Bagan lose in quarters
Leander, Mahesh in semis
In the City
‘Weaver’ may come good

Calcutta, May 3: 
Mohun Bagan was dramatically knocked out of the P. Sen Trophy when they lost their quarterfinal match to Eastern Railway for losing more wickets after both teams were tied on the score of 201.

The match at the Deshabandhu Park saw a dramatic end when Mohun Bagan, chasing 202, needed 12 runs for victory with one wicket in hand. The last pair of Shibshankar Paul and Samad Akhtar took the score to 201 and it seemed that Bagan was home. But Eastern Railway spinner Kanchan Maity trapped Paul leg-before in the 49th over. Earlier, Kalighat had managed 201 for nine in 50 overs, O.P. Tiwari making 64 and Biswanath Bose scoring 43. For Bagan, left-arm spinner Madhusudan Acharya tookfour wickets for 20 and Shibshankar Paul got three for 39.

Brief Scores — Eastern Railway 201/9 (O.P. Tiwari 64, Biswanath Bose 43; Madhusudan Acharya 4/20, Shibshankar Paul 3/39). Mohun Bagan 201 all out in 48 overs ( Sanjeeb Goel 42; Rathindranath Dutta 4/25, Kanchan Maity 3/47) Match tied (E. Rly won for losing lesser wkts).

National HS best

National High School lifted the inter-district Dattu Phadkar trophy when they beat Kamarbad U. Bidyalaya by 75 runs Thursday at Jalpaiguri. Nitin Chourasia scored 88 to help National High notch up 213 for nine in the stipulated overs. NHS Calcutta then restricted KUV to 138.


Calcutta, May 3: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi notched up a comfortable victory Thursday evening to enter the semi-finals of the $380,000 Mallorca Open.

According to information received here, the top seeds saw off Stephen Huss (Australia) and Miles Wakefield (South Africa) 6-4, 6-3.

Paes and Bhupathi, who split two months ago, are playing together this week as a temporary arrangement. A title here could change equations and bring them back together sooner than later.

The last time they advanced as far as the last four of a tournament was in early January at the Tata Open in Chennai.

In the semis, the Indians will meet Michael Hill (Australia) and Daniel Vacek (Czech Republic) who upset third-seeded Argentine pair Lucas Arnold and Gaston Etlis 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5).

The other semi-final will pit Brazilians Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Sa against Julian Knowle (Austria) and Michael Kohlmann (Germany).


May 3: 

Sanity returns to Bagan

The obtuse drama that Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra had been rehearsing for the last few days, is over. The club Friday backed off from their stance of not participating in the Asian Club Championships and decided to take part in the tournament. Mitra also declared they will make a team for the coming season.

Quite like an eminently predictable melodrama, he said: “It is the love of the fans of Mohun Bagan that made us change our stance.” Maybe he believes what everybody else believes, too.

The secretary had declared that the club would not form a team in protest against the case filed against them by a rival faction. “Though the case had not been withdrawn, we had no other option but to form the team witnessing the huge disappointment among millions of Bagan fans for the past few days,” the secretary added.

Not one bit repentant for his pretty unimpressive tactics so far, the secretary said he realises it will be “difficult” to make a team now, with many of the key players already way into negotiations.

The club’s coach, Subrata Bhattacharya informed that practice for Asian Championship will begin from the last week of May.

Women’s league

Youth Footballers got a walk-over in the women’s soccer league Friday when the Friends Organisation team did not turn up. In the other match, Jubak Sangha beat Itika Memorial 4-0, Maya Biswas scoring two and S. Chakroborti and Sankari Karmakar one each.

Behala SA wallop Rangers

CCFC held Khalsa Blues to a goalless draw at the CC&FC ground Friday. Meanwhile, in a Group B match, Behala SA walloped Calcutta Rangers 9-0. D. Das scored three goals and F. Adhikari a brace. S. Majhi, A. Mondol, D. Kumar Prasad and S. Dastidar netted one each to complete the tally.

Amandeep for Md. Sporting

Mohammedan Sporting ensured the service of ITI player Amandeep Singh Friday. He will sign during the inter-state transfers.

Ten players of the Super Division signed in the inter-club transfers Friday. Shibshankar Santra withdrew for Tollygunge Agragami while Ever Ready signed in seven players.


HOCKEY: BHA Group A league: FCI vs BSF South Bengal (East Bengal). CPT vs BNR (Mohun Bagan). Group B: Calcutta Parsee Club vs Jagrihi (Mohammedan Sporting) All matches from 3-30 pm

SOCCER: Women’s league: Mohun Bagan vs Bally Gramanchal (Howrah Stadium) West Bengal Income Tax vs Rampur MS (SAI) All matches from 4 pm

CRICKET: 2nd division play-off final — Howrah Union vs Victoria at Eden Gardens from 10 am.


May 3: 
Working well, the Robert Foley-trained Master Weaver may win the Silver Dale Plate at the Udhagamandalam races on Saturday.


11 am: Bourbon Boy 1. Power Point 2. The Royals 3.
11.30 am: Great Eastern 1. Age of Reality 2. Great Pasha 3.
12 noon: Master Weaver 1. Legendary Lover 2. Forest Whisper 3.
12.30 pm: Bold Commander 1. Octogonal 2. Kiss Me Honey 3.
1 pm: Calypso Run 1. Regal Crest 2. Star Liner 3.
1.30 pm: Atalantis 1. Special Star 2. Fighting Brave 3.
2 pm: Signal Tap 1. Great Occasion 2. Lady Ambassador 3.
2.30 pm: De Quest 1. Resist The Force 2. El Cid 3.

Day’s Best: Bourbon Boy

Double: Great Eastern & Signal Tap.

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