Soumyadeep, Mouma in last 16
Laltu best in Hooghly
Rangers held, Customs win
Sikdar to file papers today
Mumbai Racing/ Speculative set to win again

New Delhi, April 18: 
Soumyadeep Roy was India�s hero on the opening day of the individual events of the 15th Commonwealth table tennis championships, reaching the quarter finals of the mixed doubles and the pre-quarter finals of men�s singles today.

The 18-year-old reigning national champion, upset fifth seed Terry Young of England 21-14, 21-13, 9-21, 21-18. Southpaw S. Raman, also reached the pre-quarters, outclassing Malaysia�s Jong Ming Shing 21-15, 21-14, 21-10.

In the women�s section, Olympian Poulami Ghatak and Mouma Das, both from Bengal, have also reached the pre-quarter finals.

Poulami overcame Kaffo Bose of Nigeria 21-15, 17-21, 21-17, 21-13, while the in-form Mouma beat Canada�s Marie-Christina Roussy 22-20, 20-22, 21-16, 21-17.

In men�s singles, Merotohun Monday of Nigeria lost 21-15, 15-21, 17-21, 21-8, 20-22 to Li Aaron of New Zealand. Top seed Matthew Syed of England outclassed Chalitha Ranjana of Sri Lanka 21-5, 21-10, 21-8.

In mixed doubles, seventh seeds Baboor and Poulami won in straight games. The only unseeded pair in the last eight is Soumyadeep and Mantu Ghosh.

Earlier in the day, top ranked Indian woman N.R. Indu and highly rated Anindita Chakraborty were both eliminated in the first round of the women�s singles. In men�s singles, brothers Arjun Dutta and Shibaji Dutta fell in the second round.

Indu was all at sea against the aggression Ireland�s Jing Yi Gao. Anindita conceded many negative points to lose the first two games easily. She won the third game but in the fourth lost her nerve, the game and match.

The other Indian girl eliminated was Meenu Dhawan.

Mantu and Mouma impressed in their wins over their Irish and Scottish opponents. Mantu used her forehand passing shots to overcome Andrea Glover of Ireland, while Mouma troubled E. Gillian of Scotland with her controlled top spin.

In men�s singles there were creditable victories for Bengal paddlers Saurav Chakraborty and Arnab Ganguly, both of whom rallied to win.

Saurav trailed the experienced Johnny Cowan of Ireland 11-21, 7-21 but won the next three games with some clever serves. Arnab beat Shahid Ismail of the Maldives.

Soumyadeep also impressed in his straight-games win over Evgeniousa Evgenios of Cyprus. He now takes on Terry Young of England.

RESULTS:(Only Indians)� MIXED DOUBLES, third round: Soumyadeep Roy & Mantu Ghosh bt Ryan Jenkins & Bethan Daunton (Wal) 21-17, 19-21, 21-17; Chetan Baboor & Poulami Ghatak bt Arjun Dutta & Sushmita Roy 21-15, 21-14; Alex Parry & Helen Glover (Eng) bt S. Raman & Mouma Das 21-19, 21-17; Sen Yew Fai & Tan Paey Fern (Sin) bt Shibaji Dutta & Vishaka Vijaya 21-15, 21-12.

MEN SINGLES, second round: Sourav Chakraborty bt Johnny Cowan (Ire) 11-21, 7-21, 21-19, 21-15, 21-15; Arnab Ganguly bt Shahid Ismail (Mld) 18-21, 21-13, 21-13, 19-21, 23-21; S. Raman bt Kassam Fazil (Can) 21-14, 21-6, 22-20; Soumyadeep Roy bt Evgeniousa Evgenios (Cyp) 21-6, 21-11, 21-12; Subhajit Saha bt P. Pradeepa (Can) 21-11, 22-20, 21-12; Anal Kashyap bt Rasheed Ali (Mld) 21-12, 21-10, 21-10; Bhushan Thakur bt Adam Robertson (Wal) 21-18, 13-21, 21-19, 21-16; C. Baboor bt Mazim Mohammed (Mld) 21-4, conceded; Duan Yong Jun (Sin) bt. Shibaji Dutta (India) 21-16, 21-17, 22-20; Toriola Segun (Nig) bt Arjun Dutta 21-7, 14-21, 21-14, 21-14; Cai Xiao (Sin) bt R. Rajesh 21-16, 21-10, 19-21, 21-15.

WOMEN SINGLES, first round: Avanti Sinha bt Siwan Davies (Wal) 19-21, 21-13, 21-14, 21-12; Poulami Ghatak bt Deepika Rodrigo (Lan) 21-11, 21-5, 21- 10; T. Pradeep bt Tammy Gough (Aus) 23-21, 18-21, 22-20, 21-14; Mouma Das bt E. Gillian (Sco) 21-5, 21-9, 21-16; Mousumi Pal bt M. Tracey (NZ) 21-18, 23-21, 21-16; M.S. Mythili bt Erica Pilon (Can) 21-15, 21-10, 21-13; Mantu Ghosh bt Andrea Glover (Ire ) 21-13, 21-13, 21-13; Owoh Atisi (Nig) bt Anindita Chakraborty 21-17, 21-15, 21-23, 23-21; Jing Yi Gao (Sin) bt N.R. Indu 18-21, 21-12, 21-17, 21-18; Sudeshna Biswas bt D. Catherine (Wal) 10-21, 21-8, 21-9, 21-15.

