East snatch win
Shot in arm for Shillong’s Ingty
Lithuanian GM in lead
Bopanna, Tulpule named top seeds
Smooth start by SAI team
Mudit, Saurav in fray
Bagan, E. Rly post victories
Bangalore Racing/ Castle Park may edge out ‘Force’
Bangalore Racing/ Upset win for Way To The Stars

Calcutta, March 22: 
It’s not clear if Sourav Ganguly’s presence in the morning inspired East Zone. At least, it did not show in their batting. But for one Mark Julian Vernon Ingty getting to know the Indian skipper did make a lot of difference.

A superb nine-over spell produced four wickets but, more importantly, paved the way for East’s victory. Needing 263 in 49 overs for an outright win, Central were all out for 121 in the last session.

The 141-run triumph earned East eight vital points in their Duleep Trophy opener this season.

“Five points would have been okay. Eight is surely a bonus but it will help gain confidence for the rest of the matches,” said East’s skipperSanjay Raul.

He admitted his batsmen were not responsible enough in the second innings losing the last eight wickets for only 108 runs.

Rashmi Ranjan Parida (127, 18x4) was the only exception in East’s otherwise lacklustre batting show on the final day. The Orissa batsman showed the much-needed application during his 197-ball knock and was the last man out. Raul left after adding just five to his overnight score, the 88-run partnership for the second wicket being the only one of note in their second essay.

Thereafter East surrendered to the guiles of Kulamani Parida. The off-spinner used the uneven bounce in the wicket to return figures of six for 39. Overall, he had ten wickets in the match. Central began their chase positively, Jyoti Yadav and Gagan Khoda starting off in whirlwind fashion. The flurry of wickets, however, dashed their hopes. Their efforts to down the shutters proved futile since it was too late by then.

Ingty proved too hot to handle as he bowled a good line and got the ball to bounce awkwardly from the good length spot. Seven wickets in the match have been a good effort from the debutant.

Jyoti Yadav was caught unawares as the ball from Ingty rose sharply and took his gloves on way to Deep Dasgupta.

Jai Prakash Yadav fell in his next over, the miscued hook landing in Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s hands at mid-wicket. Yere Goud also did not last long and then Deep brought about a superb catch in front of first slip to dismiss Rahul Kanwat.

Shukla provided good support with a disciplined spell. He offered little room for strokes and helped keep the batsmen under pressure.

It was Utpal Chatterjee who ran through the late-order. His showing in the first innings was hardly effective but he came good when it mattered most.

Devang in squad

Devang Gandhi and Parag Das will replace Shiv Sundar Das and Deep Dasgupta in the tie versus North. P. Jayachandra comes in for Ajay Barik.


Calcutta, March 22: 
A five-wicket haul against Punjab in the Ranji Trophy in Mohali this season helped Assam’s Mark Julian Vernon Ingty come into the picture.

“The Punjab players spoke very highly of him,” says East’s national selector Ashok Malhotra.

A match haul of seven wickets on his Duleep Trophy debut against Central only reconfirmed Malhotra’s faith. For the Shillong-born right-arm medium pacer, the performance will surely serve as a confidence booster.

Moving to Delhi with his father, who is a Commissioner with the Customs, turned out to be a boon for Ingty. “That’s when I started playing cricket seriously,” he says. Till then cricket was limited to playing in the local league in Shillong.

Initially, it was automobile engineering that occupied top priority. But studies took a backseat once he came in touch with Bishan Singh Bedi.

Ingty, who now trains for three months in Bedi’s academy, toured England in 1997, with the academy side. The rest of the year is spent with N.P. Singh at the National Stadium.

Ingty, who went to the All Saints Diocesan in Shillong, owes a lot to his idol Dennis Lillee. “I spent a fortnight with Lillee at the MRF camp in 1998. He’s been a big influence.

“He taught me to keep the arm straight at the point of delivery and also worked on my run-up. He made it shorter (20 yards) and that’s helped,” he explained.

Malhotra has high hopes of Ingty. “He’s a workhorse. Superbly fit and sharp off the wicket. We need guys like him.”

