Bengal fight back after first-innings disaster
India and Uruguay in same group
Nikhil, Arindam may make cut for tie vs Bihar
BGHS in semis
2 teams share lead after Day I
Jr tennis meet from Monday
Calcutta Racing/ 8 trophies in New Year�s Day card
New Year's Day Racing/ Dress code relaxed
Bangalore Racing/ �Memories� tipped

Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
ORISSA 256, 82/7

A day of twists and turns culminated in Bengal forcing their way back into the Ranji Trophy match.

If Bengal grabbed the initiative, taking only 14 minutes to claim Orissa�s remaining two wickets in the first innings, the visitors ruined their party by dismissing the hosts for just 117. Sourav Ganguly and Utpal Chatterjee, with three wickets apiece, then dislodged their top-order in the second innings.

At close, Orissa were ahead by 221 runs with three wickets in hand.

Nineteen wickets fell during the course of the second day. But there was hardly any noticeable devil in the wicket.

�The wicket is fine... A good batting track. It�s the batsmen who are at fault,� said Sourav after the match.

Debashish Mohanty, who matched Sourav with a six for 48 in the first innings, had similar thoughts. �It�s still the same patta type. The batsmen fell to rash strokes.�

The umpires also played their part. If Vineet Gupta was guilty of misjudging Amitava Banerjee and Sourav Ganguly�s dismissals, Umesh Dubey did his bit during the Orissa second innings.

It�s time the BCCI stopped employing inexperienced officials for crucial games because as a senior Bengal player stressed, �careers are made and broken by such decisions�.

Gamesmanship was also not at a premium out there in the middle. But none of the players were ready to get bogged down or feel intimidated.

It forced Match Referee Raj Kumar Sharma to �speak to� some of the Orissa players. He, however, found nothing �untoward� with their conduct.

But the circumstances could never have been the reason for the Bengal slide. None of the batsmen showed the temperament to stay at the wicket. The confidence was lacking and so was the determination.

Arijit Bose and Devang Gandhi, dismissed first ball, left off consecutive deliveries.

Amitava never seemed to have made any contact with the ball while a full-stretched Sourav was adjudged leg before to a delivery that would have missed the off stump by some distance.

Srikant Kalyani tried to make amends, showing sensible attitude. It was the 89 minutes he spent at the crease that bore more importance than the runs scored. Sadly, he also fell victim to the �suicide� syndrome.

Mohanty played on the batsman�s mind as one after another fell victim to his away swingers. The Orissa pacer seems to have made it a habit of reserving his best against Bengal. �It motivates me to come out with the best,� he conceded.

The showing had left Sourav devastated. His �pep-talk� in the dressing room, prior to the start of the Orissa second innings, was enough to fire up the team. The India captain himself showed the way with a 14-over unchanged spell. He found good company in Utpal Chatterjee.

Sourav�s opening over showed the way. His second and last balls removed Pradeep Das and Rashmi Ranjan Parida.

Shiv Sundar Das and Sanjay Raul tried to repair the damage but Wrichik Mazumder�s athletic effort from cover removed the former.

Had the match not been called off 14.1 overs before schedule because of bad light, the hosts could have wrapped it up today itself. An early end to the innings tomorrow is what Devang and Co. are hoping for.

The target will be of little consequence. �To win we�ll have to chase any target,� was how Sourav put it.

No complaint lodged

The visitors did not lodge any official complaint with the Match Referee for alleged �ball doctoring� by a senior Bengal player. Last evening, coach Jimut Mohanty had said that he would decide after speaking to his players in the morning.

�I haven�t received any complaint. In fact, I did inspect the ball yesterday but found nothing unusual,� said Match Referee Sharma.


New Delhi, Dec. 29: 
India chose to be in group 2 along with Uruguay, Iceland and Indonesia in the Millennium Cup beginning January 10. They will play their group matches in Kochi.

Union External Affairs minister, Jaswant Singh, Indian Footballer of the Millennium Salien Manna and NIS football researcher Dr. Birumal drew the lots during the draw today. The tournament-opener pits Chile against Japan in Calcutta in a group 4 match. Uzbekistan and Bahrain are the other teams in this group.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, said that according to Asian Games rules, the host nation is allowed to choose the group it wants. Otherwise, the groupings were done following Fifa rules.

