Saturday, October 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India






S P O R T S

Kirsten’s unbeaten ton leads SA to victory
Saurav Ganguly watches a ball

Johannesburg, October 5
South Africa helped by unbeaten 133 by Gary Kirsten beat India by six wickets in the first one day international here today. South Africa overhauled the Indian total of 279 in 48.2 overs.

Saurav Ganguly watches a ball during his knock of 127 in the first one day international match against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday. 
— Reuters photo

Raid de Himalayas starts today
Shimla, October 5
As participants and officials got together for the pre-event scrutiny of the Raid-de-Himalaya at Peter Hoff here today, drivers attended to the paperwork while four-wheelers and two wheelers were examined to be mechanically fit and safety was foremost in the minds of the scrutineers. 




Elena Dementieva of Russia returns the ball to Martina Hingis
Elena Dementieva of Russia returns the ball to Martina Hingis of Switzerland during their Kremlin Cup tennis tournament quarter final match in Moscow on Friday. Dementieva won the match 6-2 6-2. 
— Reuters


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

 

Coach confident of good show
Sydney, October 5

Indian hockey team coach Rajinder Singh today promised a better showing by his side in the 7th Junior World Cup hockey scheduled to be held at Hobert from the second week of this month.

Gurbaaz MannGurbaaz lifts Sahi trophy
Chandigarh, October 5
Gurbaaz Mann of the Chandigarh Golf Club shot six birdies and executed a perfect shot to land on the green at a critical juncture to clinch the Samarvir Sahi Trophy in the Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship here today. He edged out Manav Dass, also of Chandigarh, by a solitary-stroke margin.

FIFA postpones Israel-Austria tie
Vienna, October 5

World football governing body FIFA has postponed the Israel versus Austria World Cup qualifier scheduled for Sunday following the crash of a Russian airliner flying from Tel Aviv.

EARLIER STORIES

 


Manchester United and England captain David Beckham (3rd L) leads his team around the pitch during training at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Friday. England face Greece in their final group nine 2002 World Cup qualifying match at Old Trafford on Saturday. 


Washington Wizards' guard Richard Hamilton (L) and forward Michael Jordan (R) listen in on a team meeting following an evening workout at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington on Thursday. 
— Reuters photos

Late strike puts Palmeiras in final
Kolkata, October 5

Fancied Brazilian club Palmeiras rode on a late strike to pip Bangladesh’s Mukti Joddha 2-1 and entered the final of the IFA Shield Football Tournament at Howrah Stadium today.

BSF, Punjab Police in semis
Nabha, October 5
BSF, Jalandhar, trounced hapless Ludhiana police 4-0 to become the first team to make the last four grade of the 26th All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament being played at the Ripudaman College grounds here today.

Report points finger at Lele
Vadodara, October 5

A special audit report has severely indicted Baroda Cricket Association secretary Jaywant Lele and other office-bearers for gross financial irregularities and mismanagement of the BCA funds in clear violation of all norms and regulations.

Cairns, Nash back for Australia tour
Wellington, October 5

All rounders Chris Cairns and Dion Nash and left-arm spin bowler Daniel Vettori were named today in the squad for New Zealand’s upcoming three-Test tour of Australia. 

Atray memorial cricket semis from today
Chandigarh, October 5
Mumbai Cricket Association, winners of Group A, will take on Bishnoi Cricket Club, runners up of Group B, at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali tomorrow in the first semifinal of VIIIth J.P. Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament for Spice Trophy.

DAV, Lyallpur college win; PAU beaten
Chandigarh, October 5
DAV College, Jalandhar, beat Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, by 5-0 in the boys section and in the girls section BBK DAV College, Amritsar, beat HMV College, Jalandhar, Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium Jalandhar in the Punjab Champions College Hockey Leagua at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium at Jalandhar today. Top






 

Kirsten’s unbeaten ton leads SA to victory

India’s supporters
India’s supporters cheer during the one day international against South Africa at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. 
— Reuters photo

Johannesburg, October 5
South Africa helped by unbeaten 133 by Gary Kirsten beat India by six wickets in the first one day international here today.

South Africa overhauled the Indian total of 279 in 48.2 overs.

