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Zimbabwe beat India
by 37 runs

HARARE, Sept 30 — India’s batting failed to recover from early jolts as they crashed to a 37-run defeat against a resurgent Zimbabwe in the third and final Hero Honda one-day international series to lose some sheen in their overall 2-1 series victory.

Aussies, Pak Test
starts today

RAWALPINDI, Sept 30 — Australian captain Mark Taylor will be hoping to rewrite his personal record book and Test match history when he leads his team out in the first of a three-match series against Pakistan starting tomorrow.

Agassi thrashes Pioline
MUNICH, Sept 30 — Andre Agassi today rolled over Cedric Pioline 6-0, 6-0 in only 34 minutes to storm into the quarterfinals of the $ 6.7 million Grand Slam Cup.

New no ball rule introduced
HARARE, Sept 30 — A new no ball rule came into effect with the third and final Hero Honda one-day series between India and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground today. Hitherto the International Cricket Council rule (clause 19 law 24.8 penalty) stipulated that off a no ball runs accrued to the batting team either off the bat or as extras.

Geet Sethi regains world title
AHMEDABAD, Sept 30 — World number two Geet Sethi of India rallied superbly, after trailing 532-608 in the first session, to dethrone world number one and defending champion Mike Russell of England and clinch his fourth title at the Florsheim World Professional Billiards Championship today.

Indians off to fine start
in Olympiad

ELISTA (Kalmykian Republic), Sept 30 — Top teams had a rough start in the 33rd Chess Olympiad which began here with second-seeded England struggling to a 2.5-1.5 win over 57th seeds Bangladesh while the Netherlands, seeded eighth, were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland.

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Hearing in Tyson case postponed
LAS VEGAS, Sept 30 — Saturday’s hearing to determine whether former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will get back his licence to box has been postponed until October.

Depleted Karnataka full of confidence
BANGALORE, Sept 30 — Despite the absence of some star performers, Karnataka are bristling with confidence as they take on Rest of India in the five-day Irani Cup cricket tie beginning at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here tomorrow.


Upset victory for PSB Academy
CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — All-India Customs overcame stubborn resistance from Shivalik Club before reserving a berth in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 verdict while Punjab and Sind Bank Academy

Chandigarh cops halted by RCF
PATIALA, Sept 30 — RCF Kapurthala's hard-earned win over Chandigarh Police and Switchgear, Phagwara's complete rout of SRC, Ramgarh, were the highlights of the 23rd All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Championships played at Nabha, near here, today.

Indian squad for jr Asian Volleyball
NEW DELHI, Sept 30 — Former runners-up India will vie for honours in the ninth Asian Junior Men’s Volleyball Championship to be held at Teheran from October 8 to 15.

SSCB lift Champions Trophy
SRINAGAR, Sept 30 — Services Sports Control Board has lifted the Champions Trophy at the Ninth National Inter-State Kayaking and Canoeing Championship held at Dal Lake here.


Indian men finish 5th in Asian TT
NEW DELHI, Sept 30 — Indian men gave a fighting display to down Australia 3-1 and finish fifth in the team event of the Asian Table Tennis Championships at Osaka today even as the eves crashed 0-3 to New Zealand to end up tenth.

Rajeev back from UK with batting record
CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — Rajeev Nayyar is back after a five-month stint with a minor England county, Leycett Cricket Club, in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Cricket League.

   
 

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Zimbabwe beat India by 37 runs

HARARE, Sept 30 (PTI) — India’s batting failed to recover from early jolts as they crashed to a 37-run defeat against a resurgent Zimbabwe in the third and final Hero Honda one-day international series to lose some sheen in their overall 2-1 series victory.

Set to make 260 to effect a clean sweep after makeshift opener Craig Wishart’s maiden one-day hundred propelled the hosts to 259 for five in 50 overs, India never really recovered from cheap dismissals of Sachin Tendulkar (2) and skipper Mohd Azharuddin (2) to be bowled out for 222 in 47.2 overs.

Left-handers Saurav Ganguly and Robin Singh made useful contributions but vice-captain Ajay Jadeja and Rahul Dravid failed to lend solidity in the middle-order.

Zimbabwe, looking for a morale-boosting win were pumped up as they gave an excellent all-round display. Craig Wishart made up for skipper Alistair Campbell’s (4) early departure with a brisk 113-run fourth wicket stand with left-hander Andy Flower (55 - 73 b, 3 x 4, 2 x 6) and guided the innings till the end.

Pacemen Eddo Brandes (2/25) and Heath Streak (3/33) led the host bowling backed by sharp fielding and catching.

Tendulkar, playing his 200th tie, could not celebrate it as he was dismissed the sixth ball he faced and the rest of the batsmen failed to take charge, the writing clear on the wall after India were reduced to 190 for seven just into the slog overs.

India, who won the first two ties in Bulawayo by identical eight-wicket margins, perhaps gave away extra runs as both paceman Javagal Srinath and leg spinner Anil Kumble were rested. But their chase was surprisingly subdued as they could score only a paltry 26 for two after 12 overs.

Both Tendulkar and Azharuddin were dismissed within the first seven overs. Recalled medium-pacer Eddo Brandes brought all his experience to the fore with Heath Streak looking a transformed bowler in his company.

Tendulkar had no time to settle as he flicked Streak uppishly the sixth ball he faced for Craig Evans at short midwicket to take a diving catches inches off the ground.

