Durgapur CC regain crown in style
Bengal to open vs MP
India in Open final, qualify for world meet
17 from state for TT camp

Calcutta, May 31: 
They don’t enjoy the kind of training facilities their counterparts in the city do but players from Durgapur CC showed they have it in them to upstage their urban rivals.

In today’s Pepsi Ambar Roy sub-junior tournament final, the Durgapur team outplayed holders Bournvita Cricket Academy by eight wickets to regain the crown they had earlier won in 1997.

Chasing 170 in 30 overs under a testing sun, the ‘visitors’ unleashed a flurry of boundaries and galloped away to the title with 5.2 overs to spare.

There was no looking back for Durgapur CC after Rohan Banerjee and Sayan Sekhar Mondal had put on 84 runs for the first wicket. Deep Joardar and Dipayan Dey got going after the openers fell and the former belted 24 from 11 balls to ensure there was no ‘choking’ towards the end.

Earlier, the city team paid for not being able to stitch together any significant partnership and barring Sujay Das and skipper Aadit Osatwal to an extent, there was no noteworthy contribution.

The ‘law of average’ perhaps caught up with Osatwal who had hit two centuries earlier in the meet, as he fell for 28 today — his lowest score in the main round of the tournament. Das cracked 67 from 61 balls but Bournvita Academy owed their respectable total also to the tally of 29 extras.

Das, who bowls off-breaks, was later called for chucking, once each, by both umpires.

Beating the odds

Durgapur CC, founded in 1990 by Shibnath Roy, the head coach, doesn’t have any turf wicket and neither does the club have a room of its own. “It’s to Roy and his dedication to which we owe our success,” said Debdeep Mukherjee, one of the four coaches.

The club, with 80 trainees who pay a monthly fee of Rs 60, has four concrete wickets with mats and uses the Rabindra Bhavan ground which is not ideal for holding tournaments. It doesn’t even have a roller and can’t provide kits to the players.

Durgapur CC’s success shows the districts are not short on talent though their representation in the senior state team is negligible. The Ambar Roy meet, in fact, has been the ideal stage for district teams to showcase their talent. Teams from Barasat and Jalpaiguri had earlier made the final.

Lal’s plan for districts

“Players from the districts have the talent but they fade away after they grow a little older,” noted Bournvita Academy chief coach Arun Lal.

To help players from the districts avail of proper guidance, the Bournvita Academy is planning to spread its wing, Lal informed. “We are thinking of adopting some coaching centres in Durgapur, Naihati, Murshidabad.” Apart from financial assistance to the tune of Rs 50,000 to one lakh per year, he also intends to send Bournvita Academy coaches to those places on short-term visits.

BRIEF SCORES: Bournvita Academy 170/7 in 30 ovs (Sujoy Das 67, Aadit Osatwal 28; Joy Dutta 2/21, Deep Joardar 2/29). Durgapur CC 174/2 in 24.4 ovs (Rohan Banerjee 44, Sayan Sekhar Mondal 44, Deep Joardar 49 n.o., Dipayan dey 24 n.o.). Durgapur CC won by 8 wkts.

Man of the Match: Sayan Sekhar Mondal (Durgapur).

Best batsman: Sujoy Das (Bournvita).

Best bowler:Deep Joardar (Durgapur).

Best fielder: Sujoy Kundu (Durgapur).


Calcutta, May 31: 
Bengal’s campaign in the national U-21 national football meet for the M. Dutta Roy Trophy begins with a match against Madhya Pradesh on June 9.

The tmeet will be played in Dhuliajan from June 8 to 16. Bengal are in group B with MP, Karnataka and winners of the North East Zone qualifiers. Goa, Assam, Punjab and Railways are in group A.

Prakash, Basudeb stay

Mohun Bagan officials today said key players R.C. Prakash and Basudeb Mondal have agreed to spend another season with the club.

89 leave state

Eighty-nine footballers have decided to leave Bengal and applied for inter-state transfers, the last date for which expired today. Nine of them are from East Bengal and three from Mohun Bagan. Mohammedan Sporting have lost three , while six left Tollygunge Agragami.

CU in final

Calcutta University entered the final of the inter-college tennis meet with a 2-0 win over Jadavpur. While Clement Hughes of CU blanked Kaustav Mukherjee in two sets, K.P. Nishan Nanaiah beat Indrasekhar Sen 6-4, 6-2.

