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Subhomoy hands Bagan advantage


23rd February 2018
Riding an excellent double hundred by Subhomoy Das, Mohun Bagan reached 460 for 3 in 79 overs against Aikya Sammilani in the first day of a CAB First Division League match today here in Maidan. While, Subhomoy scored 212, was helped by Joyojit Basu’s 128 off 150 balls.
On the other hand, an unbeaten 144 by Amitava Chakraborty helped Barisha Sporting reach 363 for 4 in 83 overs against George Telegraph.
Ompal Boken joined with Amit Biswas put Md. Sporting in the driver seat, taking them to 440 for 3 in 83 overs. While Boken, remained unbeaten at 177, Biswas at 172 runs.
In another match, Writam Porel smashed an unbeaten 176 off 244 balls to take Bhowanipore to 318 for 3 in 82 overs.
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Sayan Banerjee



Bengal eves begin in style


23rd February 2018
The Bengal eves began the Women's U23 zonal one day league in style beating Tripura by 6 wickets at Eden Gardens today.
Chasing 119 in 50 overs, the Bengal girls cantered home in style reaching 120 in 33.3 overs losing just 4 wickets.
Tanusree Sarkar's unbeaten 31 and Prativa's 37 helped Bengal overhaul Tripura's total easily. 17 extras bowled by Tripura did not help their cause either.
Tanusree looked a picture of confidence as she played the role of an anchor to perfection allowing Prativa to go for the shots. Earlier, Aparna Mandal (17) and P Paul (18) gave Bengal a decent start.
Bengal won the toss and chose to field. The home team bowlers exploited the early morning movement in Eden Gardens to restrict Tripura for 119 for 8.
After losing the top order in a heap, Tripura played out the 59 overs scoring at a snail's pace. None of the Tripura batters other than J Debnath (48) and SH Chakraborty not out on 22 made an impression.
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Arindam Basu



Big wins in Second Division


21st February 2018
CAB Second Division League matches saw three big wins today here in Maidan.
While Aurora Athletic and Calcutta Rangers defeated oppositions by 236 and 210 runs respectively, Victoria Sporting beat Bata Sports by 201 runs.
In another match, Som Nath Sarkar made 107 runs off 108 balls helping Ariadaha beat Albert Sporting by 5 wickets.
In the bowling department, Vishal Kr. Roy and Suchetan Majumdar bagged 5 wickets each for their respective sides.
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Sayan Banerjee



Big win for Behala, Burnpur in second division


20th February 2018
Behala Friends and Burnpur Cricket Club thrashed oppositions by ten wickets in two CAB Second Division matches today here in Maidan. While, Behala chased down Star Sport’s 71 within 13 overs, Burnpur took only nine overs to chase down Sir Gooroodas’s 82.
In another, despite Om Prakash Chowdhury's seven wickets haul, Victoria Club reached 434 in 84.5 overs, riding the hundreds by Abhishek Kumar (169) and Sanjib Singh (136).
Arka Saha hit an unbeaten double hundred to put Aurora Athletic in the driving seat, finishing the day off at 430 for 8 in 85 overs.
Among the other batters scoring hundreds for their respective sides were Sourav Halder (122), Nagarashu Rao (120) and Swarup Sengupta (110).
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Sayan Banerjee


Dharmendra Singh

Singh, Ahmed, make record in first division, bag five each


17th February 2018
A five wicket haul by Dharmendra Singh and Shahbaz Ahmad brought Tapan Memorial an emphatic win over Police Club, by an innings and 12 runs, after bundling them at a paltry 32 within 13.5 overs in a CAB First Division League match today here in Maidan. While, Singh took 5 for 6, Ahmad took 5 for 22 runs.
Coming out to bat in the second innings, trailing Tapan Memorial by 44 runs they were short out at 32. Police made 163 in their first innings.
“The wicket was good. It was supporting the pacers and spinners as well. But the paces were getting a bit of swing and the bounce that troubled the opposition batsmen. They were trying to play more front drives, leading to edges behind the wicket.
“It would have been 2 for 5. I was just unlucky that the ball nicked an edge and the batsmen took three more runs,” Singh said to CAB media.
“Cricket is all about consistency. It’s not about one or two matches. When I go to play the next match it will be a fresh start again. I will have to try and do well in the matches to come,” he added.
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Sayan Banerjee



Singh bags eight wickets in first division


16th February 2018
Ravindra Singh took eight wickets for 54 runs to short out Paikpara Sporting at 229 within 55.5 overs in a CAB first division match today here in Maidan. Kidderpore ended the day at 81 for 4 in 23 overs.
On the other hand, Shahbaz Ahmad’s six wickets haul helped Tapan memorial bundle West Bengal Police Sports at 163 in 65.3 overs. Coming out to bat, Tapan Memorial ended the day at 72 for 2 in 20 overs.
In the batting department, Tanay Bag, Soumyabrata Nath, Bidyut Adhikary, Debabrata Das, Purab Joshi, Priyam Sarkar, Satyaki Dutta and Chirag Rajeshbhai Pathak scored centuries for their respective sides.
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Sayan Banerjee