Azharuddin, coming in at number three, seemed to struggle against the lift and bounce Brandes obtained and after being beaten and denied any runs for five balls, he slashed the bowler’s last delivery of the over into the safe hands of Campbell in the slips. India were 10 for two at that stage.

India recovered to 50 in 14.5 overs as Saurav Ganguly smashed Craig Evans for three elegant offside fours in his first over. The first boundary for India came only in the 11th over which reflected India’s sluggish start.

But Ganguly and Ajay Jadeja struggled to pierce the well spread-out field. After putting on 52 runs for the wicket, Jadeja tried to lift seamer Mpulelu Mbangwa over long off only to be caught by Andy Whittal at the boundary. Jadeja made 22 off 32 balls with two fours and India were 62 for three in the 19th over.Top

Ganguly too departed before reaching his fifty, edging an attempted flick off leg-spinner Adam Huckle to wicketkeeper Andy Flower, which ended his laboured innings.

Robin Singh’s heroics kept up Indian hopes going. The gutsy veteran first tried to stabilise the innings with Rahul Dravid and then raised victory hopes with Nayan Mongia.

Dravid once again found the big shots hard to come by and finally fell in desperation, failing to clear mid-on flicking off-spinner Andy Whittal.

Things began to brighten up when Robin Singh lashed out at leg-spinner Huckle and cleared the squareleg fence. He then hooked and straight drove Evans for sixes and raced to his fifty in only 56 balls.

Mongia struck Brandes for a six over midwicket, but Robin Singh departed in the same over, 41st of the innings. Mongia too went the very next over as he skied a mishit which was taken brilliantly by Huckle at extra cover. His 25 came off 29 balls and contained two fours and a six.

Ajit Agarkar infused some late spark and Rahul Sanghvi sent Whittal for a six over long on as India needed 54 overs in the last six overs. But Agarkar was run out the over to virtually end the fight.

Earlier, Zimbabwe, once again inducted by Azharuddin, reached a fighting total despite Debashish Mohanty (1/38) and young off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (1/33) sending down economical spells.

India play a three-day tie and then in the one-off Test to be played here from October 7.

India:
Ganguly c Flower b Huckle 40
Tendulkar c Evans b Streak 2
Azharuddin c Campbell b Brandes 2
Jadeja c Whittal b Mbangwa 22
Dravid c Streak b Whittal 27
Robin c Rennie b Brandes 57
Mongia c Huckle b Streak 25
Agarkar run out 19
Sanghvi b H Streak 8
Mohanty not out 4
Harbhajan run out 2
Extras: (b 1, lb 8, w 5) 14
Total
(all out in 47.2 overs) 222
Fall of wickets:
1-5, 2-10, 3-62, 4-72, 5-126, 6-181,7-190, 8-209, 9-214.
Bowling:
Brandes 8.2-2-25-2; Streak 9-1-33-3; Mbangwa 8-0-39-1; Evans 5-0-36-0; Huckle 8-0-35-1; Whittal 9-0-45-1.


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New no ball rule introduced

HARARE, Sept 30 (PTI) — A new no ball rule came into effect with the third and final Hero Honda one-day series between India and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground today.

Hitherto the International Cricket Council (ICC) rule (clause 19 law 24.8 penalty) stipulated that off a no ball runs accrued to the batting team either off the bat or as extras.

Under the changed rule, the batting side will get one run as "extras" for the no ball besides any run scored off the bat. An extra ball will also have to be bowled.

However, there is a distinction between one-day and Test rules. In one-dayers, this applies only to short-pitched balls that climb above the shoulder of a batsman in upright position. In Tests though, all legal no balls will provide for an extra ball, an extra run off the no ball and any other run scored.

In one-dayers, for example, if a no ball is hit for three runs, the batsman is credited with the runs hit (3) and the no ball (1) is added to the sundries. If two leg byes come off a no ball, both go into extras in the respective slots.


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Aussies, Pak Test starts today

RAWALPINDI, Sept 30 (Reuters) — Australian captain Mark Taylor will be hoping to rewrite his personal record book and Test match history when he leads his team out in the first of a three-match series against Pakistan starting tomorrow.

Taylor is bidding to be the first Australian captain to win a Test series in Pakistan in 39 years and erase memories of the pair he scored on his side’s last tour here in 1994-95.

"On my last tour here in 1994-95, I had just taken over the captaincy of Australia and started in a new role with a pair in the Karachi Test which Pakistan won, the memory of which is fresh in my mind and I want to erase that," he said.

It was in 1959-60 when, under Richie Benaud, the Aussies last won a three-match series in Pakistan with victories in two Tests but none in 13 subsequent Tests.

But Taylor has grown in stature as a batsman and captain with victories against West Indies, South Africa and England in 22 wins from 42 Tests.

"We hope to play as well as on the last tour here but we would need a lot of luck on this tour. Pakistan is a very strong side and we realise that they are even stronger at home but we are here to play exciting and entertaining cricket," he said.

"Although Shane Warne is not with us, we do have Stuart Macgill who has done well in the opening game of the tour and he could be useful." he said.

Asked about the probe into allegations of match-fixing and betting in Pakistan cricket, Taylor said, "we are here to play cricket and keep ourselves focused on that. Our main job here is to play Test cricket."

Tim May, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh alleged that captain Salim Malik offered a bribe to throw a game during the last tour. The Australian board has refused to let its players testify before the commission — only Waugh has travelled here.

Australia is expected to play more or less the same team which beat Karachi by 333 runs in the opening game this week.

