Assam fall 27 runs short of Bengal total
Orissa win
Veterans’ body in limbo
Ganguly gets 173 for Tolly
Title for Singh
Mumbai Racing/ Sonalika lifts Ardeshir Trophy
Calcutta Racing/ Seven for Wednesday’s main event
Calcutta Racing/ Daggers Drawn, Stately Don shine

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
Rohan Gavaskar scored 78 and Shib Shankar Pal took three crucial wickets as Bengal scripted a 27-run win over Assam in the East Zone qualifiers for Wills Trophy at CC&FC ground today.

In reply to Bengal’s 264 for seven, Assam were bundled out 27 runs short of the target with one over to go. Wickets fell for the visitors at regular intervals, though, the Bengal bowlers rarely had things under control. Wrichik Mazumder conceded 21 runs in two overs and Pal, the highest wicket taker for Bengal, was also erratic in his line. To make matters worse, the bowlers gave away as many as 14 wides.

Getting into the act, Devang Gandhi brought the situation under control with his off spin. He conceded just 27 runs from his full quota.

Subhadip Ghosh (61) fought a lone battle. But it was rendered insignificant as Pal finished the Assam tail, capturing two wickets in consecutive overs.

Earlier, on winning the toss, Bengal captain Devang Gandhi decided to bat first, thinking the wicket might help his spinners later in the day. The hosts lost Arijit Bose with just 13 on the board and when Gandhi departed, mistiming a shot, things were not looking bright for them.

But Nikhil Haldipur, who was recalled to the squad, and Rohan played sensibly, never letting the situation go out of their reach. Haldipur’s knock of 48 was studded with ten hits to the fence.

In the fag end of Bengal innings, Rohan and Laxmi Ratan Shukla put on a hurricane 69-run partnership, of which 50 runs were scored in just 15 balls. Shukla remained unbeaten on 35, laced with three sixes and one boundary.    

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
Orissa earned a facile win against Tripura by 43 runs in another East Zone qualifier for Wills Trophy at Eden Gardens today.

Batting first, Orissa made 254 runs losing nine wickets. Pradip Das (55) and skipper Reshmi Ranjan Parida (69) put on a second wicket stand of 87 runs built a strong base for Orissa. Tripura started strongly, with Subal Chowdhury (64) and Rajib Dutta (54) ticking the scoreboard on. But after their departure, Tripura’s weak tail got exposed and Orissa bowlers maintained a disciplined line to further frustrate their opponents.    

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
The proposed formation of Bengal Veterans’ Table Tennis Association (BVTTA) has reached a state of limbo, with its all India body now passing the buck to Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) in granting affiliation to the new body.

While Bengal Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has already approved the formation of the organisation, Indian Veterans’ Table Tennis Association (IVTTA), the veterans’ body of the TTFI, refused to follow suit, citing some ‘procedural’ lapses on the BVTTA’s part.

A tussle between two rival factions in the BVTTA, headed by Sadhan Dutta and Probir Mitra, respectively, is going on over presidentship of the association.

In a fax to the BTTA sent on October 31, the IVTTA secretary Titua C. Philipose had stated that “based on the report submitted by Mr Probir Mitra, I cannot grant affiliation”.

But when The Telegraph contacted him in Kochi today, Philipose washed his hands off the matter and insisted it is now in TTFI’s court.

Describing the current situation in the BVTTA as “unfortunate” he said the rival groups should be brought to a negotiating table at the earliest to settle the matter amicably.

Sources close to the BTTA have accused the national body of “doing dirty politics” and “unduly” favouring Mitra, who is also the vice president of TTFI. They said Philipose, in a letter to Dutta, has expressed his helplessness in recognising BVTTA under Dutta’s presidentship, stating “it is all because of (TTFI president) Mul Chand Chouhan”.

When asked about this, Philipose, however, said: “It is TTFI’s absolute prerogative to grant affiliation to the body (BVTTA) and we have nothing to do with it”.

The BVTTA was formed on March 26 this year in presence of 27 former state players and officials at Howrah Sporting Club. Dutta, Subrata Bakshi and Mitra were chosen BVTTA president, secretary and patron-in-chief, respectively.

But Mitra pointed out that the election of the office bearers in the BVTTA was yet to be finalised.

According to him, a general meeting was supposed to be called by early December to adopt the constitution and elect office-bearers of the association. One could not arrive at a concrete decision about the BVTTA’s formation until that meeting was held. Mitra informed Philipose accordingly, following which IVTTA refused to grant affiliation to the state body.    

