Ranchi University champions
Calcutta University had stormed into the final of the East Zone inter-university meet, but Wednesday at the Eden they opted to bat and found the morning moisture uncomfortable, collapsing at 187 in 43.4 overs. Ranchi University took 31.2 overs, losing just two wickets in the process to emerge champions, before tea.
All-rounder mediumpacer Santosh Lal picked up two wickets (for 43 runs), and then went on to score an unbeaten 106 (76 balls, 12 boundaries and a six), that gave him the Man of the Match award and pushed Calcutta out of contention. Off-spinner Rajesh Jha came on later and polished off three Calcutta wickets for 25 runs. For Calcutta, Viswajit Singh scored 40 off 34 balls and Subhankar Das managed 24 off 30 deliveries. The 18-year-old Lal opened with a flourish and 101 runs were on the board before the first wickets fell. Arun Vidyarthi scored 47 off 48 deliveries. “The wicket was easier by the time we got to the crease,” said Lal, a student of Ranchi’s Gosser College for whom it was an Eden-debut century, “the ball was coming onto the bat.”
Ravishankar University and Rabindra Bharati have finished third and fourth, respectively.
Calcutta U 187 in 43.5 ovs (Viswajit Singh 40, Santadeep Paul 26, Suvankar Das 24; Rajesh Jha 3/25, Santosh Lal 2/43). Ranchi 188/2 in 31.2 ovs (Santosh 106 n.o., Arun Vidyarthi 47). Ranchi won by 8 wkts.
The CAB’s second division cricket started Wednesday and Sporting Union, regrouping to make a bid for return to first division, piled up 334 for nine on the first day versus Ariadaha Sporting Club. Sandip Ganguly scored 66, while Somnath Saha hit 62. Joydeep Dutta of Ariadaha picked up four wickets for 93.
Meanwhile, the CAB first division will commence Saturday.
Sporting Union 334/9 in 70 ovs (Sandip Ganguly 66, Somnath Saha 62, Debopom Sarkar 48, Samir Ghosh 44; Joydeep Dutta 4/93, Nabin Sen 3/56). Match to continue.
The 14-member Bengal under-17 team left Tuesday to take part in the Vijay Merchant Trophy match against Assam starting Friday. They have been accompanied by coach Palash Nandy.
Prinan Dutta (captain), Bhairab Guha, Debraj Roy, Debabrata Das, Partha Sarathi Bhattacharya, Pankaj Bhagat, Harjinder Singh Gill, Suman Das, Priyobrata Dutta, Sayak Ghosh, Sourav Roy, Abhishek Saha, Suman Maity, Indrajit Majumdar
Anand in city
Top Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand will be in the city Thursday as part of a computer literacy programme. He will visit Udayan, the rehabilitation centre for children of leprosy sufferers in Barrackpore, during his visit.
The Friends’ Cultural Association of Ichapur, a kabaddi club, will organise a blood donation camp on December 8 at its club premises in West Manicktala in North 24 Parganas.
Akshay Bajoria and Arcopravo Rakshit moved into the under-14 boys’ singles final of the 38th floodlit tennis at the Saturday Club Wednesday.
In the semi-finals, Bajoria beat Biplab Das 6-1, 6-2 while Rakshit beat Soumit De 6-4, 6-2.
Boys’ Singles U-12 (Quarter Final): Sk Asgar bt B. Deb 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; S. De bt T. Alam 6-1, 6-3; Md Imran bt S. Agarwal 6-1, 6-1; T. Alam bt K. Dhillon 6-4, 6-4
Girls’ Singles U-18 (Semi-final): R. Vimal vs A. Dokania 6-0, 6-0
Ladies’ Singles (Quarter Final): H. Valecha bt S. Ali 6-1, 6-1
Men’s Handicap Singles: S. Roy bt S. Poddar 6-2, 6-2; B. Das bt Md Amin 6-4, 6-1
TODAY IN SPORT
CRICKET: CAB second div. — second day’s play of matches.
TENNIS: Floodlit meet at the Saturday Club from 3:30 pm