CESC win fourth crown
Cloud over EB triumph
NZ expert for movable pitches
In the City
Mahesh-Mirnyi felled in last 8
Udhagamandalam Races/ �Splendid� fancied
Rutherford hopes to do well in Macau

Calcutta, May 10: 
CESC annexed their fourth BHA Group A league crown on Friday when they beat Customs by a solitary goal at the Mohun Bagan ground. Sunil Soren scored the winner in the 56th minute. Earlier, CESC had won once in the 80s as well as in the 1992-93 and 2000-01 season.

CESC won this year�s title without losing any of their league matches, their only draw coming against Khalsa Blues in the first game.

With this victory, CESC went onto 25 points off 13 games while Customs are on 18 from 12. Customs have to win their last game against Eastern Railway to cement their runners-up slot.

CESC stamped their dominance on today�s match making a number of forays in the opposition territory. Though the Customs team managed to keep out the marauders in the first half, it was just a matter of time before their defence gave way.

The winner for CESC came about when Lalit Singh sent a measured ball from the right and Sunil Surin, lurking in the D made no mistake. For the latter half of the second session, CESC defended well and did not allow much opening for the Customs boys.

Meanwhile, Sekhar Chakroborty, CESC�s sports secretary informed the company would recommend promotions for all the team members. He added that the inclusion of six players from SAI just before the league started had hugely strengthened the team. �Anil Ekka, our latest recruit, was the real star for us this season,� Chakroborty added.

In the Group B match of the day, Behala SA got a walk-over because Jagrihi did not turn up.


Calcutta, May 10: 
East Bengal lifted the P. Sen Trophy Friday, but not before there was a great deal of heartburn among rivals Eastern Railway over a decision by umpire Francis Gomes. Scores were tied and East Bengal managed the win by having lost lesser wickets (eight) in match reduced to 38 overs a side because of overnight rains.

The controversy was over Gomes warning Railway offie Kanchan Maity that he would be called for chucking if he bowled the last over. Kanchan had bowled five overs in the match before that and had conceded 31 runs, having been called for chucking once. He has never been called for chucking, except in this match. The problem was with the umpire forewarning.

Railway players claimed that this �warning� tilted the balance in favour of East Bengal.

Both the teams were locked on the same score of 201 in 38 overs. With Maity not being allowed, Sanjoy Bhattacharya bowled the last over and East Bengal managed six runs that helped them to tie the score. They needed one run for victory in the last ball, but captain Alokendu Chatterjee was run out.

However, East Bengal players were themselves to blame for the difficulty. Prasenjit Ganguly (58) and Naushad Akhtar (55) batted beautifully in the middle overs as they put up 106 runs for the fifth wicket. But once Ganguly got out, the East Bengal batsmen committed hara-kiri to put themselves in a mess.

Earlier, Eastern Railway batsmen gave very good account of themselves as they put up 201 in the allotted overs. Omprakash Tewari made a well-made 53 while Abdul Munayam, Dharmendra Singh and Shib Sagar Singh taking two wickets each.

Railway players said aside that it was �difficult for any umpire not to call Munnayam for chucking.�


Calcutta, May 10: 
Keith McAuliffe, head of the Turf Institute of New Zealand, will propose the idea of moveable pitches to improve quality of wickets in the this country.

Talking to newsmen after the pitches committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the expert said: �Moveable pitches can be a solution and I will ask the BCCI to take up this plan on a long-term basis.�

McAuliffe was a special invitee to the BCCI meeting which also discussed the preparation of faster and bouncier tracks in India. �We are thinking of a special type of clay for making these wickets,� informed one of the committee members.

The curators of the 10 centres, where pitches will be relaid, will get �lessons� from a New Zealand curator very soon.

It was also learnt the BCCI will send two names for the panel of umpires ICC proposes to set up for ODIs. A.V. Jayaprakash is almost a certainty for this new panel. �The other umpire will be from Hariharan, Devendra Sharma, Jasbir Singh and Shivram,� a senior BCCI official said.


May 10: 

Bagan�s budget up

After slashing the club�s budget by Rs 40 lakhs, McDowell, the sponsors of Mohun Bagan, have now decided to rollback the cut for the forthcoming season. Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra told reporters Friday that following increased pressure from the club authorities, the sponsors have decided to increase the club budget from Rs 1.55 crores to Rs 1.80 crores.

The secretary said they would pressurise McDowell for a further increase in the budget before June 1. �Since the inter-club transfers have not started yet, we hope to persuade the players who are keen to go out, to stay back in the club,� Mitra said adding that there would be a meeting with the players very soon.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan will launch an academy called the Mohun Bagan-SAIL academy at Durgapur from July 20.

Sangram to stay

East Bengal confirmed the services of goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee and medio Chandan Das for the forthcoming season. However, Ratan Singh�s contract will not be renewed.

Women�s meet

The East Bengal women�s team beat Income Tax 3-1 in the IFA women�s league Friday. Sujata Kar scored twice while Seena CV netted one for East Bengal. Sayanti Nandy scored the reducer for Income Tax. Meanwhile, Nabajanma beat Itika Memorial 2-0 in another match at the SAI. Barnali Das and Seema Dey were the scorers.