Viki bags eight wickets in second division


14th February 2018
Viki Kr. Sharma took eight for 38 to help Burnpur Cricket Club beat Taltala Institute by 93 runs in CAB second division match today here in Maidan. Against Burnpur’s 189 in 60 over, Taltala were bundled at a below hundred runs within 43.2 overs.
On the other hand, Subhadip Burman hit double hundred in an excellent run chase by Bengal Sporting, as they chased down Greer Sporting’s 430 in 82.2 overs, losing nine wickets. Burman scored 223 off 185 balls.
Among the bowlers returning with good figures were Abhijit Pramanik (7), Balkesh Yadav (7), Akash Das (5), Aniket Sharma (5) , Arif Ahamed Khan (5) and Binith Jain (6) wickets, adding positives to their respective sides.
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Sayan Banerjee



Four Points for Bengal in Vijay Hazare


13th February 2018
Bengal routed Tripura by 109 runs to grab four points in a group B Vijay Hazare Trophy Match today at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Amtar in a weather curtailed game. Alok Pratap Singh remained the highest wicket taker for the side returning with figures 4 for 36 runs.
Against Bengal’s 249 in 33 overs, Tripura were polished off within 29 overs at 140.
Put to bat, Bengal lost Shreevats Goswami early, as he was dismissed in the fourth ball of the match at a duck by Mura Singh. Thereafter, Abhishek Kumar Raman partnered V. Singh for a 163 runs stand, taking Bengal to 264 for 2 before Raman getting trapped at 76 by A. Chakraborty.
Soon after, V. Singh fell at 84, reducing Bengal to 184 for 3 in 22.1 overs. Over to Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Anustup Majumder added on eight runs more before Tiwary was dismissed at 22, further downing Bengal to 192 for 4.
However, with the dependable Anustup batting at one end, remaining unbeaten at 32 off 30 balls, Bengal finished off their full quota with all wickets down at 249 runs.
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Sayan Banerjee



Pradip takes thirteen wickets to axe Bhukailash


11th February 2018
Pradip Parashar broke through the opposition defence to clinch thirteen wickets in a CAB first division match, discomfiting Bhukailash by an innings and 57 runs today here in Maidan. He bagged seven in the first innings, six in the second.
Against Belgachia’s 504 in the first essay, Bhukailash folded twice at 264 and 185 runs respectively, falling short by 57 runs.
“It feels good when you contribute to the team and as a bowler I am feeling great. It would certainly rise up my confidence for the matches to come. I will try to be consistent and keep performing well,” said Pradip to CAB Media.
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Sayan Banerjee



Bengal book Punjab in final of U23 Natl One-Day meet


11th February 2018
The Bengal U23 team continued their good run in the Men’s cricket Under 23 One Day League and Knockout beating Kerala by three runs in a cliff-hanger of a semi-final in Kanpur to book a final against Punjab.
Flamboyant bowling from Amit Kuila and enchanting spin from Prayas Roy Burman made sure that Kerala fell short of the very achievable 196 runs target by three runs. On a pitch that assisted the bowlers and deteriorated with every over Amit Kuila bowled with spink and imagination as he picked three for 40 runs that included the top three of the Kerala batting order Rohan Kunnummal (19), Sachin Suresh (12) and Ammer Zeeshan (5) that literally broke the back of their attack.
While Ananta Saha and Raju Haldar chipped in with a wicket each, it was young Prayas who bowled with guile and variation to run through the middle-order of Kerala batting. His figures of 4 for 36 made the Bengal total look really tall. And once he returned skipper Salman Nizar (37) and Harikrishnan (57) who looked to take the game away, it was curtains on Kerala’s hopes.  They were bowled out for 193 with two balls to spare.
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Arindam Basu



Writam smashes triple ton to put Bhowanipore ahead


10th February 2018
Writam Porel smashed triple hundred to take Bhowanipore to a mammoth 627 in 115 overs against Netaji Subhas Institute (NSI) in a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan.
Starting the day at 218, he went on to score 308 off 322 balls to take Bhowanipore to a commendable position in the match. Coming out to bat NSI ended the day at 217 for 4 in 47.4 overs.
“Unlike last day, the wicket was turning this morning, so I had to pace down my innings a bit, before it eased out gradually. I was patient, waiting for the loose deliveries to put them away,” Porel said to CAB Media in the post match session.
“I believe cricket is a team game, so am feeling happy that I was able to contribute to the team’s cause, also, I hope to carry on with this form in the matches to come.” he added.
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Sayan Banerjee



Writiman, Prosenjit take Bhowanipore to 423 for 2


9th February 2018
Writam Porel partnered Prosenjit Kr. Das to take Bhowanipore Club to 423 for 2 in 84 overs against Netaji Subhas Institute in a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan.
While, Writam remained unbeaten at 216, Das was at 106 in 253 and 103 balls respectively.
On the other hand, Arindam Ghosh smashed an unbeaten 171 off 248 balls, while Abhishek Tamang kept Rajasthan in the hunt, bagged 6 for 75 runs, restricting Wari at 313 in 87 overs. Rajasthan ended the day eight for none.
The match between Town and Y.M.C.A saw the later ending the day at 324 for 8 in 84 overs, with Akhilesh Yadav taking six wickets and Piyush Tanwar scoring a hundred.
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Sayan Banerjee