A record stand by centurymakers Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar lifted India to 279 for five in their 50 overs

Ganguly (127) and Tendulkar (101) shared 193 off 214 balls for the first wicket as India totalled 279 for five. But South Africa fought back well and were 151 for one after 25 overs with Gary Kirsten 75 not out.

Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs got South Africa’s reply off to a sound start with an opening stand of 114 scored off 108 balls.

It was ended in the 18th over when Gibbs was caught behind for 48 by wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta off the bowling of paceman Javagal Srinath.

The visitors’ opening partnership was the biggest for any wicket by India against South Africa, surpassing the 180 put on by Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in Nagpur in 1999-2000.

Captain Ganguly scored his runs off 126 balls with 14 fours and five sixes before attempting to hit medium pacer Justin Kemp through mid wicket in the 36th over and skying the ball to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Tendulkar faced 129 balls and hit nine fours in his innings which ended in the 48th over when he sliced a delivery from fast bowler Jacques Kallis to Gibbs at mid on.

Two overs after Ganguly’s dismissal, India were 198 for two when Dravid was caught for one at deep midwicket off the bowling of fast bowler Andre Nel.

Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh shared 44 runs for the third wicket before Yuvraj’s lofted drive off medium pacer Lance Klusener was caught at long off by Kirsten to dismiss him for 14.

Verendra Sehwag scored five before pulling a ball from paceman Shaun Pollock to Gibbs at mid on in the 47th over.

Ganguly and Tendulkar had attacked the bowling with relish, scoring all round the wicket with both aerial and ground strokes.

But each also survived dropped catches. Tendulkar was 11 not out with the total on 44 without loss when Klusener, at slip, just managed to lay a hand on a difficult chance offered off the bowling of Pollock in the ninth over. Six overs later Ganguly, on 43, top edged an attempted pull shot off the bowling of Kallis and was dropped by Kemp running in from fine leg. Tendulkar had another life on 68 with the total 210 for two in the 40th over, when Nel dropped a sharp caught and bowled chance.

India

Ganguly c Boucher b Kemp 127

Tendulkar c Gibbs b Kallis 101

Dravid c McKenzie b Nel 1

Singh c Kirsten b Klusener 14

Sehwag c Gibbs b Pollock 5

Agarkar not out 12

Das not out 5

Extras: (lb-4 nb-6 w-4) 14

Total: (for five wickets) 279

Fall of wickets: 1-193 2-198 3-242 4-257 5-263.

Bowling: Pollock 10-0-56-1, Nel 10-1-47-1, Kallis 8-0-45-1, Ntini 7-0-33-0, Klusener 9-0-54-1, Kemp 6-0-40-1.

South Africa

Kirsten not out 133

Gibbs c Dasgupta b Sirnath 49

Kalis b Agarkar 39

Rhodes b Srinath 20

Klusener c Dravid b Prasad 17

McKenzie not out 8

Extra: 14

Total: (for four wkts) 280

Bowling: Agarkar 10-0-45-1, Prasad 7.2-0-52-1, Srinath 10-0-59-2, Kumble 10-0-54-0, Ganguly 2-0-12-0, Tendulkar 9-0-51-0. Reuters

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Raid de Himalayas starts today
Roopinder Singh and Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 5
As participants and officials got together for the pre-event scrutiny of the Raid-de-Himalaya at Peter Hoff here today, drivers attended to the paperwork while four-wheelers and two wheelers were examined to be mechanically fit and safety was foremost in the minds of the scrutineers. The comfort of the participants was catered to in making sure that they were carrying their sleeping bags.

The Raid, that the organisers insist is the roughest, toughest, longest and highest motoring event in India will cover 2,600 km in seven days, out of which around 41 per cent will be competitive stages.

The total number of entries was 32 cars, including an all-women British team comprising Alice Bamford and Annabelle Nielson. The Ladakh Scouts are also fielding two teams, led by Maj Dhillon and Maj Shahi.

This is the third Raid and “this time we have added the Leh to Kargil leg, making it more challenging,” says Himalayan Motorsport Association president Vijay Parmar, who was himself a champion motorcyclist in the 80s and the 90s.

