Saba endorses Deep selection
Sikkim school wins Namchi meet
Pune Racing/ Torres all set for repeat win
Mysore 1000 Guineas/ Nairn spoils stable�s party

Calcutta, Sept. 7: 
It was in 1996 when a wicketkeeper representing Bengal made his one-day International debut in South Africa. Come October, and another stumper from the state � Deep Dasgupta � is set to do the same in the land of Allan Donald.

That�s just a coincidence but there is more between the two. Saba was the stand-in Bengal skipper in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda in 1998-99 when Deep played his maiden first class match. Deep struggled to take the veteran�s place in the state squad for a while but didn�t look back once Saba was dropped from the team last season owing to an eye injury.

If that�s an irony, Saba doesn�t seem to agree. �It feels great and the fact that Deep displaced me doesn�t matter,� was how Saba reacted after The Telegraph broke the news to him.

Holidaying in Raichak, Saba continued: �From the beginning Deep impressed me with his temperament. We were chasing 450-odd in that Baroda match and under pressure, Deep scored a hundred as an opener.� That match ended in a creditable draw for Bengal and Saba also scored a century. �I did notice that this chap is mentally prepared to cope with pressure and he has done well under similar situations after that,� said Saba, referring to Deep�s stubborn contribution with the bat in the Duleep Trophy last season.

�In South Africa, the wickets offer more carry, so, Deep has to remember that he will be standing further behind the stumps as compared to what he does in India. He has to be quicker in running up to the stumps,� Saba noted.

�Also, the wickets are so quick that he has to watch the ball till it settles down in his gloves. One can say a �keeper has to do that everywhere but on South African wickets, this need is more acute.�

As for batting, Saba thinks Deep�s natural game is well suited to the conditions he will be playing in. �He is not an adventurous starter and prefers to consolidate rather than going for his shots early. He will have to do that when he goes out to bat there as it will take time to get used to the pace of the wickets.�

Deep has emerged as a reliable bat for the state and the zone but Saba thinks he is still a wicketkeeper first.

�He is a wicketkeeper-batsman and not the opposite. He is a willing worker and quick learner. That�s why he has been able to grab the opportunity in quick time,� Saba observed.

A decent choice: Jeejeebhoy

Another former Bengal wicketkeeper Russi Jeejeebhoy thinks Deep is a �decent choice� to tour South Africa. Also a former national selector, Jeejeebhoy said he had heard about Deep�s progress in the National Cricket Academy and wasn�t surprised by his selection.

�It�s going to be a tough outing, but the tougher the first outing the better. He has to keep his head firmly on his shoulders and keep working on fitness. It�s the most crucial part of the modern-day game and I�ve heard Deep is good at it.�


Calcutta, Sept. 7: 
Sports Authority of India (SAI) Special Area Games school of Sikkim today won the Eveready Namchi inter-school meet title when they beat Kumudini Home 2-1 in the final, according to information reaching here.

Suman Dorji Tamang and Dizang Lepche scored for SAI, while Kongdup Lepcha reduced for Kumudini in the tournament, held mainly for hill schools in the south Sikkim town of Namchi.

Low-scoring matches

The Calcutta Football League�s first division�s group B today threw up some low scoring matches. Taltala Institute beat Bowbazar YMU 2-1 at the East Bengal ground, Mohammedan AC beat Behala Youth by the same scoreline in Belghoria, while Taltala DS pipped Police AC 1-0 in Barrackpore.

Two other matches were drawn � Sporting Union and United Student shared four goals in Bata, while Aikya Sammilani and Bally Protiva failed to score at the Mohun Bagan ground.

Janbazar in semis

From the day�s third division championship play-off today, Janbazar AC reached the semi-final when they beat Town Club 8-7 via the tie-break sudden death at the YMCA ground. Regulation time play was goalless.

Yesterday, Mouri Sporting had also reached the semi-final (and not the final as reported in these columns today).

In third division relegation, Central Calcutta beat Beleghata AC 4-2 via the tie-breaker in the second leg at the BG Press ground today. In the first leg Beleghata had won 1-0, while today Central won 2-1.

The tie-breaker was initiated to break the 2-2 deadlock. In the first leg of the second division relegation play-off at the Hog Court ground, Howrah Town beat YMSA 2-1.

RP Singh stays with Bagan

R. P. Singh today reaffirmed his faith with Mohun Bagan in the inter-club transfers. That adds to the strength of the league leaders� midfield.

Badminton fiasco

The age-old fiasco in the city badminton circles seems to be rearing its ugly head once again, with Ratan Saha, a senior office-bearer of the West Bengal Badminton Association, seeking an injunction on activities and meetings of the state body because some old �agreements� have allegedly not been adhered to.

Saha said he and those in the now defunct Badminton Association of Bengal had �agreements� on several issues, with the Badminton Association of India reportedly having acted referee.