Bengal fall 7 short on mammoth chase


9th February 2018
Bengal lost to Uttar Pradesh by 7 runs in their third Group B match of Vijay Hazare Trophy and it virtually put paid to any hopes of progressing to the next round.
Playing at Lunhu, Bengal won the toss after a very long time and decided to field, a decision that came back to haunt the team. They bled 329 runs hardly putting any resistance to UP's free flow of runs.
Their chase began disastrously as they loat Sreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran cheaply. But for a while they looked to be on course with a 121 run partnership between Anustup Majumdar and Vivek Singh. Both the players looked to have found the scorung bat as they went about their job merrily.
But Anustup went for one too many to be cleaned by Suresh Raina for 51. Vivek was batting on 68. Then Vivek formed another fruitful partnership with skipper Manoj Tiwari. But woth the run rate accelerating and Tiwari failing to break free things looked to tighten for Bengal. As Manoj tried to cut lose he was bowled by Saurabh Kumar for 32 off 34 balls. Vivek who was living dangerously departed soon after on 147 off 125 balls. At 249 for five it looked like an uphill task.

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Arindam Basu



Satyaki, Nishant hand Police advantage in day one


8th February 2018
A commendable double hundred by Satyaki Das took Police Athletic Club to a massive 414 for 1 in 91 overs against Port Trust to end day one of a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan. Das remained unbeaten at 204 off 273 balls.
He was accompanied by Nishant Dave who smashed 183 off 240 balls putting Police in the driver seat.
On the other hand, while Gitimoy Basu hit 105 off 145 balls to take Aryan Club to 341 for 3 in 82 overs, Angshuman Chakraborty’s 114 off 226 balls took Dakshin Kalikata Sansad to 311 for 5 in 84.3 0vers.
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Sayan Banerjee



Suhash craft win for Balak Samity in second division


7th February 2018
Suhas Bhattacharya bagged seven wickets to hand Balak Samity a win by 24 runs against Shibpur Institute in a CAB second division league match today here in Maidan. Chasing Balak Samity’s 156, Shibpur folded at 132 in 42.2 overs.
On the other hand, Souvik Biswas took 6 for 52 to hand High Court a six runs win over Howrah Union. Chasing High Court’s 177, Howrah folded at 171 in 67.5 overs.
Among those scoring hundreds were Sanjeev Singh (127), Nilmal Acharya
(116), and Jayesh Chowdhury at unbeaten101 runs.
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Sayan Banerjee



Certificates signed by Sachin to be distributed shortly


7th February 2018
The voluntary blood donation certificates on the occasion of Frank Worrell Day signed by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be distributed shortly. The Frank Worrell Day was observed on February 3 at the CAB Club House.
This marked the 38th year of the blood donation camp organised in succession by the CAB at the clubhouse on the occasion of its Foundation Day in collaboration with the Association For Voluntary Blood Doners'. A total of 1935 doners gave their blood this year.
"The certificates with Sachin's signature will be given out very shortly. The master batsman was happy and pleased to be associated with the occasion which stands for the sportsman spirit associated with the Gentleman's Game," said Sourav Ganguly, President, the CAB.
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Arindam Basu



Bengal tie match despite Manoj


7th February 2018
An allround show from Skipper Manoj Tiwari helped Bengal tie their Group B match against Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy today. Kerala batting first made 235 for 6 to which Bengal made 235 for 8 in the stipulated overs.
Bengal began the chase in right earnest with Sreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran getting bright starts. But both fell after solid starts, Writtick promoted up the order also flattered to deceive.
This brought Manoj Tiwari and Anustup Majumdat together for the most flourishing period of the game. But once Anustup fell for 24, Bengal lower order looked rattled. But skipper Tiwari hung on bravely keeping the score board ticking and keeping Bengal within sight of victory. He got some able support from Sumanta Gupta who scored 23.
But it was left to the Bengal skipper again to see the team through as he kept running out of options. In the end he remained unbeaten on 73 off 92 balls as Bengal managed to tie scores in what should have been an easy win.
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Arindam Basu



Bengal U23 enter semifinals


7th February 2018
The Bengal U23 team today waltzed into the semifinals of the National League Cum Knockout One-day Meet beating Jammu & Kashmir by 6 wickets today.
Bengal won the toss and elected to field a decision that was vindicated by the bowlers as they never allowed a moment of reprive to the J&K batsmen. Reduced to 31 for 3 within 10 overs they were in deep trouble before Md Haziq Bhat and Shubham Singh Pundir put on 45 runs for the fourth wicket to provide some resistence.
Bhat scored a fine 51 and was ably supported by Shubham for his patient 27. Once they were gone J&K fell like a pack of cards folding for 135 in the 41st over. Amit Kuila with 3 wickets for 17 bowled a devastating opening spell, Prayas Burman's guile had little response as he picked up 2 wickets.
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Arindam Basu



