EB look for early strike
Mahindra ride second-half blitz
BCCI to consider case
Sahay wins in third round
4 golds for Dola
Tons by Kapoor, Mondal
Loyola High triumph 7-0
Calcutta Racing/ Dalpat, Som suspended
Mumbai Racing/ Southern Star may strike again

New Delhi, Feb. 13: 
On the eve of the second Allwyn Durand Cup semi-final between East Bengal and Churchill Brothers rival coaches Subhas Bhowmick and T.K. Chathunni hinted they would attack early for a quick lead.

That way, an exciting start seems to be on the cards but the coaches did not reveal what the playing XIs would be. However, some uncertainties at some crucial positions persist.

East Bengal is unsure whether to play with five midfielders and a lone striker or follow the conventional 4-4-2 formation. In either case, coach Bhowmick is unsure about his options up front.

Senior players like Suley Musah and Jackson Egygpong have told the coach they prefer 4-4-2 and Bhowmick will then use Jose Carlos da Silva as striker alongside either Bijen Singh or Dipendu Biswas. In case he uses a lone striker, the choice is Carlos. Bijen, in that case, will provide thrust from the right flank and also fall back to help the midfielders.

Bhowmick also has worries in midfield. Isiaka Awoyemi is not fully fit and the coach is thinking of using Falguni Dutta as defensive midfielder, along with Anit Ghosh.

The impressive Chandan Das and Dipankar Roy, recovering from an ankle injury, are certain to play.

Bhowmick�s gameplan is based on speed and mobility with the strikers drifting to the flanks and midfielders rushing into scoring positions.

Anit and Jackson have been assigned the crucial task of marking strikers Yusuf Yakubu (joint top scorer so far in the National League) and new Iranian recruit Mousavi Sayed Amin, who has also been impressive.

Churchill, however, will miss key midfielder Noel Wilson, who is out with two bookings.

Dipak Mondal will play as a �free� defender. Bhowmick is also concerned about international left-back Ratan Singh�s form and his inability to assist the attackers.

Both teams have much to prove. Churchill Brothers have to overcome their reputation of being chokers. Even in the 2000-01 Durand Cup they were favourites but stumbled against eventual champions Mohun Bagan 0-2 in the semi-finals. East Bengal have to show that under Bhowmick�s coaching they have developed consistency and re-discovered cohesion and the winning habit.

The match will be telecast live on DD Sports from 2.15 pm.


New Delhi, Feb. 13: 
Mahindra 3

After a dreary and barren first half, Mahindra United scored thrice against ITI to storm into the Allwyn Durand Cup final for the fourth time.

Ultra-defensive tactics and a slushy, slippery surface made the first half a cure for insomnia. The second half saw a transformed Mahindra attack from both flanks. They scored through striker Austin Okolo, and international midfielders Jules Alberto and S. Venkatesh.

Both teams went into the game with a defensive approach � five defenders, three medios and two strikers� and relied on quick counter-attacks. With the wing-backs rarely overlapping, there were very few men in attack.

ITI replaced A.S. Firoz with international defender K.V. Dhanesh, who has just recovered from an injury. Mahindra, who had earlier played in an attacking 4-3-3- formation, dropped striker Raman Vijayan and used Nigerian duo Okolo-Bala Usman upfront. Vijayan was replaced by Anthony Pereira who was fielded as right-back.

The first half saw limited goalbound attempts. In the 10th minute, Ekeh�s blistering right-footer was fisted away by goalkeeper Virender Singh. Mahindra�s only try was at the stroke of half-time. Khalid Siddiqi�s cross was parried by �keeper Balaji and Anthony Pereira�s goalbound push was cleared off the line by left-back Amandeep Singh.

Mahindra were a different side in the second half, with both Jules and Okolo darting down the flanks repeatedly to stretch the ITI defence. In the 61st minute, Okolo and Khalid Jamil�s deft wall pass split the ITI defence. Okolo sped down the left and crossed to the far post. An onrushing Jules headed into the roof of the net.

