Marsh�s city trip cancelled
East Bengal reach semis
3-set win for Paes-Bhupathi
Customs crush BNR 4-1
5-a-side hockey
Top three boys� seeds reach semi-finals
Federation Cup likely in August

Calcutta, May 3: 
Geoff Marsh�s proposed trip to the East Zone Cricket Academy here tomorrow has been cancelled.

It was announced on Monday that the former Australian opener, now working as a consultant of the Indian cricket board, would visit the city-based Academy which started functioning from May Day.

According to a CAB official, BCCI executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar informed last evening that Marsh will not visit the Academy tomorrow. No reason was cited and no future date was promised in this respect.

The former Australian coach was supposed to oversee the infrastructure of the Academy and hold a meeting with chief coach Arun Lal.

Diwakar to replace Iqbal

Meanwhile, it was learnt Bihar�s Mihir Diwakar will replace statemate Arshad Iqbal, who did not turn up, in the Academy.

Diwakar, a medium-pacer who also bats, was a member of the under-19 World Cup-winning Indian squad. He was among the trainees in the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore last year but has been released this year for being �underage�.

The academy�s total strength has gone up to 22 from 20, following the inclusions of Tripura�s Tushar Saha and Jayanta Debnath.

The initial focus, as pointed out by the chief coach, is on physical fitness and fielding and today the trainees underwent some tough physical tests under the supervision of Dr Vece Paes.

According to Lal, the tests revealed that there were lots of things to work on.


Calcutta, May 3: 
East Bengal beat CAB Blues by four wickets to enter the P. Sen Trophy semi-finals at Eden Gardens today. The CAB team managed 167 for nine from 50 overs. Shome Kapoor and Ayan Nandy top-scored with 28 each.

Rohan Gavaskar cracked 37 off 24 balls to get East Bengal off to quick start. They reached the target in 32.3 overs. East Bengal meet the winners of Wari and Aryans for a place in the final.

BRIEF SCORES: CAB Blues 167/9 in 50 ovs (Subir Dey 2/18, Ajay Verma 2/32). East Bengal 171/6 in 32.3 ovs (Goutam Shome 44, Rohan Gavaskar 37; Kunal Bajpayee 3/34). East Bengal won by 4 wkts.

Sourav submits letter

Sourav Ganguly today submitted a letter to the CAB, which cleared his way to play in the P. Sen Trophy. The India captain will represent CAB President�s XI against Mohun Bagan tomorrow.

Shukla verdict today

The CAB�s cricket committee today deferred a decision on Laxmi Ratan Shukla who misbehaved with Mohun Bagan captain Utpal Chatterjee in the CAB knockout final last week. The allrounder has been issued a showcause notice but the cricket committee, which met today, said the decision will be announced tomorrow.

CCCC champions

Arnab Ghosh took five wickets for eight runs to help Calcutta Cricket Coaching Centre beat Agragamee Siliguri by 70 runs in the N.C. Kolay junior tournament final at Kalighat ground today.

BRIEF SCORES: CCCC 180 in 29.5 ovs (Soumen Roy 40, Derbraj Roy 34; Prasun Chakraborty 3/22). Agragamee Siliguri 110 in 26.3 ovs (Kaushik Guha 50; Arnab Ghosh 5/8, Debasish Mondal 3/27). CCCC won by 70 runs. MoM: Arnab Ghosh. Best Batsman: Shamik Mukherjee (P. Sen CCC). Best Bowler: Prasun Chakraborty. Best Fielder: Kaushik Guha.


Calcutta, May 3: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi survived a gruelling three-setter to reach the quarter finals of the US claycourt meet in Houston.

According to information received here, the second-seeded Indians outlasted American wild-card pair Alex O�Brien and Mardy Fish 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. Paes and Bhupathi next meet Jeff Coetzee and Brent Haygarth.

Paes and Bhupathi, who won the Atlanta title last week, are seeded to meet Bryan twins Bob and Mark in the final.

School cricket

Ballygunge Government, Calcutta Boys� and Naktala HS posted victories in the CAB U-19 school meet today. The 11 group toppers will qualify for the next round. Eight of them � Shyambazar AV, Saifee Hall, Kailghat HS, Cathedral Mission, South Point, National HS, La Martiniere and Mohammed Jan � have moved to the next round so far.