The vehicles were checked for safety in accordance with the regulations laid down in the supplementary regulations as well as the stipulated national competition rules by scrutiners, who are themselves, veteran competitors of yesteryear. Competition licences, blood group certification, among others were also checked.

Because of the continuing politics and infighting between FMSCI (Mallya faction) and MAI (Nazir Hoosein group) a dark cloud hovered over the event as three participants withdrew at the last minute, fearing a ban from who ever had issued their competition licence. However, for participants; it was the first step towards taking part in an exciting raid. Incidentally, the event is called a Raid as the competitive stretches can be longer than those in rallies and this time the Raid is a 7-day event which will take the participants through some of the most verdant as well as stark mountain roads of the Himalayas.

Manoeuvring skills and mental toughness of the drivers and endurance of the vehicles will be put to a severe test during the 2600 km Raid.

The Raid will pass through some of the most remote and highest passes of the awesome mountain ranges where the drivers will encounter extremely hostile conditions in the form of freezing temperatures, decrease in oxygen level uncertain weather and rough roads. The exceedingly long competitive stages will comprise the most difficult stretches between here and Kargil, the last point of the Raid. The total length of the competitive portion is 1053 km, about 40.5 per cent of the total route.

In all 32 cars and 31 motorcycles form the entry list for the seven-day event. It has acquired the status of an international competition with the entry of as many five teams from the UK, including an all women team of Alice and Annabelle from London in a Gypsy. The four other foreign participants are John Mark, Noor Mohammed, Munawar Khan and Javed Mohammed, all of whom will be riding the bikes.

Top Indian drivers, including Manaik Raikhy, Sanjay Sikand and Rahul Khanna are also among the participants. Gypsies with the highest number of 21 entries will dominate the four wheeler category, followed by Esteem (8). A solitary Maruti 800 figures in the list.

As many as eight local teams, all from the Team Avalanche, an adventure organisation, will participate in the Raid. Suhrid Sharma a local boy who won the first position in the 1999 Raid and second position in the 2000 Raid in the motor bikes section is among the participants .

Starting off from here the Raid will pass through Gumma, Baghipul, Ani and finally the 10,000 ft Jalori pass to reach Manali on the opening day. The competitive stretch will extend from Gumma to Balhi (80km) and Baghipul to Shamsar (78km). On the second day the Raid will traverse through the Rohtang Pass (13,500 ft) and Kunzum Pass (14,800 ft) to halt at Kaza. The 132 km of the competitive stretch from Gramphoo to Kaza in the heart of cold desert will be the toughest part of Raid.

The next day the rallyists will pass through four high mountain passes including Baralacha, Nakeela and Lachangla, ranging from 14,000 to 16,000 ft. and have a night halt at Pang in Jammu and Kashmir. The fourth day they will drive through the highest pass of the Raid, the 17,584 ft Tanglang-La to reach Leh. The following day they will touch the last point of the Raid, Kargil, and return back to Leh. The longest distance will be covered on the sixth day to reach Manali. On the final day they will take the Bajaura-Kelodhar-Baragaon-Basantpur route to finish at Shimla.
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Coach confident of good show

Sydney, October 5
Indian hockey team coach Rajinder Singh today promised a better showing by his side in the 7th Junior World Cup hockey scheduled to be held at Hobert from the second week of this month.

The Indian team finished their acclimatisation here before leaving for Hobert (Tasmania) and Rajinder Singh exuded confident after his team’s good showing in the warm-up matches at the Olympic Park. "There have been some grey areas which have been addressed during the work-out here. Penalty corner conversion, defence, tackling, field goals and goal keeping were some areas we had to work out", the coach said.

"We hope we could improve upon our second place finish of 1997 at Milton Keynes and upstage the hosts Australia who were the winners last time." The coach said.

India, who are placed in Pool ‘C’ along with Scotland and Spain, take on Canada in the first match on October 9. The 2001 event is the 7th and, for the first time, has been expanded to involve 16 nations.

All matches will be played on the world class Tasmanian Hockey Centre surfaces at Cornelian Bay. These facilities will be expanded to accommodate over 5,000 spectators, with seating for up to 3,000 spectators.

Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) Secretary K.Jothikumaran and Satinder Kumar have been named judge and umpire, respectively, for the championship. The Junior World Hockey Cup, an event for under 21 players, was created to give them international competition and prepare them for senior international hockey. It is played every four years and uses the same format as the World Cup. UNI

The previous venues and medal winners were:

Year

Venue

Gold

Silver

Bronze

1979

Versailles

Pakistan

Germany

Netherlands

1982

Kuala Lumpur

Germany

Australia

Pakistan

1985

Vancouver

Germany

Netherlands

Pakistan

1989

Malaysia

Germany

Australia

Pakistan

1993

Barcelona

Germany

Pakistan

Australia

1997

Milton Leynes

Australia

India

Germany

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Gurbaaz lifts Sahi trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
Gurbaaz Mann of the Chandigarh Golf Club shot six birdies and executed a perfect shot to land on the green at a critical juncture to clinch the Samarvir Sahi Trophy in the Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship here today. He edged out Manav Dass, also of Chandigarh, by a solitary-stroke margin.

Making the most of perfect weather conditions, Gurbaaz hit six birdies and on the 18th hole he came from a very difficult position to land the ball on to the green returning a two under card of 70. The par score on the final hole saw him edging out Manav Dass, who played a par tound today. Manav shot five birdies and had an aggregate of 289, one more than Gurbaaz.

Simarjit Singh of Noida Golf Club has also been doing well in the tournament. He was not so lucky as yesterday. He produced a card of three over and had a gross score of three over. His four day gross score of 292 earned him third position in the gross score category. All the top three are members of Oil India team.

Cricketer Kapil Dev of Chandigarh Golf Club produced a card of five over par today. He has been consistent in his game on all four days. He was all praise for the excellent condition of the golf course.

Keshav Misra of Delhi Golf Club was the winner of the nett score. He had a nett aggregate of 285.

Sandy Lehal of Chandigarh Golf Club produced a nett score of 285 but stood second. He had a score of 75 against 74 of Keshav Misra.

Saurabh Bahuguna of Delhi Golf Club produced a nett score of 287 to secure third position.

Mr G.S. Sandhu, President, Chandigarh Golf Club, gave away the prizes. Mr G.P.S Sahi, father of Samarvir Sahi, presented the running trophy to Gurbaaz Mann.

Gross scores: Gurbaaz Mann 288, Manav Dass 289, Simarjeet Singh 292, Keshav Mishra 293, Sandy Lehal 293, Saurabh Bahuguna 295, Girish IS Virk 296, Ashok Kumar 298, Sanjeev Mehra 299, Harinder Gupta 300.

Nett scores: Keshav Mishra 285, Sandy Lehal 285, Saurabh Bahuguna 287, Gurbaaz Mann 288, Girish IS Virk 288, Manav Dass 289, Sujjan Singh 289, Raj Singh 290.
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FIFA postpones Israel-Austria tie

Vienna, October 5
World football governing body FIFA has postponed the Israel versus Austria World Cup qualifier scheduled for Sunday following the crash of a Russian airliner flying from Tel Aviv.

“Following the tragic event when a flight from Tel Aviv crashed into the Black Sea, FIFA president Joseph Blatter, mandated by the emergency committee of the world football body, has decided that the European group 7 qualifying match between Israel and Austria scheduled for Sunday, October 7 in Tel Aviv should be postponed,” a FIFA statement said yesterday.

Austrian football federation spokesman Wolfgang Gramann said he did not know when or where the match, from which nine Austrian players had already pulled out due to security fears, would eventually be played.

“FIFA has suspended the match scheduled for Sunday,” he said.

“FIFA told us about its decision by phone, and we are expecting confirmation in writing,” he told AFP.

FIFA insisted earlier this week that the group seven qualifier would be “played as planned on October 7 in Tel Aviv,” despite Austrian security fears about the encounter.

However, nine Austria players then pulled out of the match in protest. “In the current situation we cannot risk going to Israel,” said one of the nine on Tuesday, Walter Kogler.

“The situation is much too dangerous there.”

FIFA reviewed the match after Austria’s football association asked them to do so following yesterday’s Russian plane crash.