But the wicket may decide whether they pick medium-pacer Damien Fleming who made his debut here on the last visit and took a hat-trick. "The wicket is hard and firm, the grass has been taken off and we will make a decision about the bowlers on the morning of the match," said Taylor.

The pacemen are likely to be Glenn McGrath and Michael Kasprowicz, supported by Damien Fleming if off-spinner Gavin Robertson is left out. Leg-spinner Stuart Macgill, who took nine wickets in Karachi, will be playing in his second Test.

Australia’s batting line-up looks solid with Mark Taylor and Michael Slater opening and Steve and Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer backing them up.

Pakistan will name their eleven on the morning of the match, captain Aamir Sohail, leading Pakistan in a full series for the first time, said, "I am looking forward to the series and after our win in the Sahara Cup in Toronto we have our confidence restored," he said.

Coach Javed Miandad concurred: "We have the best bowling combination in the world and with Wasim Akram back and Saqlain Mushtaq available we can bowl any batting side out twice."

Fast bowler Waqar Younis is still not fully fit and Akram and Azhar Mahmood will open the attack with Shoaib Akhtar to partner them. Leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed is also in the frame if Pakistan decide to play two spinners.

The teams:
Pakistan
(from): Aamir Sohail (capt), Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Wasim, Salim Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Azhar Mahmood, Moin Khan (wk), Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Hussain, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, Yousaf Yohanna.
Australia
(from): Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Justin Langer, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Ian Healy, Stuart Macgill, Gavin Robertson, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Michael Kasprowicz, Darren Lehman, Collin Miller.
Umpires:
Peter Willey (England) and Javed Akhtar (Pakistan). Third umpire: Azhar Hussain (Pakistan).
Referee:
Peter van der Merve (South Africa).


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Healy set to stump Marsh's record

RAWALPINDI, Sept 30 (AFP) — The prospect of becoming cricket’s most successful wicketkeeper is an added incentive for Australia’s Ian Healy ahead of the first test against Pakistan starting here tomorrow.

The 33-year-old Healy needs just three more victims to overhaul fellow-Australian Rodney Marsh’s world record of 355 dismissals in 96 Tests.

"It is just another little bit of pressure, another little challenge but my main thought is about contributing to my team’s success. If we beat Pakistan I am going to get my score of dismissals," Healy said.

Marsh caught 343 victims and stumped 12. In his 10 years behind stumps, Healy has caught out 328 batsmen and stumped 28 in 103 Tests.

"I never really even thought much about the world record until I got near the 300 mark. Now I am confidently looking forward to it but I make sure it doesn’t play on my mind," Healy said.

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Geet Sethi regains world title

AHMEDABAD, Sept 30 (PTI) — World number two Geet Sethi of India rallied superbly, after trailing 532-608 in the first session, to dethrone world number one and defending champion Mike Russell of England and clinch his fourth title at the Florsheim World Professional Billiards Championship today.

Sethi was a picture of confidence in the second session and eventually won by a comfortable 1400-1015 margin. Though the Indian was consistent in the first session, he could not get a big break to take the crucial lead.

However, he made it up in the second session when he added another 296 points to his unfinished break of 33 to compile a magnificent 302 which really took the sting out of his rival’s challenge.

Sethi, who had breaks of 99, 78, 68 and 88 in the first session, came up with breaks of 86, 167, 201 and 82 in the second apart from the 302 break while Russell who started off well in the first two hours with breaks of 165, 80, 275, looked out of depth in the second and could manage only breaks of 104, 74 and 201.

Both players looked under pressure to do well. While the Indian managed to hold his nerve, Russell cracked under pressure.

Sethi, the 37-year-old local hero, started off in fine fashion, getting a break of 99 in his second visit while Russell’s highest break in his first nine visits was 14.

But the Englishman made it up with a break of 165 in his 10th visit before missing a red on the top left pocket. Sethi managed to get small breaks consistently but a big one still eluded him.

With breaks of 80, 68 and 88, he managed to keep within striking distance of Russell despite the latter getting breaks of 80 and 275 in his 18th and 21st visits, respectively.

In fact, Sethi was a bit lucky during his break of 302 when he struck two unintended cannons in a row. When he ultimately missed a red in-off on the top pocket after his 302, he had already won the psychological battle against his rival and led 810-610 with still one and a half hour to go.

Russell, who won the toss and asked the Indian to break with the white ball, scored just eight points in his first three visits but managed a 104 before missing a cannon.

Sethi soon returned with a break of 86 before missing on the red but managed three good breaks of 167, 201 and 82 which took the score beyond Russell’s reach even though the Englishman managed breaks of 74 and 201 at the fag end of the final.

The win made Sethi richer by 10,400 (around Rs 7.28 lakh) while Russell had to settle for 6,400 (around Rs 4.48 lakh) and another 800 (around Rs 56,000) for the highest break of 489 in the semifinals.


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Indians off to fine start in Olympiad

ELISTA (Kalmykian Republic), Sept 30 (PTI) — Top teams had a rough start in the 33rd Chess Olympiad which began here with second-seeded England struggling to a 2.5-1.5 win over 57th seeds Bangladesh while the Netherlands, seeded eighth, were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland.

In contrast, the Indian teams got off to a flying start with the 37th-ranked men blanking lowly Guernsey 4-0 and the women scoring an easy 3-0 win over Ireland.

Russia I, the top-seeded team of favourites Russia, had some difficulty scoring a 3.5-0.5 win over 56th seeds Austria while Bulgaria could manage only a 2.5-1.5 win over Mongolia in the first round yesterday.

