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Kuldeep too cool for Australia


21st September 2017
A pulsating hattrick by Kuldeep Yadav and a smart all round bowling performance from the Indian team made sure India beat Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI after scoring a modest 252 under overcast conditions here at the Eden Gardens.
Kuldeep Yadav joined the select club of Indian bowlers to have scored a hat-trick in the ODIs. The other two are Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev. Kuldeep secured the hattrick against the Aussies in the second ODI when he bowled Matthew Wade, caught Ashton Agar leg before and then got Pat Cummins caught behind to one that turned sharply. The wrist spinner is however not new to this feat having scored a hattrick in U-19 World Cup against Scotland.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Kuldeep’s hattrick feat


21st September 2017
Kuldeep Yadav joined the select club of Indian bowlers to have scored a hat-trick in the ODIs. The other two are Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev. Kuldeep secured the hattrick against the Aussies in the second ODI when he bowled Matthew Wade, caught Ashton Agar leg before and then got Pat Cummins caught behind to one that turned sharply.
Chetan Sharma scored the first hat-trick at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur on 31st October 1987 during the World Cup claiming the wickets of Ken Rutherfod, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield.
Kapil Dev completed the feat at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 4th January, 1991 taking wickets of Roshan Mahanama, Rumesh Ratnayake and Sanath Jayasuriya of the touring Sri Lanka side.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Saptaswa Mukherjee

Pandya’s caught out- run out was not out


21st September 2017
When Hardik Pandya came out to bat today hardly did he know that 27.7 of the ICC Law Book was his secret armour.
Law 27.7 of the ICC handbook states that – An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batsman not having been given out, has left his wicket under a misapprehension that he is out. The umpire intervening shall call and signal dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batsman.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Team Cockpit visits Eden


21st September 2017
Tollywood’s own Khokababu made a sudden appearance during the second ODI between India and Australia at the club house hospitality box and spent some time with Maharaj discussing Cockpit, puja and enjoying the majestic view of Eden Gardens.
Confused! Don’t be. Tollywood heartthrob Dev along with his leading ladies Rukmini and Koel made an appearance at the Eden Gardens and enjoyed India’s batting along with CAB President Sourav Ganguly.
Asked about the sudden visit, Dev said he was at Park Street for the promotion of his new movie Cockpit scheduled for release tomorrow and decided to come over to Eden to enjoy the game. “Dada was present for my press launch. He had invited us to Eden, so I could not let go of the chance of seeing the Indian team play. Football is in the blood of every Bengali, and cricket every Indian. I am no different,” he said.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Eden cheers for Dhoni


21st September 2017
Eden Gardens and MS Dhoni has a special bond. Every time you enter the ground it’s quite visible from the number of fans with Dhoni branded India Ts. So when.he is.set to.play here after a long gap, Eden was sure to go ballistic. And the crowd didn’t disappoint.
Right from the first dismissal there was a palpable expectation among the crowd of Dhoni walking out into the middle and when he did after Kedar Jhadav’s dismissal the lusty cheers could befuddle a first timer as to which side the crowd was supporting.
The loss of Jhadav meant nothing before seeing the man with the helicopter shot arrive at the centre. Dhoni, as often seen as a bike riding dude, is a hero by himself idolised by millions for his finishing prowess on the field as for his patriotism and whiplash comments off it.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Jhulan Sehwag ring Eden bell


21st September 2017
A mini history was created at the Eden Gardens as for the first time a woman cricketer rang the Eden bell to signal the beginning of the India Australia tie at the ground here. The bell was rung by the lead bowler of the Indian eves Jhulan Goswami along with former India opener Virender Sehwag.
In a recent tweet posted by BCCI’s official Twitter handle, Sehwag and Jhulan signalled the start of play at the Eden Gardens. The Tweet read, “Former #TeamIndia batsman @virendersehwag [ Virender Sehwag] and @BCCIWomen [Indian women’s cricket tean] all-rounder @Jhulan_Goswami [Jhulan Goswami] ring the bell at Eden Gardens #INDvAUS”
“It is a great honour to be invited to ring the Eden bell. And to do it alongside Virender Sehwag means a lot as he is a great human being and a great supporter of women’s cricket. I am truly grateful to CAB for remembering me and giving me this rare honour,” Jhulan told CAB.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Wrist spinner is an attacking option for the team: Kuldeep


20th September 2017
Ahead of the second ODI against Australia, Kuldeep Yadav made it clear that he is one of the main attacking option for captain Virat Kohli.
He further added that if need be he can bowl defensive for the squad as well.
“A wrist spinner is always an attacking option for the captain. Sometimes I feel from the other angle as well just to concede the batsmen a single while allurig the other to face next. However I have been working on my defensive strategy as well- whether in the nets or off the field seeing my videos as to how I am attacking and being on the other side,” he said upon being asked how does he prefer to face the fact that he might have to bowl defensive lines as well if need be.
The wrist spinner also admitted that during his days with Kolkata Knight Riders he has learnt a lot form the spinners in the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Naraine and Piyush Chawla that has made him shape and learn a lot. He said, “When I was in KKR I cannot help but admit that there were quality spinners in the team-Sunil Narine, Pc bhai (Piyush Chawla), Shakib (Shakib Al Hasan). I joined after a year and it was a great experience for me to have had shared acquaintance with these players as I got to learn a lot from them.”
With reference to his rivalry with David Warner, he said at the back of his mind he almost knew that the Aussie was his bunny.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu & Saptaswa Mukerjee

Bengal set up tall chase for HPCA


20th September 2017
Bengal U23 declared their second innings on 334 for 5 with Kazi top scoring with 80.
Chasing 393 to win HPCA U23 in reply reached 250 for 4 with Ekant Sen not out on 101.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Truant weather keeps Aussies uncertain


20th September 2017
Weather plays heavy on the mind of Australia skipper Steve Smith ahead of the second ODI against India here at the Eden Gardens.
Smith who played his cards close to the chest said the weather and wicket will decide the playing XI tomorrow once yhey were at the ground.
"Little bit of grass on it, probably more than I’ve seen in India for a while. It looks alright. Few cracks up and down the wicket but I don’t think it will play a big part. Looks like the wicket has been used somewhere. I don’t know in what game. I will have another look tomorrow, see what the weather is doing, see if any changes to the wicket, the curator might roll it a bit more or cut it. We will have another look in the morning and decide our team then", the Australian Skipper said on being questioned about the wicket and selection.
The influence pitching on their batting order was evident when the skipper adduced a possibility responding to a question, "Certainly something to think about.
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Still evolving as a cricketer: Steve


20th September 2017
While having nailed the No 3 spot for himself in the team, Steve Smith feels his century against India in the 2015 World Cup one of his memorable ODI innings in his career.
Steve, who plays his 100th ODI tomorrow, was asked to recall this memorable journey. “I’d probably say my most memorable innings is the century I scored against India at the SCG in the semi-finals (of the 2015 World Cup). Pretty big game and it was good to get a big score there. I think we lost a wicket pretty early. I was able to form a partnership with (Aaron) Finch. I’ll say that’s probably one of better one-day hundreds in a big occasion,” he said.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

MS wicket crucial for success: Zampa


19th September 2017
Aussie leggie Adam Zampa today said that getting M S Dhoni early could be crucial to the visitor’s fortunes in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens on September 21 against India.
"MS is an important wicket and we need to get him early. We could not do that in the last game," Zampa told reporters here ahead of the second rubber.
After guiding India to safety with a career-best 83 off 66 balls, the 23-year-old Pandya starred with the ball, picking the key wickets of Australia skipper Steve Smith and Travis Head to allow the hosts take 1-0 lead in the series. 
"MS has been there for a long time. The way he timed his innings, in his whole career that has been his strength. For a young player like Hardik he was the guide at the other end. It was important for us to break that partnership. We couldn't do that. We've spoken about how important it is to strike against new batsman and we could not do that," the leg-spinner said.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

CAB U-23 takes lead against HPCA


19th September 2017
Cab u23 bowled out their HPCA counterpart for 213 gaining a first innings lead of 29 runs.
The previous day ended with GCA putting up a 169 on the scoreboard. However with the start of a fresh day they carried it off to a decent 213 runs but with all wickets down.
The day started slow for CAB but gradually picked up with a much needed knock by Subham Dey who scored a century (104*) and Subham Chatterjee scoring a 59.
With 11 fours and 2 sixes a baffling knock of 104* off 150 balls played by CAB U-23 batsman Subham Dey against counterpart HPCA in the 4 day practise match in Bilaspur, was a saver for the away team.
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Pradipta bag four for Bengal


19th September 2017
Pradipta Pramanik’s four for 24 helped Bengal to restrict Gujarat at 169 in 60.2 overs. Coming out to bat in the second essay Bengal ended day three at 105 for 6, leading opposition by 73 runs.
At stumps batting for Bengal were Shreevats Goswami at 16 and B. Amit at 13.
"We are very happy that Pradipta Pramanik is playing so well. A boy who has got a chance to play at the senior level is proving himself augurs well for Bengal cricket," said Avishek Dalmiya, Joint Secretary of CAB on his good performance.
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Bengal out for 137


18th September 2017
Bengal was shot out for 137 with Agniv Pan top scoring with 33. In reply GCA xi were 73 for three in 28 overs.
Pradipto Pramanik took two wickets for 2 runs in 3 overs.
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Bengal U23 restrict HPCA


18th September 2017
Anurag Tiwari took 4 wickets as U23 CAB XI restricted HPCA U23 to 169 for 8 after their innings folded for 282.
The young guns from Bengal showed all round ability as they rattled the homeside.
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Bengal U23 end day in strong position


17th September 2017
A handsome 125 run partnership between Subhankar Bal (93) and Kazi Zunaid Saifi (52) for the third wicket saw CAB XI U23 finish the day at 247 for 6 against their counterpart HPCA. HPCA won the toss and put the visitors to bat. At tea Bengal was 167 for 2.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

CAB hand over membership cards to women cricketers


16th September 2017
The Cricket Association of Bengal for the first time handed over honorary membership cards to eighteen women cricketers who represented India from Bengal at the club house here today at the Eden Garden, Kolkata.
On this occasion, CAB, Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said, “It is an honor and privilege for the association to handover honorary membership to those women cricketers who made the Association proud.
Furthermore, in tune with the meeting we with Jhulan Goswami where we had decided to build a task force headed by CAB Vice President Sankar Nath Bagchi, we would be giving medical insurance to the women cricketers playing for Bengal at various levels as one of the first measures.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Saptaswa Mukerjee

Bahutule hopes players realise their potential


15th September 2017
Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule today praised the selectors for creating a team that has the right mix of young and experienced cricketers.
Talking to the CAB Media team, he said "The selectors have done a commendable job with the team selection. Players who have done well at club level and those that have shown potential have been given a chance. This is the right thing to do."
He praised CAB President Sourav Ganguly and Jt Secretary Avishek Dalmiya for creating the atmosphere where talents can develop. "Vision2020 is a great idea. This is my third year and I am seeing the players are getting a world of experience from the mentors of Vision 2020. These are players who have played successfully at the Test level. Abd to get to pick their brains is a great opportunity," he said.
"Laxman works on the mental aspect of the game. There is a lot of video analysis. Technical aspects are looked into individually by Murali and Sekhar Sir. The players are slowly realising their potential and look to excel."
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Murali hopes improved performance from Bengal team