Initial reports suggested that a terrorist attack was probably to blame for the explosion that caused the Russian airliner which took off from Tel Aviv to crash with 76 people on board.

Later, a Ukrainian army official admitted that one of its missiles accidentally shot down the Russian airliner, although this was later denied by Kiev’s defence ministry.

The postponement of the match is set to thwart the intentions of Austria’s far-right Vice-Chancellor Susanne Riess-Passer, who was set to travel to Israel for the first time since Israel broke contact with Vienna over the far-right’s accession to power. AFP
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Late strike puts Palmeiras in final

Kolkata, October 5
Fancied Brazilian club Palmeiras rode on a late strike to pip Bangladesh’s Mukti Joddha 2-1 and entered the final of the IFA Shield Football Tournament at Howrah Stadium today.

Celio Claudio struck the match-winner for Palmeiras two minutes before the final whistle capitalising on a lapse on the part of Bangladeshi defender Abu Faysal Ahmed.

Starting on a promising note, the Bangladeshis forged ahead in the 13th minute of the first half through their in-form Nigerian striker Emeka Achilefu while the Brazilians drew level in the 43rd minute with Marcao finding the target.

The mediocre encounter saw the professional side from Brazil not hesitating to resort to strongarm tactics to foil Mukti Joddha men who were fizzled out as the match wore on.

Emeka, who looked dangerous in the initial minutes, was policed into submission by the Brazilians, who brought him down time and again.

Palmeiras kept up their attack after scoring the equaliser and the match was concentrated almost entirely in the Mukti Joddha area in the second half.

Soon after the match, the players of the two teams got involved in scuffles on the ground and police had to intervene to bring the situation under control.

Palmeiras will play the final on Sunday with the winner of tomorrow’s semifinal between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

The match had an electric start with lethal Brazilian striker Tom Hilton Moraira’s header off a Robson pass hitting the crosspiece in the very first minute.

Absorbing the initial Brazilian offensive, Mukti Joddha regrouped soon, with their medios and forwards led by Achilefu carrying a number of raids on the Brazilian defence.

Achilefu scored his fourth goal of the tournament when he headed in a Tushar centre following a flagkick from the right.

The sizeable crowd of the stadium saw an absorbing battle in the next few minutes with both teams locked in a keen contest for supremacy.

Brazilian side’s main schemer Andre Chu Vlaplana gave a demonstration of his class in the 30th minute as he unleashed a major freekick, but Reinaldo’s header was narrowly off-target.

Palmeiras restored parity when Gustavo Estavez addressed a measured rising centre from the left to Marcao who headed into the corner of the net.

From then on it was Palmeiras all the way. They missed two scoring chances early in the second half. Tom was the culprit on the first occasion, while Chu failed to finish the job in the 61st minute after running a brilliant solo from midfield.

With time ticking away, the Brazilians intensified the pressure with Gustavo Estavez and Fabinho initiating a move down the middle but the ball ran loose to Mukti Joddha defender Abu Faysal Ahmed. With Celio Claudio rushing in, Faysal failed to keep his cool and sent the ball to the Brazilian, who sped into the box and in a one-to-one situation calmly placed in to the left of Mukti Joddha custodian Aminul Haque. PTI
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BSF, Punjab Police in semis
Our Sports Reporter

Nabha, October 5
BSF, Jalandhar, trounced hapless Ludhiana police 4-0 to become the first team to make the last four grade of the 26th All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament being played at the Ripudaman College grounds here today.

In the first half both teams matched each other in speed and aggression, lent the Jalandhar securitymen appeared to be more consistent. However, things were entirely different in the second half and the Ludhiana cops defence wilted under sustained pressure. J. Joseph after receiving a pass from the right flank sent in a rasping carpet drive to open the account for BSF. The trio of J.Jospeh, Harvinder and P.Boy Singh put the rival defence under enormous pressure and within a span of just 15 minutes they had scored three more goals. First, Harvinder rose above the defence to try to head home the ball. However, the ball ricocheted off the woodwork and bounced back in to play. Harvinder recovered and pounced upon the ball to score off an acute angle. The third goal was P. Boys Singh who scored off a penalty. With the proceedings being reduced to mere academic proportions, P. Thapa found the netting after the ball rolled in the goalmouth through the rival custodians legs to make it a comfortable 4-0 for BSF.

