Follow-up action must for NCA
Jalpaiguri team wins big
Selvel A emerge supreme
Indrani, Sujata steal show
Top billing for CU
TTFI prefers city for academy
Bangalore Races/ Affability for �Million�
Bangalore Races/ Hong Kong Boy surprises

Bangalore, May 26: 
Sunday is the day off for the 24 National Cricket Academy (NCA) boys, not so for head coach Balwinder �Swinging� Singh Sandhu, though. He will either be making notes specific to his wards� progress or be busy on his Compaq laptop. This only underlines Sandhu�s commitment and the zeal with which he has taken up this high-profile assignment.

Incidentally Sandhu, till now best remembered for foxing Gordon Greenidge in the 1983 World Cup final, is on special leave without pay from his employers (Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers). It wasn�t any different, really, when he coached Maharashtra last season.

Speaking to The Telegraph in Bangalore the other day, Sandhu said he could return to Maharashtra � his NCA contract, for now, is till September when the present batch graduates � but on �better terms and conditions.� Quite understandable.

At the NCA, Sandhu is being assisted by Erapalli Prasanna and Kenia Jayantilal, both of whom are designated as coaches, Rajesh Kamath (assistant coach) and Arjun Rana (trainer). Besides, director Brijesh Patel is around, too. The dynamic Patel is also the KSCA secretary.

Under the existing arrangement, Prasanna is handling the bowlers, while Jayantilal looks after the specialist batsmen.

Like Sandhu, Jayantilal holds a level III (coaching) certificate from the Cricket Academy in Adelaide. Both completed the course in 1992, becoming eligible to coach in first-class cricket.

More recently Jayantilal, an opener who played one Test in the West Indies (1970-71), had a stint in Malaysia, while Sandhu (eight Tests, 22 ODIs) had two great years with Mumbai. He has also coached in Kenya and regards Frank �Typhoon� Tyson as his guru.

The NCA (with superb indoor facilities and a state-of-art gym) is currently housed at the KSCA�s Chinnaswamy Stadium but, sooner rather than later, it will move to the outskirts of Bangalore, where the KSCA will be leasing 12 of the 30 acres provided to it by the state government.

For the Deep Dasguptas, the day formally begins at 7.30 am with either yoga, endurance runs or weight training. Breakfast is an hour-and-half later and, thereafter, are a range of activities till just before noon, the time for lunch.

The afternoon sessions are usually devoted to nets at the 20 practice wickets (turf, matting and concrete). Tea is at 4 pm and dinner exactly four hours later. In what is rare for Indian sport, the boys also have sessions with a nutritionist.

According to Sandhu, the boys� training is in three stages: The focus in the first is to �correct the grammar,� and this will take around six weeks. Stages II and III overlap and cover the imparting of �new skills, the refinement of existing ones and importance of strategy.�

Besides the coaches� assessment, the boys have to record their own observations and Sandhu, into computers even during his Mumbai days, has specially devised a �goal setting paper.�

Less than a month into their education and the NCA boys have already had the privilege of interacting with Mansur Ali Khan �Tiger� Pataudi, John Wright, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.

Pataudi, specially, stressed the importance of �morals and values,� while Sourav and Sachin focussed more on their customary preparation and approach to matches.

Intriguingly, Sandhu has inherited a system with no provision for follow-up action. In other words, once the boys graduate, the NCA won�t ever have anything to do with them. Sandhu, of course, wants to rectify this.

It�s amazing this wasn�t done last year itself, when the NCA came into being.

�Over a period of time, it�s important to see how what has been taught is being implemented. Personally, I would also like to interact with the state coaches of the boys... If this isn�t done, the purpose of the NCA won�t really be served,� Sandhu, who vibes very well with consultant Rodney Marsh, pointed out.

Sandhu strongly feels coaches, too, must be trained at the NCA. It�s with some pride he added: �In Maharashtra (last season), I organised a seminar for coaches and the response even from the districts was excellent. Unless the coaches themselves know their job, what will they impart?�

Sports psychology has been a favoured area with Sandhu and there will be plenty of that at the NCA. In the head coach�s opinion, mental toughness (generally) is one area where today�s youngsters aren�t really up to it.

The NCA boys will be given a ten-day break in mid-June, before they assemble ahead of the July 4-10 zonal meet, in Bangalore itself. A series of matches between a combined zonal XI and two NCA teams is planned.

The plans are fine, the implementation, too, should go off without hiccups. It�s the follow-up action which must quickly be institutionalised.


Calcutta, May 26: 
S.P. Roy Memorial, Jalpaiguri, routed Bhadrakali CCO by 121 runs in the Pepsi Ambar Roy sub-junior meet at Eden Gardens today.

Batting first, S.P. Roy made 203 for nine in 25 overs. Jayanta Roy (3/16) then spearheaded the Jalpaiguri team�s attack to skittle out Bhadrakali CCO for 82.

In another match, riding Sanu Singh�s six wickets for three runs, Pankaj Gupta CC beat Bolpur�s Young Town by four wickets.