Lawn bowling

L.C. Alloys comprising Dinesh Kapoor and Arun Nanda won the 23rd Lawn Bowl Championships Friday beating Alloy Steel consisting of Chandan Shroff and Manish Chamaria 18-12. In the loser�s plate final, Conrex Batteries beat Shah Brothers 15-9.

2 meet records

Two meet records, both by women, were set on the second day of the state athletics at the Salt Lake stadium Friday. Pampa Chanda of Eastern Railway set the first record when she ran 10,000 metres in 36:00:8 minutes while Ratna Sarkar of South 24 Parganas threw the discus to a distance of 39.52 metres.


FOOTBALL: The Telegraph Merchant�s Cup: Selvel A vs TISCO B, Bayview Technologies vs Tata Tea, J Thomas vs Apeejay Surrendra Group, Digital Think B vs Magors (all at 4.30pm); Usha Martin vs Citicorp, Confreight Shipping vs KQ School Advantage, Madhya Bharat Papers vs HTA (all at 5.00pm); Indian Aluminium vs Price Waterhouse Coopers, Blue Star vs Jet Airways, The Taj vs Norinco, Bata India vs Bharat Petroleum (all at 5.30pm); Transways vs TISCO A, India Foils vs India B, O&M vs Selvel B, Transworld vs The Telegraph Sport (all at 6.00pm); Allied Domecq vs Marine Container Services, Airtel vs ITC A, ICRA vs Assam Company, Seagrams vs ABN AMRO (all at 6.30pm); ICICI Bank vs BDA, Hyatt Regency vs The Park, Volga (IFB Agro) vs Britannia, Eveready Industries vs Skytech Solutions (all at 7.00pm); Sanjeevani Projects vs Berger Paints, Sony India vs McNally Bharat, VGP Portfolios vs Tata Consultancy Services, Hongkong Bank vs Caritt Moran (all at 7.30pm); IISCO vs Accel ICIM, HDFC Bank vs The Telegraph Metro, Magma Leasing vs Tata Power, Digital Think A vs CA-TCG Software (all at 8.00pm). All matches at the CC&FC

FOOTBALL: Women�s league: Mohun Bagan vs Jubak Sangha (SAI); Bally Gramanchal vs Samannoy (Howrah Stadium) All matches from 4 pm.

HOCKEY: Inter-school final, at St James� School from 4 pm


Calcutta, May 10: 
Third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi fell in the quarter finals of the $2.95 million Rome Masters Series event Friday. According to information received here, the Indo-Belarussian pair lost 6-4, 4-6 (3-10) to fifth seeds Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett � the Zimbabweans who knocked out Leander Paes and John-Laffnie De Jager too.

Bhupathi and Mirnyi had entered the last eight beating Argentines Lucas Arnold and Gaston Etlis 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 Thursday.


Chennai, May 10: 
Splendid Chance may win the Madras Race Club Cup in Udhagamandalam on Saturday.


11.30 am: De Quest 1. El Cid 2.
12 noon: Head Hunter 1. Bold Commander 2. Octogonal 3.
12.30 pm: Calypso Run 1. Armiger 2. Cool Prospect 3.
1 pm: Splendid Chance 1. Great Emperor 2. Royale Girl 3.
1.30 pm: Gold Mist 1. Sea Horse 2. Rainbow Flash 3.
2 pm: Trojan Desert 1. Magic of Love 2. Dreams of Glory 3.
2.30 pm: Atalantis 1. Splendid Pride 2. Star Prosession 3.
3 pm: Major Attraction 1. Dakshin Red 2. Impressive Lady 3.
3.30 pm: Snow Top 1. Global Affair 2. Call Me Grey 3.

Day�s Best: Trojan Desert

Double: De Quest & Splendid Chance.

Calcutta, May 10: 
Language is no barrier for the 14 champion apprentice jockeys representing their countries in Macau to partake in the Apprentice Jockeys Invitational meet on Sunday. The city ace-apprentice Rutherford Alford will represent the country in the two events marked for the international meet � the 1,200m Macau Apprentice Jockeys Invitational Bowl and the 1,800m Macau Apprentice Jockeys Invitational Cup.

�All fellow-competitors are friendly but Rutherford has hit off very well with the English speaking apprentices from South Africa, Austria, Australia and New Zealand,� say the family sources. �On Friday, all apprentices had gone for goodwill tour to a town in China,� said mother Geraldine.

�His rides having done well during the morning try outs, Rutherford is very excited about his prospects of doing well in Sunday�s races,� added mother. �He fancies his chances strongly atop The Rich Horse in the 1,800m race. Each of the two races have 14 runners,� she continued. Drawn seven, Rutherford partners Deep Green in the sprint event.

Apprentices participating in the meet are paid $US 1,000 for each mount and 10 percent of the stakes upon winning a race. The stakes offered for the sprint is $US 300,000 and $US 450,000 for the 1,800m race.


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