semi-finals of the IFA Shield. The in-form striker took the wind out of the Phagwara millmen�s sails with two delightful goals in the first session. Bijen Singh completed JCT�s 3-0 rout five minutes from full time, putting finishing touches to an Anit Ghosh through pass.

With six points in their kitty and a game against Port Trust to come, East Bengal are well set to top group A. JCT will have to fight it out for the second semi-finalists� spot with Port and BNR.

East Bengal�s first goal this afternoon was well constructed and beautifully executed. Eight minutes into the match, Dipendu played a wall with Bijen and quickly took position on the edge of the box. As Bijen returned the pass, Dipendu let go a stinging left-footer on the half-turn which hit bull�s eye. Neither custodian Baljit Dingh nor central defenders Ranjit Singh and Kuldip Singh had time to react. Two minutes from half-time, a Chandan Das corner beat several heads and found Dipendu just inside the box. This time, his left-footer was less powerful but placed to perfection.

It was a fine effort from Dipendu, who is yet to recover from a leg injury which ruled him out of the BNR match. Dipendu could have scored twice with headers as well � Baljit effecting a tumbling save on one occasion and the ball rolling off the target on another.

Trijit Das, who replaced Dipendu 19 minutes after the change of ends, threatened the JCT citadel a couple of times, while Isiaka�s booming 25-yard effort thudded onto the crosspiece. Carlton Chapman had his clever flick cleared from the goalline by Daljit.

If all this suggests East Bengal played grand soccer, it�s anything but the truth. They enjoyed phases of domination in either session but in between, yielded acres of space to Hardip Saini & Co. in the middle of the park. Nayeemuddin�s men were at their worst in the opening 20 minutes of the second half when they turned the game into an ugly spectacle.

It�s another story that JCT failed to capitalise on East Bengal�s follies. For a team boasting four India players who toured England in July � Prabhjot Singh, Daljit Singh, Hardip Saini and Hardip Sangha � it was indeed a pathetic performance. Even after taking into account this was JCT�s first competitive match since March.

Their biggest problem was the absence of a man who could provide the final pass. Saini tried his best, taking a substantial workload, but even he didn�t have it in him to penetrate the East Bengal defence. Of course, Saini did come up with an amazing volley on the run � the ball missing the target by a couple of feet.

The only other time JCT came close to scoring was in the 20th minute. Sangha�s floater from the left was smartly chested down by Jaswinder, but a well-placed Hardip Gill directed his shot to the Mars.

Fourth referee S.M. Balu attracted more attention than the JCT game. He had the match stopped for three minutes when a reluctant lensman took his time to move from the sidelines to a position behind the goal.


EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee, Sur Kumar Singh, Dipak Mondal (Anit Ghosh, 29), Jackson Egygpong, Ratan Singh, Carlton Chapman, Isiaka, Chandan Das (Tushar Rakshit, 57), Dipankar Roy, Dipendu Biswas (Trijit Das, 64), Bijen Singh.

JCT: Baljit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Ranjit Singh, Kuldip Singh, Daljit Singh, Hardip Saini, Harjinder Singh (Jaswant Singh, 46), Ram Pal (Jasbir Singh, 87), Hardip Sangha, Jaswinder Singh (Jaspreet Singh, 60), Hardip Gill.

Referee: S. Suresh.    

After 32 boards, played Thursday, the finals of both the Open and women�s series of the World Teams Bridge Olympiad in Maastricht remained close, no side being able to establish a solid foundation for the rest of the match.

In the Open, Italy, comprising Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace, Guido Ferraro, Dano de Falco, Norberto Bocchi and Giorgio Duboin, did take a 27-imp lead in the first session but Poland came back to size it down to 14. Doing duty for Poland are Cezary Balicki, Adam Zmudzinski, Jack Pszozola, Machel Kwiecien, Krzyszt of Jassem and Piotr Tuszynski.

The Poles were unlucky in the first set as Balicki-Zmudzinski bid to a good grand slam, down on a combination of 1-0 trumps and a 5-2 split in a side suit, while, Duboin-Bocchi played in six. The other major swing in the session was when Pszczola, vulnerable, doubled Duboin�s non-vulnerable mini-no-trump (9-12) on a balanced thirteen with a queen-jack tight.

