Friday, June 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Feroz Ghayas bowls ONGC to one-run victory
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 20
A devastating spell of 8-0-48-5 by international Feroz Ghayas steered Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) to a thrilling one-run victory against Chand Khanna and entered the semi-final of the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the Capital.

ONGC will take on Rohtak Road Gymkhana in the first semi-final to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on June 24. Feroz Ghayas was declared the man of the match.

ONGC skipper Rizwan Shamshad won the toss and decided to bat. The star-studded ONGC team made 230 for 8 in 40 overs with Sandeep Sharma top-scoring (55, 6x4, 56b).

In reply, Chand Khanna were in sight of victory at the end of the 39th over as they were 222 for six wickets. In the last over, they required nine runs. But Feroz Ghayas, who was carted for a boundary off the first ball of the last over, which was incidentally a no ball, by Rajiv Uniyal, had the last laugh as he claimed three of the last four wickets with Vikas Sharma falling a run out victim.

Scores: ONGC: 230 for 8 in 40 overs (Sandeep Sharma 55, 6x4, 56b; Mithun Manhas 43, 1x6, 2x4, 57b; Mohd Saif 29, 2x4; Amit Sharma 27, 1x6, 3x4; Gagan Khoda 19; Farman Ahmed 3 for 36; Ajit Chandela 3 for 48; Tony Singh 2 for 34).

Chand Khanna: 229 all out in 40 overs (Sidhartha Verma 61, 4x4; Rajeev Uniyal 61, 1x6, 5x4, 54b; K S Rana 28, 3x4; Varun Kumar 19; Gautam Gambhir 15; Farman Ahmed 13; Feroz Ghayas 5 for 48; Amit Bhandari 2 for 37; Pardeep Jain 1 for 49).

In another quarter-final match played at the Air Force ground, Palam, Indian Airlines beat Indian Air Force by 13 runs to enter the semi-final. Due to rain, the target of India Air Force was curtailed to 15 overs, still they failed to get past Indian Airlines.

Scores: Indian Airlines: 112 for no loss in 18.5 overs (Ishan Ganda 60 n o, 6x4, 64b; Maninder Bisla 47 n o, 5x4, 49b).

Indian Air Force: 80 for 6 wickets in 15 overs (Imran Khan 35, 1x6, 2x4, 40b; Nikhil Chopra 2 for 10; Babloo Kumar 2 for 22; Subhash Choudhary 1 for 8; Gagandeep Singh 1 for 13).



UPCA enter Hari Ram Cricket quarters
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 20
A fine unbeaten knock of 63 by India Under-19 player Suresh Raina and fiery bowling by Satish Durai (3 for 31) helped Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) defeat Gyan Bharti South Delhi Coaching Centre by seven wickets to enter the quarter-final of the Sixth Lala Hari Ram Aggarwal Memorial Day-Night Cricket Tournament, sponsored by Padam Cables, at the Karnail Singh Stadium in the Capital.

Suresh Raina was adjudged the BDM man of the match. The award was presented by director of PP Jewellers Pawan Gupta.

Gyan Bharti won the toss and elected to bat. But the deadly bowling of left-arm spinner Satish Durai, medium-pacer Ratesh Mishra and international Jyoti Yadav, put a spoke in their batting display and they crawled to make only 120 for 9 in 30 overs. Aghinav Bali and Ankur Julka tried to put up a stiff resistance and their knocks of 47 and 22 runs respectively were the only saving grace for Gyan Bharti.

In reply, the UPCA, aided by a 60-run second-wicket partnership between Suresh Raina and Deepankar Malviya, reached the victory target in 20.3 overs. Suresh scored 63 runs off as many balls with the aid of four fours and three sixes. Mritunjay Tripathi hit 21 runs off 18 balls with two fours and one six.

Abhinav Bali was adjudged the best batsman while the best bowler award was presented to Ratnesh Mishra.

Scores: Gyan Bharti South Delhi Coaching Centre: 120 for 9 in 30 overs (Abhinav Bali 47, Ankur Julka 22, Satish Durai 3 for 31, Ratesh Mishra 2 for 14, Jyoti Yadav 2 for 25).

UPCA: 123 for 3 in 20.3 overs (Suresh Raina 63 n o, M Tripahti 21, Abhishek Sharma 1 for 28, Manav Sharma 1 for 25, Aprajit Singh 1 for 42).



Simla Youngs, Delhi Audit win soccer titles
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 20
Simla Youngs and Delhi Audit won the second Five-a-Side Raman Lamba Memorial Soccer Tournament for the Ambuja Cup, organised by the Veteran Football Club, at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital.

In the open club’s section, defending Delhi Soccer Association Junior League champions Simla Youngs defeated Delhi Cantt. 2-1 to emerge the champions. Vinod Bisht put Simla Youngs in the lead in the fifth minute while Delhi Cantt pulled off the equaliser through Sudipto Chakraborty in the seventh minute. Monoj Choudhary scored the match-winner for Simla Youngs in the 24th minute.