The top four teams in the tournament, according to their Fifa rankings � Yugoslavia (9), Romania (13), Chile (19) and Uruguay (32) � head the four groups. The other 12 teams were seeded according to the latest Fifa rankings, released on December 20.

India, ranked 122, were fourth from the bottom, ahead of three other Asian nations, Bahrain, Hong Kong and SAF Games champions Bangladesh.

Cameroon (39), Iceland (50), Uzbekistan (71) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (78) were in the second lot, after the top four. AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco said that Japan are sending their Combined Universities team. Hence Japan, ranked ahead of Cameroon by Fifa, were relegated to the third set of nations. This lot included Japan (38), Iraq (79), Indonesia (97) and Jordan (105).

Das Munshi was confident that the glamour teams, Yugoslavia and Romania, (quarter finalists at Euro 2000) and Chile (Sydney Olympics bronze winners) will send their best available teams. The players� lists will be released after January 2.

However, he could not confirm whether star players Sinisa Mihailovic (Yugoslavia), Christian Chivu (Romania), Dan Petrescu (Romania) and Viorel Moldovan (Romania), who all play in top European leagues, will be available.

A representative of the Chilean embassy said that ace striker Marcelo Salas will not come to India as he is fighting to ensure a first-team place in his club, current Italian champions Lazio.

However, Ivan Zamorano who has left Inter Milan and joined Mexico�s America club, may be persuaded to come to India.

From the list of 16 countries announced last month, Colombia, Qatar, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago have already withdrawn. Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bangladesh and Hong Kong were the replacements. Nepal and Maldives have been asked to be ready in case of further withdrawals.

The 16-day extravaganza, hailed as the greatest soccer event in Asia, will be held simultaneously in Calcutta, Kochi and Goa from January 10 to 25. Matches of groups 1 and 2 will be played in Kochi, group 3 in Goa and group 4 in Calcutta. The two semi-finals and final will be in Calcutta.

Das Munshi said the fixtures will be announced tomorrow and the sale of tickets will start on January 4 from branches of State Bank of India. Colaco said the Indian squad will be announced on January 6.


(Fifa rankings in parentheses)

Group 1: Yugoslavia (9), Bosnia-Herzegovinia (78), Iraq (79) and Bangaldesh (151). Group 2: Uruguay (32), Iceland (50), Indonesia (97) and India (122). Group 3: Romania (13), Cameroon (39), Jordan (105) and Hong Kong (123).Group 4: Chile (19), Uzbekistan (71), Japan (38) and Bahrain (138).


Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
Nikhil Haldipur and Arindam Das are likely to make the Bengal squad for the Ranji Trophy tie versus Bihar beginning at Eden Gardens Wednesday.

According to sources, Nikhil will replace opener Amitava Banerjee. Sourav Ganguly has already made himself unavailable for the tie. Arindam, the middle-order under-19 batsman, has been among runs this season.

It was also learnt that allrounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who pulled out of the on-going match against Orissa because of a leg injury, will submit a fit certificate tomorrow.

Maharashtra begin well

Middle-order batsmen Abhijeet Kale (batting 87), Kaushik Aphale (69) and skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (62) steered Maharashtra to a respectable 320 for four in their first innings against Mumbai today, says PTI from Kolhapur.

Maharashtra won the toss but lost opener Surendra Bhave cheaply before Kanitkar and Dhiraj Jadhav (30) put on 100 runs for the second wicket.

Maharashtra lost Jadhav and Kanitkar with the total on 108 before Kale and Aphale added 111 for the fourth wicket.

Kale found another partner in Shah and the two have so far added 101 for the unbroken fifth-wicket stand.

Vinod Kambli was left out from the Mumbai team after he suffered a knee injury and was declared unfit to play.

His injury took place when a bag fell on his knee while travelling to Kolhapur from Mumbai by train on Tuesday night. He said the team doctor has advised rest.

UP declare at 605/8

In Nagpur, Vidarbha were 46 for one in their first innings in reply to Uttar Pradesh�s mammoth score of 605 for eight declared at the end of Day II.

For Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Saif made an unbeaten 124 but Mohammed Kaif fell five short of the three-figure mark. Leg-spinner Samir Khare took four for 156.


In Kolhapur: Maharashtra 320/4 (Hrishikesh Kanitkar 62, Abhijeet Kale 87 n.o., Kaushik Aphale 69, Sagar Shah 43 n.o.; Ramesh Powar 3/79) vs Mumbai.

In Nagpur: Uttar Pradesh 605/8 decl. (Jyoti Yadav 109, Mohammed Saif 124 n.o., Mohammed Kaif 95, Gyanendra Pande 69, Samir Khare 4/156). Vidarbha 46/1.


Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
Holders Ballygunge Govt. High School (BGHS) and New Alipore Multipurpose School (NAMS) entered the semi-finals of Pepsi youth cricket meet.

At Tarun Sangha ground, NAMS beat Birla High School by five wickets, while Ballygunge Govt. High School cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Don Bosco (Park Circus) at K.B. stadium today.


Birla High School 205/8 in 40 ovs (Suman Ganguly 75, Sarthak Sengupta 34; Ayan Dutta 2/13, Srijit Das 2/42). New Alipore Multipurpose School 208/5 in 36.5 ovs (Subhadip Sarkar 59, Sayan Dutta 43; Prantick Roy 2/31). NAMS won by 5 wkts.

Don Bosco (Park Circus) 156 in 36.2 ovs (Sayatya Mallick 28; Avik Dutta 2/22, Kunal Biswas 2/23). Ballygunge Govt. HS 157/2 in 24.3 ovs (Avik Dutta 70 n.o., Soumik Roy 30 n.o.). BGHS won by 8 wkts.


Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
Two teams, Snehasis Roy�s IV and P. Ghosh�s IV, jointly led the field of 68 on Day I of the ninth Oindrilla Kundu Memorial bridge championship at DKS.

Roy�s IV (Snehasis Roy, Saroj Bhattacharjee, Sujit Bhattacharjee, Tapas Auddy, Paban Agarwal) and Ghosh�s IV (P. Ghosh, P.S. Mukherjee, Pradip Sarkar, Uttam Dutta, A. Mukherjee) both had scores of 150 VP out of a maximum 200 from eight sessions.

Occupying the next four slots are JCT (149), Chandannagore Card Club (147), Trambak Rubber and N.R. Bhattacharjee�s IV (145 each). The Swiss teams championship ends tomorrow.


Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
More than 250 players of different age-groups will take part in the Ad-Out junior tennis meet, starting from the New Year�s Day at the South Club.

Apart from scholarships for the finalists, the seven-day meet also offers special prizes for youngest boy and girl participants as well as most promising player.


Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
The Magor Group of companies is all set for the Annual horseracing feast on the New Year�s Day. In an all-sponsored eight-trophy-event-race-card, the 1,600m Eveready Calcutta Gold Cup takes the pride of place. First race starts at 12.05 pm.


1. India Automobiles Opel Trophy 1,600m (Cl IV; Cl V, eligible Rt. 00-50) 12.05 pm: Bold Apparel 60.5; Cool Quest 57.5; Alkido 56.5; Pneumatic Power 55; Royal Ruler 54.5; Actress 54.5; Scavenger�s Son 52.5; Airs Image 50.

2. The Telegraph Trophy 1,200m (Cl II; Rt. 66-94) 12.40 pm: No Surrender 60.5; Prince Obolensky 59; Quickdraw McGraw 54.5; Addab 54; Best In Show 52.5; Mameena 52.5; Princelene 48; Serenader 48; Alsheim 47.

3. Tez Tea Calcutta Sprinters� Trophy 1,200m (Terms, 4-y-o only) 1.10 pm: Almond Rock 56; Annella 54.5; Aracruz 54.5; Soviet Song 54.5.

4. Britannia Cup 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1.50 pm: Heaven�s Blessing 61; Global Harmony 61; Flinders 60.5; American 60; Ballard Lady 58.5; Master Bold 57.5; Go With The Wind 56; Breezealla 55; Double Cross 54.5; Nearco Prince 53.5; Madame X 52; Fencai 48.