In the 80th minute, Jules crossed to substitute striker Venkatesh, lurking near the far post. Venkatesh�s header was partially stopped by ITI right-back Jitesh on the line but trickled over the goalline. A minute from full time, Amandeep�s feeble miskick was headed in from the top of the box by Okolo.


Mahindra: Virender Singh, Anthony Pereira, Tapan Ghosh, M. Suresh, Erose Isa Musa, Bernard Oparanozie, Jules Alberto, Khalid Jamil (S. Venkatesh, 70), Khalid Siddiqi, Austin Okolo, Bala Usman (Abhishek Yadav, 89).

ITI: N. Balaji, Jitesh, K.V. Dhanesh, Syed Hussain, John Ugwo, Amandeep Singh, T.K. Raghui Singh, Md Salisu, Shamsi Reza (Zaheer Abbas, 75), George Ekeh (Nitin Pradhan, 89), Mike Okoro.

Referee: Subroto Sarkar.


Calcutta, Feb. 13: 
Kirti Azad has formally applied for affiliation for his Association of Bihar Cricket (ABC), claiming he had �better deal� on offer for the state�s cause.

The cricketer-turned-politician called on BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya at his CAB office today and asked for the association�s recognition. The Laloo Prasad Yadav-led Bihar Cricket Association is the other body in the state.

Dalmiya said Azad�s case, and those from the newly-formed states, will be discussed in the Board�s working committee meeting, to be held on February 26 and 27. Legal opinion will also be sought before taking a decision.

The Board president said Ratnakar Shetty and Shivlal Yadav would scrutinise all applications for affiliations and present a report to the Board before that meeting.

Dalmiya added the Board has also received an application for affiliation from the Laloo Prasad-run body. But he said internal disputes should be ironed out among the rival bodies. Citing Jharkhand�s example, he said rival factions there �are now functioning as one unit�.

Azad, meanwhile, maintained he had plans ready to improve the condition of cricket in Bihar. �I�m here to tell Dalmiya that the ACB is better-placed to deal with the cause of Bihar. The Vijay Hazare Trophy was supposed to be held in Patna, but thanks to the bickering establishment, the meet was cancelled. The players are insecure and there is nobody to look after them. But the ACB has some plans to change the existing state of affairs,� Azad said.

�A few days back, I spoke to Rajiv Kumar (Bihar captain) and he was literally crying, expressing his team�s hapless condition in the absence of any recognised association in the state.

�I told the BCCI president we are going to hold the Rajendra Prasad Trophy (a local tournament) from tomorrow. We have also asked the Board to send observers to see how we are faring. Dalmiya said Shetty and Yadav would act as Board observers during the tournament.

Azad said a number of former players have been involved into the ACB. �Syed Saba Karim has agreed to look after the association�s technical wing as executive director while umpire S.K. Bansal will the tournament director,� he said.

He also offered an olive branch to Laloo Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and other politicians to join his association as patrons � a move aimed at consolidating his position as ACB president.

ACC meeting

Dalmiya, meanwhile, said the Asian Cricket Foundation meeting will be held in Sharjah on Saturday, followed by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on Sunday and Monday. He said the Mike Denness affair may figure on the agenda.


Calcutta, Feb. 13: 
Local boy Varun Sahay, who had upset top seed Rohana of Sri Lanka yesterday, narrowly beat Vijit Nandrajog 2-1 in the third round of the Eveready all-India amateur golf championship at the RCGC today.

Chandigarh�s Gurbaaz Mann kept up his winning streak, getting the better of Nawab Singh on the 23rd hole.

Vikramjit Singh of Delhi stretched Manav Das of Ambala to the 21st hole before losing out to Das� birdie.

Among the overseas golfers, Irishman Tim Rice beat Aparub Saikia of Noida on the 18th hole while compatriot Mike McDermott outplayed Jeet Singh 5-4 on the 13th.

In an all-Lankan show Lalith Kumar beat Amit de Soysa.

