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17 boys join North Zone National Cricket Academy
Our Sports Reporter

BCCI vice-president C K Khanna and DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev with the trainees
BCCI vice-president C K Khanna and DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev with the trainees of the North Zone National Cricket Academy at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground in the Capital.

New Delhi, April 15
Seventeen out of the 20 boys selected for the North Zone National Cricket Academy, being run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), joined the academy at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital on Monday.

BCCI vice-president C K Khanna inaugurated the academy’s summer camp in the presence of convenor of the camp and sports secretary of the Delhi and District Cricket Association Sunil Dev.

Former Indian Test opener and a senior vice-president of the DDCA, Chetan Chauhan, also addressed the trainees. The boys reported to coaches Gursharan Singh and Sarkar Talwar.

Head coach of the academy Yashpal Sharma is presently touring with the India A Cricket team in South Africa. He will join the camp on April 25.

The academy will function from April 15 to June 15 and the trainees will be put through rigorous physical training and net sessions to polish off their rough edges, and prepare them for major campaigns ahead. The cream of the trainees will be shortlisted for future camps and cricket campaigns.

Following are the 20 trainees who have been called for the camp: Kunal Lal, Kuldeep Rawat, Abhishek Sharma, Vivek Khurana, Abhinav Bali, Salil Oberoi and Rohit Sharma (all Delhi); Ishan Malhotra, VRB Singh, Rajesh Sharma, Amit Bhel, Gaurav Gupta and Gaurav Sharma (all Punjab); Imran Khan, Nitin Aggarwal, Saurav Virmani, Manvinder Bisla, Pradeep Sahu (all Haryana) and Paras Dogra and Vikramjit Malik (both Himachal Pradesh).



Karun finishes fourth at British F3
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New Delhi, April 15
Karun Chandhok, the 18-year-old JK Tyre-sponsored Formula Asian 2001 winner, driving for “T-Sport, the Junior Carlin Team”, scored his best in Formula 3 till date, finishing fourth at the Donington Park curcuit, which hosted the second round of the internationally-coveted championship on Sunday, according to information available in the Capital.

Karun had his strongest weekend all round starting off with the test session on Thursday where he ended fifth. In the two qualifying sessions held on Saturday, he improved his time to 1:04.863 to qualify fourth, his highest of the year, just two tenths behind his team-mate Clivio Piccione and just over four tenths behind pole man Adam Carroll.

In the second qualifying, changed track conditions meant that Karun’s lack of experience in the UK showed its head and he dropped to fifth, with a time of 1:05.011 but still just over half a second behind the pole position man Carrol.

On Sunday, Karun had a less than pleasant start to the day when on lap three of race one, he got hit on his rear left tyre by Bily Asaro, causing a puncture which led to his first retirement of the year.

The second race though was a different story as Karun got a good start and moved into fourth place, a position he had to defend for every one of the 20 laps of the race. The Chennai boy defended impressively and crossed the line to score a career best fourth position in just his fourth race in F3. The next round is now at Silverstone Grand Prize on May 5, 2002.



Deepak Anand powers Pelican to victory
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New Delhi, April 15
Dashing all-round performance by Deepak Anand (65, 1x6, 7x4, 53b and 3 for 23) helped Pelican Club beat Rohtak Road Gymkhana by 45 runs to enter the pre quarter-final of the 12th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament for the HRS Trophy at the Khalsa College ground in the Capital on Monday.

Rohtak Road Gymkhana won the toss and opted to field, which proved to be a fatal decision as Pelican, powered by the blistering knocks of Ashwani Kapoor and Deepak Anand made 207 in the allotted 40 overs, despite the fine bowling of Sandeep Angoorala.

Chasing the modest total, Rohtak Road Gymkhana crashed for 162 in 36.1 overs as Deepak Anand and Sandeep Phohgaat ran through their batting line-up.

They were two wickets down for nine runs, but opener Deepak Sharma played a responsible knock of 29 and later P P Singh contributed a vital 38 runs to lend some sort of respectability to their total. Deepak Anand was adjudged the man of the match.

Scores: Pelican Club: 207 in 40 overs (Deepak Anand 65, Ashwani Kapoor 34, Sandeep Angoorala 4 for 52, Jaswinder 2 for 30, Ankur Garg 2 for 32).

Rohtak Road Gymkhana: 162 in 36.1 overs (P P Singh 38, Deepak Sharma 29, Satpal Yadav 22 n o, Deepak Anand 3 for 23, Sandeep Phogaat 2 for 27). There will be no match on Tuesday.



Saurashtra annex veterans’ cricket crown
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New Delhi, April 15
A stroke-filled 74 by Mahender Jhala and sharp bowling by Kahshyap Mehta (3 for 21) enabled Saurashtra beat Vidarbha by eight wickets in the final of the fourth National Inter-State Veterans Cricket Championship at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Put into bat, Vidarbha scored 178 for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 40 overs. The searing bowling of Kashyap Mehta, Sharad Pillai and Jaipal Jadeja made run-making a difficult proposition for Vidarbha. Only Suhas Pahdkar showed some kind of application to make 38.