English grandmaster Mark Hebden lost to Reefat Bin Sattar on the fourth board after Nigel Short and Tony Miles won on the first and second boards. Karnaeva, a new entrant for Bangladesh, put in a good show to hold gm Mathew sadler on the third board.


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Agassi thrashes Pioline

MUNICH, Sept 30 (AP) — Andre Agassi today rolled over Cedric Pioline 6-0, 6-0 in only 34 minutes to storm into the quarterfinals of the $ 6.7 million Grand Slam Cup.

In the quickest match since the tournament’s inception in 1990, Pioline won only eight points in the first set and nine in the second against an Agassi playing with amazing confidence.

Agassi was given a wild card to play in the tournament, which brings together players with best records in the year’s four Grand Slam events — the Australian, French and U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

But three men’s Grand Slam champions of the year have decided to skip the tournament despite its huge prize money —Wimbledon champion and top-ranked Pete Sampras, U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter and Carlos Moya, the French Open champion.

Only Australian Open champion Petr Korda is among the 12 men here.

"Regardless of who is not here, this is still a great tournament,’’ Agassi said.

For his short work, Agassi earned $ 1,75,000. Even more amazingly, Pioline picked up $ 1,00,000 given to first-round losers without even winning a game and hardly breaking a sweat.

With the official scorecard giving the duration of the match at 34 minutes, it means Agassi made $ 5,147 a minute, while Pioline made $ 2,941 a minute in his losing effort.

Agassi, ranked no. 8 in the world, hit winners from all over the court from the start and the Frenchman never had a chance. Agassi picked apart Pioline’s serve with sizzling returns.

"It was all kind of going my way,’’ Agassi said. "He tried hard, he was hitting the ball decently.’’

"I stepped it up and I kept stepping it up. I can have a clean swing at the ball here indoors,’’ the American said. It’s a great surface for me, the ball travels fast but it has a slow bounce.’’

Agassi, a former no. 1 who is making a comeback after dropping out of the top 100, has won four titles this year. But his Grand Slam record for the year is relatively poor: round of 16 at the Australian and the U.S. Open his best showing.

Yesterday, top-ranked Martina Hingis opened the women's era in the $ 6.7 million Grand Slam Cup by beating Conchita Martinez 6-2, 7-5.

Eight women are participating in the lucrative event for the first time since the introduction of the tournament Hingis got the honour of playing the first match.

The women are fully represented, with Monica Seles the only absentee from the top ranks. Seles refuses to play in Germany since her stabbing at a tournament in Hamburg in 1993.

Hingis and Martinez played an erratic match and the Spaniaro didn't manage to hold serve until 5-2 in the second set.


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Hearing in Tyson case postponed

LAS VEGAS, Sept 30 (Reuters) — Saturday’s hearing to determine whether former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will get back his licence to box has been postponed until October.

"The hearing has been postponed because the medical reports are not here yet," Nevada state athletic commission executive director Marc Ratner said yesterday, adding the new date will not be set before October 5.

Tyson had his licence revoked by the NSAC after he bit off a portion of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their world title bout here in June, 1997.

At the September 19 hearing about Tyson’s application for reinstatement, the boxer was ordered to undergo psychiatric testing and make the results available to the commission for evaluation.

The NSAC said they were displeased that Tyson had undergone only 19 hours of psychiatric testing and counselling following the revocation of his licence during July of 1997.

Tyson was tested last week at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston but the results will not be available to the five members of the NSAC until today, two days later than the deadline set by the commission at the first hearing.

"The medical reports should have been here by 5 p.m. on Monday," said Ratner. "Now we’re supposed to have them Wednesday. The commission needs time to look them over".
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Depleted Karnataka full of confidence

BANGALORE, Sept 30 (PTI) — Despite the absence of some star performers, Karnataka are bristling with confidence as they take on Rest of India in the five-day Irani Cup cricket tie beginning at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here tomorrow.

Though the Ranji champions will miss the services of Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, who are doing duty for India in Zimbabwe, they still boast of a mixture of experience and youth to make a match of it.

Batsmen Fazal Khaleel, Vijay R. Bharadwaj, H.T. Girish Rao, and spinners Sunil Joshi and D.S. Ananth will be hoping to make an impact for the hosts, led by Venkatesh Prasad. Sriram and P.V. Shashikanth, who played when Karnataka won here in 1995-96, do not figure in the squad.

Karnataka, who are playing their fifth Irani Cup tie, have won it thrice, at Ahmedabad (1974-75), Rajkot (1983-84) and Bangalore (1995-96). The Rest of India have won the cup, introduced in 1959-60, 13 times.

The rest team led by Hyderabad batsman V.V.S. Laxman has a strong batting line up. Tamil Nadu left-hander S. Sharath, Uttar Pradesh’s promising Jyoti Yadav and Mumbai’s Amol Muzumdar will be providing solidity to batting.

Sharath, a consistent scorer in domestic games, and Muzumdar would be looking forward to produce knocks that could finally attract attention of the national selectors. Apart from the highly-rated Yadav, Bengal’s Rohan Gavaskar and Andhra stumper M.S.K. Prasad add strength to the batting.

Rest bowling looks depleted but the national selection committee headed by Ajit Wadekar has raised interest by pinning its hopes on 32-year-old leg spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, looking to make a comeback after a decade in the wilderness.

The new ball will be shared by Mumbai’s Paras Mhambrey, a member of the Indian team to Kuala Lumper Commonwealth Games and Delhi’s Robin Singh (jr). Rohan Gavaskar, Rajesh Pawar, Sanjay Raul and Nihkil Chopra will handle the slow bowling.

