Champions West sign off in style
Ding is master
Group A match abandoned
TTFI backing move: BTTA
Mumbai Racing/ Radical Force may come good
Mumbai Racing/ Twist Afleet strikes again
Calcutta Racing/ Four RWITC owners suspended
Calcutta Racing/ Maharashtra clears proposal

Calcutta, April 12: 
The match had been reduced to a farce on the penultimate day only. West, already assured of the Duleep Trophy, ensured five more points by dismissing East for a mere 162 before tea on the final day. Without enforcing the follow-on, Hrishikesh Kanitkar decided to bat a second time. The batsmen, however, did not find the circumstances motivating enough and lost wickets at regular intervals. The match was called off after the fifth mandatory over.

West took their points tally to 26 from four matches. East, with three points from this game, finished with 17 and were placed third. North were runners-up with 18. South had 11 and Central 8.

There was no presentation ceremony because the trophy had not been made available by the Board. The league format had probably led to such a decision. But with this match turning out to be the title-deciding one, the Board should have made necessary arrangements.

Kanitkar described the victory as a “team effort” but gave his bowlers more credit. “They had to pick the wickets on tracks not suited to them,” the West skipper added.

The conditions were, however, to his bowlers’ liking this morning. Irfan Pathan exploited the dampness on the wicket and played havoc. He got the ball to move and bounce off the wicket at his express speed.

As the pitch dried out, Ramesh Powar polished off the middle and late order, returning figures of six for 35. The Mumbai off-spinner, with 31 wickets from nine games this season, described his effort as “average and not satisfying”.

“I just enjoy my cricket and don’t target anything big,” Powar said when asked of his ambition.

Pathan — described by Kanitkar as “one of the finds of the season” — grabbed four wickets. Devang Gandhi had no clue to one that went straight and Rashmi Ranjan Parida fended one to forward short leg’s hands.

Only Laxmi Ratan Shukla (48 off 64 balls, 8x4, 1x6) and Zakaria Zuffri (44 off 89 balls, 5x4, 1x6) showed some courage and character in tackling the West attack. Shukla repeatedly came down the track and lofted the spinners into vacant spaces. The pair added 64 for the seventh wicket after East were reduced to 51 for six.


Calcutta, April 12: 
Behind Junhui Ding’s boyish, innocuous look lies a ruthless killer. The way the 15-year-old Chinese demolished Thai rival Pramual Janthat in the fourth Asian under-21 snooker championship final today revealed a mature brain rather than a schoolkid out to have fun.

The 6-2 triumph (70-33, 71-10, 78-28, 89-12, 37-74, 55-66, 75-46, 61-20) was a testimony to Ding’s determination and concentration, which put him in a totally different league. And it was really worth watching.

The home crowd, stunned by top seed Manan Chandra’s humiliating defeat by Ding in the semis, had something to cheer today. Chandra routed Malaysian Keem Ho Moh 88-0, 60-26, 66-43 to take third place.

Ding raced to a 4-0 lead in the best-of-11 title-round showdown within an hour and a half, and it seemed to be all over for Janthat.

The Chinese was quite content with a steady flow of sparkling shots, hardly allowing the Thai an open board to operate on. However, Ding’s hold was broken in the fifth frame.

Janthat disturbed the pyramid in such a way that helped him earn a break of 16. But a few tactical errors on the Thai’s part handed Ding a good opening on the board and the Chinese raced to a break of 37. Ding, however, committed the cardinal sin of potting the black from close, letting Janthat polish off the frame with a 57.

The Thai grew in confidence, taking advantage of Ding’s sloppy show in the sixth frame to stage somewhat of a comeback. Janthat, at this stage, was potting the ball fluently and confidently, and pushing the cue ball in the baulk area accurately while defending.

Moments of callousness again gripped Ding in the next frame. Trailing 16-40, he started a visit potting a pink, but was soon found wanting in concentration and erred on long-distance attempts. However, Ding played well off the cushion to retrieve the situation and grab the frame.

Needing just another frame to claim the title, Ding got underway with a good break of 20. But with most of the reds pretty open, Janthat also had a chance to strike back. The Thai, in fact, took a long time to ponder over his position on the table, but failed to capitalise on the situation.

As Ding continued his precision play, Janthat was left with no option but to go for more ‘snookers’. But the Chinese was equal to the task, finally polishing off the frame 61-20 and with it the title.


Calcutta, April 12: 
A first division group A match of the BHA League between Calcutta Customs and Calcutta Port Trust at Mohun Bagan ground was abandoned today due to poor light. The umpires stopped the action eleven minutes from time when Customs were leading 3-1.

In the first division group B, West Bengal Police walloped Calcutta Rangers 5-1. Vijay Subbah, Sekhar Chatterjee, Gurupada Gope, Sanjay Gauranga and Amitava Bose scored for the winners while J. Rozario netted in the late consolation goal for Rangers.

In another match, Wari AC and Ballygunge United played out 1-1.

SA Jaipuria champions

SA Jaipuria won the Calcutta University inter-college meet when they beat Heramba Chandra by 72 runs in the final today.

BRIEF SCORES: SA Jaipuria College 247/5 in 35 ovs (W. Mazumder 63, A. Mazumder 52, A. Das 44; Samrat Guha 3/49). Heramba Chandra College 175 in 31.1 (S. Ganguly 44; S. Sasmal 2/12). Jaipuria won by 72 runs.