In the second session, the Poles gained 12 imps when instead of mulling a vulnerable minor two-suiter pre-empt for 800, the Italians got on an impossible three no-trumps while the Poles bid and made four hearts, also a poor bet but superior to three no-trumps.

The only noticeable Italian gain, one of 5 imps in this set was when they went three down in a reasonable six diamonds on a 6-2 fit after an opposing three-heart pre-empt on a 1-6-1-5 hand � at the other table, a four-heart preempt jockeyed the poles into six clubs on a 4-2 fit, down seven undoubled (both tables in the Women�s played in four spades on a 5-3 fit, down 2 on bad breaks). At midnight it was Italy 44, Poland 30 with 96 boards left to play over the next two days.

In the women�s, the US, comprising Mildred Breed, Petra Hamman, Joan Jackson, Robin Klar, Shawn Quinn and Peggy Sutherlin, tied with Canada, represented by Francine Simon, Diana Gordon, Rhoda Habert, Beverly Kraft, Martine Lacroix and Catherine Thorpe, 28-28 at the end of the first set, Canada had a 14-mp gain by collecting 1100 against a partial (where Italy got to three no-trumps instead of four hearts) but could win the set by only 3 imps to lead 50-47 at the end of the day.

The Women�s final ends with 64 more boards on Friday.

In the Transnational Mixed Teams, after 11 of the 14 qualifying Swiss sessions, star-studded e-bridge, comprising Piotr Gawrys of Poland, MigryZur-Campanile of Israel and Sam Lev, Irina Levitina, Jill Meyers and John Mohan, all of USA, led the field with a score of 219 VP out of a maximum possible 275.

SCORES OF FINAL (After 32 boards):Open: Italy leads Poland 44-30; Women�s: Canada leads USA 50-47. Mixed Teams (VP out of 275 in 11 matches): 1.e-Bridge 219; 2. Werule 202; 3. Djinga 198; 4. Hackett 193; 5/6. Volina and Senior 190.5.    

Calcutta, Sept. 8: 
Top seeds and defending champions Bombay Gymkhana will launch their campaign versus Chennai Cheetahs on the opening day, tomorrow, of the Famous Grouse all-India and South Asia rugby tournament at CC&FC. In another match, Maharashtra State Police take on Young Rugby Club and Greater Mumbai Police meet a Orissa side.

In all, 12 teams, divided into two halves, are participating in the meet to be played on a knockout basis. Thus the teams losing their first match will automatically enter the Losers� Plate. The semi-finals will be held on September 14 while the Main Plate and Losers� Plate final will come off on September 16.

A Sri Lankan team was scheduled to take part but backed out at the last minute. Actor Rahul Bose is likely to turn out for Bombay Gymkhana. The seven-a-side meet will be held next Friday.

THE FIXTURES (first round)

Sept. 9: Maharashtra State Police vs Young Rugby Club (1 pm); Greater Mumbai Police vs Orissa (2.30 pm); Bombay Gymkhana vs Chennai Cheetahs (4 pm). Sept. 10: Bangalore Rugby Club vs Calcutta Police (1 pm); Hammers vs CCFC (2.30 pm); Delhi vs LMOB (4 pm).    

Calcutta, Sept. 8: 
A father-and-son combination signed for the same club in the CAB transfers today. Aloke and Arindam Bhattacharjee will both turn out for High Court Club this season. While the 47-year-old Aloke � a former Ranji player who is now a national level umpire � played for Shyambazar last season, 22-year-old Arindam was with Mohunlal Club. Like father, Arindam is an off-spinner.

In all, 63 players signed across the dotted lines Friday, of whom seven later withdrew in favour of their old clubs.    

Calcutta, Sept. 8: 
The IFA has found Mohammedan Sporting�s injury cases to be genuine. The club had pulled out of the IFA Shield citing injuries to nine players as the reason. A team of three doctors today examined the nine � Aslam Parvez, Inshan Ali, Tej Bahadur, Shakil Akhtar, Joy Kabui, Ohidul Islam, Bastab Roy, Alauddin Rehman and Kasif Jamal � and their medical certificates.

�Eight of them are unfit while Kasif Jamal has been admitted to hospital with a broken leg,� IFA joint secretary Ranji Gupta said.