14th September 2017
Vision 2020 mentor Muttiah Muralitharan today said that he hoped both the senior Bengal and U23 teams to give a much better account of themselves this season and live up to the potential they have displayed so far.
“We had a very good practice session. We practiced both indoors and outdoors thanks to better climate. We will play a few practice matches and see who is going to be in the main side. I am very hopeful that they will do well in the upcoming Ranji Trophy and the U23 tournament,” Murali said.
Asked about the way the players are maturing, he said: “Boys are getting experienced. We have been doing it for the last two years and now they have begun to think and improve. It is up to them to go out and perform now. Last year they gave a good account of themselves, though were a bit unlucky. Hopefully they will do much better this year.”
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Game on for Shukla


12th September 2017
Laxmi Ratan Shukla announced that he will be reengaging himself with cricket, as the former Bengal captain signed a contract with Salkia Friends Club earlier today at the Club House premises Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The Minister for State for Sports was active in his political career for sometime.
Following his announcement today everyone's curiosity was how he will balance cricket and politics was satisfied when he said "I am thankful to our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for motivating me and asking me to keep engaged with the game. I have always loved the game and despite all other responsibilities I have at present, I will play for my team".
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Saptaswa Mukerjee

Shreevats to lead Bengal in Surat


12th September 2017
Cricket Association of Bengal today announced a 17 members squad for the practice matches to be played in Surat, Gujarat from September 17, before the Ranji Trophy.
Bengal will play two practice matches on the occasion, and will be led by Shreevats Goswami. The team will leave town on September 15.

Squad:

Shreevats Goswami (C), Anustup Majumdar, Koushik Ghosh, Purab Joshi, Abhishek Raman, Abhishek Mitra, Agniv Pan, Writtick Chatterjee, Aamir Gani, Pradipta Pramanik, Aritra Chatterjee, B Amit, Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Kanishk Seth, Mukesh Kumar and Sourav Mondal.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Ritwik to lead Bengal U23 to Bilaspur


12th September 2017
Ritwik Roy Chowdhury to lead Bengal U23 in the practice matches to be played in Bilaspur, starting from September 17. The team will leave town on September 15.

Squad:

Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Amit Kuila, Pritam Chakraborty, Sourav Singh, Subham Dey, Kazi Junaid Saifi, Subham Chatterjee, Akash Ghatak, Abhishek Mishra, Shabaz Anwar, Shubhankar Bal, Ananta Saha, Sandipan Das, Tanmoy Pramanik, Anurag Tiwari and Raju Halder.
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Bengal practice for vision 2020


8th September 2017
With few days left before the start of the domestic season, Bengal practiced for the vision 2020 camp at Eden Gardens Indoor facility here today.
While Bengal seniors hit net in the morning, the U23 team did it in the afternoon.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Shreevats Goswami was seen taking advice from batting consultant VVS laxman, while bowling consultants Muttiah Muralitharan and TA Sekhar were busy discussing the arm techniques with the bowlers.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

CAB promises to focus on Women's cricket


7th September 2017
The Cricket Association of Bengal has decided to take proactive steps to develop and harness Women's Cricket in the state.
The initiatives include formation of a Task force with a motive to strengthen the base of the women's cricket, inclusion of women's wing in the vision camps, bringing all the state women cricketers under medical insurance scheme and starting a local tournament for 7-10 days window amongst others.
These decisions were taken in a meeting involving ace pacer Jhulan Goswami and CAB officials including Honorary Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya and Vice-President Shankar Nath Bagchi that lasted for nearly an hour at Eden Gardens yesterday.
"It was a very positive meeting with Ms. Goswami. We are much thankful to her for coming forward and offering her suggestions which we believe would be much helpful for taking women's cricket forward in the state", said Avishek
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Dinda retuns to Kalighat after one year


5th September 2017
After playing for Mohun Bagan the last season, Bengal paceman Ashok Dinda returned to his old club today after signing a one year contract with Kalighat to play the upcoming CAB domestic season starting few months later.
Before joining Bagan last year, Dinda played for Kalighat for five consecutive years, from 2011 to 2016.
Playing 6 matches for Bagan last season, Dinda bagged 18 wickets.
“It feels good returning home. Last year was not bad but this year I hope things will be even more better. I will try and give my best for my team,” said Ashok Dinda.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

400 players sign on opening day


1st September 2017
The first day of the club transfers for the CAB was smoothly conducted at the B.C. Roy Club House premises here today with 400 players signing on the dotted lines. The transfer session was conducted over a four hour span from 12 noon till 4 pm.
The window for the subsequent transfers will be made available until 15th September, 2017. While some players renewed their contracts preserving their contractual stability with respective teams, others signed contracts with new clubs. Club officials, managers and coaches from various clubs were were also present during the transfers.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Saptaswa Mukerjee

Bengal players make cut to Duleep Trophy


30th August 2017
Following a markable performance in the recent past, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda, AR Easwaran and Sudip Chatterjee made cut to Duleep Trophy this season to be held at Kanpur and Lucknow from September 7 to 29.
While Sudip Chatterjee and Ashok Dinda will play for India Red, Manoj Tiwary and AR Easwaran will play for India Blue.
Like last year, the tournament will be played with pink ball and under floodlights.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal cricketers participate in BCCI anti-doping,
anti-corruption workshop



28th August 2017
The CAB today hosted a day-long education seminar of BCCI Anti-Doping an Anti-Corruption Education Program at the Eden Gardens premises here. The programme was attended by the Senior Men’s and Women’s teams, besides the U-23, U-19 and U-16 cricketers, coaches and support staff.
In the welcome address welcome ceremony BCCI Information Manager and SCA Secretary, Dheeraj Malhotra talked about the BCCI Mission Statement. ‘It is a legal obligation of all the players and people associated with the game to report any matter related to corruption. Ignorance can’t be a defence,’ he said.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Saptaswa Mukerjee & Arindam Basu

CAB release Bengal list for Ranji Probables


18th August 2017
In a closed door meeting with the think-tank of Bengal cricket led by CAB President Sourav Ganguly today released a probable of 35 players for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season 2017-18.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Rain play spoilsport; Bengal out of KSCA


12th August 2017
Rain played spoilsport knocking out Bengal from the KSCA tournament at Alur-2  Golden Oval ground today. Gujarat were declared winners after the toss of coin.
Finishing last day at 71 for 2, trailing opposition by 318 runs, the match was called off in the afternoon without a ball being bowled.
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Gani get 5-wicket haul for Bengal


11th August 2017
A five wickets haul by Aamir Gani helped Bengal to all out Gujarat at 389 in 127.1 overs of a KSCA tournament match today at Alur-2  Golden Oval ground.
Coming out to bat, Bengal ended the day at 71 for 2 in 28.1 overs, trailing opposition by 318 runs. At stumps, batting were, Koushik Ghosh and Abhishek Mitra at 26 and 29 runs respectively.
The two wickets to fall for Bengal were Abhimanyu Easwaran at 10 and Purab Joshi at 2. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK

Gani bag 4 for Bengal


10th August 2017
Though a tough day for Bengal, but Aamir Gani bagged 4 for 56, as Gujarat reached 369 for 8 to end day 2 of a KASC tournament match today at Alur 2 Golden Oval ground.
Starting the day at 141 for 3, Bhargav Merali (130) and Rajul Bhatt (115) went on to score centuries to take forward Gujarat’s innings.
Among the others who contributed to Gujarat’s total were Chirag Gandhi (3), Dhruv Raval (30), Chintan Gaja (7) and Mehul Patel (11). Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK

Gani bag two for Bengal


9th August 2017
Gujarat reached 141 for 3 in 50 overs against Bengal to end day one of a KSCA tournament match today at Alur 2 Golden Oval Ground.
Early in the day, winning the toss Bengal chose to field. Aamir Gani topped the bowling table taking 2 for 24.
The three wickets to fall for Gujarat were Samit Gohil (40) Kathan Patel (25) and Manprit Juneja (9). At stumps, Bhargav Merai and Rujul Bhatt were batting at 41 and 21 runs respectively. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK

Jhulan came back from brink to rise


8th August 2017
Coming back from the brink and leaving mark on annals of civilization is perhaps what the legends are made off.
Jhulan Goswami is one in the making. Even her most staunch detractors will agree to that. On the occasion of receiving the special award from CAB on its Annual Awards Ceremony, she said " I was not playing so well at the beginning of the world cup. I was not bowling at the right places. So I went to the coach and asked him to drop me after the West Indies match. But he asked me to continue and said I had to lead India's bowling"
"I believe without preparation no one can perform. I made Mithali bat at the nets like Australia's Meg Lanning and kept bowling at the nets and sought her feedback. I got my rhythm back. She was the toughest to bowl against in the Aussie squad, her strength was square on the off and I had to be better than that," she said. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Mamata proposes Dalmiya statue at Eden


8th August 2017
It was a glitzy affair at the CAB annual prize distribution ceremony as the packed floor of Netaji Indoor Stadium greeted the stars of Bengal to a roaring applause.
The Guest of Honour was the honourable affable Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee who won hearts of the CAB family with her pleasant personality and candour.
She proposed that a statue of Late Jagmohan Dalmiya be installed by the CAB at the Eden Gardens. "The contribitions of Mr Dalmiya cannot be forgotten and I am sure he deserves a bust to be placed at Eden Gardens like Gostho Pal across the road," she said.
Mamata Banerjee praised Jhulan Goswami for her performance giving women's cricket the stature it deserved.
She further urged Laxmi Ratan Shukla, MOS Sports and Youth Services, to align the cricket awards with the awardees of CAB. "We give awards to sportspersons from the Government. I urge Laxmi to give us the list of players who are awarded here from next year. We will also award them."
Earlier, a dapper looking CAB President welcomed the Chief Minister and engaged the crowd with cricket annecdotes and administrative lessons. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK
ARINDAM BASU

Bengal outclass Patil Academy in KSCA Tournament


5th August 2017
Bengal beat Patil Cricket Academy by 10 wickets in a KSCA Tournament match today in Silver Oval ground.
Commencing the day at 248 for 6, Bengal managed to reach 351 in 117.1 over, taking a first innings lead of 175 runs. Writtick Chatterjee remained the highest scorer with 96 runs.
Thereafter, coming out to field, Bengal bowlers showed no respect to the opposition and bundled them at 193 in 57.5 overs, with Patali managing a lead of only 19 runs. Bengal took only 5.1 overs to chase it dowm without loosing a wicket. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK

Abhishek shine for Bengal


4th August 2017
Riding Abhishek Mitra's 63 Bengal reached  248 for 6 in 96 overs, leading opposition Dr. DY Patil Cricket Academy by 72 runs on the second day of a KSCA Tournament match today here in Silver Oval ground.
Starting the day at 8 for 1, Bengal look good with the bat to cross the opposition first innings total. Among the other batsman who also scored runs were, Writtick chatterjee (60*), Aamir Gani (37*) and Agniv Pan(36).
On the other hand, Patil Cricket Academy's Vineet Saha took 2 wickets, while Swapnil Singh, Iqbal Abdullah, Naushad Shaikh and Pradeep Dadhe bagged 1 each. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Gani, Pramanik restrict Patil cricket Academy


3rd August 2017
Aamir Gani and Pradipto Pramanik took 3 wickets each to restrict Dr. DY. Patil Cricket Academy at 176 in the first day of a KSCA Tournament match here today in Silver Oval ground.
Coming out to bat, Bengal ended day at 8 for 1 in 5.1 overs, trailing opposition by 168 runs. The only batsman to get out was Abhimanyu Easwaran at 6.
Among the other bowers who shined for Bengal were Amit Kuila and Ananta Shah with two wickets each.
On the other hand, for Patil Cricket Academy, Shubham remained the highest scorer with 84 off 181 balls. Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal can produce players to play for India: Murali


29th July 2017
Spin legend Muttiah Muraitharan today said Bengal has the potential to produce spinners to play at the national level.
Muttiah, who is here as a spin coach under Vision 2020 of Cricket Association of Bengal, said: “I am very happy with the camp here. It is a great idea put forward by Sourav Ganguly. We are trying to produce good bowlers. Because of Vision 2020 there is all round development.” Read More..


CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Vision 2020 to yield players for India: Laxman


28th July 2017
Former India batsman and Vision 2020 batting coach VVS Laxman today said Bengal now have a much stronger feeder line thanks to the initiative taken by CAB President Sourav Ganguly.
He is here at Eden Gardens working with 12 young batsmen helping them hone their skills. But that is not all Laxman talks to them extensively and prepares them pschologically also for big matches.
"The idea is to create a strong pool of players who will not only represent Bengal but also play for India and Vision is going to help to a great extent to create that environment," Laxman said.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

CM to be chief guest on Annual Day on Aug 8


27th July 2017
The working committee of the Cricket Association of Bengal met today. The meeting was presided by Mr Sourav Ganguly, President, CAB. The following decisions were taken unanimously: 1. Annual Prize Distribution ceremony to be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium on August 8.
2. The association is grateful to the Honble Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Benerjee for giving her consent to be the chief guest at the ceremony.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

46 cricketers in Vision camp


27th July 2017
Bengal's 46 cricketers are going through the rigours of the Vision 2020 camp at the Eden Gardens indoor facility here.
The first session happened with the first bowlers from June 24 to 26 when T A Sekhar sent his wards through the finer points of bowling style like the way one landed on the bowling crease, body's shape after the delivery etc. Video analysis was also done.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Bengal concede lead to KSCA Colts


25th July 2017
Bengal conceded first innings lead and three points to KSCA Colts as they finished their first innings at 429 thanks to a masterly 142 by Suneel Raju. The match was drawn with Bengal finishing the last day on 117 for 2.
Beginning the day at 382 for 7, KSCA Colts pressed on with Suneel showing great maturity playing with tail enders to take the team past Bengal’s first innings score of 426. For Bengal Pradipta Pramanik showed some late form taking 3 wickets for 83 runs.
Bengal operners Abhimanyu Easwaran and Abhishek Raman began strongly, but fell of identical score of 49 again not converting the decent starts into big runs.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Seth(3), Kuila (2) halt KSCA chase


24th July 2017
Kanishk Seth claimed three wickets as Bengal reduced KSCA Colts to 382 for 7 at stumps on Day III of the KSCA Tournament in Platinum Oval ground here today.
Kanishk’s figure read three for 57 as he removed Nikin Jose, Kazi Abrar and Sharath Srinivas. Amit Kuila took the wickets of Shivam Mishra and Naga Bharat to finish with figures of two for 83 which was a touch expensive.
Nischal D (101) and Suneel Raju (121) accomplished fine centuries to push towards Bengal’s mammoth total of 426.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Bengal post 426 against KSCA


23rd July 2017
Bengal piled up 426 in their opening match of the KSCA Tournament, but KSCA colts came back strongly to finish Day II at 125/1.
Skipper Sudip Chatterjee showed some form as he hit 134 runs after remaining unbeaten at 122 overnight. His innings was studded with eight boundaries. Amit B gave him support low down the order with a fine 59 taking Bengal.
In reply KSCA colts began strongly playing the Bengal bowling comfortably. They reached 100 without losing a wicket. Amit Kuila removed Shivam Mishra for 43. At stumps Nischal D was batting on an accomplished 69 while giving him company was Nikin Jose on 9.
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Arindam Basu

City, teammates pray for Jhulan & Co.


22nd July 2017
With barely 24 hours left for Team India to walk out onto the Lord’s to date history, Kolkata is abuzz with the new heroes of Indian cricket and of course it’s very own Chakda Express.
Till the super six people did not take note of a determined team India putting up show stopping performance. But once they left the Kiwis to bite the dust and set up a date with Australia, cricket found its new heroes or shall we say ‘mardanis’.
The boys in a local club in Baguiati have put up pictures of Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami. They plan to have a picnic after the final tomorrow, once India wins.
The main topic of discussion in the long queues for buses and trains is the Indian women’s team and how they are on the verge of doing the impossible. Meanwhile, some of Jhulan’s teammates are more than sure that India will pull it through against the mighty England at home.
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Arindam Basu

Purab, Sudip hits tonnes to power Bengal


22nd July 2017
A smashing 219 run partnership between Purab Joshi and Sudip Chatterjee helped Bengal.pile up 305 for 4 at stumps on Day one against the KSCA Colts at the Platinum Oval ground in Karnataka today.
Bengal is participating in the KSCA meet as a preparation for.the next season. Bengal won.the toss and elected to bat. But the beginning was not too auspicious losing two wickets that of Abhishek Raman and Abhimanyu Easwaran cheaply. Thereafter Purab (122) and Sudip not out (110) sent KSCA on a leather hunt with some stylish batting. At stumps he was given company by Amir Gani.
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Arindam Basu

Bhupendra Dey no more


21st July 2017
Sri Bhupendra Kumar Dey, father of former Cricket Association of Bengal Treasurer Biswarup Dey, left for heavenly abode on the night of July 20. He was 85.  
He served Bengal cricket in various capacities with great efficiency and dedication. He was a member of School and College sub-committee in from 1964 to 66. He also served as a member of Tournament sub-committee (1966-67), Working Committee (1966-67) and Finance sub-committee (1967 to 71 and 1972-73).
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Sayan Banerjee

Former Bengal and Jharkhand cricketer Gour Ghosh no more


8th July 2017
Former Bengal and Jharkhand cricketer Gour Ghosh breathed his last today in Kolkata. He was 77. Born in 1939, November 17, Ghosh was a right hand batsman and a wicket-keeper.
His first class career stretched for over a decade from 1960-61 to 1970-71, when he played 17 first class matches, scoring 266 runs.
Apart from being a player, Ghosh has also served this association being a Junior Selector for two years, 2005-06 to 2006-07.
To pay respect to his departed soul the association's flag was hoisted at half-mast.
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Traditional ritual done at Eden Gardens


8th July 2017
Having completed the season successfully holy rituals were perfumed at the Eden Gardens.
The rituals are traditionally performed after the end of the season and before work for the next season begins. "We do this ritual every year at the end of the season. This is to get the blessings of the God Almighty." said Debabrata Das.

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Arindam Basu

Ichapur lift U-14 Ambar Roy Trophy


6th July 2017
Ichapur Sisir Das beat Twenty Two Yards Sports School in Ambar Roy Sub-Junior under 14 tournament final today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata. The match was reduced from 40 to 20 overs due to rain.
After both teams remain tied at 109 in 20 overs, Ichapur were declared winners as they reached the target losing lesser wickets. While Twenty Two Yards scored 109 loosing nine wickets, Ichapur made it loosing 4.
The highest scorer for Ichapur was Rudra Pratap Roy, remaining unbeaten at 32 off 30 balls.
Twenty Two Yards Sports School: 109/9 in 20 overs.
Ichapur Sisir Das: 109/4 in 20 overs.
Ichapur won by lesser number of wickets.

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East Bengal lift P. Sen Trophy beating Barisha


5th July 2017
East Bengal beat Barisha by 3 wickets to lift the P. Sen Memorial Trophy today here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Chasing Barisha’s 280 for 8 in 50 overs, East Bengal managed to reach 251 for 7 in 46 overs, when the play was stopped due to bad light. However, Barisha was penalized for slow over rating that awarded East Bengal 43 runs more to the total, leading to the victory.
For, East Bengal Sourav Mondal remained the highest wicket taker with 4 for 57. He was backed by skipper Arnab Nandi’s 3 for 45.
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East Bengal to play Barisha in final of the P. Sen Trophy


3rd July 2017
East Bengal go through to the final in the P. Sen Trophy after beating Mohun Bagan by the toss of coin today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata, after the match was washed out due to rain.
“It was very disappointing. We had a good team that had every chance to make it through to the final. But you cannot help when nature is against you. We have played well through out the season and deserved a title.” said Mohun Bagan skipper Subhomoy Das.
On the other hand, East Bengal skipper Arnab Nandi said, “It was unfortunate that the match was decided on toss. But you have to accept when nature goes against you. We have played well through out the season and are confident for the final against Barisha.
The final will be played between East Bengal and Barisha at Eden Gardens on July 5.
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EB, University XI get win in P. Sen Memorial Trophy


29th June 2017
Combined University XI beat Kalighat by the spin of coin in a match of the P. Sen Memorial Invitation Trophy today here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Chasing Kalighat's 203 for 4 in 29.1 overs, Combined University reached 124 for 2 in 19.5 overs, when the match was stopped due to rain.
In another match, affected by rain, East Bengal snatched a win over Combined District XI on the basis of higher run rate. Combined District made 244 for 7 in 50 overs, while East Bengal scored 213 for 3 in 38 overs.
Players who contributed to their respective teams were Sandip Das(69), Chatu Sarkar (53*), Samik Karmakar (61*), Ritwik Roy Chowdhury (58), Manoj Tiwari (52),  Ankush Bains (60) and Rishab Agarwal (53*)
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Kalighat, East Bengal declared joint winners in Super League Tournament


28th June 2017
After a wait of four days, hampered by rain, the final match of CAB Super League between Kalighat and East Bengal was called off today here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Both the teams were declared the winner.
The match was to be played under the lights in pink ball.
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Naved, Subit craft innings for Town