At 25, isn’t it too late to harbour hopes of a national call-up? “I’ll have to perform consistently. But given a chance, I’ll give of my best,” says Ingty.


Calcutta, March 22: 
GM Sarunas Sulskis of Lithuania broke away from the pack of four to emerge sole leader with five points at the end of Round 6 in the Goodricke International Open chess tournament at Gorky Sadan today. Sulskis is closely followed by three players — including GM Krishnan Sasikiran of India — on 4.5 points each.

It was a bad day for Indian GM norm aspirants with Sandipan Chanda, Tejas Bakre and R.B. Ramesh all suffering defeats. But city GM Dibyendu Barua tasted success after two draws with a win over IM P. Konguvel in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defence to move to 3.5 points.

Koneru Humpy stayed in contention for her GM norm with a win over Malaysia’s Wong Zi Jing in 47 moves in a Reti Opening.

Argentine GM Maxim Sorokin (4.5) upstaged second-seeded Russian Alexander Motylev (3.5) on the third board in an English Opening.

Sulskis met Armenian GM Arsen Yegiazarian and the latter opted for the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Sicilian Defence. But grabbing the pawn proved costly as Yegiazarian fell behind in development, which gave Sulskis a decisive edge on the king-side.

GM Sasikiran employed the Grunfeld Defence against top seed GM Alexie Aleksandrov of Belarus and won a pawn in the end-game. But Sasikiran’s valiant effort to convert his extra pawn, in a knight versus bishop end-game, was not enough against the top seed’s stubborn defence.

Chanda, still looking for his final GM norm, played with vigour but succumbed to GM Pavel Kotsur in a Sicilian Defence in a marathon game which went till the 73rd move.

Bakre went down rather tamely, to GM Sergei Ovsejevitsch of Ukraine, in the Botvinnik variation of the Slav Defence in 30 moves. Ramesh was unfortunate to lose against S. Satyapragyan on time despite reaching a winning position.

RESULTS — Alexsei Aleksandrov (4.5) drew K. Sasikiran (4.5); Sarunas Sulskis (5) bt Arsen Yegiazarian (4) Maxim Sorokin (4.5) bt Alexander Motylev (3.5) Evgeny Gleizerov (4) drew Alexander Fominyh (4) Alexander Goloshchapov (4) drew Alexey Kuzmin(4); Drazen Sermek (3.5) drew Andrey Shariyazdanov (4); Sandipan Chanda (3) lost to Pavel Kotsur (4); Abhijit Kunte (3.5) drew Ruslan Sherbakov (3.5); Sergei Ovsejevitsch (4) bt Tejas Bakre (3); Joerg Blauert (3.5) drew Eshan Ghaem Maghami (3.5); S Satyapragyan (4) bt R.B. Ramesh (3) Koneru Humpy (3.5) bt Wong Zi Jing (3); Bogdan Lalic (3.5) bt Sriram Jha (2.5); Dibyendu Barua (3.5) bt P. Konguvel (2.5); G.B. Prakash (3.5) bt V. Saravanan (2.5); P. Mahesh Chandran (3) drew Swati Ghate (3); Mohamad N. Al Sayed (3) drew T.S. Ravi (3); Deep Sengupta (2.5) drew S. Kidambi (2.5); Nisha Mohota (2.5) drew Lanka Ravi (2.5); Rahul Shetty (3) bt K. Visweswaran (2); Krishna Thapa (2) lost to Yogesh Gore (3); Dinesh Sharma (2.5) bt Saheli Dhar Barua (2); Suvrajit Saha (2) drew Abdulla Al-Rakib (2); Vikramijit Singh (2) drew Enamul Hossain (2); Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury(1.5) drew Somak Palit (2); Shayeste Gadar Pour (1.5) drew P.D.S. Girinath (1.5); Aarthie Ramaswamy (1.5) bt Rahul Sangma (0.5)


Calcutta, March 22: 
All top tennis stars of the country, barring Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Prahlad Srinath and Harsh Mankad will be taking part in the Rs 5 lakh Indian Oil Servo senior national grasscourt tennis championships to be held on the Calcutta South Club lawns from Sunday to March 30. And the top seeds are Rohan Bopanna among men and Radhika Tulpule among women, both of Maharashtra.