Jadavpur Vidyapith 176 in 39.3 ovs (Subhajit Saha 80; Kunal Biswas 5/22) lost to Ballygunge Government 178/5 in 33.1 ovs (Masidur Rahman 78, Kunal Biswas 56; Subhajit Saha 4/42).

Calcutta Boys� 325/7 in 40 ovs (Sandip Bhattacharya 100, Partha Kundu 81) beat Kalidhan Institute 250 in 36.4 ovs (D. Chatterjee 62).

Naktala HS 257 in 39.3 ovs (Azhar Ali Mondal 70) beat B.D. Memorial 86 in 29.3 ovs (Jayshankar Sarkar 3/26).


Calcutta, May 3: 
Calcutta Customs today beat BNR 4-1 in their last engagement of this year�s BHA league at the Mohun Bagan ground. A.B. Thapa and Sanjay Bist scored a brace each, with Fredi Ekka hitting the reducer for BNR.

As of today, Customs have earned 20 points from 13 matches, including the two � versus Aryan and Mohammedan Sporting � that they did not have to play. They have lost two and drawn two and remain in third spot, awaiting the completion of matches of CESC and East Bengal, the league leaders.

Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) thrashed Howrah Union 5-0 and SAI Training Centre beat Calcutta Port Trust 3-0 in two other matches of the day.

The Customs-BNR tie was a rather unequal affair, so to say. BNR were anyway tottering at four measly points before the start of this, their ninth match of the league, and they did not even have the full compliment of XI to boot.

An official, trying to put together a decent-looking team, said: �This has been the sad tale. Nine of your first team players had gone to play in the inter-Railway tournament. On their way back from there, they simply got down at Sambalpur and proceeded to their home towns.

�We decided to play on since this time there will be no relegation, Mohammedan Sporting and Aryan having anyway stayed away,� he said.

Hence one witnessed some rather portly contenders for the first team berth, and surely no rolling substitution.

Customs, the better team anyway, pushed ahead from the start, crowding the rivals� goalmouth and probing the D. The first goal came early, with Thapa shooting in, but with the ball coming back in through an opening, there was a bit of controversy that was settled as the umpire stepped in.

Bist, the international, made it 2-0 and Thapa added another before lemon break.

Customs pushed in further, with BNR tiring out and in the 11th minute Bist was in the rival D. BNR goalkeeper Meeka Ekka was at hand, but Bist�s fine scoop was misread by Ekka and the fourth goal was in.

Customs relaxed a bit and it was creditable for BNR that they still had the spirit to fight. Twenty-one minutes into the second session of play BNR�s Fredi Ekka sent a quick from close past an unprepared Customs goalkeeper Sandeep Srivastava.

The scorers for CLW today were C. Dhanraj, Anmol Topno, Sushil Kindo and Eric Lakra (2).

Those scoring for SAI were Bisram Nag, Dinesh Tirkey and Poulos Soy.

Schools meet

Seven schools will take part in the inaugural Anglo Indian Association of Schools-organised inter-school hockey meet to be held from tomorrow to Wednesday at the St James School ground.

The following are the schools in fray: St Joseph�s College Bowbazar, St Thomas Free School Street, Assembly of God Church, La Martiniere for Boys, St James, Julian Day Elgin Road and Julian Day Kalyani.


Calcutta, May 3: 
The Youth Khalsa Club will organise the Harcharan Singh Baba and Sukhdarshan Singh Memorial five-a-side hockey meet at Khalsa English School from tomorow to Sunday. In this silver jubilee year the tourament will be played under floodlights.

The knockout meet will see top teams like Punjab & Sind Bank (Jalandhar), RCF (Kapurthala), FCI, SAI, Eastern Railway, Customs and others in fray.

The winners get Rs 11,000 and the runners-up Rs 7,000.

There will also be a 8-12 years age-group meet held alongside for the Sant Sipahi Trophy.


Calcutta, May 3: 
Top three seeds Sabyasachi Bose, Samrat Ghosh and Nirvick Mohinta of Bengal and Assam qualifier Sanjib Mohan today reached the boys� under-16 semi-finals in the Bharat Petroleum state mini and sub-junior tennis meet at South Club.