Saurashtra, in reply, scored 179 runs for the loss of two wickets in 30.3 overs. An unbeaten knock of 57 by K Diwakar and his 99-run opening wicket partnership with Mahender Jhala set the tone for the big total.

Mahender Jhala was declared the man of the match while Parveen Hignikar of Vidarbha was adjudged the man of the series.

Former Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Minister of State for Railways Digvijay Singh jointly gave away the prizes.

Scores: Vidarbha: 178 for 8 in 40 overs (Suhas Phadkar 38, Hemant Wasu 32 n o, Parveen Hignikar 29, Kashyap Mehta 3 for 21, Sharad Pillai 2 for 33, Jaipal Jadeja 2 for 50).

Saurashtra: 179 for 2 in 30.2 overs (Maninder Jhala 74, 39b, 16x4; Kamlesh Diwakar 57 n o, 3x4, 34b; H Jani 26, Bimal Jadeja 18 n o, Dilip Chaudhary 1 for 25, Gujar 1 for 28).



Gyan Prakash Cricket from today
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New Delhi, April 15
The first Gyan Prakash Memorial Cricket Tournament, organised by the Madan Lal Cricket Academy, will begin at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Twelve teams, divided into four groups, will participate in the tournament. The opening match will be played between Madan Lal Academy and S B Youth.

The match will start at 8.30 am. Other teams in the fray are: Sonnet Club, R R Gymkhana, Lal Bahadur Shastri, West Delhi Cricket Academy, R P Academy, Gyan Bharti South Delhi Coaching Centre, Bal Bharti Public School (Pitampuram) and the Dronacharya Academy.

All match will be 40 overs a side. Veteran coach Gyan Prakash will be thecoach of the Madan Lal and B S Bedi academies.



Hemant, Nitin star for United Selection
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New Delhi, April 15
A fine all-round performance by Hemant Dogra (2 for 40 and 42) and unbeaten knock of 58 by Nitin Kumar helped United Selection beat YMCA Green Park by seven wickets in the first Najafgarh Cricket Tournament for the Rajdhani Cup at the Najafgarh Sports Complex. Electing to bat, YMCA Green Park were all out for 155 in 29.4 overs. United Selection had no problem in overhauling the easy target, which they accomplished with the loss of three wickets. Scores: YMCA Green Park: 155 all out in 29.40 overs (Rambabu 58, Hanif 23, Kartikey 3 for 21, Kamal Deep 2 for 14. United Selection: 159 for 3 in 25.5 overs (Nitin Kumar 58 n o, Hemant Dogra 42.

ARBDM tourney: Rajdhani Sports entered the quarter-final of the third ARBDM Cricket Tournament the easy way when their opponents K N Colts reached the ground at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Ghaziabad very late, and the match was awarded to Rajdhani.



Madan Lal Academy win
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New Delhi, April 15
Deadly bowling by Karan Singh (5 for 42) helped Madan Lal Cricket Academy beat Rajinder Pal Cricket Academy, Dehra Dun, by three wickets in the seventh All-India Maharaja Agarsen Stanford Under-17 Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakin ground.

Scores: RPCA: 164 all out in 37.3 overs (Rupeet Inder 48, Mohd. Imran 32, Deepak Yadav 32, Karan Singh 5 for 42). Madan Lal Academy: 167 for 7 in 33.6 overs (Rohan Sahdev 48, Aditya Jain 45, Dhruv Singh 31 n o, Shadab Ahmad 2 for 33, Rupeet Inder 2 for 37).

Rohtak Road Gymkhana win: Rohtak Road Gymkhana beat Rajanigandha Club by nine wickets in a Super A Division match of the DDCA league at the RSG ground.

Scores: Rajanigandha: 80 all out in 22.1 overs (Mohsin Khan 31, Vishal Rajput 19, Gagan Malik 4 for 22, Vivek Khurana 2 for 5, Vikas Kapoor 2 for 14). R R Gymkhana: 81 for 1 in 16.1 overs (Gagan Malik 25, Preet Pal Singh 20 n o).



DM orders sugar mills to pay arrears to farmers
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, April 15
The District Magistrate, Mr Debasish Panda, has issued strict orders to sugar mills to immediately pay Rs 63.38 crore which they owe to sugarcane growers in Ghaziabad.

In case the mills delay the payment, the administration will take strict action against the mill owners. An angry DM has also sought an explanation from the District Sugarcane Officer for the inordinate delay in the payment to farmers.

Mr Panda said the proprietors of both the mills were big industrialists who should make the payment to the farmers by pooling their incomes from all sources for the purpose. The DM said he would not hesitate to take strict measures if the delay in payment affected law and order. The administration would be duty bound to make the sugarcane payment to farmers through a government notification.

One of the two mills, Sambhawali Sugar Mill, had purchased 88.2 lakh tonnes of sugarcane valued at over Rs 83 crore. This mill has so far paid only Rs 46.52 crore to farmers leaving an unpaid balance of Rs 36.63 crore. The farmers have so far received payment up to January 24 only. The mill hopes to clear the balance payment up to February 2002 by April and the entire amount through three instalments of Rs 11 crore each by July 2002. The mill assured that it would pay three instalments of Rs 7 crore each between April and June.

The DM said since the payments had been released to the three cooperative societies only, it should ensure that the farmers received the actual payment.


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