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
Abhijit Ganguly of Tollygunge Agragami hit 173 in the CAB two-day league today. His knock consisted of 15 over-boundaries and 13 hits to the fence.


Customs 380/9. Tollygunge 317/6 (Abhijit Ganguly 173, M.Jalan 52; C.P. Verma 5/84). Match drawn.

Calcutta Rangers 400. Taltala Inst. 382 (A. Giri 112, A. Biswas 92; R.K. Shaw 4/96). Taltala Inst. won by 18 runs.

Kalighat Club 291/8 (C. Singh 84, T. Chandra 65; S. Chakraborty 2/45, A. Hussain 2/97). Match drawn.

George 232. Town Club 236/6 (N.Singh Negi 59, U. Roy 48 n.o.). Town Club won by 4 wkts.

CPT 313/8 decl. Shibpur Inst. 314/7 (S. Bhattacharjee 70, S. Majhi 54, A. Jahangir 48). Shibpur won by 3 wkts.

Aryan 333/9 decl. Suburban 139 (M. Dewan 5/40, J. Yadav 2/51). Aryan won by 194 runs.

Kumartuli Inst. 311/7. Monoharpukur Milan Samity 313 (A.Maitra 106, V. Talreja 103). Match won by MMS.

YMCA College 169. E. Railway 170/4 (S. Bhattacharya 53 n.o., D. Mahato 49; M. Ray 3/43). E. Rly won by 6 wkts.

Tapan Memorial Club 244. Paikpara Sporting 245/7 (A. Banik 91 n.o., A.Chatterjee 68; G. Pal 5/39). Paikpara won by 3 wkts.

DKS 279. Excelsiors 280/6 (D. Singh 111 n.o., S. Ganguly 43; S. Srivastav 3/84. Excelsiors won by 4 wkts.

Md. Sp. 378. Mohunlal Club 160 (M. Dutta 39, S. Palhak 38; Md Javed 3/54, A. Ghau 3/23). Mohammedan won by 218 runs.

Under-16 cricket

Having conceded the first innings lead, Bengal bounced back today to beat Bihar in their East Zone Vijay Merchant (under-16) Trophy tie at the East Calcutta District Sports Council ground here.

Overnight 104 for five in their second innings, Bihar were shot out for 145. Bengal got the required runs for the loss of four wickets.

BRIEF SCORES: Bihar 157 & 145 (Daljeet Singh 31, S. S. Biswas 6/21). Bengal 144 & 159/4 (S. Kundu 54 n.o.).    

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
IMA Dehradun clinched the team tent pegging title, while Kishore Singh won six-bar event as the FEI jumping world show jumping challenge, National Equestrian Championship and 50th Calcutta Horse Show came to an end at Pat Williamson ground today.

Major Sandip Dewan of Assam Rifles was declared as the best rider of the show. Lt. General S.C. Chopra, (headquarters, Eastern Command) gave away the prizes.    

Mumbai, Dec. 3: 
The Nirad Karanjajawalla-trained Sonalika posted and upset victory in the A. C. Ardeshir Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday. S. Rajesh partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Silver Phantom Plate 1,400m: (1-8-4) Numero Uno (Deora) 1; Sherdil 2; Starlet 3. Not run: Arctic Girl (5) & Armando (12). Won by: 1; 1/2; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 295; Place: 52; 14; 108; Quinella: 809; Tanala: 22,332. Fav: Waltzing Matilda (9).

2. Simarow Plate 1,200m: (4-6-5) Star Wish (Rajendra) 1; Waggamama 2; Destiny Calling 3. Won by: Dist; 1/2; (1-12.6). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 15; 71; Quinella: 214; Tanala: 2,020. Fav: Star Wish (4).

3. La Bonne Vie Plate 1,200m: (1-11-3) Gold Dust (M. Narredu) 1; Cristina 2; Immaculate 3. Won by: Hd; 4; (1-12.6). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 16; 16; Quinella: 41; Tanala: 115. Fav: Gold Dust (1).

4. Ziska Plate 1,200m: (7-3-2) Fire Girl (Shaikh) 1; Winawin 2; Grand Lodge 3. Won by: Dist; 3-3/4; (1-12.3). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 14; 17; 33; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 360. Fav: Fire Girl (7).

5. Nymph Plate 1,100m: (15-2-4) Honest Lady (Aaron) 1; Snow Star 2; Chittor 3. Won by: SH; 4; (1-8.6). Tote: Win Rs 279; Place: 55; 27; 58; Quinella: 1,486; Tanala: 1,19,670 (C.o). Fav: Simyog (6).