Punjab Police downed DFA Kapurthala 2-1 and became the second team to make the semifinal stage. With both the teams playing a barren first half, Punjab cops became a bit more aggressive and Vijay Paul opened the account for his team when crisp shot enter the goal after deflecting a defenders foot. Harjinder of DFA managed to equalise off a header and towards the fag end of the close encounter Gurvinder Pal squarely beat the custodian to make it 2-1.
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Report points finger at Lele

Vadodara, October 5
A special audit report has severely indicted Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Jaywant Lele and other office-bearers for gross financial irregularities and mismanagement of the BCA funds in clear violation of all norms and regulations.

Taking exception to the fiscal decisions taken by the secretary without the approval of the BCA managing committee, the report said the BCA, a public body, was bound to abide by its rules and regulations.

Submitting a 10-page audit report to the association recently, chartered accountant Kalpesh Parmar suggested that immediate corrective actions be taken to comply with statutory requirements so as to avoid further damages to the association by way of losses, penalties and interest.

The report which has highlighted financial irregularities almost in every sphere of the Baroda Cricket Association’s administration, has, provoked former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More and his supporters to bring a no-confidence motion against secretary Lele and treasurer Ramesh Dalvi. The motion will be put to vote at a BCA special general meeting scheduled for October 8.

With the More group leaving no stone unturned to oust Lele from the BCA with the strong backing of association president Chirayu Amin, it is almost a do-or-die battle for former BCCI secretary Lele, who has been the BCA secretary since 1969-70.

A confident Lele has, however, accepted the challenge despite his recent humiliating defeat at the hands of Niranjan Shah in the BCCI election. UNI
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Cairns, Nash back for Australia tour

Wellington, October 5
All rounders Chris Cairns and Dion Nash and left-arm spin bowler Daniel Vettori were named today in the squad for New Zealand’s upcoming three-Test tour of Australia.

Cairns has been out of international cricket for almost a year after surgery on an injured knee, while Nash and Vettori have also missed a year of Test cricket with back problems. Nash and Vettori returned to one-day cricket in a triangular series in Sri Lanka in July.

“To compete with Australia, New Zealand need to field its best players and these three offer a level of experience, maturity and talent which is difficult to match,’’ chairman of selectors Sir Richard Hadlee said.

Uncapped Test batsman Lou Vincent, who entered the one-day international arena last summer, has also been named in the squad.

Hadlee said some fitness issues remained with Nash and Cairns, with Cairns to miss the first match of the tour, which begins on October 16 in Brisbane against the Queensland Second XI.

Squad: Stephen Fleming (c), Nathan Astle, Matthew Bell, Chris Cairns, Chris Martin, Craig McMillan, Dion Nash, Shayne O’Connor, Adam Parore, Mark Richardson, Mathew Sinclair, Glen Sulzberger, Daryl Tuffey, Daniel Vettori, Lou Vincent. Reuters
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Atray memorial cricket semis from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
Mumbai Cricket Association, winners of Group A, will take on Bishnoi Cricket Club, runners up of Group B, at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali tomorrow in the first semifinal of VIIIth J.P. Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament for Spice Trophy.

Mumbai, who finished their league encounters with an all-win record, are looking forward to continue streak. Mumbai will be depending on Vinayak Mane, Wasim Jaffer, Vinod Kambali, Amit Dani and Kunal More to prop up their innings.

In the bowling department medium pacer Paras Mhambrey and Avishkar Salvi along with left arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni, off spinner A Dani and leg spinder K More will test the Bishnoi batsmen.

In the other semifinal at Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh, ONGC will take on Roofit Industries, Mumbai.

ONGC have a strong batting line-up and their main batsmen former Test stars Gagan Khoda, Mohd Kaif, Delhi Ranji player Mithun Minhas and Punjab Ranji player Sandeep Sharma. Their bowling will be in hands of seamer Amit Bhandani and Sarandeep Singh and Rahul Sanghavi.