Bengal lose opening tie


5th February 2018
Bengal lost their opening Group B tie of Vijay Hazare Trophy against Maharashtra despite a fine ton from Abhimanyu Easwaran and some gutsy batting by Manoj Tiwari. Chasing 293 for nine, Maharashtra made 294 for 3 winning by 7 wickets.
Maharashtra won the toss and put Bengal to bat, immediately took control of the proceedings. Sreevats Goswami and Abhimanyu Easwaran began steadily though reaching 43 in 10 overs before losing Sreevats for 18. Goswami did not find the measure of the pitch as he scored his quota off 32 balls. Vivek Singh also failed to last long, things changed dramatically as skipper Manoj Tiwari walked in.
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Arindam Basu



Ramesh, Shahbaz shine for Tapan Memorial


4th February 2018
Tapan Memorial bagged in eight points while Pikepara got two in a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan. The heroes for Tapan Memorial were Ramaesh Prasad with eight wickets and Shahbaz Ahmad with an unbeaten double ton.
Dismissing Pikepara for 245 in the first innings, chasing their 547, Tapan Memorial finished second essay at 429 for 3 in 56 overs.
“I missed out a double hundred in the first innings so my intention from the beginning of the second innings was to make a positive start and score as fast as possible. The wicket was not tough to bat on and the ball was coming quite easily,” Shahbaz said to CAB media in the post match session.
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Sayan Banerjee



Bengal ready to push the envelope in Vijay Hazare


4th February 2018
Bengal will try to ascertain their dominance when they take on Maharashtra in the first match of the Group B tie of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Himachal tomorrow.
The Bengal team has done relatively well in the shorter format of the game over the past few seasons and narrowly missed a final berth in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, the team looks sold to rewrite their ascendancy in the One day format. “If we want to win we need to beat tough teams. Period. No excuses. And the team is ready to do that. We are focussed on the job at hand and are going to back each other so that as a team we flourish,” said Skipper Manoj Tiwari.
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Arindam Basu



Suvankar put Police on top


3rd February 2018
Suvankar Bal smashed a double hundred to put Police Athletic ahead against Indian Boys in a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan. After Police declared at 695 for 5 in 100 overs in the first innings, Indian Boys ended the day at 125 for 4. Suvankar hit 208 of 151 balls.
"It was a turning track, so scoring runs were not easy. It took time for me settle down, before things started to ease out gradually," said Suvankar to CAB media.
"I believe consistency is the key element in any sport. So scoring a double hundred isn't enough. Yes, it feels good when you get runs but I know will have to better my batting and improve in the games ahead," he added.
Subhankar played for Aikya Sammilani last season, before signing in to Police Club this year.
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Sayan Banerjee



CAB basks in the glow of solid foundations


3rd February 2018
Bengal's future looks to be in safe hands with the likes of Ishan Porel coming through the ranks. So on the occasion of the 90th Foundation Day CAB President Sourav Ganguly and his office bearers could engage in a daylong funfilled game of cricket.
Winter is waning away. The first rays of summer sun swept the Eden Gardens. Anindya Chatterjee and Upal Sengupta of Chandrabindoo fame broke free on the lawns of the hallowed ground with the superhit "Bondhu Chol".
Sourav opened the bowling for CAB President's XI. Facing him was Chairman of Trustee Board XIs captain Avishek Dalmiya. Even when this was all about sportsman spirit and participation, a friendly compitition rippled through the rank and file of both the teams as they tried to turn back the clock. While the players were transported to their youth in their head, the would juat not cooperate.
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Arindam Basu



Ayush give advantage to Wari in first division


2nd February 2018
An unbeaten 178 by Ayush Das took Wari Atheletic Club to 331 for 3 in 81 overs against Netaji Subhash Institute in a CAB first division match today here in Maidan.
On the other hand, Shahbaz Ahmad’s 133 off 151 balls helped Tapan Memorial reach 403 for 6 against Paikpara Sporting in 86 overs.
Nishant Dave’s 132 and Anup Samaddar’s 110 helped Police Athletic and E. Rly. Sports reach 416 and 230 respectively. While, Police finished day at 416 for 3 in 73 overs, the later were short out at 230 within 69 overs.
Talking about the bowling department, while Santanu Das bagged 6 for 63 to help George Telegraph restrict Kidderpore at 323 for 9, Biswajit Dey and Vivek Kr. Singh bagged five wickets each for their respective sides.
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Sayan Banerjee



Sachin to sign certificates on Frank Worrell Day


31st January 2018
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be the guest signatory for the certificates given on the occasion of Frank Worrell Day to be observed on February 3 at the CAB Club House.
This will mark the 38th year of the blood donation camp organised in succession by the CAB at the clubhouse on the occasion of its Foundation Day in collaboration with the Association For Voluntary Blood Doners' who will this year come equipped with the collection capacity of 1200 units.
The donation will take place from 9 am to 6pm and those who donate blood will get a certificate sigbed by none other than Sachin Tendulkar and a CAB batch.
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Arindam Basu



