Saurav Panja upsets Sridhar to clinch crown
Saurav Panja’s penchant for grass was evident in the men’s singles final of the Central Excise Open grasscourt meet Saturday, when he upset top seed Vinod Sridhar 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the title at the High Court lawns on Saturday.
Panja broke Sridhar once in each set each, each time when the score was tied 4-4. For Panja it was steady play — groundstrokes and volleying — to the title as India No. 3 Sridhar struggled to hold serve.
This was Panja’s second consecutive title in this championship.
Sinthee Roy Para CCC made it to the final of the AMCA-organised inaugural sub-junior cricket tournament (95 points) for coaching centres Saturday. They await the winners of the second semi-final between Bulan CA and Ashok Malhotra Cricket Academy. The match comes off Sunday.
The message of the good work that Rotary International has been doing, fighting polio, is set to hit the streets, literally. Rotary International’s District 3290 and Rotary Club of Calcutta Center has organised a motor rally in and around Calcutta Sunday which will also help spread the pulse polio message. Club president Arindam Ghosh and district governor Swapan Mukherjee said the rally will be run with technical help from the Bengal Motor Sports Club.
St Anthony’s boys thrashed Akshar 86-4, while Loreto House girls got the better of Ballygunge Siksha Sadan 19-10 in their West Bengal Basketball Association inter-school meet here Saturday. Sunanba Hiroo was top-scorer for Loreto with eight points.
Banpas Siksha Niketan and Bashirhat Town HS emerged champions in Bardhaman and Sodepur, respectively, in the Britannia Anandabazar Cup intra-district football meet Saturday.
Banpas beat Bita MP Institution 1-0 (Sukul Tubu scoring), while Bashirhat beat Agarpara Mahajati Vidyapith 2-0 (Sujoy Mondal scoring both).
Malda: Bibhuti Bhusan HS bt Emanuel English School 2-0. Howrah: Batra PLSN bt 3-0; Bainan Baman Das HS bt Bama Sundari Institution 5-3.
TODAY IN SPORT
BASKETBALL: Inter school meet — (boys) Gyan Bharati vs La Matriniere, St Thomas vs Chetla Boys HS. Matches at the WBBA courts.
FOOTBALL: NFL — East Bengal vs Indian Bank (Salt Lake), 4pm.
HOCKEY: BHA league 1st div. Gr. B — Calcutta Rangers v Behala SA, 2pm; Calcutta Parsees vs Police AC, 3.30pm. (Maches at Mohammedan Sporting ground).