Oriental Insurance TT

East Zone men lost all their three matches in the 5th Oriental Insurance table tennis meet today � by identical 0-3 margins to West, South and North.

OTHER RESULTS: Men: North bt Central 3-0; North bt West 3-2; South bt Central 3-0. Women: South bt North 3-2; Central bt West 3-2; South bt Central 3-0; North bt West 3-1; North bt Central 3-1; South bt West 3-2.    

New Delhi, Sept. 8: 
Forty one foreign athletes, from seven countries � Belarus, Bangladesh, Kazkhstan, Kenya, Oman, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan � will participate in the second Nike Salwan international athletic meet here tomorrow. All foreign athletes, except the quintet from Kenya arrived in Delhi today.

For discus thrower Anil Kumar, the men�s 4x100 m relay team and high jumper Bobby Aloysius it will be the last attempt to book berths for the Sydney Olympics. According to AAFI secretary Lalit Bhanot, women�s high jump has been included to assist the in-form Bobby.

In the Jakarta ATF, her winning leap was 1.83 m. However she was not included in the provisional list of entries sent by the AAFI.

Anil Kumar�s personal best is 61.30 m. In Jakarta he secured a silver medal with a heave of 58.47. To provide him adequate competition, Shakti Singh has been withdrawn from the shot put and asked to compete in the discus throw. Foreign opposition is limited, the best being Dmitry Kipryushin of Uzbekistan whose personal best is 55.80 m.

The men�s 4x100 m relay quartet (Rajeev Balakrishnan, Anil Kumar, C.T. Durai and Anand Menzes) also get one more chance to qualify for Sydney. At Jakarta without injured ace sprinter Anil Kumar they clocked a national record of 39.70 seconds but finished fourth.    

Calcutta, Sept. 8: 
City golfer Indrajit Bhalotia opened up a six-stroke lead on the penultimate day of the Rs 10 lakh Wills Southern Open in Bangalore today.

According to information received here, Bhalotia shot a level-par 71 and was six-under 201 after three days.

Uttam Singh Mundy and Rohtas Singh climbed upto joint second place at level-par 207, while Prakash Kubde and Ranjit Singh were placed joint fourth at two-over 209.


Mundy holed in one stroke at the second hole (134 yards) of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course recently.    



1.45 pm: Tiger Talk 1. Philosopher 2. Armando 3.

2.15 pm: Flamebird 1. Knighted 2. Colonel�s Dream 3.

2.45 pm: Realism 1. Sonalika 2. San Carios 3.

3.15 pm: Moira 1. Exhilarating 2. Sarena Pride 3.

3.45 pm: Cristina 1. Dhanadal 2. Duke Of Albany 3.

4.15 pm: Candescent 1. Fushia 2. Charging Bullet 3.

4.45 pm: Shirley Valentine 1. Victory Tune 2. Dream Lover 3.

5.15 pm: Boy George 1. Monkey Tricks 2. Equity 3.

5.45 pm: Special Crown 1. Fury 2. Batroyale 3.

Day�s Best: Cristina Double: Tiger Talk & Special Crown

Ridden by B. Prakash, the Jim Foley-trained Starry Scene upset the apple cart of the hot-favourite Adamile in the Karnataka Racehorse Owners� Association Mysore 1,000 Guineas in Mysore on Friday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Gokarna Plate 1,200m: (1-12-10) Niveditha (Hesnain) 1; Royal Satsu-ma 2; Dunhill Star 3. Won by: 5; Nk; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 15; 17; 19; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 220. Fav: Niveditha (1).

2. Squanderer Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (6-5-10) Emerald Forest (Prithviraj) 1; Lake Baikal 2; Lucerne 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 5-1/4; (1-29.9). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 16; 41; Quinella: 39; Tanala: 496. Fav: Emerald Forest (6).

3. Squanderer Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (9-7-5) Plain Truth (Shafiq) 1; Dictate 2; Zeke 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 11; 16; 69; Quinella: 31; Tanala: 956. Fav: Plain Truth (9).

4. Air Force Gold Cup 1,800m: (3-5-8) Royal Garter (Abraham) 1; Athaba-sca 2; Gypsie�s Wish 3. Not run: Facsimile (6). Won by:1; Nk; (1-54 �Record). Tote:Win Rs 91; Place: 22; 12; 18; Quinella: 89; Tanala: 1,107. Fav: Athabasca (5).