Pankaj Gupta CCC best

Pankaj Gupta CCC beat South Howrah CC by 37 runs in the Sujit Mukherjee Memorial sub-junior cricket tournament final at Taltala Institute ground today.

BRIEF SCORES: Pankaj Gupta CCC (95/8 in 25 ovs) beat South Howrah CC (58 all out) by 37 runs. MoS: Chandan Singh. MoM: Projit Das. Best Batsman: Stalin Ghosh.

Mac Group champions

Mac Group this evening retained the Merchants’ Cup lawn bowls crown, beating VCK Share 16-15 at the RCGC Maidan green.

Mac, comprising Ashok Malik and Ravi Prasher, were taken the distance by VCK’s Shrenik Kothari and Manoj Singh. At one point Mac were trailing 13-15, before the duo pulled up at 15-all. That was when the match went into the extra end a one-point jump was enough.

The losers’ plate went to CESC, who pipped Plastic Concern 14-13 in the final.

Yesterday, Mac Group and VCK Share moved into the final with 16-14 and 19-1 wins over Sri Balaji and Sait Mine Line, respectively.

In the losers’ plate semis, CESC B and Plastic Concern got past Tisco E and ITC, respectively.


Bahrain, May 31: 
India overcame last night’s deficit of 29 IMPs to win their 96-board semi-final match against Bahrain by 40 IMPs in the Open Teams event of the 11th Asia & Middle East bridge championship being played here.

Yesterday, India performed poorly to trail Bahrain 112 to 141 IMPs at the halfway stage of the semi-finals. In the other semi, Pakistan led Syria 112 to 88 IMPs.

Reaching the final ensures India a berth in the forthcoming world inter-zonal championships for the Bermuda Bowl to be played in October in Bali.

In the last three sessions played today, India grabbed the lead in the first set itself by winning 45 IMPs to 2. In the penultimate set, India won big again, 48 to 16, to increase the lead to 46 IMPs.

There was little in the cards in the last set for the Bahrainis to wipe the deficit and they could recover only 6 IMPs, 33 to 17, to lose by 192 to 232.

For a first-time appearance in an international meet, Bahrain did very well to hold India to only 16 IMPs over the 96 boards, the extra margin coming to the 24-IMP carry-over in favour of India.

In the 80-board final starting tomorrow, India meets Syria who did remarkably well to overcome Pakistan by 225 IMPs to 208 despite the disadvantage of starting the match 24 IMPs down due to carry-over.

Unfortunately for the Syrians, they are denied a berth in the Bermuda Bowl because they had taken part neither in the last World Pairs championship in 1998 nor in the World Teams Olympiad last year.

That berth now goes to the winner of the 32-board 3rd-4th place play-off between Bahrain and Pakistan.

Women ahead in final

Meanwhile in the 96-board Women’s final, India look set to record a win as they led Sri Lanka by 74 IMPs at the half-way stage.

Starting off with a 1-IMP carryover, the Indian ladies won today’s three sessions by 59-31, 30-22 and 49-12 respectively to lead by 139 IMPS to 65.


Calcutta, May 31: 
Seventeen Bengal players have been named in the list of 30 to attend the national junior and sub-junior table tennis camp to be held at the SAI Eastern Centre from June 10-29. Nine boys and eight girls are from Bengal. Sunil Babras, Michael Mallik, Tapan Chandra and Dipak Haldar are the coaches.

The camp is in preparation for various meets including the Asian junior championship.

THE PROBABLES — BOYS: Sourav Chakraborty, Tanmoy Dutta, Niloy Basak, Subhadeep Das, Sourav Pradhan, Amarnath Das, Devesh Karia, Konkojeet Mondal, Anirban Roy Chowdhury (all Ben), A. Mahagaonkar, Eric Fernandez, O. Torgalkar, A. Balgu, S. Shetty (all Mah), Arunava Ganguly (PSCB academy).

GIRLS: Sushmita Roy, Mousumi Pal, Nandita Saha, Pallabi Kundu, Ahana Pal, Moon Moon Basak, Runa Roy, Shinjini Mitra (all Ben), S. Sangeetha, M. Aparna, A.V. Nivedita, J. Swarna (all TN) P. Sanyal, S. Sharma (both Dli), M. Patkar (Mah).


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