Like Rajasthan opener Gagan Khoda, Mumbai leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule and Maharashtra all-rounder Hrishikesh Kanitkar who were also in the India ‘A’ team, do not find a place in the rest squad.

Karnataka skipper Prasad, who has been dropped from the Indian squad touring Zimbabwe, is expected to go flat out in his home conditions to impress the selectors and regain his slot in the national team.

Karnataka’s batting mainly rests on J. Arun Kumar, Sujith Somasundar and Vijay. However, their bowling appears stronger with the presence of Prasad, his new ball partner D. Ganesh, and Anand Katti and Sunil Joshi.

The teams:

Karnataka: (from): B.K. Venkatesh Prasad (capt), Sujith Somasundar, J. Arun Kumar, Fazal Khaleel, Vijay R. Bharadwaj, H.T. Girish Rao, A. Vijay, Sunil Joshi, Somashekar Siraguppi, D. Ananth, D. Ganesh, Anand Katti, Rajashekar Shanbal and Mansoor Ali Khan. Manager: V.S. Vijay Kumar.

Rest of India: V.V.S. Laxman (capt), Amol Muzumdar, Jyothi Yadav, Devang Gandhi, Rohan Gavaskar, S. Sharath, M.S.K. Prasad, Robin Singh (jr), Paras Mhambrey, N. Madhukar, L. Sivaramakrishnan, Sanjay Raul and Rajesh Pawar. Manager: C.R. Lakshminarayan.

Umpires: B.A. Jamula (Mumbai) and Jasbir Singh (Punjab). Match refree: M.J. Limaye (Baroda).

Hours of play: 9.30 a.m. to 1200 noon; 12.40 p.m. to 2.40 p.m. 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.


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Upset victory for PSB Academy
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — All-India Customs overcame stubborn resistance from Shivalik Club before reserving a berth in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 verdict while Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, the dashing young outfit from Jalandhar, caused a major upset by ousting Punjab State Electricity Board in the 28th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today.

In the day's other action, Sikh Regimental Centre prevailed over Army Service Corps, Jalandhar, 6-5 via sudden death while Western Railway, Mumbai, got the better of Assam Regiment 5-2 after leading by a brace at half time. Both Western Railway and Sikh Regimental Centre have now moved into the pre-quarterfinals.

On a day dominated by youngsters, Western Railway cut short the dream of Assam Regiment through fine counter-attacks. The match initially saw Assam Regiment giving a pleasing display of stick-work and ball control but once Western Railway got cracking, there was no stopping them.

After a series of forays, Assam Regiment made the first serious attempt in the 19th minute when Suranjit fed a measured pass to S.L. Kauma. Goalkeeper Sanjay Rathi of Western Railway was beaten but a rival defender jumped from nowhere to effect a timely clearance.

Thereafter Western Railway took over and achieved success in the 23rd minute when outside right Ingo Singh found the target off a penalty corner. Six minutes later, Ingo was again on the move following a counter attack and after covering some ground, put centre-forward Chanderpal Singh in possession. Chanderpal's angular hit was right on target and Western Railway were ahead 2-0.

In the second half, Western Railway further tightened their grip on the proceedings when Mukhtiar Singh, making full use of a pass from Chanderpal, shot home to make it 3-0 in the 39th minute.

In the 52nd minute outside right Ingo Singh initiated another move and after racing up to the goal-line he sent a back pass to Chanderpal who made no mistake in sounding the boards (4-0).

With hardly nine minutes to go for the hooter, Chanderpal was again on target when he provided the finishing touches to a goal-bound hit by Deepak Gupta (5-0).

In the dying minutes, Assam Regiment salvaged some pride through two consolation goals by B. Barla and Suranjit in the 66th and 69th minutes, respectively.

Earlier, another young outfit, Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, humbled Punjab State Electricity Board 3-2 after leading by three goals at half time.

For the winners, Sandeep Singh scored two goals in the 11th and 34th minutes while Ajitpal Singh scored one in the 19th minute.

For PSEB, Hardyal Singh and Shawinderjit Singh reduced the margin through field goals in the 44th and 45th minutes, respectively.

Customs, who became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals, rode on Suresh's brace while Ibrahim put the final nail on the rivals' coffin midway through the second half.

After a goal-less first half, in which both the teams had some good chances to score, Customs got down to some serious business and Suresh found the target through a field goal in the 42nd minute.

Eight minutes later, Suresh was again on target, scoring another field goal to make it 2-0. Two minutes later, Ibrahim dealt the final blow to send the strong contenders packing.

Earlier, Sikh Regimental Centre defeated Army Service Corps 6-5 via sudden death, after the two teams were level 1-1 at the end of the stipulated period.

SRC took the lead in the 22nd minute through Sukhminder who scored a field goal. ASC restored parity four minutes before the breather when skipper K.K. Poonacha scored off a penalty corner.

With the issue remaining deadlocked at the end of 70 minutes of play, the tie-breaker rule was applied in which Baljit Singh, Rajpal and Sukhminder scored for SRC while A.S. Thimmaiah, Anil Minz and K.K. Poonacha put ASC on even terms. In the subsequent sudden death, Baljit Singh and Rajpal were on target for SRC while B.J. Cariappa missed the stroke for ASC.