19th June 2017
Naved Ahmed's unbeaten 86 and Subit Biswas' 65 helped Town Club score 283 for 3 in 107 overs chasing Aryan's 527 in a First Division Super League match today.
On the other hand, East Bengal dismissed Mohun Bagan at 118 in their second innings to get back into the match after a poor batting show in the first essay. Needing 291 runs to win, East Bengal finished the day at 171 for 4, remaining 120 runs behind. Among the Bagan batsmen Anustup Majumdar contributed 86 while Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten at 60 runs.
In the match between Tapan Memorial and Kalighat,Tanujit Acharjee contributed an unbeaten 53 to make Kalighat reach 155 for 4 in 39 overs, before dismissing the prior at 138 within 49.5 overs early in the day.
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Sayan Banerjee

Vintage Bagan outclass Town in CAB Super League


13th June 2017
Riding Sudip Chatterjee's 103 and Anustup Majumder's 113 Mohun Bagan beat Town Club by an innings and 19 runs. After Mohun Bagan reached 476 for 4 in 94 overs, chasing Town’s 253 in the first innings, the later folded at 204 within 47 overs in their second essay.
In another match, Aryan lost half their side at 212 runs, chasing East Bengal’s 418 for 9 in the first innings. However, with Abhishek Mitra still batting at 104 off 198 balls gives Ayan a chance to recover.
On the other hand, Pankaj Shaw's 116 helped Barisha reach 327 in 106.4 over against Tapan Memorial. Coming out to bowl, Raju Halder took 6 for 84, restricting Tapan memorial at 258 for 8 in 76 overs.
In another match, Kalighat made 104 for 1 in 41.2 over against Bhawanipore.
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Sayan Banerjee

Abhishek’s double ton not enough for Aryan


8th June 2017
Abhishek Mitra's 207 was not enough for Aryan to fetch 3 points against Mohun Bagan in a CAB Super League match today, as they fell short by 91 runs in the first innings. Chasing Bagan’s 578, Aryan managed only 487 runs in 124.2 overs.
Coming out to bat in the second essay, Bagan finished the day at 148 for 3 batting 20 overs.
With the result, while Bagan took away 3 points, Aryan got 1.
On the other hand, the match between Kalighat and Barisha also ended in a draw with the former fetching 3 points and the later getting 1. Despite  Purab Joshi's 154, Barisha managed 328 in 119 overs, falling short by 6 runs to the opposition.
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Five star Ishan destroy Town in Super League match


7th June 2017
East Bengal destroyed Town by an innings and 166 runs, riding Ishan Porel's 5-wicket haul in a CAB Super League Tournament match today at BCA stadium in Kalyani.
After folding at 131 in the first innings, chasing East Bengal’s 370, Town were bundled at 73 within 24 overs in their second essay.
Also, in the other matches, while Abhishek Mitra's unbeaten 205 helped Aryan Club post 400 for 6 in 142 overs today, chasing Mohunbagan's 578,  Ananta Saha's 5 wicket haul helped Kalighat restrict Barisha at 182 in the first innings, chasing 334. Coming out to bat, Barisha finished their second eaasy at 148 for 2 in 55.1 overs.
In another match, Chander Pal Saini's 115 helped Tapan Memorial make 337 in 114 overs against Bhowanipore's 288. Bhowanipore ended the day at 78 for 2 in 18 overs in the second innings.
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Bagan take control over Aryan in CAB Super League Match


6th June 2017
Riding Subhomoy Das' 165 and Debabrata Das' 150 Mohun Bagan reached 578 for 8 in 124.2 overs against Aryan in the second day of a CAB First Division Super League Tournament match today. Coming out to bat, Aryan finished day at 140 for 4 in 50 overs.
In another match, Rittick Roy Chowdhury added 19 runs more to his overnight total of 128, making Kalighat reach 334 in 111.5 overs. Alok Pratap Singh taking 5 for 81 remained the highest wicket taker for Barisha Sporting. Barisha ended day at  165 for 4 in 45 overs.
Also, East Bengal restricted Town Club at 131 in 48.5 overs, before Prosenjit Das' unbeaten 102 took them to 325 for 5 in 86 overs, leading Town by 194 runs.
In the match between, Tapan Memorial and Bhowanipore, Naval Kishor of Tapan Memorial took 5 for 60 making Bhowanipore all out at 288. Thereafter, coming out to bat, Tapan finished day at 144 for 5 in 48.2 overs.
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Subhomoy, Sudip take Bagan on top in First Division Super League Tournament


5th June 2017
Subhomoy Das' unbeaten 152 and Sudip Chatterjee's 122 helped Mohun Bagan reach 355 for 3 in 83 overs against Aryan club in the first day of a First Division Super League match today.
In another match, Rittick Roy Chowdhury's unbeaten 128 helped Kalighat make 244 for 2 in 81 overs  against Barisha Sporting. Read More..


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EB beat Kalighat to lift J C Mukherjee T20 Final
2nd June 2017
In form East Bengal beat a star studded Kalighat Club by 14 runs to win the final of the J C Mukherjee T20 Meet here today.
For East Bengal Samik Karmakar with a run a ball 34 and Arnab Nandi with a quickfire 33 off 19 balls set up a competitive 152 for 8 wickets.
In reply despite a steller 51 from Manoj Tiwary off 34 balls and 37 by Amir Gani off that many deliveries they fell short by 14 finishing at 138 for 7.
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Sambaran Academy win U17 meet
1st June 2017
Mainland Sambaran CA defeated Naihati Cricket Coaching Centre by 58 runs to win the U17 Junior Cricket Toyrnament Final today at Eden Gardens. Batting first MSCA scored 172 for 9 wkts in 45 overs. In reply Naihati were bundled out for 119 runs in 39.5 overs. For the winners S Hossain topscored with 47 runs. Read More..


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Mohun Bagan win senior knock out
31st May 2017
The Mariners thumped Tapan Memorial by 7 wickets to win the Senior Knockout Tournament here today.
Mohun Bagan won the toss and elected to field, a move that paid rich dividends. Later Bagan skipper Subhomoy Das said "It was a good toss to win. The wicket was damp and the ball did a few tricks".
Veteran Ashok Dinda bowled with fire and passion picking up five wickets for just 28runs as Tapan collapsed to 136 runs all out in 45.3 overs.
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Dalmiya memorabilia unveiled on his birthday
30th May 2017
The Cricket Association of Bengal ceremonially unveiled the Blazer, Tie and IPL Accreditation card of Jagmohan Dalmiya as part of the association memorabilia marking the 77th birthday of the former BCCI president at the Eden Gardens today.
The former BCCI president and ICC chief breathed his last two years back, but his birthday was celebrated by his state association with the same warmth, love and fervour.
To mark the occasion a small ceremony was organized at the B C Roy Clubhouse that was attended by his wife Mrs Chandralekha Dalmiya, daughter Vaishali Dalmiya, son Avishek Dalmiya and daughter-in-law Koeli Dalmiya besides the association office bearers, members, clubs, cricket coaching centres and school sports bodies.
Former CAB Treasurer Biswarup Dey addressing the attendees, said: “Mr Dalmiya is with us in spirit. And our work and philosophy of life is guided by his teachings.” Read More..



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Former Bengal cricketer Tapan Jyoti Banerjee no more
29th May 2017
Former Bengal cricketer and selector Tapan Jyoti Banerjee breathed his last at a city hospital today. He was 73. Born in Kanpur on June 15, 1943, this all-rounder played 18 first class matches scoring 217 runs at an average of 15.50. He also bagged 47 wickets. His first class career spanned almost two decades from 1965-66 to 1982/83. Besides being a player he was also a member of the working committee and sub-working committee of Cricket Association of Bengal from 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 respectively. In addition, he was the chairman of Junior selection sub-committee during the period 1989 to 1992 and the coach of Bengal U 22 men and senior women team. Read More..





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Amit bag 6 as East Bengal crowned champions in CAB first division league
28th May 2017
A six-wicket haul by Boddupalli Amit axed Town as East Bengal won the CAB First Division League this season after beating opposition by 154 runs in the final match today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata. Chasing East Bengal’s 366, Town were bundled at 212 runs.
Resuming the day at an overnight score of 150 for 5, remaining 216 runs behind, clueless Town batsmen could add only 62 runs more to the total before polishing off at 212 within 64 overs.
After finishing with figures 3 for 31 last day, Amit bagged three more wickets today giving away 13 more runs ending with figures 6 for 44, securing East Bengal’s victory. He was declared the man of the match.
“Feeling very good being a part of the winning side. It is my first major trophy. The wicket was supporting fast bowlers and had a good bounce. We were confident about defending the total. Anything above 350 I feel is a winning score here, given the depth in bowling we have. They also gave a good fight but we have played better cricket,” said Amit. Read More..





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Sayan Banerjee

East Bengal on top after second day of First Division league Final


27th May 2017
Riding Arnab Nandi's 94 and Sourav Mondal's 66, East Bengal reached 366 in 105.2 overs, before B. Amit took 3 for 31 to down Town Club at 150 for 5 to end day two in the CAB First Division league final today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
Coming out to bowl, East Bengal made clear their intentions by bowling in the right areas making life difficult for the Town batsmen. While B. Amit topped the table picking up three wickets, was backed by Susanta Das and Sourav Mondal with one wicket each.
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East Bengal crawl to 292 for seven in first day of CAB First Division League Final


26th May 2017
East Bengal crawl to 292 for 7 in 82 overs against Town club in the first day of the CAB First Division final match here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata today.
Coming out to bat, East Bengal batsmen looked ordinary, getting restricted to 292 for seven. Arnab Nandi played a patient innings remaining unbeaten at 73 off 116 balls. Also, Soham Ghosh and Vivek Singh contributed to the total, scoring 76 and 60 runs respectively.
For Town, Deepak Singh Dhapola remained the top of the table, bagging 3 for 61 runs. He was backed by Chottu Sarkar's 2 for 71.n.
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Jayojit, Tuhin take Bagan to final of CAB Senior Knockout Tournament


24th May 2017
Jayojit Basu's 86 followed by Tuhin Banerjee’s 5-wicket haul helped Mohun Bagan beat Barisha Sporting by 29 runs in a Semi final match of the Senior Knockout Tournament here at J.U. 2nd Campus Ground today.
Batting first, Mohun Bagan scored 251 for 9 in 50 overs, riding an excellent 86 by Jayojit Basu.
Sourav Sarker topped the bowling for Barisha bagging 3 for 53.
Coming out to bowl, Bagan bowlers made clear their attacking spirit, successfully defending the total by bundling opposition at 222 in 46.5 overs.
For Bagan, while Tuhin topped the bowling table with 5 for 46, Sayan Mandal backed him with 3 for 27.
For Barisha, Purab Joshi gave a fight back, scoring 92 off 118 balls but that was not enough to make a win.
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National High beat Nava Nalanda in final to lift Mayor's Cup 2017
23rd May 2017
Aman Jyot Singh Sidhu’s 4 for 19 helped National High beat Nava Nalanda High School by 4 wickets in Mayor's Cup final today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
Batting first, Nava Nalanda were bundled at 121, which was chased down by the opposition within 31.5 overs with four wickets in hand.
Nava Nalanda’s key player Iman Chowdhury remained the highest scorer of the match with 38 off 61 balls. Also, he topped the bowling barrel for his side taking 2 for 16.
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CAB get best Pitch and Ground Award