Calcutta, April 12: 
The BTTA today accused the national body of “deliberately disintegrating” the state body.

“Table Tennis Federation of India is encouraging a group of people to form a parallel state association,” BTTA secretary Ashish Dutta said. He also alleged the TTFI was refusing to accept players and umpires recommended by the state body.

Amendments to the BTTA constitution will be approved in a meeting on May 5. The Eastern India TT championships will be held at Durgapur from July 2 -7.


Mumbai, April 12: 
Radical Force may be hard to down in the 2,000m Nawabzada Rashidzzaffar Khan Trophy in Mumbai on Saturday. The St Leger run of the Cooji Katrak-ward is best ignored. The Alnasr Alwasheek-Aroma son is expected to return to his winning ways in the hands of P. Kamlesh.


2.30 pm: Lord of Thunder 1. Arctic Girl 2. Irresistible You 3.

3 pm: Cape Marino 1. Bigshow 2. Multi Millionaire 3.

3.30 pm: Heart of Danger 1. High Handed 2. Stimulated 3.

4 pm: Shadow Dancing 1. Light of Justice 2. Tarifa 3.

4.30 pm: Radical Force 1. Reflecting 2. Criollo 3.

5 pm: Snow Star 1. Admiration 2. Chamonix 3.

5.30 pm: Las Mareas 1. Blue Butterfly 2. Speed of Light 3.

6 pm: Picasso 1. Sarena Pride 2. Sugar Daddy 3.

Day’s Best: Lord of Thunder

Double: Radical Force & Las Mareas


Mumbai, April 12: 
Reproducing his last winning effort, Twist Afleet came out with another brilliant performance upon promotion to scored an upset victory in the Topmost Trophy at the Mumbai races on Friday. Mark Gallagher partnered the Nirad Karanjawalla trained six-year-old.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Vedette Plate 1,200m: (6-4-5) Rocks Heart (Bhagwan) 1; Super Cop 2; Whispering Rock 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-13.5). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 12; 20; 20; Quinella: 119; Tanala: 726. Fav: Rocks Heart (6).

2. Desert Sunrise Plate 1,400m: (5-6-2) Cut Time (S. Chinoy) 1; Pacific Fleet 2; Kintyre 3. Won by: 1; Nk; (1-25.8). Tote: Win Rs 257; Place: 50; 17; Quinella: 333; Tanala: 4,754. Fav: Proud ‘N’ True (3).

3. Topmost Trophy 1,600m: (7-1-4) Twist Afleet (Gallagher) 1; Anthology 2; Duke of Albany 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1/2; (1-39.4). Tote: Win Rs 208; Pla-ce: 38; 21; 49; Quinella: 855; Tanala: 70,517. Fav: Tap On Power (5).

4. Steel Gate Plate 1,100m: (1-8-3) My Blue Moon (J. Chinoy) 1; Fast One 2; Tagamet 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 2; (1-6.6). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 10; 18; 19; Quinella: 50; Tanala: 213. Fav: My Blue Moon (1).

5. Aziz Mahmoud Plate 1,400m: (5-1-7) Femme Fatale (Z. Sayyed) 1; Secret Force 2; Anjolie 3. Won by: 3-1/4; SH; (1-26.3). Tote: Win Rs 58; Place: 18; 14; 48; Quinella: 103; Tanala: 2,284. Fav: Secret Force (1).

6. Samuel Nathan Plate 1,600m: (2-3-4) Route To Gold (Prakash) 1; Acacia Blossom 2; Sharpman 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 4-1/4; (1-39.5). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 31; 21; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 466. Fav: Route To Gold (2).

Jackpot: Rs 1,01,171 (Carried over to Sunday); (C) Rs 13,008.

Treble: (i) Rs 12,306; (ii) Rs 550.


Calcutta, April 12: 
The union minister of state Maneka Gandhi has cracked the whip again. The minister, statistics and programme implementation, has suspended four western India horseowners not only from running their horses but also owning any, pending further enquiry, according to a Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) source. Geoffrey Nagpal and three of his family members jointly owning Shamaal, a three-year-old filly, have been booked under Performing Amimals (Registrastion) Rules 2000 (as amended), said the source. The rule categorically holds a horseowner equally responsible for his jockey flouting the whipping norms. The minister has long been fighting for a total ban on whipping of horses. She has also made the registration of all performing animals with the minsitry mandatory.

The action follows jockey Malesh Narredu’s liberal use of the whalebone on Shamaal in a race on March 17. Although, RWITC had slapped a fine of Rs 3,000 on the jockey for the excessive use of the whip, the minister did not consider the punishment severe enough.

Nagpal and company, however, will have to reply to the show cause notice within 15 days as to why the registration of their ownership not revoked and the appropriate legal proceedings not initiated against them.


Calcutta, April 12: 
The government of Maharashtra has cleared the proposal for internet betting on horses, according to a source in the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC). The proposal was put forward by a couple of Indian websites early this year in February. and had put forward the proposal to counter the multi-crore illegal betting channels operating in the country. RWITC stewards and officials were, however, not available for comments.

A spokesman for, the leading horseracing website in the country, however, confirmed the green signal given by the Maharashtra government. He said: “We have all the software and infrastructure to explore the online-betting and we expect other state governments in the country to follow suit and check the menace of the illegal betting and the betterment of the sport.”

The Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) officials were not available for comment.


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