Tomorrow's fixtures: Bhopal XI v RCF — 10.30 a.m. IAF v PSB Academy — 12 noon. Chandigarh XI v Western Railway — 1.30 p.m. SRC v Northern Railway — 3 p.m.


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Chandigarh cops halted by RCF
From Our Sports Reporter

PATIALA, Sept 30 — RCF Kapurthala's hard-earned win over Chandigarh Police and Switchgear, Phagwara's complete rout of SRC, Ramgarh, were the highlights of the 23rd All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Championships played at Nabha, near here, today.

Moving with a measure of understanding and playing fluent and forthright football, RCF moved into the next round with a fine tuned 5-3 victory over Chandigarh Police, who till today were having a fine run in the tournament.

After Narinder put the cops in command with a blistering shot, the Chandigarh outfit enhanced the leeway when Ajay Kumar made capital of a weak interception to net in the second goal for his team. The cops were cruising comfortably having notched a 2-0 lead, but then RCF forwards never lost their nerves to bounce back into contention. Naresh Kumar's solo effort reduced the margin (1-2) for RCF after which Ikram equalised with a scorching rightfooter.

In the penalty shoot out Naresh, Ikram and Ram Lubhaya scored for RCF while only Bahadur Singh could beat the rival custodian for Chandigarh Police.

An opportunistic goal by Lakhbir Singh ensured DFA, Kapurthala's 1-0 win over the hard working Punjabi University team. The students seemed to be moving all over the place in the entire match dominating the proceedings, but what undid them was their inability to score, even when the goalmouth was wide open. In the dying minutes of the first half medio Lakhbir Singh managed to get the ball, much against the run of play, to petch the only goal the Kapurthala team could score.

In the third match, or rather mismatch, Switchgear, Phagwara, pumped in goals at will to blank out SRC, Ramgarh, by the odd goal in six, with Parminder, Sameer, Sukhjit, Subash, Kuldeep and Vijay Kumar all finding the target. For the Ramgarh outfit Ramesh Kumar scored a consolation goal.


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Indian squad for jr Asian Volleyball

NEW DELHI, Sept 30 (PTI) — Former runners-up India will vie for honours in the ninth Asian Junior Men’s Volleyball Championship to be held at Teheran from October 8 to 15.

The side, in training for the last six months under former India setter G.E. Sridharan as chief coach, has been drawn in pool ‘B’ with China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and United Arab Emirates.

Iran, Japan, Korea, Australia, Sri Lanka and Qatar are in group ‘A’.

Announcing the 12-member Indian team, Volleyball Federation of India secretary Raj Kumar, said in a release that Chander Singh would be the assistant coach while S.K. Khurana will go as referee.

India, who qualified to the 1995 world juniors at Johar Bahru, Malaysia, will have to overcome stiff challenge with China reportedly fielding a very strong contingent.

The team: Harun Khan, Abhijeet Bhattacharjee, Avinash Kumar Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Yawar Ali, Y. Subba Rao, M. Kumaran, Tom Joseph, Ravi Kumar, Lakshminarayana, Shankar Ganesh, K.J. Kapil Dev.

Chief coach: G.E. Sridharan, assistant coach: Chander Singh.


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SSCB lift Champions Trophy
Tribune News Service

SRINAGAR, Sept 30 — Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) has lifted the Champions Trophy at the Ninth National Inter-State Kayaking and Canoeing Championship held at Dal Lake here.

The Vice-President, Mr Krishan Kant, here on a three-day visit of the valley presented the trophy to the champions.

The Governor, Mr Girish Saxena, the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Member Parliament, Prof Saifuddin Soz, were those present among others.

The president of the J&K Kayaking and Canoeing Association, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, who is also the Minister for Medical Education, said the holding of the championship in the valley would instil confidence among tourists.

SSCB outshined all other teams in 1,000 meter mens and junior events by bagging five gold and two silver medals followed by Kerala. While BSF got a gold medal in the event, the hosts Jammu and Kashmir succeeded in bagging one silver and two bronze medals.

Kerala covered the distance in 4.55 minutes in C-1 (men) and took (4.00.51 minutes in K-4 (juniors). SSCB took 3.40.16 minutes in K-2 (men) and 4.59.10 in C-1 (juniors).

In the finals of 500m competition, Kerala topped in gold tally by wresting 10 out of 21 events followed by SSCB, which clinched four gold medals. While the BSF got three gold medals, Andaman and Nicobar took two and one each went to ASC and BEG teams. Jammu and Kashmir got two silver and three bronze medals.

Kerala excelled in six events in the 200m finals. It took six gold, three silver and one bronze medal. BSF and SSCB got two medals each while SSC bagged a solitary gold medal. Jammu and Kashmir bagged two bronze, Andaman & Nicobar two silver, Manipur two silver and one bronze, Maharashtra two bronze and EME a silver and gold each.


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Indian men finish 5th in Asian TT

NEW DELHI, Sept 30 (PTI) — Indian men gave a fighting display to down Australia 3-1 and finish fifth in the team event of the Asian Table Tennis Championships at Osaka today even as the eves crashed 0-3 to New Zealand to end up tenth.

India downed Indonesia 3-1 before quelling the challenge of Australia by a similar margin in the classification ties for the fifth to eighth places, as per results available here.

National champion Chetan Baboor clinched the issue for the men against Australia, winning both his singles after former champion S. Raman lost to Paul Langley in three games in the second rubber.

Baboor gave India the lead with a hard-earned 21-19, 21-13 win over beat Brett Clarke. South paw Raman lost 22-20, 12-21, 12-21 to Langley, but Arup Basak scored an easy 21-10, 21-13 win over Mark Smythe before Baboor vanquished Langley 23-21, 21-9.