23rd May 2017
It was a proud moment for the Cricket Association of Bengal on being adjudged with the ‘Best ground and Pitch Award’ by BCCI after successful completion of the 10th edition of Indian Premiere League.
"The award is dedicated to all the members who have put in a great show. Also hearty congratulations to the curator and the ground staff without whom it wouldn't have been possible. Same applies to all the other staff, technical support team and each one of those associated with organising the event including authorities and agencies. We thank the concerned government departments, KMC, PWD and Police, Fire departments and media too for continued support," said Hony Jt. Secretary Avishek Dalmiya, who received the award on behalf of CAB after the nail-biting final at Hyderabad.
On this occasion CAB also thanked the engineering team for increasing the pumping out capacity during this edition's IPL from 60 HP to 140 HP that helped in getting the ground ready in no time even after the squall on May 13.
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Sayan Banerjee

Jhulan wants to cement legacy with World Cup win

23rd May 2017
Every game needs a moment when they write history. Men’s cricket had it in 1983. Jhulan Goswami hopes the women’s cricket team will script that historic moment in during the World Cup commencing on June 24 in England.
Returning after a very successful quadrangular series in South Africa, the speed ace and now the highest wicket taker in the limited edition of the game, Jhulan said: “Our nation needs moments to give boost to a sport. They need icons who scale the unscaleable. Kapil Dev gave it to India in 1983; then M S Dhoni did it in 2011 which also cemented the legacy of Sachin Tendulkar. We need to do something like this that will inspire the nation to take up the game seriously.”
When Julan took the wicket of Raisibe Ntozakhe in Potchefstroom she made history breaking the decade long record of 180 wickets in 50-over matches held by Aussie Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
“This moment was special as I was coming back from injury and it was not easy to find my rhythm and be among wickets. I have raised the bar for myself and now individual goals have blend into team goals and there is only one thing on my find. Win world cup for India. And the team is geared up to get that success,” she said. Read More..


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East Bengal, Town enter CAB first division championship final

22nd May 2017
In two humdinger CAB first division semi-final matches, East Bengal and Town Club qualified for the final, beating Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore club respectively today.
Starting the day at 166 for 3 in 42 overs, needing 224 more runs to win, Mohun Bagan were bundled at 244 within 74 overs.
Joyojit Basu, unfortunate, remaining unbeaten at 101 last day was run out by V. Singh early at 109, leading to Bagan’s batting collapse.
For East Bengal, Sourav Mondal took 6 for 72, helping his team beat opposition by 146 runs. He was backed by A. Nandi and P. Gupta bagging one wicket each.
In the other match, Debapriyo Ghosh's unbeaten 104 off 157 balls helped town club snatch a one wicket thriller against the cup holders Bhowanipore. Read More..


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Mohunlal beat Indian Boys by 58 runs, crowned Champions in CAB Junior Knockout
21st May 2017
Pinku Bag's unbeaten 109 and Avijit Mishra's 5-wicket haul helped Mohunlal beat Indian Boys Athletic Club by 58 runs in the final match of the CAB Junior knockout tournament today here at Eden Gardens Kolkata.
Chasing Mohunlal's 237 for 9 in 50 overs, Indian Boys’ batsmen looked clueless against the opposition bowling, before being polished off at 179 in 44 overs.
For Indian Boys, B. R. Shubhradeep scored 61 and Dilip Singh bagged 5 wickets but that was not enough to beat the opposition.
On the other hand, in one of the CAB first division semi finals, riding B. Amit’s unbeaten 101 off 142 balls, East Bengal scored 390 for 9 in 126 overs against Mohun Bagan, starting the day at 224 for 6. Bagan ended day at 166 for 3 in 42 overs, with Jatojit Basu remaining unbeaten at 101 off 119 balls. Read More..


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Sayan Banerjee

Bagan, Town take advantage in first day of First Division Semi-finals

20th May 2017
Mohun Bagan restricted East Bengal at 224 for 6 in 89 overs in the first day of a First Division Championship Playoff Semi final match today at J.U. 2nd Campus Ground.
Suvojit Banerjee remained unbeaten at 79 off a mammoth 210 balls, while Pritam Chakraborty topped the bowling table with 2 for 49. He was backed by Rajkumar Pal’s 2 for 63.
In the other match, Town restricted Bhowanipore at 244 for 6 in 88 overs at BCA,Kalyani ground.
Among the batsmen scoring for Bhowanipore were Partho Sarathi Bhattacharya 69 off 178 balls and Writtick Chatterjee unbeaten at 59 off 94 balls.
For Town, Azaz Ansari took 2 wickets considering 47 runs, topping the bowling table.
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Indian Boys make seal CAB First Division berth

17th May 2017
Indian Boys Athletic Club were promoted to the first division of CAB after beating Monohar Pukur Milan Samity by 113 runs in the final match of CAB Second Division league today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
Resuming the second and last day at an overnight score of 10 for 3 in 8 overs, chasing 226, Monohar Pukur’s batsmen looked clueless against the opposition bowling and were bundled out for 113 in 48 overs. Nikhil Singh remained the highest scorer of the day with 30 off 42 balls.
Among the bowlers, Dilip Sinha topped the table for Indian boys, taking 4 for 32. He was backed by Deepak Singh's 3 for 29.
On this occasion, club Representative Alok Nandi said, “It's like a dream coming true. We have played well throughout the season and the boys deserve the result. We have been trying this for many years, but finally made it this time. I hope we will do better in future.”

SECOND DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF MATCH
FINAL
VENUE : EDEN GARDENS
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Indian Boy's down Monohar Pukur in first day of second division final

16th May 2017
In the race of becoming the CAB Second Division league champions, Indian Boy Athletic Clubs down Monohar Pukur Milan in the first day of the final match here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata today.
Batting first Indian Boy's were all out at 226 in 76.5 overs. Thereafter, Coming out to field their bowlers stromed through the opposition defense, reducing them to 10 for 3 in 8 over.
On the other hand, in the J.C. Mukherjee T20 Tournament, Vivek Singh's 73 helped East Bengal Club beat Aryan Club by 5 runs in a Quarter Final match at J.U. 2nd Campus Ground.
Chasing East Bengal's 117 for 3 in 10 overs, Aryan Club were folded at 112 for 5 in full quota.
In another match played at the same venue, Purab Joshi's unbeaten 90 helped Barisha Sporting Club beat Shambazar Club by 6 wickets.
Barisha Sporting chased down Shambazar's 152 for 6, in 18.1 overs with 6 more wickets to spare.
Rishav Das and Agniv Pan contributed 57* and 56 respectively to their teams.
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Town snatch thriller in J.C. Mukherjee

15th May 2017
Abhishek’s ton went in vain as Azaz Ansari's unbeaten 86 and Azaz Ansari's 3 wickets haul helped Town Club beat Bhowanipore by 3 wickets in the Quarter Final of J.C.Mukherjee T-20 Tournament today at J.U. 2nd Campus Ground.
Chasing Bhowanipore's 191 for 7 in 20 overs, Town Club chased it down 19.4 overs with 3 wickets remaining.
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Tapan Memorial enter final of CAB Senior Knockout Tournament

14th May 2017
Aditya Varma (75*) and Arun Chaprana (68) helped Tapan Memorial Club beat Aryan Club by 6 wickets in the Semi Final of Senior Knock Out Tournament at J.U. 2nd Campus Ground today.
Chasing Aryan Club's 220 for 7 in 40 overs, Tapan Memorial reached the target in 38.5 overs with 6 wickets remaining.
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KKR lost plot at home

13th May 2017
Leading to some masterclass bowling in the death overs, Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs in a rain delayed IPL match today here in the Eden Gradens Kolkata.
Chasing a total of 174, KKR were in control for the better part of their innings but seemed to have lost the plot in the final three overs.
Mumbai Indians conceded just one boundary in the last three overs of the match. Even that boundary came out of a misfield from Mitchell Johnson. Mumbai did start their defence well as Tim Southee dismissed the dangerous Sunil Narine for a duck in the third ball of the first over. But Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn then got the KKR chase going.
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Kalighat gush into semi finals of T-20 Tournament

12th May 2017
Abhimanyu Eashwaran's unbeaten 127 off  66 balls helped Kalighat beat Belgachia United by 135 runs in the Quarter Final of J.C.Mukherjee T-20 Tournament today at Maidan. Chasing Kalighat Club's 243 for 3 in 20 overs, Belgachia United could manage only 108 for 5 playing full quota.
On the other hand, in the Pre Quater Finals, Barisha Sporting beat Tapan Memorial by 17 runs, with Purab Joshi and Pankaj Shaw contributing 66 and 52 runs respectively for the win.
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Sujit, Dip shine for Aryan in T20 Tournament

11th May 2017
Sujit Jadav (58) and Dip Chatterjee (57) helped Aryan Club beat Eastern Rly. S.A by 49 runs in a J.C.Mukherjee T-20 Tournament match today.
Chasing Aryan Club's 162 for 9, Eastern Rly. S.A. were all out at 113 in 16.2 overs.
In another match played, Vivek Singh's 97 helped East Bengal Club beat United Club by 43 runs.
Chasing, East Bengal's 253 for 8, United Club could manage 210 for 7 in 20 overs.
In the bowling department, while Tanmoy Pramanik and Soumya Roy Chowdhury took 4 wickets each, Nazmul Hassan Mollah and B. Amit bagged 3 each.
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Atanu carve record with six sixes in an over in T20 Tournament

10th May 2017
Atanu Ghosh of Bhowanipore hit 6 sixes in an over against Rajasthan Club, remaining unbeaten at 101 off 36 balls, to take his team to mammoth 269 for 5 in 20 overs, beating opposition by 145 runs in a J.C.Mukherjee T20 Tournament match today here at Maidan. Also, Abhishek Das supported him with a quick 81 off 39 balls.
Coming out to bat, Rajasthan could manage only 124 runs losing 8 wickets, playing their full quota.
"Never thought I could manage to hit six sixes in an over. I hit the first four in the run of play, the last two was attempted. It was an important match for us. Feeling good after remaining unbeaten at 101 runs off 36 balls. Abhishek also batted well. His innings was also important for the team."
In the other matches played, while, Town Club beat Wari Athletic Club by 9 wickets , Barisha Sporting Club beat Paikpara Sporting Club by 8 wickets and Kalighat Club beat Aykya Sammilani by 11 runs.
Among the other batsmen who contributed to their respective teams are Naved Ahmed(62*), Rahul Gupta(60), Purab Joshi(56), Pankaj Shaw(55) and Ayan Gupta(55).
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Jhulan Goswami becomes leading wicket-taker in women's ODIs