The Assam trio of Abhinab Bora, Abhinab Sharma and Kaushik Das made it to the last four in the under-14 section with Bengal�s Farid Alam completing the line-up.

There were no upsets today, barring under-14 girls� third seed Devanshi Rajgharia�s 3-6, 1-6 defeat against No. 5 Karina Ahuja in a quarter final tie.


Boys� U-14: Abhinab Bora (Asm) bt Arup Mullick (Ben) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Farid Alam (Ben) bt Mohammed Aaqib (Ben) 6-1, 6-4; Abhinab Sharma (Asm) bt Samriddh Burman (Ben) 6-2, 6-4; Kaushik Das (Asm) bt Akshay Bajoria (Ben) 6-3, 6-2. Boys� U-16: Sabyasachi Bose (Ben) bt Abhinab Sharma (Asm) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Sanjib Mohan (Asm) bt Arup Mullick (Ben) 7-5, 6-1; Nirvick Mohinta (Ben) bt Momin Ali (Asm) 6-4, 7-6 (6); Samrat Ghosh (Ben) bt Abhinab Bora (Asm) 6-3, 6-2.

Girls� U-16: Sanjukta Barooah (Asm) bt Shivani Datta (Asm) 6-1, 7-5; Varsha Datta (Asm) bt Sarmishtha Chowdhury (Ben) 6-3, 6-2.

Girls� U-14: Varsha Datta (Asm) bt Shivani Datta (Asm) 6-2, 6-4; Karina Ahuja (Ben) bt Devanshi Rajgharia (Ben) 6-3, 6-1; Parna Das (Asm) bt Micah Muhuri (Bih) 6-2, 6-3; Kasturi Verma (Asm) bt Shivika Burman (Ben) 6-0, 6-2.

Mohun Bagan meeting

Mohun Bagan club�s executive committee, with the exception of Mani Das, today unanimously supported the financial activities of the club.

Some members had claimed United Mohun Bagan Football Club Private Ltd could not collect prize money ahead of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.

The executive committee, which met today, decided that the above-mentioned practice was acceptable.

Inter-school basketball

Chetla Boys claimed inter-school basketball crown beating Baidyapara HS 65-55 at the WBBA court today. Prosenjit Das (15) and Kamalas Kabram (12) were the leading scorers for the winners. Souvik Bhattacharya scored 22 points for the runners-up team.

Chess qualifiers

Eight players, four each from the Alekhine Chess Club and the Goodricke National Chess Academy, have made it to the nationals in the boys� and girls� under-14 and under-12 categories.

The following have qualified, according to a press release from the club: (From ACC) Boys: Tanmoy Pattanayak (u-14), Sk Shahid Ahmed (u-12).

Girls: Suchandra Chattopadhyay (u-14), Payel Guha (u-12).

From GNCA: Boys: Sayantan Dutta (u-14), Suman Basu (u-12).

Girls: Supriya Majhi (u-14), Mary Ann Gomes (u-12).

CRICKET: The 4th Coal India Independence Cup double wicket meet will be held at Calcutta University ground on Saturday. Eighteen teams will take part.

CRICKET: Sreelata CCC beat Asansol Sub-division CCC by five wickets in the Nabadisha organised sub-junior meet in Chittaranjan Thursday. Set 111 to win in 20 overs, the winners reached the target with an over to spare.


Calcutta, May 3: 
The Federation Cup, after a gap of two years, is likely to be held in this August. This was disclosed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary Albert Colaco today.

Speaking from Goa, Colaco informed the exact dates and venue are yet to be finalised but there is a strong chance of the meet being held again.

Mohun Bagan were champions in the 1998 edition after which sponsors Kalyani Black Label backed out. The AIFF is yet to rope in a new sponsor to run the meet.

Colaco also informed the prize money for the recently-concluded fifth National League will be awarded to the teams at a function, tentatively during the Federation Cup.

Champions East Bengal will be awarded Rs 40 lakh with runners-up Mohun Bagan getting Rs 22 lakh. Colaco added that last year�s dues have been cleared.

He said the teams� participation fees and everything else they are supposed to get from the fifth National League, apart from prize money, will be cleared in 15 days. Bulk of the money is coming from Doordarshan and Colaco said quotations will soon be invited for a new sponsor.


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