Jalpaiguri S.P. Roy Memorial 203/9 in 25 ovs (Krishnendu Mondal 56). Bhadrakali CCO 82 in 21.4 ovs (Jayanta Roy 3/16). S.P. Roy won by 121 runs.

Bolpur Young Town 99 in 25 ovs (Rittick Sikdar 45; Sanu Singh 6/3). Pankaj Gupta CCC 100/6 in 21.1 ovs (Animesh Biswas 30 n.o.). Pankaj Gupta CCC won by 4 wkts.

Siliguri Baghajatin CCC 98 (Arjun Seth 5/21). North Howrah CCC 99/5 (D.H. Gupta 3/17). North Howrah won by 5 wkts.

Subhajit Mitra CC 183/6 in 25 ovs (Kalyan Sarkar 46, Subrata Das 47). Uttarpara Junior CC 101 in 23 ovs. Subhajit Mitra CC won by 82 runs.

BNR School of Cricket 94/8 in 25 ovs. Durgapur CC 95/3 in 18.4 ovs. Durgapur CC won by 7 wkts.

Ranaghat Friends Club 177/6 in 25 ovs (Avijit Haldar 54). Dalhousie CA 158/6 in 25 ovs (J. Mistry 59). Ranaghat Friends Club won by 19 runs.

Md. Sp teams win

Mohammedan Sporting won their matches in senior and under-12 categories in the all India pepsi Cup in Bangalore today.


Senior division: Paragon 141 in 27.4 ovs (Rakesh Jha 42; Suresh Rama 3/20, Dilip Yadav 3/30). Md. Sporting 144/3 in 20.1 ovs (Naved Ahmed 43, Rishav Kuhar 40 n.o., O.R. Tiwari 40). Md. Sporting won by 7 wkts.

Under-12: Md. Sporting 179/9 in 30 ovs (Subhradip Sen 49, Subarna Chatterjee 36 n.o.; Arun 5/30). South Point CC 177 in 30 ovs (Subarna Chatterjee 3/11; Abdullah 3/15). Md. Sporting won by 2 runs.


Calcutta, May 26: 
The concept behind organising the meet was to allow the executives �relax�. But there were no signs of leisured ease on their part as they fought hard for top honours in The Telegraph Merchants� Cup five-a-side football competition finals at CC&FC ground today.

Selvel A emerged convincing champions, routing IISCO 4-0 in the Main Plate final.

Selvel A, a relatively younger side, took the lead within seven minutes through a powerful left-footed blast by Javed Ansari. After the change of ends, Jahan Mehta scored a brace and Rajib Ghosh netted one to complete the tally for the winners.

IISCO, however, got something to cheer about when their veteran Pradip Chowdhury received the Most Valuable Player award.

Earlier, in the Bowl Plate final, Smithkline Beecham rode a Joy Goswami strike to beat B.S. Raut, while TCT Software held their nerves to edge past Bata India 3-2 via tie-breaker in the Losers� Plate final. The score was tied 1-1 in regulation time.

In between, East Bengal players of the past and present played an exhibition match against hosts CC&FC with the former winning 5-1. Former greats Atanu Bhattacharjee, Aloke Mukherjee, Krishanu Dey and current players Dipankar Roy and Ranjan Dey took part.

The winning trophies were presented by Seagram�s Royal Stag. Tata Indica and were co-sponsors.

RESULTS (All finals)

Main Plate: Selvel A bt IISCO 4-0. Bowl Plate: Smithkline Beecham bt B.S. Raut 1-0. Losers� Plate: TCT Software bt Bata India 3-2 in tie-breaker (regulation time 1-1). Most Valuable Player: Pradip Chowdhury (IISCO).


Calcutta, May 26: 
Indrani Bhattacharya and Sujata Das stole the show on the opening day of the 29th state archery meet at SAI, Eastern Centre today, bagging four golds each.

Indrani emerged the best archer in 30m, 40m, 50m and overall categories in the sub-junior group for girls while Sujata bagged gold in 70m and 60m events in both senior women and junior girls� group.

RESULTS (winners only)

Men (senior): 90m�Sekhar Saha (BSF, 216); 70m�Tarun Dutta (BSF, 279). Women (Senior): 70m �Sujata Das (Cal, 291); 60m �Sujata Das (Cal, 303). Jr. Boys: 90m � Motilal Sabar (SAI, 198); 70m � Sanjib De (Cal, 252). Jr. Girls: 70m � Sujata Das (Cal, 291); 60m � Sujata Das (Cal, 303). Sub. jr boys: 50m � Sovan Dutta (Cal, 264); 40m � Indranil Dutta (PJAS, 287); 30m � Rajkumar Shaw (Cal, 306); Overall � Indranil Dutta (PJAS, 837). Sub-jr girls: 50m � Indrani Bhattacharya (ARCO) 218; 40m � Indrani Bhattacharya (ARCO, 210); 30m � Indrani Bhattacharya (ARCO, 284). Overall � Indrani Bhattacharya (ARCO, 712). Indian round: Men (senior) � C.R. Baghel (BSF, 288). Women (senior) � Binita Basnet (EKA, 149).