Now, says Saha, �there are several irregularities that need to be addressed, and since BAI president V.K. Verma is not willing to listen (some letters to him have reportedly been not acknowledged), the court is the only way out.� As usual, though, the sport itself stays in the doldrums that it is in.

Schools� basketball

La Martiniere for Boys take on Don Bosco in the final of the NS Subaiya Memorial inter-school basketball meet at YMCA Wellington tomorrow. The girls� final will be between La Martiniere for Girls and Assembly of God Church (Girls).

In the boys� semi-finals today La Martiniere beat Assembly of God Church (Boys) 77-67, while Don Bosco beat Grace Ling Liang 63-55. In the girls� semi-finals Assembly of God Church (Girls) beat Ballygunge Siksha Sadan 42-22, while La Martiniere for Girls beat Loreto House 34-17.


Pune, Sept. 7: 
Trained by Imtiaz Sait, Torres is expected to repeat his recent monsoon track victory over the regular strip in the Revelation Trophy, the main event at the Pune races on Saturday. Rajinder partners the Libor-Miss Formidare four-year-old gelding.


1.45 pm: Emmanuel�s Pet 1. Heart Beat 2. Silver Line 3.
2.15 pm: Star Power 1. Firecrest 2. Betsy 3.
2.45 pm: Machrihanish 1. Sea Minstrael 2. Queenstown 3.
3.15 pm: Torres 1. Knighted 2. Final Authority 3.
3.45 pm: Aphaia 1.Star Magic 2. Miss Sunshine 3.
4.15 pm: Fly By Alibi 1. Pure Pearl 2. Soviet Fire 3.
4.45 pm: Track Emotions 1. Dahana 2. Terrificco 3.
5.15 pm: Dhanadal 1. Let�s Have Fun 2. Fire Girl 3.
5.45 pm: Tulsa Time 1. Anjolie 2. Kissimmee 3.

Day�s Best: Aphaia

Double: Torres & Track Emotions

Mysore, Sept. 7: 
Nairn, a rank outsider trained by Zarir Darashah, spoiled the stable�s party when the Razeen-Warm Feelings daughter scored a comfortable victory over stable�s hot-favourite Hope And Faith in the Karnataka Racehorse Owners� Association Mysore 1,000 Guineas in Mysore on Friday. Ryan Marshall partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Gokarna Plate 1,200m: (3-12-11) River Bed (Shafiq) 1; Worldly Pick 2; Turf Rythm 3. Won by: 1/2; 1/2; (1-14.1). Tote: Win Rs 64; Place: 21; 24; 51; Quinella: 245; Tanala: 3,985. Fav: Laplander (10). (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of third placed horse).

2. Air Force Gold Cup 1,800m: (1-6-8) Argyle Gold (Shafiq) 1; Tapatio 2; Mayfair 3. Won by: Nk; 2-3/4; (1-51.6). Tote: Win Rs 149; Place: 35; 10; 20; Quinella: 153; Tanala: 2,060. Fav: Tapatio (6).

3. Huntsey Stud Trophy 1,200m: (9-4-7) Memorable Occasion (Prakash) 1; Blushing Star 2; Tasman 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 2; (1-12.8). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 11; 40; 19; Quinella: 161; Tanala: 898. Fav: Memorable Occasion (9).

4. Pattu Brothers Gold Cup, Div-I 1,400m (3-4-8) Aide de Memoire (Surjeet) 1; Galleon de Espania 2; Agronomist 3. Not run: Different Ballgame (9). Won by: 8-3/4; 1/2; (1-26.4). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 12; 20; 18; Quinella: 57; Tanala: 184. Fav: Aide de Memoire (3).

5. Karnataka Racehorse Owners� Association Mysore 1000 Guineas 1,600m: (3-2-5-6) Nairn (R. Marshall) 1; Hope And Faith (Appu) 2; Sacristia (Shroff) 3; Fairy Winter (Prakash) 4. Not run: Pettalumma (1). Won by: 4-1/2; 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-37.5). Tote: Win Rs 163; Place: 27; 11; 24; Quinella: 109; Tanala: 3,008. Fav: Hope And Faith (2).

6. R. W. I. T. C. Trophy 1,200m: (7-1-8) Chity Bang (A. Imran) 1; One So Wonderful 2; Winning Glory 3. Won by: 1; 4; (1-12). Tote: Win Rs 62; Place: 21; 19; 37; Quinella: 133; Tanala: 2,788. Fav: One So Wonderful (1).

7. Pattu Brothers Gold Cup. Div-II 1,400m: (3-2-6) Samanzar (Amit) 1; Bountiful Star 2; Star Class 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-27.2). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 16; 12; 13; Quinella: 56; Tanala: 393. Fav: Bountiful Star (2).

Jackpot: Rs 1,94,740 (Carried over); (C) Rs 2,504.

Treble: (i) Rs 391; (ii) Rs 6,290.

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