Five seamers too many: Binny
Ujjal Mondal century in Siliguri team�s victory
Bangalore Races/ Aerobee may lift main event

Calcutta, May 25: 
For the second time in eight days, the East Zone Academy trainees had a distinguished �guest�. Today�s visitor Roger Binny, like Rodney Marsh on May 17, wasn�t on a courtesy trip, and inspected proceedings with a keen eye just like the other coaches.

The former allrounder, now a coach at the National Cricket Acdemy in Bangalore apart from being coach of the national junior team, will visit all the zonal academies and Calcutta was his second stop after the West Zone centre in Mumbai.

Though Binny didn�t say this in as many words, it was learnt he is on a talent-scouting mission, keeping in mind the next under-19 World Cup. While hoping that at least the core of that squad can be made up with trainees from the zonal units, Binny informed a �follow-up camp� with four players from each of the five centres will be held in August.

Commenting on India�s chances in the Test series in Zimbabwe, Binny said he had no idea about the conditions there, never having visited that country. However, he didn�t welcome the idea of packing the squad with five seamers.

�Five seamers seem to be a little too much. At least one more spinner should have been there,� said the highest wicket-taker of the 1983 World Cup in England.

Binny said the allrounder�s slot continues to be a problem for India. �There doesn�t seem to be anybody. Both Jawagal Srinath and Anil Kumble showed some promise with the bat but perhaps started concentrating more on bowling.�

According to him, Tamil Nadu leg-spinner Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, who scored a hundred batting at No. 11 in the Ranji Trophy this season, looks a good prospect as far as allrounders are concerned.

Coming back to his stint with the NCA, Binny said things are falling in place this year after a none-too-productive period last year. �We had too many players who were well into first class cricket. With a few exceptions, most of them did not really fit in.

�This year�s batch is a lot fresher and keener to put in a lot of hard work. We are concentrating mainly on fitness and fielding as these are areas where we fall behind.� He hoped quite a few from this batch will make it to the senior national team.

Binny, whose wards won the under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka last year and the under-17 Asia Cup after that, said there was a significant difference between junior teams from the sub-continent and those from other countries.

�Junior teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have quite a few players with experience in first-class cricket and are thus more mature than their rivals. Our under-19 team, for example, had seven players with experience in Ranji Trophy. Other countries baptise players later. I think that makes a lot of difference,� Binny noted.


Calcutta, May 25: 
Ujjal Mondal�s unbeaten 102 helped Siliguri Baghajatin Sangha beat Khadim Ashok Malhotra Academy by nine runs in the Pepsi Ambar Roy Memorial sub-junior cricket tournament today.

Mondal received good support from Pushpen Ghosh Roy, who stayed unbeaten on 53, and his made 169 for one in 25 overs. Khadim Ashok Malhotra Academy made 160 for nine. Shankar Shubhra Banerjee scored 44.


Siliguri Baghajatin Sangha 169/1 in 25 ovs (Ujjal Mondal 102 n.o., Pushpen Ghosh Roy 53 n.o.). Khadim Ashok Malhotra Academy 160/9 in 25 ovs (Shankar Shubhra Banerjee 44). Siliguri Baghajatin Sangha won by 9 runs.

Shute Banerjee CC 127 in 20 ovs (Avirup Ganguly 24, Shubhendu Karmakar 23). Bolpur Officer�s Choice Young Town 119 in 24.3 ovs (Ritwik Sikdar 38, Soumen Bose 5/22). Shute Banerjee CC won by 8 runs.

Srirampur Kalyan Samity 142/5 in 25 ovs (R. Chakraborty 39. A. Chakraborty 26 n.o.). Jalpaiguri S.P. Roy Memorial CC 144/5 in 21.4 ovs (Sougata Bhaduri 39 n.o., P. Chowdhury 32). Jalpaiguri S.P. Roy MCC won by 5 wkts.

Subhajit Moitra MCC 81 in 23.4 ovs (Afroz Khan 3/15). Bournvita CA 85/3 in 18.2 ovs (Adit Osatwal 36). Bournvita CA won by 7 wkts.

Baghajatin Tarun Sangha 140 in 25 ovs (Debojyoti Bose 30). Ranaghat Friends Club 95 in 21 ovs (Saptarshi Chakraborty 4/15). Baghajatin Tarun Sangha won by 45 runs.

Durgapur CC 196/5 in 25 ovs (Deep Joardar 74, Rohan Banerjee 41). Rajdanga Club Samannay 147/8 in 25 ovs (Indranil Burman 43). Durgapur CC won by 49 runs.

Five for East Bengal

Striker Srikanta Dutta, side back Ratan Singh and medio Chandan Das today signed on the dotted line to spend another season with East Bengal.

The new National League champions also roped in Tollygunge Agragami medio Soumitra Chakraborty and George Telegraph�s Swarup Chatterjee. Tollygunge made up for the loss by signing up Mohun Bagan�s Ranjan Sarkar.

Chess selection trial

The eighth state selection trial chess tournament will be held at Salt Lake Stadium from June 3-8. The top four will represent Bengal in the National B meet.

The top 30 from the previous state championship, two players each from the affiliated district units and those with Fide ratings above 2200 are eligible to take part. Entries close on June 1.


Bangalore, May 25: 
The S.S. Pillay-trained four-year-old Aerobee is fancied to win the 1,600m K. N. Guruswamy Memorial Cup, tomorrow�s main event. Y. S. Srinath partners the Don�t Forget Me-Stormy Heights colt.


2.30 pm: Arcaro 1. Amazon Gold 2. Shathabisha 3.
3 pm: Pride Valley 1. Reach Excellence 2. Royal Ridge 3.
3.30 pm: Blue Gardenia 1. Wovoka 2. Icelandic Hope 3.
4 pm: Antequera 1. Star Of Gaiety 2. Ronson 3.
4.30 pm: Nairn 1. Common Wealth 2. Great Occasion 3.
5 pm: Aerobee 1. Antwerp 2. Hong Kong Boy 3.
5.30 pm: Red Angel 1. Dancer�s Dream 2. Winning Charm 3.
6 pm: Border Bounty 1. Shining Bright 2. Bold Tycoon 3.
Day�s Best: Antequera
Double: Nairn & Red Angel

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