5. Nepal Gold Cup 2,200m (Cl I; Cl II eligible Rt. 66-94) 2.25 pm: Illustrious Reign 61; Arendal 59.5; Allosaki 55.5; Tanganyika 53.5; Jeweller 53.5; Colonial 48; Surfside 47.

6. Eveready Calcutta Gold Cup 1,600m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3 pm: Alternator 62.5; Artwork 59; Fame Star 52.5; Alyssum 51; Bank Balance 51; Bountiful Gesture 46.

7. George Williamson Indian Produce Stakes 1,200m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 3.35 pm: Angeles 56; Alcalde 52; Ansbach 52; Rescue Act 52; The Archer 52; Alegria 50.5; South Cove 50.5; Think Of Us 50.5.

8. Eveready Heavy Duty Cup 1,100m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 4.10 pm: Crimson King 60; Raaz 59; Starina 57.5; Mr. Bombshell 57.5; Ballet Master 57; Abolisher 57; Just Kidding 56.5; Sovereign Bullet 55.5; Staffordshire 55.5; Cavala 55; Arctic Fancy 55; Annalee 54; Nash Tiger 53.5; Remember The Day 53; Constantine 51.5

Jackpot: 4; 5; 6; 7 & 8.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 3; 4 & 5; (iii) 6; 7 & 8.


Outer sand track

2,000m: Aloritz (C. Alford) and Wandering Warrior (Khalander) in 2-25s; (400m) 32s. Former far better. Note.

1,400m: Anolini (Amil) and Armetta (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 32s. They were level and handy.

1,200m: Royal Ruler (P. Alford) in 1-31s; (400m) 28s. Note.

1,000m: Allosaki (A. P. Singh) in 1-14s; (400m) 30s. Easy. Alyssum (C. Alford) and Serenader (Amil) in 1-10s; (400m) 28s. Both level. Actress (A. P. Singh) in 1-14s; (400m) 28s. Note. Jeweller (Amil) and Arendal (C. Alford) in 1-13s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Auctioneer (Amil) and Alumina (Surender) in 1-10s; (400m) 30s. Former far better. Andestine (C. Alford) and Think Of Us (Khalander) in 1-9s; (400m) 28s. Former superior. Silver Toy (Khalander) in 1-11s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Almond Rock (Som S.) in 1-13s; (400m) 29s. Fit.

800m: Starina (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Good. Colonial (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Soviet Song (Khalander) in 53s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Albright (Amil) and Andrada (Amil) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Former 4 ls better. Former was strode out well. Freedom Dancer (Rb) and Abashed (A. P. Singh) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Ansbach (Amil) in 54s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Alegria (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 28s. The Archer (Connorton) and Pricne Obolensky (Yadav) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Former better. Fame Star (Amil) and Alsheim (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Former 2 ls better. Flinders (Gowli) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Artwork (Khalander) in 52s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. Calculus (Gowli) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Cool Quest (Khalander) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Appeaer (Khalander) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Moved well. Annalee (A. P. Singh) and Master Bold (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Annella (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Bold Apparel ( Saran) in 58s; (400m) 30s.

Sand track

1,800m: Crucible (Surender) and Alvarada (A. P. Singh) in 2-8s; (400m) 32s. Both were level and easy.

1,000m: Ballet Master (Upadhya) and Arctic Fancy (Gowli) in 1-5s; (400m) 25s. Both level.

800m: Airs Image ( Som S.) and Ballard Lady (Gowli) in 52s; (400m) 26s. Both level. Best In Show (Upadhya) in 50s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Lovely Duchess (Yadav) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Pure Energy (Rutherford) 52s; (400m) 26s. Moved well. Ispahan (Connorton) and Mameena (Yadav) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Former 2 ls better.    

Calcutta, Dec. 29: 
The new millennium has prompted the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) stewards to shed their age old ideas and look forward to. In order to encourage and accommodate a trendy, young and the newgeneration race-crowd, the august body has decided to be flexible with the dress-code in the members� enclosure on the New Year�s Day and the Derby Day races as well. A strict dress-code has been the order of the Members� enclosure for long.