Meet to continue

At the biennial general meeting of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation, it was decided � to provide greater exposure to Commonwealth countries � to continue the Commonwealth championships even though table tennis was being included in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester next year. A decision taken was not to hold the championships in the year of a Commonwealth Games. Ajay Singh Chautala, president of the TTFI was nominated honorary president of the CTTF for a two year period.    

Calcutta, April 18: 
Laltu Chatterjee today emerged champion with six points in the Hooghly District chess championship, organised by Hind Motor Chess Club at the Dinen Smriti Bhavan.

Arindam Mukherjee also earned six points, but Laltu won the title and the Rs 1,500 purse by virtue of a better progressive score. Arindam got Rs 1,000. Probir Kangsabanik was third (5.5) and got Rs 700. Sampat Mullick (5) and Priyanka Das (3) won the boys� and girls� under-14 titles.

OTHER RESULTS: BOYS� under-13: Sourav Basu (3.5). Under-12: Arnab Chowdhury (4). Under -10: Souvik Banik (3). GIRLS� Under-12: Shreya Basu (3). Under-10: Chandrima Ghosh (3). Under-8: Poushali Chakraborty (2.5).

Knockout final put off

The CAB senior knockout final, between Mohun Bagan and Kalighat, was postponed today because of overnight rain. Though it didn�t rain today, water in the last two days had affected the pitch.

The final is now expected to be played after the J.C. Mukherjee final (between the same teams) which is scheduled for next week.

Shukla, Indrani coaches

Indrani Sarkar and Shukla Dutta, both former East Bengal coaches, have been named coaches for the state women�s soccer team to take part in the nationals in Ludhiana from May 18.

The camp for the 45-odd probables started at the SAI today.

Shukla said 45 was surely a big number, �but we�ll prune it down to 30 within a week�. She said the recent tour of the Malaysian team had greatly helped in developing confidence in the team.

The team leaves station on May 13. Bengal, runners-up last year, have got a bye to the quarter finals, and start on May 18 versus a group qualifier.

Inter-club lawn bowls

Punjab Club A and Punjab Club B will meet in the final of the Band Box 19th inter-club lawn bowls meet. In the semis today, holders Punjab A beat their C team 20-19, while Punjab B beat Hindustan Club 18-17.    

Calcutta, April 18: 
Calcutta Rangers were held 2-2 by West Bengal Police, while Calcutta Customs whipped CC&FC 3-0 in their BHA League first division group A matches today.

At the Mohun Bagan ground West Bengal Police, who have now lost six points, went all out in their attack and generally dominated proceedings, but the better equipped Rangers went ahead in the 12th minute when Barry Selvel scored off a concerted attack.

Sixteen minutes later Abhijit Dey drew level for the policemen, but Rangers were again ahead in the 20th minute of the second session, Selvel scoring his second goal of the day through a combined offensive.

Police drew level again, seven minutes from close when Sanjib Chatterjee sounded the boards off a counterattack.

The teams earned three penalty corners each but were unable to utilise any. Police also wasted three good chances, the culprits being Sagar Subba, Gopichand Gope and Sanjay Gurung.

Rangers have now lost three points in the league.

At the CC&FC, Customs were held goalless till the breather by the host team. The floodgates, though, opened in the 53rd minute when Rajinder Singh converted off a penalty corner.

A.P. Thapa added another in the 63rd, with M.K. Gupta rounding off the tally two minutes from time.


Calcutta, April 18: 
Bengal�s international middle distance track queen Jyotirmoyee Sikdar will on Friday file her nomination papers as CPI(M) contestant for the Ranaghat West seat for the coming Assembly polls.

The double gold-medallist at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, who has been camping in her constituency for nearly a month and-a-half now, will be trying to wrest the seat from sitting Congress MLA Shankar Singh.


Mumbai, April 18: 
A comfortable winner in her previous start, Speculative is set to strike again in the Cursetjee Dhunjishaw Trophy at the Mumbai races on Thursday. The Tecorno-Citiglow mare appears to have run into form as was evidenced when she had an easy measure of Maltese Falcon who went on win effortlessly. B. Prakash partners the F. Abbas-trained five-year-old.


2 pm: Blusheon 1. Moira 2. Honest Lady 3.
2.30 pm: Louis Cyphre1. Track Emotions 2. Malozza 3.
3 pm: Cloud Nine 1. Persian Lord 2. Attia In Sunlight 3.
3.30 pm: That�s Momentum 1. Laurels 2. Blushing Brave 3.
4 pm: Speculative 1. Maltese Falcon 2. Realism 3.
4.30 pm: Blue Butterfly 1. Spring Time 2. Jayashree 3.
5 pm: Forest Hunter 1. Alustar 2. Mille Fiori 3.
5.30 pm: Tap On Power 1. Momentous Mover 2. Fine Arrow 3.

Day�s Best: Tap On Power

Double: Blusheon & Speculative

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