6. A. C. Ardeshir Trophy 1,600m: (10-6-7) Sonalika (Rajesh)1; Star Fortune 2; Al Dente 3. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; (1-37.3). Tote: Win Rs 339; Place: 57; 22; 15; Quinella: 1,167; Tanala: 9,740. Fav: Al Dente (7).

7. M. H. Ahmedbhoy Trophy 2,000m: (4-12-7) Knighted (Stack) 1; Princess Xena 2; Tap On Power 3. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; (2-5.8). Tote: Win Rs 100; Place: 30; 13; 87; Quinella: 102; Tanala: 6,471. Fav: Princess Xena (12).

8. Aerobica Plate 1,000m: (11-7-13) Queen Of Romance (Rajendra) 1; Coronado 2; High Voltage 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1; (1-1.3). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 25; 67; Quinella: 80; Tanala: 2,837. Fav: Queen Of Romance (11).

Jackpot: Rs 2,60,740 (Carried over).

Treble: (i) Rs 68; (ii) Rs 5,758.    

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
There are seven in the line-up for the Time Machine Cup, Wednesday’s main event. First race starts at 1.15 pm.


1. Paddy’s Darling Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 1.15 pm: Flying Power 60.5; Tequila Shot 59; Run Ahead 58.5; Breezealla 56.5; Sixteensixtyfour 56.5; Relative Shade 52.

2. Red Chieftan Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over Rt. 22-50) 1.55 pm: Come True 60; Constantine 59.5; All Jade 57.5; Work Order 57; Falconaire 55.5; Splendid Star 54.5; Neelanjana 53; Floral Path 52; Heaven’s Blessing 51.

3. Time Machine Cup 1,100m (Cl II Rt. 66-94) 2.25 pm: No Surrender 61; Quickdraw Mcgraw 57; Addab 54; Aznavour 52; Stately Don 51; Amarante 49; Annella 48.

4. Bengal Area Cup 2,000m (Cl III; Cl IV eligible Rt. 22-72) 2.55 pm: Harry The Horse 60; Beau Bruno 59.5; Ace Of Spades 53.5; Lockers Park 50.5; Black Mane 50; Alkido 47.5.

5. Viscol Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 3.30 pm: American 61; Buthnath 61; Alygator 60.5; Go With The Wind 58; Eau Savage 57; Consul’s Secret 56.5; Double Cross 56; Crest Star 54; Ballard Lady 50; Adeline 49.5; Fibonacci 47.

6. Flaming ORB Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 4.05 pm: Soldier’s Dream 60.5; Ispahan 60.5; Super Smile 59.5; Country Cousin 58; Wandering Warrior 58; Glass Slipper 57.5; Rheinheart 56.5; Sadaf 56; Red Trident 55.5; Orbital Star 55; Rule With Honour 53.5; Abashed 53.5; Atomist 51.5; Himalyan Prince 51; Global Harmony 50.

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

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

Calcutta, Dec. 3: 
Daggers Drawn, Harry The Horse, Stately Don and Ispahan were impressive from among the following horses seen exercising this morning:

Outer sand track

1,600m: Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 2-9s; (1,200m) 1-37s; (800m) 1-3s; (400m) 32s. Was unextended.

1,400m: Astronomer (A. Imran) and Illustrious Reign (Upadhya) in 1-46s; (1,000m) 1-14s; (400m) 29s. Former 2 ls better. Both were easy. Daggers Drawn (Rabani) in 1-40s; (1,000m) 1-11s; (400m) 28s. Moved well.

1,000m: Mr. Bombshell (A. Imran) in 1-16s; (800m) 58s; (400m) 28s. Maintain his winning form. Harry The Horse (Connorton) in 1-12s; (800m) 56s; (400m) 28s. Was Impressive. Sadaf (A. Imran) and Arctic Fancy (Som S.) in 1-12s; (800m) 56s; (400m) 29s. Former 2 ls better. Both moved well.

800m: Orbital Star (Upadhya) in 1-3s; (400m) 32s. Stately Don (A. Imran) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Moved attractively. Ispahan (Connorton) and Prince Obolensky (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former finished ahead of her companion.

400m: Consul’s Secret (Rb) in 26s.

Sand track

1,400m: Ballard Lady (A. Imran) in 1-47s; (1,000m) 1-5s; (400m) 28s. Was easy.

1,000m: Aznavour (Connorton) 1-6s; (800m) 52 4/5s; (400m) 26s. Moved well.

800m: Crimson King (Rb) in 53s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Easy.

600m: Relative Shade (Som S.) in 45s; (400m) 30 1/5s.

400m: Alborada (A. Imran) in 28s.    


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