South Africans Luis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwarizel won at the expense of the city�s Sanjeev Mehra (6-4) and Amit Khaitan of Beldih (3-2) respectively.

Body building meet

Burrabazar Yuwak Sabha will hold a state-level body building meet on Saturday. About 40 participants will vie for top honours in four groups (divided as per contestant�s height). The winners of these groups will be involved into another contest to claim the �Burrabazar Sree� title.

Nadia champions

Nadia District Kabaddi Association edged past Habra Kabaddi Association 40-39 to clinch the 28th state junior knock-out meet (boys), held in Bardhaman last week. Mohanlal Mondal of the champion team was adjudged best player of the tournament.

In the girls� final, Manasa Samity (Calcutta) routed another city outfit, S.B. Kabaddi Club 84-12. Banashree Das of Manasa Samity won the best player award among girls.


Calcutta, Feb. 13: 
Dola Banerjee of Jharkhand continued to reign supreme as she bagged four golds at the national-level archery meet for women at SAI Eastern Centre today.

Dola, who won the recently-held senior nationals won the 30m, 50,m, 60m and 70m titles in the Fita round.

Dola�s Tata Archery Academy mate Chekrovolu Swuro of Nagaland had to be satisfied with silver in 50m and 70m and bronze in 60m and 30m events. Dola also pipped Chekrovolu for title in the Olympic Round in the senior nationals.

RESULTS (Fita round):70m � 1. Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand, 309), 2. Chekrovolu Swuro (Nagaland, 298), 3. Bansaralin Dhar (Jharkhand, 279). 60m � 1. Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand, 326), 2. Bansaralin Dhar (Jharkhand, 319), 3. Chekrovolu Swuro (Nagaland, 313). 50m � 1. Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand, 306), 2. Chekrovolu Swuro (Nagaland, 298), 3. Bansaralin Dhar (Jharkhand, 289). 30m � 1. Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand, 341), 2. Jhono Hansda (Jharkhand, 339, 3. Chekrovolu Swuro (Nagaland, 335).


Calcutta, Feb. 13: 
Centuries by Gourav Kapoor (154) and Kamal Hasan Mondal (107) helped Kumartuli Institute reach 418 for nine on the first day of their two-day CAB senior division league match against Taltala Institute.


Eastern Railway SA 180 (Manoj Srivastav 38; Abdul Monayam 4/63). East Bengal 67/2.

Suburban Club 256/9 (Ramesh Biswas 84; Anirban Chatterjee 3/68) vs Shyambazar Club.

Kumartuli Inst. 418/9 (Gourav Kapoor 154, Kamal Hasan Mondal 107) vs Taltala Institute.

Young Bengal 378/8 (Dipanjan Mustafi 119, Indrajit Ghatak 72; J. Alam 4/57) vs Paikpara Sporting Club.

Burnpur Club 153 (Malay Sarkhel 55 n.o.; Nasim Ali 5/58). Calcutta Rangers Club 70/1.

Mohanlal Club 339 (A. Dan 57, A. Ganguly 79, S. Das 67; Chiranjib Guha 6/95). BNR 10/0

Mohammedan Sporting 292 (Sudhir Singh Sisodia 143; Pradipta Majumdar 4/62). Wari 35/1.


Calcutta, Feb. 13: 
Sheikh Shahnawaz scored a hattrick to help Loyola High School thrash Chatta Subid Ali Institute 7-0 at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in the Britannia-Anandabazar Patrika Cup today. Muktar (2), Qaiser Nadim and Murtaza Haldar were the other scorers.

Kankurgachi Vivekananda Vidyapith also scripted a big win, beating Lee Collins High School 6-1 at SAI-II ground. Goutam Sardar (2), Mihir Hazari, Milan Bag, Tapas Biswas and Tulu Hazra scored for the winners while Mithun Adhikari pulled one back for Lee Collins.

