CESC need a draw to retain title
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Udhagamandalam Races/Trojan Desert may strike

Calcutta, May 7: 
CESC inched ahead towards retaining their BHA crown when they downed a fighting Eastern Railway 2-1 at the Mohun Bagan ground Tuesday.

Awain Wright and Christopher Thomas scored for CESC while S. B. Yadav netted the reducer. With this victory, CESC have garnered 23 points out of 12 games and a draw in the last game against Customs will ensure them the title.

CESC started the match in whirlwind fashion and kept the Eastern Railway defence under tremendous pressure. However, the Railwaymen defended the rampant CESC dourly for most of the first session.

The CESC midfield worked like a well-oiled machine and they raided the rival zone on a number of occasions. Eastern Railway, on the other hand, adopted a wait-and-watch policy and relied more on counterattacks.

But they finally caved in to the relentless pressure in the 32nd minute when Awain Wright got a through ball from the midfield and took a powerful shot entering the D which beat the rival goalkeeper all ends up.

But the goal seemed to spur the Eastern Railway boys on as they invaded the CESC territory a number of times in the second half. Their efforts bore fruit in the 46th minute when S. B. Yadav got the ball in a favourable position of a counter-attack and scored with a rasping shot.

The next 20 minutes was an up and down struggle with both the teams creating a few openings. But Christopher Thomas clinched the issue in the injury time when he dribbled past a host of Eastern Railway defenders and put the ball in past an onrushing opposition custodian.

The match was marked by frayed tempers of players on both sides. Eastern Railway demanded a penalty stroke in the 38th minute, which the umpire, Mahitosh Dey negated.

A number of Eastern Railway players rushed towards the referee and pushed him into the goal. Dey, however, did not let the situation swing out of control.

The players were also seen engaged in a scuffle as the tension rose. But the umpires kept the match under a tight leash and flashed the green and yellow cards whenever needed.


May 7: 

Eastern Railway in final

Eastern Railway beat Combined Universities in the P. Sen Trophy semi-final by 145 runs Tuesday. Eastern Railway piled up 268 for eight with Diptendu Mahata making 60 and Omprakash Tiwari scoring 58. Sudipta Mukherjee took three for 55 and Kamal Hassan Mondol two for 39. However, the university team was all out for 123 all out in 43 overs. Mondol waged a lone battle for the university side with a well-made 63. Eastern Railway will now play the winners of East Bengal and Kalighat.

EB captain

Defensive midfielder Anit Ghosh is likely to captain East Bengal in the forthcoming season. He was impressive last season and was a pivot of the team. Meanwhile, sources in the East Bengal camp informed they have not received any money from sponsors UB Group. It was also learnt that about Rs 20 lakh from last year�s dues were still pending.

Bagan budget

Mohun Bagan�s sponsor McDowell Ltd has slashed the budget of the team by Rs 40 lakh. A McDowell spokesman informed the step was taken following the contractual failure of the club to name the team �McDowell Mohun Bagan.� Club president Swapan Sadhan Bose said the decision was surprising, because the team had performed creditably throughout the season.

Schools� meet

The boys and girls teams of Frank Anthony School won their matches in the N.S. Subaiya Memorial inter-school basketball tournament Tuesday. While the girls beat Loreto, Sealdah 38-3, the boys overcame Julian Day 71-17. In the girls� section, Loreto Convent Entally beat Loreto Dharamtala 53-15 and Rashmoni Vidyabhavan downed Birla High School 71-17. In the other boys� match of the day, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan beat St James� 20-0.

Japan trip

A state men�s kabaddi team will take part in the West Japan Kabaddi Championships to be held at Midori-Cho, Hiroshima, from May 11 to 18. Thereafter, the team will go to Tokyo to play five exhibition matches.


CRICKET: P. Sen Trophy semis: East Bengal vs Kalighat (Eden, 10 am)

HOCKEY: BHA League group A: Customs vs CPT (Mohun Bagan). SAI vs Howrah Union (East Bengal). Group B: Police AC vs Barranagore SC (Md. Sporting). From 3:30 pm.

SOCCER: Women�s league: Mohun Bagan vs Nabajanma Sangha (SAI); Bidyut Sporting vs Friends Organisation (Howrah Stadium). From 4 pm.


Chennai, May 7: 
Comfortably placed at the weights, against some of his stable�s better performed horses during the Chennai winter racing season, Trojan Desert is strongly fancied to claim the 1,300m Green Fields Plate, the main event at the Udhagamandalam races to be held on Wednesday. The in-form jockey Jacob Abraham partners the champion-trainer Robert Foley�s three-year-old colt by Forest Fair out of Silk Tapestry. In fact the jockey-trainer combination may dominate the day�s eight-event race-card.


11.30 am: Arctic Charmer 1. Major Attraction 2. San Marino 3.
12 noon: Signal Tap 1. Great Occasion 2. Fairy Gold 3.
12.30 pm: Lady Gibraltar 1. Bold Connection 2. Resplendent Star 3.
1 pm: Fighting Brave 1. Great Eastern 2. The Royals 3.
1.30 pm: Trojan Desert 1. Caesar�s Moment 2. Kings Ivory 3.
2 pm: Armiger 1. Bourbon Boy 2. Airs Image 3.
2.30 pm: Snow Top 1. Belezian 2. Amazing Crown 3.
3 pm: Bold Commander 1. Celtic Son 2. Octogonal 3.

Day�s Best: Trojan Desert

Double: Signal Tap & Snow Top.

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