The women’s category will not have in its ranks reigning champion Manisha Malhotra, runner-up Rushmi Chakraborty as well as another star, Nirupama Vaidyanathan.

The men’s defending champion is Mustafa Ghouse of Maharashtra (fifth seed here) and last year’s runner-up Vishal Uppal of Delhi is the 33rd seed. The men’s wild cards have been given to Uppal, Rohan Gajjar, Saurav Panja and Vinod Sewa. The men’s winner gets Rs 39,000, the women’s winner getting Rs 26,000. The men’s and women’s categories are of 32-player draw, doubles of 16 team.

THE SEEDINGS (TOP 10) — Men: Rohan Bopanna, Nitin Kirtane, Vinod Sridhar, Vijay Kannan, Mustafa Ghouse, Rishi Sridhar, Manoj Mahadevan, Kamal Kannan, Punna Vishal, Vasudev Reddy. Women: Radhika Tulpule, Sonal D. Phadke, Sai Jayalakshmi, Sheetal Gautham, Shruti Dhawan, Archana Venkatraman, Radhika Mandke, Ankita Bhambri, SK Tara, M. Kamini.


Calcutta, March 22: 
SAI today earned a smooth 2-0 victory over BSF North Bengal in their 107th Beighton Cup match at the Mohun Bagan ground. In the other match of the day CC&FC beat Punjab Sports Club 3-0, Gurminder Singh scoring a hattrick.

SAI, comprising players mainly from Jharkhand, Orissa and Bengal (five from Bengal), moved into the lead in the 18th minute when Somra Horo sounded the boards. Edmond Kerketta scored the second goal in the 36th minute.

The team practised under coach Abraham Kispotta (who is now posted in Sundergarh, Orissa) for some time before this meet. Kispotta said he believed this team will be able to provide a good many players for the national junior selection.

Indications are also there that the Services (especially the Army) have shown keen interest in recruiting some of the juniors for future teams.

Big win for Md. Sp.

In the BHA league group B match of the day Mohammedan Sporting whipped Chotanagpur RC 6-0. Sarwar Ahmed scored thrice, the other goals coming from A.N. Shivakumar, Azam Ali and Arun Pratap Singh.


Calcutta, March 22: 
India’s Manan Chandra and young aspirant Pankaj Advani look good for the title-fight in the Asian under-21 snooker championship to be held at the Calcutta Swimming Club from April 8 to 12.

The meet, which featured Thai champions in its last three editions, will not see the holder (Supoj Saenlah) here because he has moved up the age-group.

That makes top seed Manan— last year’s runner-up—the favourite, said Billiards and Snooker Federation of India’s P.N. Roy. Fourteen countries will be represented by 26 players.

The two players from Bengal in the fray are Mudit Poddar and former world champion Manoj Kothari’s son Saurav Kothari.


Calcutta, March 22: 
Mohun Bagan and Eastern Railway today won their respective A.N. Ghosh Memorial Trophy matches. Mohun Bagan beat Netaji Subhas Institute by five wickets, while Eastern Railway defeated Shyambazar by four wickets.


Shyambazar 269/4 (including 33 penalty runs) (Aditya Sengupta 86 n.o., Debdulal Majumdar 59; Pranab Parasar 4/31). Eastern Railways 261/6 + 37 penalty runs (Diptendu Mahata 89, Rahul Deb 76, Amal Das 40 n.o.). E. Rly won by 4 wkts.

Netaji Subhas Institute 226/8 in 45 ovs (M. Chakraborty 67; Nazar Khan 3/39). Mohun Bagan 227/5 (Amitava Banerjee 66, Sanjib Goel 63 n.o.). Mohun Bagan won by 5 wkts.


Bangalore, March 22: 
Although six, three-year-olds, will face the starter for the rich 1,400m Nanoli Stud Bangalore Juvenile Million, tomorrow, it looks like a two horse race between Superior Force, a winner of both his starts here, and Castle Park who caught the eye while winning on debut a fortnight ago. Both are in excellent condition but having watched both of them in action during their triumphs, it is the Rashid Byramji-ward Castle Park with Pesi Shroff in the saddle who enjoys a marginal edge over her rival.