Jaidip Debnath, Ranjit Haldar and Shyam Adhikari netted one apiece for Sukantanagar Vidyaniketan as the defending champions beat Ultadanga United High School 3-0. In other matches, Metropolitan defeated Bhahmo Boys 2-0 and Krishnapur Jadhunath Madhav Chandra HS beat Birati Mahajati Vidyamandir 4-0.


Calcutta, Feb. 13: 
Trainer Bharath Singh and his stable-jockey S. Rabani notched up a treble apiece on an eventful afternoon that also witnessed stewards coming down heavily on erring jockeys. Dalpat Singh was suspended till the end of the season for going easy on Sovereign Bullet in the Right Ahead Handicap. He was further told that his riding license will not be renewed until end of August. Jockey Som Singh, too, was stood down until March 13 for his tender handling of Sencai in the Port Desire Handicap won by D. Karki�s Zuhaak.


1. Vibrant Handicap 1,200m: (5-4-3-1) Blessed Spirit (Dalpat S.) 1; Wild Is The Wind (C. Alford) 2; Kyalami (P. Alford) 3; Castle Moon (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/2; 5-1/4; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 60; Place: 23; 23; Quinella: 83; Tanala: 294. Fav: Kyalami (3). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

2. Port Desire Handicap 1,100m: (5-2-3-8) Zuhaak (K. Kumar) 1; Wakamba Warrior (Shanker) 2; Secret Adversary (B. Gurang) 3; Sencai (Som S.) 4. Won by: 9; 1/2; SH; (1-6.4). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 15; 14; 51; Quinella: 34; Tanala: 1,521. Fav: Zuhaak (5). Winner trained by D. Karki.

3. Gurkirpal Cup 1,200m: (2-4-1) Magnifico (C. Alford) 1; Constantine (Amil) 2; Brave Venture (B. Gurang) 3. Won by: 1/2; 3; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 17; Quinella: 12. Fav: Magnifico (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Right Ahead Handicap 1,100m: (4-5-3-1) Best In Show (Rabani) 1; Sovereign Bullet (Dalpat S.) 2; Affliction (C. Alford) 3; Altiama (Domingo) 4. Won by: Nk; Nk; 1-3/4; (1-6.9). Tote: Win Rs 111; Place: 17; 18; 11; Quinella: 404; Tanala: 1,931. Fav: Affliction (3). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Esquire Cup 1,400m: (10-1-2-9) Rescue Act (Rabani) 1; Winning Glory (A. P. Singh) 2; Aflicker (Mas-eyk) 3; Calculate (Surender) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 2; 3; (1-26.8). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 14; 35; 55; Quinella: 139; Tanala: 1,577. Fav: Rescue Act (10). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Fair Haven Handicap 1,100m: (2-10-8-1) Annotate (Rabani) 1; Moon Quest (Yasin) 2; Social Girl (Connorton) 3; Assailer (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-3/4; SH; (1-8.5). Tote: Win Rs 169; Place: 25; 46; 15; Quinella: 5,703; Tanala: 9,975. Fav: Assailer (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

Jackpot: Rs 47,419; (C) Rs 728.

Treble: (i) Rs 409; (ii) Rs 5,207.

Mumbai, Feb. 13: 
An easy winner in her last star, southern Star may win the 1,600m Rajpipla Trophy in Mumbai on Thursday. P. Chauhan partners the A.Doctor-mare.


3 pm: Survee�s Pet 1. Royal Standard 2. Reaching Out 3.
3.30 pm: Miss Sunshine 1. Darksideofthemoon 2. Amaron 3.
4 pm: Kraft 1. Astor Place 2. Initiate 3
4.30 pm: Southern Star 1. Sedona 2. Run For Glory 3.
5 pm: Forest Angel 1. Divine Elegance 2. Oriental Ace 3.
5.30 pm: Grand Gesture 1. Mystic Lady 2. Habit 3.
6 pm: Star Guest 1. Jayashree 2. Betsy 3.

Day�s Best: Forest Angel

Double: Southern Star & Star Guest

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