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Ranji in Siliguri Bagan search Darts meet Pioneer win

l The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to give time to Woorkeri Raman to confirm his availability as coach of the Bengal Ranji Trophy team for the forthcoming season.

Raman had sought seven days from the CAB before making himself available, the CAB working committee was informed Monday.

Raman, who took over as coach last season, led Bengal to the semis where the team lost to Railways. The working committee had decided to retain the former India opener almost four months ago, but Raman is yet to intimate the CAB about his plans.

l Bengal is likely to get a new Ranji centre this season. It was learnt that the CAB authorities are thinking of slotting a couple of Ranji and some age-group meet matches in Siliguri.

l With the AFC Champions League match against Saunders of Sri Lanka coming closer, Mohun Bagan are trying to tie the loose ends. Defence and midfield are the areas of concern.

Efforts are on to hire defender Rishi Kapoor on lien and chances of midfielder Somatai Shaiza making a comeback to the Maidan canít be ruled out.

The coach said he is looking for someone capable of playing correct passes from the midfield and felt that Shaiza is a decent choice.

Meanwhile, the Super Division championship leg match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will be played on September 16.

The match was initially slated for September 14, but following a request from Mohun Bagan, it has been pushed back by a day.

Arora best

l Pradeep Arora topped the charts at the city leg of the third ColorPlus national bowling championships to enter the national finals in Bangalore from September 24-29.

Satish Singh, Vengala Omkar, Shashank Kanoria were the others to have qualified for the finals.

l Twenty teams will take part in the Merchantsí Cup darts meet which will be held at CC&FC from Tuesday till Saturday.

l Pioneer Polyfab beat ITC by 84 runs in the corporate indoor cricket meet Sunday.

RESULTS: Pioneer Polyfab (132) bt ITC (48) by 84 runs. VCI (81) bt Berger Paints (71) by 10 runs. Dynamicequities (89) bt VCI (66) by 23 runs. ITC (93) bt TCG (86) by 7 runs. INDAL (97) bt British Deputy High Commission (50) by 47 runs. Dynamicequities (80) bt Blue Star (59) by 21 runs. Pioneer Polyfab (96) bt The Telegraph (41) by 55 runs. HSBC (82) bt Citi Bank (72) by 10 runs. CCFC (57) bt Space Circle (51) by 6 runs.

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