9th May 2017
Bengal Fast bowler Jhulan Goswami is now the highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals in the women’s game.
Goswami, who now has 181 wickets in 153 matches, surpassed the world record held by Australia bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick (180).
The right-arm bowler broke the record during the ongoing match against hosts South Africa in women's quadrangular series in Potchefstroom.
Jhulan took three wickets for only 20 runs and played a key role in India’s seven-wicket win. She created the record when she trapped Raisibe Ntozakhe leg-before to register her 181st wicket.
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Naved, Debapriya snatch win for Town in first division quarter-final

8th May 2017
Naved Ahmed and Debapriya Ghosh's unbeaten 169 and 140 respectively helped Town Club beat Barisha Sporting by 4 wickets in the Quarter Final of First Division tournament Match today.
Town Club chased down Barisha Sporting's 468 for 8 within 124.4 overs with 4 wickets remaining.
"We were chasing a big total against a good bowling attack. But the wicket was still good for batting. We lost few wickets early in the match, making life difficult for us. But on the other hand, we knew if we can bat till the end the chase is possible. We were backing eachother to bat slowly and put the bad balls to the boundaries. And we just did that. Debapriya also played a matured innings," said Naved. Asked how difficult it was to bat under such hot and humid conditions, he said, "It was a trouble for both the teams. You have to play under such conditions. It was an important match and we had to give our best."
"The tournament is not yet over. We are aiming to be the champions. I hope we can perform the way we have done so far," he added. In the other quarter final, Aritra Chatterjee's 5 wicket haul helped Bhowanipore beat Kalighat by 98 runs. Chasing Bhowanipor's 341, Kalighat were polished off at 243 within 98.5 overs.
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Arun, Pramod take Tapan Memorial to semi-final in CAB Senior Knockout

7th May 2017
Arun Chaprana (134) and Pramod Chandila(79) helped Tapan Memorial beat East Bengal by 6 wickets in the Quarter Final of Senior Knockout Tournament today.
Tapan Memorial chased down East Bengal’s 308 for 9 in 50 overs within 47 overs with 6 wickets remaining.
In another match played, Mohunbagan beat Police Athletic Club by 6 wickets.
Soham Ghosh(97), Koushik Ghosh(57), Abhishek Banerjee(50), Anustup Majumdar(85) and Jayojit Basu(76) contributed to their respective sides.
Rajkumar Pal took 4 wickets and Tuhin Banerjee bagged 3 among the bowlers.
In the first division quarter final play-off matches, Ajmer Singh's unbeaten 129 off 221 balls took Barisha Sporting to 468 for 8 in 126 overs against Town Club. Chasing, Town ended day at 125 for 2 in 40 overs.
On the other hand, Bhowanipore reached 341 in 124.3 overs against Kalighat. Coming out to bat later in the day, Kalighat ended at 113 for 2 in 39 overs.
In the J.C Mukherjee T20 Tournament, Aryan beat Kidderpore Sporting Club by 57 runs, while Shambazar beat Sporting Union by 54 runs.
The players who contributed to their respective sides are Prinann Dutta(73), Abhishek Mitra (53), Sayan Mullick (69), Nishant Dave (58) and Kazi Junaid Saifi (55).
Among the bowlers, Pradipta Pramanik and Sajib Saha bagged 4 wickets each, while Indrajit Kumar Pandit took 3.
Also, Shibpur Institute beat Mohunlal Club by 2 wickets and South Suburban Club beat Calcutta Cricket Club by 19 runs in the N.C.Chatterjee T-20 Tournament.
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Abdul shine in Greer's win in N.C. Chatterjee T20 Tournament

6th May 2017
Abdul Murshid's unbeaten 75 helped Greer Sporting beat Uttarpalli Milan Sangha by 17 runs in a N. C. Chatterjee T20 tournament match today at Maidan. Chasing Greer Sporting's 187 for 6, Uttarpalli folded at 170 for 7 in 20 over. In another match played, Excelsiors club beat Indian boys athletic club by 65 runs. Among the bowlers, Prosenjit Keora and Yogesh Sharma bagged 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Also, in the quarter final of the First Division Championship Playoff Matches, while, Barisha Sporting Club made 329 for 5 in 86 over against Town club, Bhowanipore scored 235 for 6 in 83 over against Kalighat club.
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East Bengal storm into semi final of First Division Tournament

4th May 2017
Beating Aryan Club by 243 runs today here in Maidan, East Bengal made their way to the Semi finals of the First Division Championship Play-off. Chasing East Bengal’s 401 for 7 in 76 overs, Aryan Club were bundled at 158 within 37.1 overs.
In the N.C. Chatterjee T-20 Tournament, Supriya Shil's unbeaten 144 off 52 balls helped Uttarpalli Milan Sangha beat Monohar Pukur Milan Samity by 7 wickets.
In other matches played, while, Greer Sporting Club beat Amateur Cricket Club by 6 wickets, Bengal Sporting Club beat Cricket Club of Bhawanipore by 7 wickets.
Also, Indian Boys Athletic Club beat Balak Sangha by 72 runs.
Among the batsmen, Prasenjit Jati (78*), Ramrit Bhattacharya (65*), Avijit Dutta (56) and Rakesh Yadav (63) contributed to their respective sides.
In the bowling department, Manibhushan Singh and Anand Kumar Singh took 3 wickets each.
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Rahul craft win for Pune

3rd May 2017
Riding Rahul Tripathi’s 93 off 52 balls, Rising Pune Supergiant beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today.
Put to bat, Gautam Gambhir’s KKR lost wickets regularly, reducing to 55 for 4 in 9.4 overs, but contributions from Manish Pandey (37), Colin de Grandhomme (36) and Suryakumar Yadav (30*) ensured they reach a modest total of 155 for 8 playing full quota.
Thereafter, Coming out to bat, Pune started losing wickets at one end, but on the other stood Rahul Tripathi, smashing 93 off 52 balls ensure Pune’s victory in the end. When he got out in 18.4 overs, the visitors were 150 for 6, needing six more runs with with more than an over left. Dan Christian hit the winning runs with a six off Colin De Grandhomme in the last over.
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Purab win match for Barisha in Senior Knockout

3rd May 2017
Purab Joshi's 147 off 115 balls helped Barisha Sporting Club beat Shyambazar Club by 73 runs Senior Knock Out Tournament match today at Maidan. Chasing Barisha Sporting Club's 338 for 8 in 50 overs, Shambazar Club folded at 265 in 43.1 overs.
Other batsmen who scored for their respective sides were Rohan Banerjee(54), Shuvam Dey (70), Kazi Junaid Saifi (69) and Saurabh Singh (56).
Among the bowlers, Pradipta Pramanik and Alok Pratap Singh took 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
On the other hand in the J.C Mukherjee T-20 Tournament, Saurav Kumar bagged 5 wickets conceding 9 runs to help Kalighat beat Taltala Ekata Sangha by 4 wickets. Taltala’s 118 were chased down by Kahighat in 16.4 overs with 4 wickets remaining.
In other matches played in this tournament, while Tapan Memorial beat Dalhousie by 8 runs, Belgachia United beat Police Athletic by 6 wickets. Also, Bhowanipore, Town Club and Aikya Sammilini beat oppositions by 7 wickets each.
Among the bowlers, Rajib Singh, Md. Imtiaz Alam, Suraj Shaw, Ranjit Sah, Akhilesh Yadav and Chottu Sarkar bagged 3 wickets each.
Sohail Khan (76), Dipanjan Mukherjee (71), Abhishek Das (61), Azaz Ansari (53*), Aditya Sharma (84) and Dipankar Halder (98) contributed to their respective sides..
In the quarter final of a First Division Play-off match, Vivek Singh (175) and Koushik Ghosh (103*) helped East Bengal Club post 357 for 3 in 70 overs against Aryan Club.
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Bagan beat Sporting Union in First Division Championship quarter final

2nd May 2017
Mohun Bagan beat Sporting Union by 8 wickets in the First Division Championship Play-off quarter final today here in Maidan. Sporting Union’s 129 in 44.1 overs was chased down by Bagan within 26.1 overs with 8 wickets in hand. In the N.C. Chatterjee T20 tournament, Roshan Kumar Roy and Sanchayan Majumder took three wickets each to help Mohunlal Club beat Calcutta University by 77 runs. Chasing Mohunlal Club's 174 for 8, Calcutta University were bundled at 97 within 17 overs.
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KKR continue winning run

28th April 2017
Skipper Gautam Gambhir (71*) and Robin Uthappa (59) scored fine fifties to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets in the Match 32 of the IPL 10 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.
Put to bat, Zahir Khan led DD managed 160 for 6 playing full quota, with Sanju Samgong remaining the highest scorer, hitting 60 off 38 balls. Among the others, Shreyas Iyer (46), Karun Nair (15) Rishabh Pant (6), Chris Morris (11), Ankit Bawne (12) contributed to the total.
Coming out to bat, Gambhir and Uthappa combined a century partnership for the second wicket as KKR chased down the 161 runs with 22 balls and 7 wickets to spare.
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CAB honours war heroes

28th April 2017
In a rare gesture the Cricket Association of Bengal named four stands at Eden Gardens after war heroes today ahead of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils match of Indian Premier League.
The stands were unveiled by CAB President Sourav Ganguly, Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC General Officer Commanding-in-chief Eastern Army Command and other military and CAB dignitaries.
The stands were named after Colonel N J Nair who was ambushed by 100 armed insurgents while negotiating a series of road bends on the Mokokchung-Mariani Road in Nagaland. He was awarded Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra posthumously. Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, Eastern Army Commander, unveiled the name.
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Aryan, Sporting race into quater final of First Division Championship Play-off

26th April 2017
Aryan Club beat Aikya Sammilani by 6 wickets, while Sporting Union beat Shyambazar  by 5 wickets in two first division Championship Play-off Matches today.
While Aryan Club chased down Aikya Sammilani’s 346 in 75.3 overs, Sporting Club chased down Shambazar’s 229 in 62.4 overs.
In another match played, Soham Ghosh (137) and Koushik Ghosh (166) helped East Bengal score 663 for 7 in 126 overs against Belgachia United.
Coming out to bat, Belgachia finished day at 158 for 4 in 35 overs.
In the Semi Final of Second Division Championship Play-Off Match, Nikhil Sinha(120) and Ravi Sangar(111) helped Monohar Pukur Milan Samity score 336 in 79.4 overs against Taltala Institute. Coming out to bat, Taltala Institute ended day at 21 for 1 in 9 overs.
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Akash shine in Wari’s victory

25th April 2017
Akash Ghatak's unbraten 94 helped Wari Athletic beat George Telegraph by 7 wickets in a J.C.Mukherjee T-20 Tournament match today. George's 183 for 9 were chased down by Wari within 14.4 overs with 7 wickets remaining.
In another match, Priyank Bengani shined with the bat scoring 59 runs and Debadideb with the ball taking 3 wickets, helping Rajasthan Club beat B.N.R.Recreation by 4 wickets and 2 balls to spare. Rajasthan chased down BNR’s 223 for 6 within 19.4 overs with four wickets in hand.