In the women’s tie against the Kiwis, only N.R. Indu put up a fight, taking the first game off Sarah Finch 21-14 before going down 21-12, 21-15 in the next two. M.S. Mythaili lost to Karen Li 21-13, 21-9 and Poulami Ghatak went down to Li Chunli 21-7, 21-8.


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Badminton squads for NZ meet
From Our Sports Reporter

JALANDHAR, Sept 30 — A strong 18-member shuttlers' squad will leave tomorrow for Jaipur to participate in the North Zone Inter-State Badminton Tournament to be held from October 2 to 5, according to Rajinder Kalsi, honorary secretary's Punjab Badminton Association.

Teams:

Men: Jaideep Kohli, Ram Lakhan (Jal), Vijaydeep Singh, Navdeep Singh, Chanderdeep Randhawa (Patiala), Gurmukh Singh (Ludhiana), Md. Saleem (Sangrur), Gagandeep Ratti (Jal reserved).

Women:- Meeta Bhandari, Navdeep Kaur (Patiala), Sapna Ratti (Jalandhar).

Junior boys (under-19):- Rohan Kapoor, Ramanjit Kalra (Jalandhar), Amandeep Sekhri, Dilpreet Singh (Ludhiana).

Junior girls (under-19):- Sumeet Kalra (Jalandhar), Navdeep And Vidhu Vatrana (Patiala).




District football
From Our Sports Reporter

JALANDHAR, Sept 30 — The Jalandhar District Football Association will organise the district football championships at Shri Guru Gobind Singh Stadium from October 2 to 7.

Twelve teams will participate in this championship, according to Sudesh Kumar Vaish, district sports officer, Jalandhar. Last year's winners Rurka Kalan and runners-up DAV College, Jalandhar, seeded one and two, respectively.


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Rajeev back from UK with batting record
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — Rajeev Nayyar is back after a five-month stint with a minor England county, Leycett Cricket Club, in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Cricket League.

The Himchal Ranji Trophy player remained not out in 14 of the 22 matches he played. He hit five centuries his highest score being 120 against Meir Health Club. He started with a bang remaining not out in nine of the first 10 matches and hitting four centuries for a 611.00 average. But after the completion of the season he had scored 1288 runs for an average of 158. But this was also enough to break the previous record of 113.8 set by J. Jervis.

Rajeev got 48 wickets in 16 matches with one hat-trick while playing against Bristone Club this season.

Nantwich Cricket Club, the oldest club in England celebrated their 150th anniversary by playing a match against the Rest of the World team. Rajeev played under Mike Randell of South Africa which defeated Rest of the World. He scored 40 not out and got two wickets.

Leycett Cricket Club started with 10th spot in the league table. But with the inclusion of Rajeev as a professional this season, the club improved to reach the number four position. Rajeev, working as Assistant Manager with Punwire, Mohali, has signed the contract with Leycett Cricket Club for next year also. In domestic cricket he has already crossed 4000 runs with 12 centuries and 24 half-centuries.


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Amritsar in command
From Our Sports Reporter

AMRITSAR, Sept 30 — The local team bundled out Ferozepore for 175 runs while Amritsar was crusing at 123 without loss at the close of play in the quarterfinals of the inter-district Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament being played here today at the Gandhi grounds.

Earlier, Amritsar skipper won the toss asked the rivals to bat. The local spinners Tejinder Pal and Sarandeep took four and three wickets, respectively, and restricted them to just 175. The opening pair of Munish Sharma and Ravneet Ricky were unbeaten at 70 and 53, respectively.

Brief scores: Ferozepore: 175 all out (Nitin Mehta 40, Kuldeep 34, Navneet 28, Tejinder Pal 4/34, Sarandeep 3/33, Gagandeep 2/24). Amritsar: 123 for no loss (Munish Sharma 70 not out and Ravneet Ricky 53 not out).


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Showing of Sundeep, Manavjit hailed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — Mr Arvind Khanna, Secretary-General of the Punjab Olympic Association, today hailed the efforts of the state players who won laurels for the state as well as for the country in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur. Shooting prodigy Manavjit Singh Sandhu won a gold medal in trap clay pigeon shooting event, while Sandeep Kumar of Punjab Police bagged a bronze in weightlifting.

In a press statement released here, Mr Khanna stated that Manavjit was fast emerging a marksman of repute and following in the footsteps of ace shooters like Jaspal Rana, a double gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games. He expressed his confidence that Manavjit would emerge a stronger player in the years to come and eventually be a 'national hero'.

Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, president, POA, said in the team events like cricket and hockey in which Indian players used to perform invariably well, the teams failed miserably this time, while these were the individual events like shooting, badminton, weightlifting and boxing which helped India win 25 medals — seven gold, 10 silver, eight bronze — the richest medal haul by the country in Commonwealth Games.

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Patiala enter semis
From Our Sports Reporter

PATIALA, Sept 30 — Fine centuries by Pankaj Dharamani (105) and Reetinder Sodhi (103) enabled Patiala to amass 309 for 1 against Bathinda in the Katoch Shield cricket tournament played at the Dhruv Pandove cricket stadium here today. With this win, earned on the basis of their first innings lead. Patiala have now reached the semifinals which will be played against the winners of the Sangrur-Jalandhar tie here from October 2 to 4.