�Dress code will be relaxed on the two premium race-meetings,� said Vineet Verma, CEO and Secretary RCTC. �Denim outfits and snickers are the present-day demands. Yes, chappals, pajamas, T-shirts, bermudas and half-pants are out of question. We have to maintain some sanctity in the members� enclosure,� added Verma.

Live coverage: There may be another good piece of new coming for the city race-lovers. From early January 2001, RCTC may tie-up with the satellite-channel � ATN World � for the live coverage of the local racing. To start with the channel may beam live two or three race events every race-day. The channel may also make a deferred telecast After the last race, showing the entire day�s programme in an hour�s capsule.    

Bangalore, Dec. 29: 
Pas De Memories, a failed-favourite in her last two starts, may make amends in the Shantiniketan Cup, tomorrow. R. Hughes partners Ganapathy-trained ward.


2.30 pm: Sweeping Statement 1. Krugar Park 2. Tino 3.
3 pm: I Me And Mine 1. Commitment 2. Coral Bird 3.
3.30 pm: Shoorveer 1. Alisa 2. Finest Flare 3.
4 pm: Pas De Memories 1. Estocade 2. Antwerp 3.
4.30 pm: Samanzar 1. Sun Court 2. Grisogono 3.
5 pm: Appeaser 1. Argolis 2. Sendawar 3.
5.30 pm: Way To The Stars 1. Allocate 2. Glencruitten 3.

Day�s Best: Samanzar

Double: I Me And Mine & Appeaser


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Jalahalli Plate 1,200m: (6-7-11) Regal Society (Hughes) 1; Dust On The Bottle 2; Go Honey Go 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1/2; (1-17.1). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 10; 25; 12; Quinella: 87; Tanala: 151. Fav: Regal Society (6).

2. Talkad Cup 2,000m: (4-1-5) Royal Glare (Rajesh) 1; My Goodness 2; Solo Spirit 3. Won by: SH; 3-1/4; (2-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 18; 24; 16; Quinella: 144; Tanala: 807. Fav: Solo Spirit (5).

3. W. J. Sibbritt Memorial Plate, Div-II 1,600m: (2-4-6) Altenburg (Kader) 1; Refresher 2; Royal Debut 3. Won by: 6; 2-1/4; (1-40.3). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 14; 15; 45; Quinella: 59; Tanala: 679. Fav: Refresher (4).

4. Tiptur Plate 1,400m: (1-4-14) Comet Star (Appu) 1; Kass 2; What A Pleasure 3. Not run: All Above (12). Won by: Hd; 1-1/4; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 108; Place: 32; 34; 20; Quinella: 576; Tanala: 4,860. Fav: Badge Of Fame (6).

5. Ardent Knight Cup 1,200m: (3-1-6) Admiral (Jayaprakash) 1; Holy Heights 2; Sensational News 3. Not run: Al Habib (10). Won by: 1-1/4; 3; (1-16.2).Tote: Win Rs 392; Place: 53; 42; 37; Quinella: 1,318; Tanala: 53,385. Fav: King�s Star (9).

6. Horanadu Plate 1,600m: (5-1-7) Amazing Choice (Shakti) 1; Alluring Bay 2; Forest Emperor 3. Won by: 2; Nk; (1-43.2). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 16; 22; 16; Quinella: 168; Tanala: 695. Fav: Forest Emperor (7).

7. Krishnarajapuram Plate 1,100m: (9-1-8) Time Of War (Appu) 1; Eyes Of Truth 2; Be My Star 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-10.7). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 19; 12; 23; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 535. Fav: Eyes Of Truth (1).

8. W. J. Sibbritt Memorial Plate, Div-I 1,600m: (2-7-6) Assertive Allies (Hughes) 1; Kingston Heath 2; Gypsie�s Wish 3. Won by: SH; 1-3/4; (1-41.9). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 16; 21; 34; Quinella: 96; Tanala: 1,362. Fav: Assertive Allies (2).

Jackpot: Rs 82,674; (C) Rs 24,802.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,676; (ii) Rs 566.

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