Calcutta, May 26: 
The Calcutta University team comprising Rajiv Vimal, Gora Mukherjee, K.P. Nishan Nanaiah and Jagjit Gandhi has been given top billing in the Central Excise Athletic Club-organised inter-college boys� tennis meet to be held from Monday to Saturday.

Eight teams will take part in the event to be played on the High Court Club grasscourts and the meet offers Rs 25,000 in scholarship money. Holders Osmania University will not be around this time and there will be no other outstation teams.

The teams will be divided in two groups and two from each will make it to the semi-finals. All matches will be best-of-three affairs with two singles and a doubles. Organsisers said they will try to hold this meet in January from next year to attract outstation teams.


Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Don Bosco, La Martiniere, Saifee Hall, NIIT, Computer Information Society, Bangabashi College.


Calcutta, May 26: 
A table tennis academy is likely to be set up in the city, Probir Mitra, vice-president, Table Tennis Federation of India, said today.

Mitra said: �We are keen to set up the academy at the earliest and most likely, it will be in this city.�

Mitra claimed at a press conference that the Bengal Veteran Table Tennis Association got affiliation from the TTFI a few days back and has plans to introduce an inter-school meet to find out talents from backward areas.

Mitra said that the camp for the Junior Asia Cup will be held in the city from June 10.


Bangalore, May 26: 
The 1,400m Knock Out Million a terms event for the three-year-olds which is tomorrow�s main attraction may provide interesting fair. However, Affability appears to have a slight edge over her seven rivals and the J. Dhariwal-trainee may win in the hands of C. Ruzaan.


2.30 pm: Star Chieftan 1. Royal Russian 2. Charente 3.
3 pm: Scenic Song 1. Cat Catcher 2. Rusticana 3.
3. 30 pm: Six Flags 1. Special Request 2. Persian Goddess 3.
4 pm: Affability 1. Snow Dew 2. Royal Gladiator 3.
4.30 pm: Argolis 1. Kingston Heath 2. Augill Castle 3.
5 pm: Arristo 1. Tapatio 2. Dover 3.
5.30 pm: Projection 1. Soul Of Gold 2. Royal Debut 3.
6 pm: Money Spinner 1. Our Ambition 2. Cape Fear 3.
Day�s Best: Argolis
Double: Affability & Arristo

Bangalore, May 26: 
The M. Valavi- trained five-year-old Hong Kong Boy posted an upset victory in the K. N. Guruswamy Memorial Cup, the main event at the Bangalore races held on Saturday. K. P. Appu partnered the Placerville-Abeille son to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Esquire Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (7-2-1) Arcaro (Kader) 1; Elegant Monarch 2; Shathabisha 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-16). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 11; 167; 19; Quinella: 983; Tanala: 3,919. Fav: Arcaro (7).
2. Ascot Plate 1,200m: (1-8-9) Pride Valley (Shakti) 1; Imperial Force 2; Silver Spring 3. Won by: Dist; 2; (1-17.2). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 12; 29; 105; Quinella: 116; Tanala: 1,649. Fav: Pride Valley (1).
3. Esquire Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-8-7) Icelandic Hope (Prakash) 1; Blue Gardenia 2; Street Smart 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/4; (1-16.9). Tote: Win Rs 95; Place: 24; 11; 21; Quinella: 57; Tanala: 976. Fav: Blue Gardenia (8).
4. Speaker�s Cup 1,400m: (8-9-2) Antequera (Kader) 1; Star Of Gaiety 2; Financer 3. Not run: Allabreva (4). Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/2; (1-28.4). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 10; 13; 29; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 112. Fav: Antequera (8).
5. P. Framji Memorial Plate 1,200m: (9-3-8) Nairn (Appu) 1; Great Occasion 2; Fizaa 3. Won by: 2; 3-1/4; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 14; 15; 20; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 176. Fav: Nairn (9).
6. K. N. Guruswamy Memorial Cup 1,600m: (8-5-1) Hong Kong Boy (Appu) 1; Antwerp 2; Aerobee 3. Won by: 5-1/4; 1/2; (1-39.7). Tote: Win Rs 65; Place: 17; 11; 16; Quinella: 38; Tanala: 335. Fav: Antwerp (5).
7. Astounding Plate 1,200m: (1-5-12) Dancer�s Dream (Shakti) 1; Winning Charm 2; First Principle 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 3; (1-16.2). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 18; 23; 22; Quinella: 169; Tanala: 1,099. Fav: Time Of War (2).
8. Lady Gibraltar Plate 1,400m: (2-7-5) Border Bounty (Prakash) 1; Bold Tycoon 2; Diamond Rock 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-31.6). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 35; 26; Quinella: 164; Tanala: 815. Fav: Border Bounty (2).
Jackpot: Rs 858; (C) Rs 181.
Treble: (i) Rs 209; (ii) Rs 397.

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