Rangers, Friends bag full point in second division


31st January 2018
Calcutta Rangers beat Victoria Sporting Club by six wickets in a CAB second division league match today here in Maidan. Batting first, Victoria scored 289 for 9 in 85 overs, which were chased down by the Rangers within 73.5 overs losing 4 wickets.
In another match, Friends Athletic beat Y.M.C. A Club by 18 runs, chasing Friends 254, Y.M.C.A managed 236 in 65. 5 overs.
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Sayan Banerjee



Keya conquers cancer


31st January 2018
She was nicknamed Boon, after the Aussie opener David Boon, for her girth and hard hitting. Nobody knew then she would use the same fighting spirit to pummel the malignancy of cancer and come out a winner.
Meet former India cricketer and Bengal selector Keya Ray who has just been declared Cancer Free by the doctors at the Tata Centre, Mumbai, very recently. "I was detected with Ca Endomatrium in February 2017 with stage one malignancy. A frozen biopsy was done and it was diagnosed that i had gr2 sg1 cancer. I was operated upon and 5 female organs were removed. I went into severe depression," Keya, who played 4 Tests against New Zealand in 1976-77, said.
Happy at her recovery, the CAB Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: "We are really happy and proud at the way Keya Roy has fought one of the most dreaded ailments and come back. The never say die spirit inculcated in her through sportsmanship in cricket was displayed at the way she never lost sight of hope. She has been a great ambassador of the game and on behalf of the CAB, I wish her a long and healthy life so that she can serve Bengal cricket better."
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Arindam Basu



Police no match to Borisha in first division


29th January 2018
Borisha discomfited W.B. Police Club by an innings and 154 runs to secure full points in a CAB first division match today here in Maidan.
Followed by an excellent triple ton by Purab Joshi, the bowlers had already done the task before leaving the field last night, reducing Police to 144 for 7. The rest three were clinched this morning, with Police polishing off at 207 in 32.2 overs. Alok Prasad Singh topped the bowling barrel for Borisha, bagging 5 for 59.
In another match, Ajay Shitol hit 181 to take Paikpara to 458 against 353 of Geroge Telegraph, putting in seven points with the first innings lead, while Geroge had to be satisfied with three.
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Sayan Banerjee



Bengal U23 qualify for natl knockouts


29th January 2018
The Bengal U23 team today qualified for the first U23 National Onedayers held in Jharkhand when they beat the hosts by 7 wickets.
While Bengal beat Jharkhand, Tripura and Assam, they lost to Odhisa who qualified as the top team.
Batting first Jharkhand made 155 restricted by Raju Haldar 3/26 and Kazi 3/32. Amit Quila also bagged 2 for 32 in 8 overs.
In reply Bengal made156 in 31 overs losing 3 wwickets Abhimanyu Easwaran made a fine 48 while Avijit Singh, who returned to the U23 fold after an year, made 53.
Talking about the meet, coach Sourashis Lahiri said; "The team will be highly motivated by the achievement. This is the first time this meet is happening. To qualify for the knockouts is no easy task. But the boys did exceptionally well."
Asked about the finds in the tournament he said U17 leggie Prayash Roy Burman is a real find. "It requires great temperament and maturity to be suddenly playing an U23 meet especially when you are ao young."    
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Arindam Basu


Purab Joshi

Purab continues good form, hits triple ton


28th January 2018
After a double hundred few weeks back against Kolkata Union Sporting, Purab Joshi today hit a triple ton to put Barisha in the driver seat against Police Sports Club in a CAB first division league tournament match here in Maidan.
Unbeaten at 300 off 249 balls Barisha declared at 512 for 4 in the first innings after bundling opposition at 151 in 30.3 overs. Chasing 361, a hapless Police side ended the day at 144 for 7 with one day of play still remaining.
“It was a green top wicket which helped our seamers to break through the opposition defence. Our plan was to bat one time. Initially it was difficult for me to set but after setting down things started easing out gradually. The ball was coming to the bat quite well. I was putting the bad balls away. It feels good to make a positive start to the seasons, my aim will be to keep going, bettering my form and remain consistent,” Purab said to CAB media.    
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Sayan Banerjee

A seven wicket haul for Shivam in first division


27th January 2018
Shivam Kr. Sharma bagged seven wickets to help Ballygunge United restrict United Club at 285 for 9 in 81 overs in CAB first division league match today here in Maidan. Sharma took 7 for 83.
In another match, Sumanta Gupta smashed a quick 176 off 144 balls to take Kalighat to 491 for 5 in 85 overs against Netaji Subhash Institute. Soumya Das’s 120 took Wari to 331 for 5 against Dalhousie Athletic.
Among the others, Md. Arif Ansari, Subhomoy Das, Purab Joshi, Bippro Sen and Amit Santa have scored centuries for their respective sides. Chandan Kr. Singh was unbeaten at 108 off 207 balls.    
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Sayan Banerjee