Roofit Industries attack will have Test aspirant Rakesh Patel, Avinash Aware, Anand Yalvagi, Ramesh Powar and Hrishikesh Kanitkar while batting will revolve around H Kanitkar, Ramesh Pawar, Altaf Merchant, Anand Yalvagi and Jatin Pranjape.

Both the semi-finals and the finals are of two-day durations.
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DAV, Lyallpur college win; PAU beaten
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
DAV College, Jalandhar, beat Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, by 5-0 in the boys section and in the girls section BBK DAV College, Amritsar, beat HMV College, Jalandhar, Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium Jalandhar in the Punjab Champions College Hockey Leagua at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium at Jalandhar today. In another match Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar, beat SN College, Amritsar 7-0.

In the first match the DAV boys started on a fast pace. In the fifth minute full back Harpreet Singh second for DAV College from the first penalty corner. In the 17th minute Manvinder Singh converted a penalty corner to put his side 2-0 up. In the 19th minute Rajinder Singh scored a field goal, deflecting a cross pass from right side. In the 29th minute Naginder Singh scored through sole effort. At the end of the first half Naginder Singh again scored put DAV team 5-0 up.

In the second match of the day DAV College Amritsar and HMV College matched each other in playing good hockey. The first half was a goal-less affair. In the 38th minute of the match centre forward Sandeep Gill of Amritsar scored a beautiful field goal. HMV girls tried hard for the equaliser but it eluded them.

The third was a one-sided affair with the Khalsa girls attacking from the start and they scored a field goal in the third minute. 
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

SCHUMI TO CARRY ON
FIORANO (Italy):
Ferrari’s world motor racing champion Michael Schumacher stressed that he had no plans to retire, contradicting claims that the recent US terror attacks had made him think of quitting. “I think I have already made my position clear on this issue,” said Schumacher to journalists during a pause in Formula One testing on Thursday. “At Monza, I had some difficult moments but all I needed was to return home and see my family to understand that life must go on. “I want to carry on driving and I enjoy doing that.” AFP

HINDU SCHOO WIN
AMRITSAR:
In the Parle-G Cricket Cup Tournament which opened here today, Hindu Sabha School beat PBN School by nine wickets. PBN were bowled out for mere 109 runs while Hindu Sabha School overhauled the target with the loss of just one wicket. brief scores: BPN School: 109 all out (Hardeep 36, Abhishek 2/15, Nagesh 2/19, Sohit Khazooria 2/17, Sunny 2/9 Abhinesh 2/10). Hindu Sabha: 113 for one (Abhinesh 51 not out, Rakesh 26 not out). OSR

VOLLEYBALL TRIALS
CHANDIGARH:
The trials of Haryana state team to participate in the 24th Sub-Junior National Volleyball Championship to be held at Burdwan (West Bengal) from November 6 to 10 would be conducted at Kurukshetra University on October 20, according to the Haryana State Volleyball Association press note. The eligible boys and girls, born on or after January 1, 1986 to 1987 should submit their birth certificate before the trials. TNS

MDU BASKETBALL
ROHTAK:
Inter-College Women’s Basketball Tournament of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, has been postponed by three days. A spokesman of the university said here today that it will not be held from October 16 to 18 in stead of October 13 to 15 as scheduled earlier. The venue of the tournament will be Adarsh Mahila Mahavidhyalaya Bhiwani. MDU will hold inter-college judo tournament for men on October 29 at Jat College here and for women on October 30 at MDU eve’s basketball team will be held on October 18 at 11 a.m. at Adarsh Mahila Mahavidhalya Bhiwani. OSR

SONEPAT, HISAR WRESTLING CHAMPS
FARIDABAD
:
Sonepat and Hisar districts won team championships in boys and girls sections, respectively, in the 18th state Junior and Sub-Junior Wrestling Tournament concluded here last evening. The Director-General, Haryana, Mr M.S. Malik, gave away trophy to the winners. Sunil of Sonepat beat Basant of Rohtak in the finals of the 42-kg section of sub-juniors section. Neelam of Jind and Beena of Hisar won gold and silver respectively (43 kg) sub-junior section among girls. TNS
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