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Mohun Bagan thrash Md. Sporting in first division Championship Play-off

25th April 2017
Mohun Bagan Atheltic Club beat Md. Sporting by 6 wickets in a First Division Championship Play-Off Match today. While, Md. Sporting were bundled at 179 within 54.3 overs, Mohun Bagan chased it down in 32.5 overs with 6 wickets in hand.
In other matches played, Vivek Singh(152), Sambit Roy(115), Gitimoy Basu(106) and Koushik Ghosh(108*) contributed to their respective sides.
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Batting collapse hurt Bangalore

23rd April 2017
Batting collapse hurt Virat's Bangalore, as they were rocked by Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match today here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Chasing KKR’s 131 in 19.3 overs, RCB were bundled at 49 below 10 overs, recording the lowest total ever scored by any team in IPL. Before this, the lowest was 58 by Rajasthan Royals in 2009 at Cape Town in South Africa.
Put to bat, Gautam Gambhir led, KKR made a flying start with their new found batsman Sunil Narine hitting 34 off 17 ball, with one 6 and 4 boundaries. Narine’s innings proved to be the major difference between the teams in the end.
Among the others, Gautam Gambhir (14), Robin Uthappa (11) Manish Pandey (15) Yousuf Pathan (8)SuriyaKumar Yadav (15) and Chris Woakes (18) contributed to the total before folding at 131 in 19.3 overs.
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Ankit win match for Bantra Cricket Club in N.C.Chatterjee T-20 Tournament

22nd April 2017
Ankit Chakraborty's unbeaten 51 off 39 balls helped Bantra Cricket Club win by 6 wickets against Y.M.C.A. (Chow. Br.) in a N.C.Chatterjee T-20 Tournament match today. Y.M.C.A’s 143 for 9 in 20 overs were chased down by Bantra Cricket Club in 18 overs with six wickets to spare.
Also in another match, Rahul Roy(72) and Aditya Podder(50) helped Excelsiors Club beat Salkia Friends Association by 93 runs.
Among the bowlers, Yogesh Sharma took 4 wickets, while Prayash Roy Burman, Kamalesh Ghosh and Kaushik Patra bagged 3 wickets each.
In quarter finals of the second division championship play-off, Rahul Burman’s 106 contributed a win to Mohunlal by 8 wickets against Ariadaha Sporting Club.
Among the bowlers, both Sk. Ajharuddin and Manish Kumar bagged 5 wickets each.
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Raina makes it for Gujarat

21th April 2017
Riding an excellent 84 off 46 balls by skipper Suresh Raina, Gujarat Lion's beat Kolkata knight Riders by 4 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match today here in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Put to bat, KKR had set a challenging 188 for 5 in 20 overs, which was comfortably chased down by the visitors in 18.2 overs with 4 wickets in hand.
Earlier, Robin Uthappa cracked a brilliant half-century, while makeshift opener Sunil Narine struck a quickfire 42 off 17 balls at the top to guide KKR to 187 for five.
Uthappa made 72 off 48 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes to anchor the KKR innings after Narine's 42 off 17 balls played a short little cameo at the top of the table.
Besides, skipper Gautam Gambhir made 33 off 28 balls while Manish Pandey (24) and Yusuf Pathan (11 not out) also contributed to the total.
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Indian Boys run into final of CAB Junior Knockout

19th April 2017
Indian Boys Athletic Club entered into the final of the CAB Junior Knockout Tournament, beating  Calcutta Police Club by 4 wickets today.
After Calcutta Police were bundled at 115 within 28.1 overs, Indian Boys Athletic Club chased it down in 33.2 overs losing 6 wickets.
On the other hand, in the N.C.Chatterjee T-20 Tournament, while, Balak Sangha beat Sahapur  Sporting Club by 26 runs, Uttar Palli Milan Sangha beat Aurora Athletic Association by 6 wickets.
In few other matches played, while Cricket Club of Dhakuria beat City Athletic Club by 38 runs, Bantra Cricket Club and Shibpur Institute beat Friends Athletic Club and Friends Sporting Union by 7 and 10 wickets respectively.
In the J.C. Mukherjee T-20 Tournament, Alok Sharma's unbeaten 67 off  47 balls helped Tollygunge Agragami beat ABP Sporting by 47 runs. Chasing Tollygunge’s  164 for 5 in 20 overs, ABP could only manage 117 for 7 playing their full quota.
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Abhimanyu, Ritwik seal Kalighat win

18th April 2017
Easwaran Abhimanyu's 104 and Ritwik Roy Chowdhury's 101 helped Kalighat Club beat Eastern Railway S.A. by 8 wickets in a First Division Championship Play-Off Match today.
Coming out to bat in the morning, Kalighat batted with authority, before chasing down Eastern Railway’s 297 for 10 within 51.3 overs losing 2 wickets only.
In the N.C Chatterjee T20 Tournament, while Ankit Biswas' 107 off 58 balls helped Salkia Friends Association beat Jorabagan Club by 6 wickets,  Sarab Singh's 103 off 36 balls helped Excelsiors Club beat Suburban Club by 66 runs.
In the other two matches, Y.M.C.A. (Chow. Br.) and Bengal Sporting Club beat Howrah Union and Vijay Sports Club by 6 and 2 wickets respectively.
Among the batsmen who scored runs for their respective sides were Souptik Biswas (85), Nandu Nayak (51), Subrata Mirdha (87), Vijay Saini (73) and Rohit Kumar (68).
Among the bowlers, Subhasish Das took 5 wickets, while, Nabankur Ghosh bagged 4 and Rahul Basfor took 3.
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W.B Association snatch win from Bata Sports

16th April 2017
W.B.Association of the deaf beat Bata Sport Club in a N.C.Chatterjee T20 Tournament match today. After the match ended in a tie, W.B. Association were declared winners for chasing down Bata’s total of 151 for 7 in 20 overs, losing one wicket less.
In other matches played, Greer Sporting Club beat Bani Niketan Sports Club by 21 runs, while, Cricket Club of Dhakuria beat Star Sporting Club by 26 runs.
Also in another match, Amateur Cricket Club beat Sarat Samity  by 10 wickets
Among the batsmen scoring runs for their respective sides were, Abdul Massod (58), Prabhas Maity(55), Souvanik Debnath(64), Raman Singh(55) and Amit Sarkar(62*).
Among the bowlers, Avik Chakraborty took 5 wickets, while, Indranil Sadhukhan and Binod Singh bagged 3 each.
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Knight Riders continue winning run

15th April 2017
Robin Uthappa’s excellent 68 off 39 balls helped Kolkata Knight Riders continue their winning run as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match today at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Chasing KKR’s 172 for 6 in 20 overs, Hyderabad could only manage 155 losing 6 wickets in their full quota. KKR won by 17 runs.
Put to bat early in the day, KKR played their old card by making Sunil Narine open innings with Skipper Gautam Gambhir. However, the trick didn't work, as it did the last time. Narine soon walked back to the pavilion, bowled out by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at 6 off 12 balls.
It was then upto Skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa to carry Knight Riders forward, but Gambhir fell to Rashid Khan soonafter, scoring 15 off 16 balls, reducing KKR to 40 for 2 in 5.4 overs.
Thereafter, a 77 runs stand between Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey took KKR to 117 in 14.2 overs, before Uthappa was trapped by Ben Cutting at 66. However, Pandey made sure that his bat keeps talking, before he was also dismissed at 46 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, taking Knight Riders pass 150 in the 17th over. With Yusuf Pathan making a quick 21 off 15 ball at the end, KKR finished at 172 for 6 in 20 overs.
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Knight Riders stop Punjab’s winning run

13th April 2017
Riding Gautam Gambhir’s 72 off 49 balls Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match today at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
Maxwell led Kings XI, put to bat, managed 170 for 9 playing 20 overs, which was chased down by the Knights within 16.3 over with 8 wickets remaining. KKR Skipper, Gautam Gambhir (72) and Manish Pandey (26) remained unbeaten at the crease. This was also Gautam Gambhir’s 33rd half-century in IPL.
Earlier, after Punjab getting good start with a 53 runs opening partnership between Hashim Amla (25) and Manan Vohra (28), Piyush Chawla did the trick for KKR by breaking through Vohra's defence, when Punjab lost their first wicket at 53.
Thereafter, KKR pulled the contest back, while Punjab started losing wickets at a regular interval, getting reduced to 98 for 4. The fourth wicket to fall was their Skipper Galin Maxwell, being trapped by Umesh Yadav at 25.
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Eden Gardens host IPL opening ceremony with colours and crackers

13th April 2017
Bollywood diva Shraddha Kapoor and singer Monali Thakur rocked the opening ceremony at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, ahead of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab today.
Putting the crowd on their feet, Monali Thakur shook legs with few of her popular numbers like, “Moh Moh ke Dhaage”, “Tune Mari Entry” and the title track of Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya.
On the other hand, Shraddha Kapoor rolled her waist in “Tum Hi Ho” from “Aashiqui 2″, “Galliyaan" from "Ek Villain” and “The humma song” in front of father and veteran actor Shakti Kapoor in the stands.
As a whole, the evening was mostly a combination of Bengali and Punjabi musics. While the Knight Riders were introduced to the field with Bengal’s popular chhau dance, KXIP were introduced with Punjab’s popular bhangra.
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Supriya shine in Uttar Palli’s win

12th April 2017
Supriyo Sil's unbeaten 136 off 51 balls helped Uttar Palli beat International Club by 197 runs in N.C. Chatterjee T20 Tournament today. Chasing Uttar Palli’s 298 for 6 in 20 overs, International Club managed only 101 for 7 in 20 overs.
In the other matches played, while Albert Sporting Club beat Mauri Sporting Club by 7 wickets, Balak Sangha beat Baranagar Sporting Club by 11 runs.
On the other hand, while Friends Sporting Union beat White Border Club by 7 wickets, N. Sir Gooroodas Isntitute beat Calcutta Parsee Club by 56 runs.
Also, Victoria Sporting Club defeated Calcutta Rangers Club by 5 wickets.
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Nabankur’s hundred not enough for Salkia Friends

12th April 2017
Nabankur Ghosh's 133 wasn't enough for Salkia Friends Association as Monohar Pukur Milan Samity beat them by 53 runs in a Second division Championship Play-Off Match today. Chasing Monohar Pukur Milan Samity’s 436 in 84.2 overs, Salkia Friends Association could only manage 383 for 9 playing their full quota.
In the other two matches, while Burnpur Cricket Club beat Shibpur Institute by 2 wickets, Taltala Institute beat Excelsiors Club 4.
On the other hand, in a first division championship play-off match played today, George Telegraph scored 192 for 7 in 82 overs, against Barisha Sporting.
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Niranjan, Ravi shine for Milan Samity in second division play-off