Delhi lift Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in style


26th January 2018
Delhi beat Rajasthan comprehensively by 41 runs to lift their first Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the majestic Eden Gardens here today.
Delhi won the toss and elected to bat. They finished with 153 for six. In reply Rajasthan could muster only 112 runs in reply before being bundled out in 19.1 overs. The winners’ trophy was handed over by CAB Jt. Secretary Avishek Dalmiya. The MOM Cheque was given by CAB Vice-President Samar Pal to Delhi skipper Pradeep Sangwan.
Rajasthan’s charge was led by young Aditya Garhwal amid slow sedate batting from his partners. Ankit kept Rajasthan in the match scoring steadily as partners Ankit Lamba and Salman Khan went cheaply and with too many dot balls in their kitty. He cut and slashed the spinners and drove and pulled the pacers to reach his 50 off 31 balls creaming seven balls to the fence.
With the asking rate reaching 9 runs per over, Aditya tried to free his arms to a ball from Lalit Yadav that stopped and rose on him. He pulled straight down the throat of Nitish at long on to depart for 52.    
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Arindam Basu

Delhi, Rajasthan to lock horns in T20 final


25th January 2018
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is all set to get a new champion with finaliats Delhi and Rajasthan making their maiden entry for the top slot in the shortest format of the game.
Delhi beat Uttar Pradesh in Group B, while in Group A Rajasthan lost to Punjab but reached the final by virtue of a better net run rate in two virtual semi-final matches today.
Delhi and Rajasthan will now meet at the Eden Gardens under lights for the summit clash here on Friday.
At the Eden, Punjab had to restrict Rajasthan to 106 or below after posting 129/9 batting first, but eventually beat them by five runs. Rajasthan managed 124/8 as both teams finished on 12 points.
Meanwhile Delhi (12 points) became the first side to advance to the final, winning a thrilling three-run contest against Uttar Pradesh (8 points) at the Jadavpur University campus ground.
At the Eden, electing to field first, the tournament's highest wicket taker Deepak Chahar (2/9) continued his fiery form removing Punjab openers Manan Vohra (20) and Mandeep Singh (1) in his first two overs before pulling his hamstring in the final ball of his second over.    
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Arindam Basu

Nitin craft Police win in second division


25th January 2018
An unbeaten double ton by Nitin Agarwal helped Calcutta Police Club beat South Suburban Club by nine wickets in a CAB second league match today here in Maidan. Nitin hit 201 off 157 balls.
It took only 47.3 overs for Police Club to chase down the opposition’s total of 272 with nine wickets remaining.
While on the other hand, High Court beat City A.C by 3 wickets, Aurora Athletics beat Sarat Samity by eight. The former took 71. 5 overs to chase down the opposition total, the later did it in 58. 3.
Among the other batters getting hundreds were Rahul Rai (135), Swaraj Acharjee (139), S. K. Rajesh (127) and Abhishek Singh unbeaten at 102.    
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Sayan Banerjee

Delhi enter maiden Mushtaq final


25th January 2018
Delhi registered their maiden entry in the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when they beat an in-form Uttar Pradesh by 3 runs in the virtual first semi-final from Group B at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus today.
Uttar Pradesh had come into the match as the firm favourites registering the highest score of the meet and skipper Suresh Raina in imperious form. But Delhi was playing better as a collective unit. With only 141 to chase, UP looked supremely confident till they fell 3 runs short losing the 10th wicket off the last ball of the match.
Delhi was structuring a different plot. Skipper Pradeep Sangwan and Kulwant Kejrolia began with precision and purpose as they kept the ball in the right lane that induced suspicion and made life uncomfortable for the UPites
In form bat Umang Sharma and Shivam Chaudhury got decent starts but got out on 17 and 14 respectively, to bring in Suresh Raina in company of Rinku Singh. But the skipper flattered to deceive giving away his wicket for 16 runs. Caught at deep point he virtually gave up the reins of match to Delhi. Akshdeep also returned cheap.
A fifth wicket partnership of 41 runs between Rinku Singh and Sarfraz Khan raised hopes of a comeback. But Khan fell for 13. Rinku fought gamely for his 34 off Pawan Negi to douse the last hopes.
After the match Delhi’s Rishabh Pant said: “It was a slow low wicket. Scoring was not easy. But we are playing well as a unit and that came in handy.”    
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Arindam Basu

We are growing in experience: Tiwary


24th January 2018
With two back-to-back wins and after registering six wins in eight games in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, skipper Manoj Tiwary should be a happy person. But he is quite the opposite.
For Bengal's loss to Baroda was coming back to haunt him and the skipper made no attempts to hide his disappointment. "With 70 runs of 60 balls, it was our match to lose. We should not have given wickets to Krunal Pandya. That defeat hurts. There has been a lot of talk about it and there will be, we understand," Manoj said.
"We discussed it in the team meetings. Actually this side is still maturing as an unit. We have 6 to 7 players who played under floodlights for the first time. We did not get a chance to practice under lights. Then with live telecast happening some players came under pressure. But having said that we still should have won that match. The UP match was a different ball game as (Suresh) Raina played a superlative innings," he continued.
On whether bowling and fielding required improvement, he said, " We are a much better fielding unit. But saying that is not enough. We need to prove it on the ground. In the first two games our bowling left a lot desired. We have discussed it and tried to plug those in the last two games."    
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Arindam Basu