Later, in the title-clash for the institutional team category, Delhi Cantt, down 0-3, staged a magnificent rally to beat Food Corporation of India (North Zone) 5-4 to lift the title.

FCI were up by three goals within the first ten minutes. Bhupender Rawat, Trilok Bisht and Mehtab Ahmed struck in the third, fifth and tenth minutes. Delhi Audit, helped by Rishi Kapoor, reversed the trend when he reduced the margin 1-3 in the 15th minute. Sameer Jung struck the second goal for Audit in the 22 minute to make the score 2-3.

But FCI’s Devesh Kaushik scored a goal to make it 4-2 in the 24th minute. Then Delhi Audit struck three goals in a row through Sameer Jung, Neeraj Choudhary and Sameer Jung to cap a fine victory.



ITF Tennis: Sheethal to meet Radhika

New Delhi, June 20
Top-seeded Sheethal Goutham put herself in line for her fourth consecutive title in as many weeks when she set up a title clash against fourth-seeded Radhika Tulpule in the ITF Women’s Circuit Masters Tennis Tournament at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association court in the Capital on Friday.

Sheethal Goutham had to work a little hard to outpoint third-seeded Ankita Bhambri 7-5,6-4 while fourth-seeded Radhika Tulpule stunned second-seeded Shruti Dhawan 3-6,6-4,7-5 to qualify for the final.

The singles final will be held on Friday at 4.30 pm. Shruti Dhawan had some consolation as she teamed up with Sheethal Goutham to beat Liza Pereira and Radhika Tulpule 6-1, 6-2 to annex the doubles title. OSR



Schumacher continues quest for title

New Delhi, June 20
World champion Michael Schumacher continues his quest to enter the history books this weekend when he carrries Ferrari’s championship hopes into the European Grand Prix from Nurburgring in Germany.

Schumacher and Ferrari’s combination is all set to create history. The victory in the last race, the Air Canada Grand Prix, was 150th for Ferrari and 40th for Schumacher.

ESPN Star Sports will bring live the high-speed action on June 23 at 5.15 pm. OSR



Anti-encroachment campaign stepped up
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 20
The district administration has stepped up its anti-encroachment campaign in the villages of the district in a bid to check the encroachment and unauthorised constructions on the public and panchayat lands.

According to a report, the officials of the anti-demolition squad pressed into service the JCB machines and demolished two temples, illegally built on the panchayat land at Bahalgarh and Jatheri villages in this district.

Many residents alleged that the officials took away the bricks of these temples which had caused resentment among the people.

The officials, on the other hand, alleged that some influential persons had grabbed the panchayat land near the petrol pump at Bahalgarh village and constructed a temple as well as houses on it.

The Deputy Commissioner, they pointed out, had received numerous public complaints demanding the immediate vacation of the gram panchayat land from the unauthorised occupants. The DC, in turn, has directed the sarpanch of the village to take immediate and effective steps for the vacation of the occupied land.

The sarpanch is reported to have allotted plots from the panchayat land to the squatters but they failed to vacate the land.

Thereupon, he sought the help of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer and the police and succeeded in vacating the panchayat land from them.

Similarly, some people also grabbed the panchayat land along the embankment of the canal passing through the village, and they had started the construction of the temple through public contributions. The officials of the anti-demolition squad swung into action and demolished the temple being built on the panchayat land.



Rs 100 for catching stray pigs
Our Correspondent

Panipat, June 20
In a bid to make the town beautiful, orders have been issued to the Secretary of the Nagar Parishad that no stray pigs must be seen in the town after June 30, as they are the main source of pollution. An award of Rs 100 was also announced to those who inform about such pigs and help in catching them.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. R. Anand, in a meeting held here last evening in which a decision was taken to get rid of the menace of stray pigs.

The DC directed the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to constitute a team to inspect the samples of chlorinated water on every Friday and test the samples for bacteria on every Monday. Besides, the DC directed the CMO to check samples of aerated water and cold drinks being supplied in the town regularly.

The DC instructed the Executive Engineer, Public Health Department, to ensure that no unauthorised motors were used in houses for water suction in the town so that the public at large would benefit with a regular supply of drinking water. The Executive Engineer confirmed that about 200 motor pumps were removed and the staff were recovering up to Rs 50,000 daily.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to face the coming monsoon and the pending works would be completed by June 30. This was also announced by the Deputy Commissioner in a meeting of officers of the Irrigation Department.

The DC ordered the Drainage Department and secretary of the Nagar Parishad to clear the drains and link channels of the filth and rubbish before June 30 and added that SDM of Panipat, Executive Officer of the Nagar Parishad and Executive Engineer of the Irrigation Department would confirm and certify the cleaning of drains and link drains.

The DC also ordered to provide the staff on the job raincoats and gumshoes.

The DC further said that the ‘Flood Control Cells’ in the Nagar Parishad and Irrigation Department would function 24 hours a day from July 1 and they would be available on telephone numbers 639810 and 650036, respectively.


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