Brief scores: Bathinda (Ist innings) 242 all out. Patiala (Ist innings) 309 for 1 (P. Dharmani 105 retd hurt, Reetinder Sodhi 103 retd hurt, Sanjeev Kapuria 64 not out, Gaganinder Garry 15 not out, Sameer Verma 1 for 41).


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Asiad golf trials begin today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — The first categorised amateur open golf championship will begin at the Bangalore Classic golf course tomorrow.

Sponsored by the Karnataka Golf Association, the tournament will be the first round of selection trials for the Indian team for the Bangkok Asian Games and the Eisenhower Cup, according to Dr G.S. Kochhar, Chairman, Media and Publicity, Chandigarh Golf Club.

About 140 golfers from all over the country will battle to get into the four-member squad to be selected for the Asiad and the Eisenhower Cup to be held in Chile, South America, from November 19. The second round of selection trials will be held at Pune from October 11.

Harmeet Kahlon, Digvijay Singh and Amish Jaitha are almost certain to be in the team because of the merit list. The fight will be for the fourth spot of the team.

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CBSE cluster TT tournament
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — CBSE cluster (Chandigarh & Himachal Pradesh) Table Tennis Tournament (boys & girls) is being hosted by New Public School, Sector 18, from October I to 3. Sixteen teams are taking part in the tournament.

At the inaugural function on October at 9.30 AM Mr Brahjit Kalia, District Education Officer, Chandigarh, will be the chief guest.

The following schools are participating:

D.A.V. Public School, Sirmour; D.A.V. Public School, Bilaspur; D.P.S. Shimla; Laureato Public School, Shimla, GAV Public School, Kangra; Tibetan Public School, Paonta Sahib; Dayanand Public School, Shimla; Hill Top School, Dalhousie; Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh; Sacred Heart School, Chandigarh; AKS International Public School, Chandigarh; Manav Mangal School, Chandigarh; New Public School, Chandigarh; DAV Sr. Sec. School Sector 8, Chandigarh; D.A.V. Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh; and Shishu Niketan School, Chandigarh.


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School games at Jalandhar
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — The 44th National School Games in the disciplines of basketball, handball, kabaddi, fencing (all boys and girls U-19) and boxing (boys U-19) shall be organised by the Directorate of Public Instruction (Schools) Punjab under the aegis of the School Games Federation of India from October 22 to 27 at Jalandhar.

Students up to Class XII and under-19 on December 31, 1998, are eligible to take part. During the meet basketball and handball players will be selected for Asian and international tournaments.

About 2,000 players and officials are likely to take part in the event.

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Punjab ranking TT at Mohali
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — The second Punjab State Ranking Table Tennis Championship will be organised by the Mohali Table Tennis Association at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, from October 2 to 4.

About 250 players are expected to participate in the three-day meet. The events include cadet's boys singles, girls singles, sub-junior boys and girls singles, boys and girls singles, men and women singles.



 

Manav Mangal win
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — Manav Mangal High School won the bronze in the Inter-School TT tournament for under-14 girls defeating Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, at New Public School, Sector 18, here today.

The tournament was organised by the Chandigarh Education Department.

Results: Arshdeep (MM b Saloni (BV) 21-19, 21-12, Sahila (BV) b Komal (MM) 21-16, 21-18, Doubles: Arshdeep & Komal b Saloni & Sahila 21-4, 21-19.


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Cricket trials

CHANDIGARH (TNS): Trials to select the Chandigarh team for the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Pataudi Trophy will be held at the DAV Higher Secondary School grounds in Sector 8 here on October 2 at 3 p.m., according to Mr Surinder Singh, Secretary, Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association




Athletic meet postponed

CHANDIGARH (BOSR): The Punjab Senior Athletic Championship for men and women (under-22), scheduled for October 2 at Ferozepore has been postponed to November 11 at the same venue, according to I.S. Deol, secretary, Punjab Amateur Athletic Association.


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Ludhiana, Amritsar bag h'ball titles
Tribune News Service

BATHINDA, Sept 30 — Ludhiana boys today won the first Labh Singh Memorial Punjab Handball Championship by defeating Ferozepore 18-9.

In the girls' section, Amritsar won the first position by defeating Jalandhar 14-7.

Jalandhar boys and Bathinda girls won third position in their respective sections in this three-day championship which concluded at the local stadium here today.

In the boys' section, Ludhiana entered the final by defeating Gurdaspur. In the second semifinal, Ferozepore entered the final defeating Jalandhar in a very tough match which went into extra time.

In the girls' section, Jalandhar entered the final defeating Bathinda in the semifinal while in the second semifinal, Amritsar beat Patiala.

On the concluding day international handball players, Gurpreet Kaur and Pritpal Singh were honoured by the Deputy Commissioner, S.R. Ladhar who gave away the prizes. He also announced a grant of Rs 25,000 for the organisers of this championship.

 


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St Stephens eves win title
By Our Sports Reporter

CHANDIGARH, Sept 30 — St Stephens School, Sector 45, bagged the first position in the girls (under-14) category of the Chandigarh Inter-School Badminton Tournament which concluded at Government Model School, indoor hall, Sector 23, here today.

The girls of GMSSS-23 and GMSSS-15 secured first position in under-17 and under-19 sections, respectively.

Results: Girls (under-14): St Stephens School-45 (1), GMSSS-40 (2), Sacred Heart School-26 (3). (Under-17): GMSSS-23 (1), GMHS-28 (2), Shishu Niketan-22 (3). (Under-19): GMSSS-16 (1), GMSSS-35 (2), GMSSS-40 (3).

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