Bengal win big, but…


24th January 2018
Bengal beat TN by by 7 wickets with 22 balls to spare to notch up their second win of the Super League stage of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Jadavpur Campus here today.
Bengal lost Shreevats to the first ball of the innings making the situation tricky for Bengal. Vivek Singh also departed after a 21 off 17 balls. This further complicated the plot.
It was left to the Chatterjee duo of Sudip and Writtick to guide Bengal to victory. They batted with composure and showed good temperament first weathering in the stormy start made by TN and then counterpunched their way towards a win that comes a little too late for the hosts as irrespective of the result their chances of playing the final remains wafer thin.
Sudip hit a classy unbeaten 51 off 46 balls building the innings, while Writtick kept rotating the strike making sure that the scorers remained busy. Writtick made a classy 44 off 32 balls to take Bengal to the verge of their second win. Manoj Tiwary came to bat hit a six and that was that.
But despite the win the match between Delhi and UP tomorrow will decide the team progressing from the group as both have already won two matches and need another win to make it to final.    
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Arindam Basu

Bengal beat Delhi in close tie


23rd January 2018
Bengal won a seesaw battle with Delhi to register the first win by 4 runs in the Super League stage of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Jadavpur today.
Bengal made a fighting 170 thanks to a fine 51 by Sudip Chatterjee studded with 7 boundaries. Shreevats Goswami and Vivek Singh had, earlier, given Bengal a decent start scoring briskly. Shreevats was the first to depart after a fine 26 off just 18 balls laced with 6 boundaries before being caught in the extra cover region trying to hit over the boundary.
Thereafter Vivek and Sudip built a fine partnership taking Bengal to 94. Vivek trying to go inside out to Lalit Yadav was also caught at extra cover for 32 to a shot that seemed more like an action replay of Shreevats.
Meanwhile, Sudip lived up to his promise and completed his half century before being caught in the cover region. His 34 ball innings was a fine display of batting craftsmanship as he cut, drove and hooked at ease.
However, the Bengal run pile lost its momentum after Sudip’s departure. Skipper Manoj Tiwary, after a fine start, was bowled by Khejrolia for 25. His departure pulled brakes on the acceleration with only 41 runs coming in the last five overs.    
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Arindam Basu

UP humble Bengal


22nd January 2018
Uttar Pradesh hit a massive 235 and then bowled out Bengal for 160 to record a facile 75 run win in Group B encounter in the Super League stage of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Uttar Pradesh notched up two milestones on way to their mammoth 235 for 3 against Bengal. Suresh Raina got his highest T20 score, while UPCA notched up the highest ever team total in the meet.
However, Bengal began brightly with Ashoke Dinda and Writtick Chatterjee reducing UPCA to 55 for 2. After that it was a Suresh Raina show. He plundered runs all round the wicket in a display of power batting as he raced to 52 for 22 balls. Meanwhile, Akshdeep Nath also played the role of second fiddle to a perfection.
Raina motored to his century off 49 balls as Uttar Pradesh raced to 200 in 17.4. As Raina was going hammer and tongs, Akshdeep completed his 50 off 24 balls. Both the players made merry as Bengal bowlers toiled hard to curb the flow of runs. For Bengal Mukesh Kumar took the biggest hit giving away 63 runs followed by Sayan Ghosh who gave 43 runs.    
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Arindam Basu

Baroda end Bengal’s winning run


21st January 2018
In the four matches played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Super League section, Punjab and Mumbai posted wins in the Group A matches while Delhi and Baroda crossed the winning line in the Group B tie.
Group B

Bengal v Baroda

Baroda drew curtains on Bengal’s unbeaten 11 win feat at Eden Gardens in the shortest format of the game. Chasing Baroda’s 149 Bengal were all out for 132 losing by 17 runs.
Bengal innings was built around Sreevats Goswami as he paced his innings brilliantly. Wickets continued to tumble around him but he kept his focus and played a steady hand trading in singles and twos and building his innings on timely boundaries. He reached his 50 off 35 balls as he placed Krunal Pandya behind point for single. He was run out for 58 to a silly misunderstanding with Chandila. With him gone Bengal’s last hopes were doused.    
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Town discomfit Indian Boys in first division


21st January 2018
Town discomfited Indian Boys Athletic Club by an innings and 247 runs in a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan.
Chasing Town’s first innings 570, Indian Boys were bundled at 186 within 45 overs, after a poor display in the first essay of 137 runs. While Town got ten points from the match, Indian Boys got nothing.
In another case of innings defeat, West Bengal Sporting beat Kumartuli by an innings and six runs, riding a five wicket haul by Soumya Pukrey.
Chasing down 69, Mohun Bagan thrashed M.d Sporting by ten wickets. After a collapse in the first innings for 165, M.d. Sporting ended up the second essay at 173, managing a lead of 68 runs which was chased down by Bagan within 7.5 overs.    
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Five double hundreds in first division