5. Huntsey Stud Trophy, Div-I 1,200m: (6-2-9) Soviet Fire (Ruzaan) 1; Machrie Bay 2; Gold Crest 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 6-1/4; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 12; 22; 14; Quinella: 99; Tanala: 304. Fav: Soviet Fire (6).

6. R. W. I. T. C. Trophy 1,200m: (6-3-10) Pride Estates (Shakti) 1; Great Estate 2; Raaz 3. Won by: 7; 1; (1-12.9). Tote: Win Rs 21; 13; 23; 48; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 951. Fav: Pride Estates (6).

7. Karnataka Racehorse Owners� Association Mysore 1000 Guineas 1,600m: (5-3-2-1) Starry Scene (Prakash) 1; Adamile (Kader) 2; Symphony Of Fire (Appu) 3; Bountiful Gesture (R. Marshall) 4. Won by: Nk; 3; 5-1/4; (1-39). Tote:Win Rs 99; Place: 42; 10; Quinella: 42; Tanala: 984. Fav: Adamile (3).

8. Rock Haven Plate 1,400m: (3-4-10) Queen�s Ransom (Prakash) 1; Royal Debut 2; Appeaer 3. Won by: 5-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-26.9). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 14; 22; 12; Quinella: 113; Tanala: 461. Fav: Appeaer (10).

9. Huntsey Stud Trophy, Div-II 1,200m: (1-4-7) Ispahan (Appu) 1; Rizer 2; Soldier Of Fortune 3. Won by: SH; 3; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 15; 16; 26; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 468. Fav: Ispahan (1).

Jackpot: Rs 20,771; (C) Rs 3,147.

Treble: (i) Rs 980; (ii) Rs 2,297.    

Amyn Merchant and Richard Alford were toast of the terraces at the RCTC last Wednesday. The jockey-trainer combination scored four times in a frame of six, thus ending the domination of jockey Cristopher Alford and Singh-brothers � Vijay and Bharath, the trainers. Equally exciting was the fare and the odds offered on each of the six winner.

Vijay will, of course, have derived some satisfaction by swallowing the day�s prime event.

The facile victory of his charge, Alyssum, in the feature, the 1,200m Pa Bear Cup, was no mean achievement for Vijay considering that it was a Class I sprint, too sharp to be of liking for the Steinbeck-Ghanayem son. The four-year-old, yet to taste defeat since his debut on the local track last winter, took his winning tally to five.

Ridden off the pace, Cristopher brought Alyssum into the fray only nearing the home-turn. In the last 250m, Alyssum looked to be flying � leaving his front-running rivals Head Hunter and Adventure to doubt their class.

Richard and Amyn made their intentions clear from the start when Ardon in the Diesel Handicap thrashed the opposition, which was reduced to just four runners following the withdrawal of Crucible. What intrigued was the performance of Rule Of Honour, who attracted an equal amount of support in the �ring�. The Javed Khan-trainee was never in the hunt. In fact, it was his stablemate, Double Crown, who dictated terms till he was easily passed by the winner 300m from home.

Despite a rough duel over the entire stretch, Amyn on Ballet Master managed to beat the Cristopher-ridden half-money favourite, Queen Logic, by a neck in the Casbah Handicap. It all started with Cristopher leaning on the winner and thus taking the winner�s ground approaching the distance-post. Losing momentum, Amyn was soon rolling onto the favourite, squeezing her along the rails in the final 150m. An objection was lodged against the Richard-ward but the stewards allowed the results to stand, for obvious reasons. It may pay to follow Queen�s Logic.

Almond Rock was another one from Richard�s stable to triumph. The Tecorno-Cannon Wish three-year-old looked impressive in his victory as Alygator found the 1,000m a wee bit sharp and a speedster like On The Bit was hardly in her elements.

For Richard�s Orbital Star, it turned out to be no-contest in the 1,000m Look Round Handicap. Allowing Alocina to call the shots till the turn, Amyn came on with raking strides to leave the opposition struggling.

Aristotemus beat a heavily gambled Bird�s Empire in the Aunty Pip Cup for non-performers this season. The third placed Sapphire And Silk may strike in a similar bunch.    


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