1 pm: It’s So Wonderful 1. Fabulous Star 2. Convicted 3.

1.30 pm: Omni Presence 1. Bacardi Star 2. Royal Satsuma 3.

2 pm: Dover 1. Anchor 2. Misty Charms 3.

2.30 pm: Royal Force 1. Another Time 2. Adarco 3.

3 pm: Diamond Harbour 1. I Me And Mine 2. Golden Finisher 3.

3.30 pm: Scarlet Runner 1. River Nile 2. Black Ocean 3.

4 pm: Castle Park 1. Superior Force 2. Obligado 3.

4.30 pm: Air Strike 1. Hello Brother 2.

5 pm: Star of Heaven 1. Sunny Spice 2. Memorable Occasion 3.

5.30 pm: Private Pursuit 1. Tasman 2. Rythm ‘N’ Blues 3.

Day’s Best: Air Strike

Double: Star of Heaven & Private Pursuit


Bangalore, March 22: 
Way To The Stars, a long- shot, posted an upset victory in the Chatrapathi Cup, the main event at the Bangalore race held on Friday. S. Ramesh partnered the Rashid Byramji-trainee.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Kokarebellur Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (6-4-2) Matchless Princess (Prakash) 1; Talented Lady 2; Almonar 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/2; (1-8.6). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 12; 10; 15; Quinella: 16; Tanala: 84. Fav: Talented Lady (4).

2. Amaravathi Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (1-4-3) Enterprisor (Prakash) 1; Conquering Star 2; Trap A Spy 3. Won by: 7-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-27.3). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 128; 15; Quinella: 619; Tanala: 1,286. Fav: Enterprisor (1).

3. Sringeri Plate 2,00m: (8-2-6) Great Brother (Suresh) 1; Daiimio 2; Sheer Blossoms 3. Won by: 1-1/4; SH; (2-13.2). Tote: Win Rs 221; Place: 38; 17; 16; Quinella: 345; Tanala: 3,884. Fav: Salona (3).

4. Kokarebellur Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (2-5-7) Star Eagle (Appu) 1; It’s A Steal 2; Bansuri 3. Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 14; 45; Quinella: 26; Tanala: 261. Fav: Star Eagle (2).

5. R. J. Rebello Memorial Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (4-2-1) Soldier of Fortune (Srinath) 1; River Bed 2; Musselburgh 3. Won by: SH; Nk; (1-16.3). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 14; 34; 16; Quinella: 148; Tanala: 834. Fav: Soldier of Fortune (4).

6. Leading Bookmaker Trophy 1,600m: (2-11-7) Potential Force (Marshall) 1; Paranjyothy 2; Dark Felt 3. Won by: 2; 4-1/4; (1-41.5). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 15; 45; 15; Quinella: 409; Tanala: 1,482. Fav: Potential Force (2).

7. Chatrapathi Cup 1,400m: (6-7-4) Way To The Stars (Ramesh) 1; Alassio 2; Tresorie 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1; (1-27). Tote: Win Rs 399; Place: 97; 56; 32; Quinella: 5,000; Tanala: 57,435. Fav: Sher Khan (9).

8. K. H. Srinivasan Memorial Cup 1,800m: (6-3-7) Pretty Move (Raj-esh) 1; Firecrest 2; Pristine Beauty 3. Won by: 3/4; 3/4; (1-55.8). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 17; 19; 29; Quinella: 98; Tanala: 885. Fav: Pretty Move (6).

9. Amaravathi Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (6-5-2) Southern Treasure (Srinath) 1; Rio 2; Dancing Phantom 3. Won by: Hd; Nk; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 10; 15; 18; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 55. Fav: Southern Treasure (6).

10. R. J. Rebello Memorial Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-8-9) Dee Emm (Gallagher) 1; Chanel 2; Tina’s Tune 3. Won by: Nk; 2-3/4; (1-15.7). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 23; 21; Quinella: 69; Tanala: 440. Fav: Dee Emm (6).

Jackpot: Rs 14,456; (C) Rs 4,337.

Treble: (i) Rs 391; (ii) Rs 2,249; (iii) Rs 83.


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