20th January 2018
It was one of those days in first division cricket that saw five players hitting double tons in Maidan.
While Rumit Sengupta scored 237 off 283 balls taking Young Bengal's Sporting Association to 543 in 114.2 overs, Purab Joshi added 52 runs more to his last night total to end up at 277, taking Barisha Sporting to a commendable 536 for 3 in 98.4 overs.
Among the others scoring double hundreds were Naveed Ahmed, Soumya Ghosh and Aditya Verma unbeaten at 227.
However, the bowlers also looked good in the day with Pradeep Parasar taking 7 wickets for 100 runs, restricting Calcutta Customs for 423 in 114.1 overs.
On the other hand, while Ramesh Prasad bagged 6 for 83 to bundle George Telegraph at 290 in 108.4 overs, Umir Khan took 6 for 120, restricting Bhukailash Sporting at 224 in 107 overs.    
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Bengal hope to carry form in Super League


20th January 2018
Bengal will begin the Super League stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as favourites when ten teams lock horns to express their superiority in the shortest format of the game. However, they will be keenly contested for the top spot by Mumbai, Karnataka and Delhi who have had a good run of form in the zonal meets.
With the Super League stage returning from the Zonal format to the team format, each state will try to display their dominance in the T20 meet keeping an eye on the IPL in the offing.
While Bengal has a very balanced side with the top four—Sreevats Goswami, Vivek Singh, Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee-- in fine nick Anustup Majumdar and Writtick Chatterjee are a handful on their own terms. Bengal also have a balanced bowling attack that has always fired on the home conditions. And with skipper Manoj Tiwary finding his mojo with the ball, Bengal looks to be in good stead.
Manoj, on the eve of the tie, spelled cautious aggression: “What or how we played in the Zonal round is a matter of the past. We have to think ahead. At the super league stage all teams are tough. So all matches will be hard fought. We will be playing with the SG ball for the first time and that too under lights. The wicket here is not as flat as Jharkhand. After relaying, the wicket at Eden Gardens has a bit of grass. So it might be a low scoring match at here.”
Asked if batting would be a challenge with dew factor coming in, he said: “We have seven batsmen at least who will be playing under lights for the first time. Then there is the factor of playing the SG ball. So it will be a challenge.”    
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Arindam Basu

Amit bag eight, Purab hit double hundred in first division


19th January 2018
An eight wicket haul by B. Amit helped East Bengal bundle Aikya Sammilani at 188 in 62.3 overs in a CAB first division league match today here in Maidan. EB finished day at 26 for 1.  
In the post match session, Amit said CAB media, “There was damp in the wicket early in the morning making it difficult for the bowlers. The ball was getting slow giving enough time for the batsmen to play. But as the day progressed under the sun, the pitch got harder, helping us with some sort of bounce. I stuck to the basics and bowled in the right areas.”  
“We have to try and get a good first innings lead, at least of two hundred, before bowling them out in the second essay,” he added.    
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Pranab, Abhijit bag seven wickets in second division


17th January 2018
A seven wicket haul by Pranab Prasad and Abhijeet Mishra helped Mohohar Pukur Milan Samity and Mohaunlal Club beat oppositions by 180 and 99 runs respectively in two CAB Second Division League matches today here in Maidan.
While Chasing Monohar Samity’s 484, Vijay Sporting folded at 284, Mohunlal polished off Exceisors at 211 against their 310 runs.
In another match, Cricket Club of Bhowanipore beat Calcutta University by a massive 269 runs. Chasing Bhowanipore’s 440, CU crumbled at 171 in 52.1 overs. Also, like a tug of war, Taltala Institute stole a one run victory against Amateur Cricket Club, restricting them at 194 in 65.5 overs against their 195 in 65.5 overs.
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Rupak ensures Howrah win


16th January 2018
Rupak Rajbhar bagged seven wickets to bundle Friends Sporting for 114 within 61.2 overs. Thereafter, coming out to bat, Howrah Sporting finished off the game in 24 overs, losing only one wicket in a CAB second division match today here in Maidan.
In another match, a five wicket haul by Md. Sadam Hussan Khan and Abhijit Pramanik each helped Cossipore Club beat Albert Sporting by 7 wickets. Cossipore chased down Albert’s 132 in 33 overs.
Ballygunge Sporting beat Cricket Club of Dhakuria by a convincing 98 runs, riding a six wicket haul by Syed Gulzar Wasim. Chasing Ballygunge’s 166, Dhakuria were short out at 66 within 28.1 overs.
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Manoj and team humble Assam


16th January 2018
A stellar performance from skipper Manoj Tiwary saw Bengal completed the rout in Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy beating Assam by 6 wickets in the last engagement at Jharkhand's JSCA Sports Complex today.
The law average caught up with the Bengal openers Sreevats Goswami (13) and Vivek Singh (5) as they returned cheaply leaving it on skipper Manoj Tiwary to save the day.
Bengal skipper who has been getting starts but not converting them, took it upon himself to come out and steer Bengal to its target with an unbeaten 63 off 53 balls. Chasing 143 for 9, Bengal made 147 for four wickets with 17 balls to spare.
He was ably supported by Anustup Majumdar who scored a brisk 34 of 19 balls and Writtick Chatterjee who scored 31 runs off 21 deliveries.
However, it was a captain's knock today from Manoj who brilliantly paced his innings and shepherded the team beyond the finish line. What made the day more spectacular for the underrated allrounder was the kitty of 4 wickets for just 23 runs that turned the match on its head.
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