11th April 2017
Niranjan Routh’s 121 and Ravi Sangar’s 108 took Monohar Pukur Milan Samity to 436 in 84.2 overs, against Salkia Friends in a second division Play-off match today. Coming out to bat, Salkia finished day at 25 for 3 in 5.5 overs.
On the other hand, while Tathagat Singh of Taltala Institute took 5 for 86 to restrict Excelsiors Club at 288 in 77.3 overs, Shibpur Institute were bundled at 267 in 74.1 overs against Burnpur Cricket Club.
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Shambazar too good for Calcutta Customs

9th April 2017
Shambazar beat Calcutta Customs by 515 runs in a first division Championship Play-Off Match today at Maidan. Chassing Shambazar’s 744 for 8 in 126 overs, Customs folded at 230 in 58.4 overs.
On the other hand, Ayan Nandi's unbeaten 173 off 219 helped Eastern Railway beat Tollygunge Agragami by 2 wickets.
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Shuvam hit double hundred in first division championship play-off

8th April 2017
Shuvam Dey hit double hundred to help Shyambazar reach 744 for 8, before declaring in the 126th over, against Calcutta Customs in a First division Championship Play-Off match today.
Among the other, Satyaki Dutta (159), Alok Sharma (150), Saurabh Singh (147), Amit Biswas (112*), Abhishek Banerjee (107) and Amit Sarkar (103), scored centuries for their sides.
On the other hand, in a second division play-off match, Indian Boys Athletic Club restricted Greer Sporting Club at 284 in 71.2 overs, riding a 5 wickets haul by Anand Kumar Singh.
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Taltala slips to second division

6th April 2017
Netaji Subhas Institute beat Taltala Ekata Sangha by 48 runs in a decider of the first division relegation play-off match today at Jadavpur University second Campus Ground.
Chasing Netaji Subhas’s 310 in 124.3 overs, Taltala Ekata Sangha were folded at 262 in 98 overs.
With the defeat, Taltala lost place in the first division league and will compete with the second next year.
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Saif’s ten destroy National Athletic in second division play-off

4th April 2017
MD. Saif bagged 10 for 28 to hand Ariadaha Sporting a win against National Athletic in a low scoring second division play-off match today at Maidan. Chasing Ariadaha’s 136, National Athletic folded at 99 within 20 overs.
“We can out to defend a low total in a track that would support the spinners. The ball was turning. I made sure of taking advantage of the wicket and make the batsmen out as quickly as possible.”
“It was an important match for us. We desperately needed a win. I bowled in the right areas, making life tough for the batsmen. It feels good when your team wins a match for you,” he added.
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Salkia win thriller in second division play-off
2nd April 2017
Salkia Friends beat South Suburban club by a thrilling 1 run in second division championship play-off match in Maidan today. Chasing Salkia Friend's 299, South Suburban were all out at 298 in 85 overs.
In another match, Burnpur Cricket club beat Vijay Sporting club by 245 runs. Dinesh Yadav took 5 for 58 to bundle Vijay Sporting at 117 in 33.2 overs, chasing Burnpur’s 362.
Also, Rohit Mondal bagged 5 for 38 to help Bantra cricket club beat Gymkhana by 236 runs. Chasing Bantra’ s 344 for 9, Gymkhana folded at 108 in 49 overs.
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Renewal of annual, associate membership begins at CAB
1st April 2017
Renewal of Annual and Associate Membership for the year 2017-18 commenced today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
The renewal of membership will be done between 1pm and 5pm at L-Block on production of previous year's membership card.
In addition the member will need to procure a current bank statement or Life Certificate issued by a competent authority at the time of renewal. If the member is present in person for renewal, the above mentioned documents will not be required.
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Alok set Bhukailash’s victory
31st March 2017
Alok Pradhan’s 8-wicket haul helped Bhukailash Sporting Club beat Netaji Subhash Institute by 155 runs in a first division relegation play-off match today. Chasing Bhukailash’s 407, Netaji Subhash Institute folded at 252 in 78.3 overs.
On the other hand, Kumartuli Institute beat Taltala Ekata Sangha by 2 wickets in another match
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Alok put Bhukailash on top
30th March 2017
Alok Pradhan shine with both bat and ball to put Bhukailash Sporting Club on top against Netaji Subhash Institute in a First Division Relegation Play-Off Match today.
Alok scored 191 that put Bhukailash to 407 in 105.3 overs. Thereafter, he bagged 6 wickets to end day, restricting Netaji Subhas Institute at 180 for 8 in 62 overs.
In another match, Taltala Ekata Sangha made 365 for 9 in 126 overs against Kumartuli Institute, who ended day at 168 for 2 in 64 overs.
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Mohit craft victory for George in first division championship play-off
29th March 2017
Mohit Roy's 103 off 226 balls helped George Telegraph beat Rajasthan Club by 108 runs in a first division Championship Play-Off match today.
In another match, Belgachia United beat Paikpara Sporting Club by 50 runs. Ankit Mishra and Wasif Ahmed bagged 7 and 5 wickets each for their respective sides.
On the other hand, in the first division relegation matches, Alok Pradhan's unbeaten 170 helped Bhukailash Sporting Club post 342 for 4 in 89 overs against Netaji Subhas Institute.
Also, Taltala Ekata Sangha made 273 for 6 in 100.5 overs against Kumartuli Institute.
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Prasenjit ton steady Greer Sporting in second division play-off
29th March 2017
Prasenjit Jati's century helped Greer Sporting Club post 392 in 84.5 overs against Calcutta Rangers Club in a Second Division Championship Play-Off Match today.
Also, Hritick Sarkar of Cossipore Club took 7 for 50, restricting Cricket Club Of Dhakuria at 309 in 76.5 overs. Coming out to bat, Cossipore finished the day at 14 for 2 in 4 overs.
In another match, Balak Sangha posted 181 for 5 in 59 overs against Ariadaha Sporting Club.
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Seven start Ankit thrill Belgachia in championship play-off
28th March 2017
Ankit Sharma's 7-wicket haul for 93 helped Paikpara restrict Belgachia United at 274 in 72.3overs in a first division championship play-off match today.
Later, coming out to bat, Paikpara finished the day at 69 for 0 in 12 overs.
In another match, George Telegraph posted 211 for 8 in 79 overs, against Rajasthan Sporting Club.

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KKR practice in new colours at Eden Gardens
27th March 2017
Ahead of the 10th season of Indian Premier League (IPL), starting next month, former champions Kolkata Knight Riders practiced in new jersey colours today, here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Moreover, it was a good session of practice, excepting a minor injury faced by KKR new recruit, West Indian Darren Bravo, who was hit by a rising delivery at the nets by Ankit Rajpoot.
The West Indian was hit on his right forearm while trying to play a short ball.
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Arnab, Nawaz hit hundred in first division relegation
25th March 2017
In the second round of First Division Relegation Play-Off Matches today, Arnab Chaudhuri  and Sk. Mustakur Nawaz hit 116 and 108 runs respectively to help Calcutta Port Trust post 449 in 125.4 overs against Taltala Ekata Sangha.  Coming out to bat, Taltala finished day 118 for 2 in 49 overs.
On the other hand, Dipanjan Mukherjee's 133 made Netaji Subhas Institute post 474 in 124.4 overs against Ballygunge United Club today. Ballygunge end day 178 for 1 in 52 overs.
In two other matches, while W.B. Police Sports Club made 411 for 9 in 126 overs, against Kumartuli Institute, United Club scored 334 in 100.5 overs, against Bhukailash Sporting.
Among the bowlers, Sandip Yadav and Sudip Gharami bagged 5 wickets each for Ballygunge United and Taltala respectively.
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Mohammed Shami to join team India in Dharamsala
24th March 2017
Leading to a good performance in the last match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy against TN, taking 4 for 26, Bengal paceman Mohammed Shami was today included in the Indian squad for the last test against Australia.
The Bengal paceman has been out of action after injuring his knee and had last played for India in the third Test against England in November, last year.
The four-match Test series, leveled one each, will start from March 25 in Dharamsala.
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Shreevats make way to Deodhar Trophy
23rd March 2017
After skipper Manoj Tiwary and paceman Ashoke Dinda, Wicketkeeper batsman from Bengal, Shreevats Goswami has been included in the squad for India ‘Red’ to play the Deodhar Trophy 2017, starting from March 25.

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Shyambazar beat Eastern Railways in senior Knockout
23rd March 2017
In a CAB Senior Knock Out Tournament, Shyambazar beat Eastern Railway by 55 runs. Chasing Shyambazar’s 288 for 7 in 45 overs, Eastern Railway folded at 233 in 39.4 overs.
Anurag Tiwari and Tanmoy Pramanick bagged 4 and 3 wickets for their respective teams.
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Manoj, Dinda make cut to Deobhar Trophy
21st March 2017
Leading to a markable performance in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary and paceman Ashoke Dinda made way to the India ‘Blue’ and ‘Red’ squad respectively to play the upcoming Deobhar Troohy. The trophy will also feature the Vijay Hazare Trophy winner Tamil Nadu.
While India Blue will be captained by Rohit Sharma, India Red will be by Parthiv Patel.
The trophy will be held in Visakhapatnam from March 25-29.
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Sayan Banerjee

Abinash shine of BNR, Ravinda for Kidderpore
21st March 2017
Abinash Kumar’s 110 helped B.N.R. Recreation Club beat Kumartuli Institute by 6 wickets in first division relegation play-off off match today
On the other hand, Ravindra Singh's 5 wicket haul made Kidderpore Sporting Club win against Ballygunge United Club by 72 runs.
Also, Young Bengal S.A. and Y.M.C.A. (Coll. Br.) won by 8 and 7 wickets respectively against Bhukailash Sporting Club and Taltala Ekata Sangha.
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Good bowling not enough for Bengal
20th March 2017
A good bowling display by MD Shami and Ashoke Dinda, that bundled Tamil Nadu at 217 within 47.2 overs, did not prove enough for Bengal to win the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium today in New Delhi. Chasing Tamil Nadu’s 217, Bengal folded for 180 within 45.5 overs.
Put to field, Bengal won early hours of the day, reducing opposition to 49 for 4 in 10.3 overs, before Dinesh Karthik (112) fought back with runs to provide Tamil Nadu a fighting total of 217 in 47.2 overs. MD Shami remained the highest wicket taker with 4 for 26, backed by Ashoke Dinda’s 3 for 36.
Thereafter, coming out to bat, Bengal lost the plot in early hours, getting reduced to 68 for 4 in 20.5 overs, with skipper Manoj Tiwary walking back to the pavilion, bowled by Vijay Shankat at 32 off 46 balls.
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Players look positive with the start of fist division relegation play-offs
19th March 2017
After the completion of the league matches, players look confident to steady their respective sides, as the first division relegation play-off starts from today, across Maidan region.
While in one occasion, Kumartuli Institute posted 274 for 5 in 76 overs against B.N.R. Recreation Club, Taltala Ekata Sangha made 218 for 7 in 86 overs against Y.M.C.A. (Coll. Br.)
On the other hand, Ballygunge United Club finished day 11 for 0 in 4 overs, against Khiddeepore’s 305 in 80.3 overs.
In another match, Bhukailash Sporting Club posted 218 in 84.4 overs against Young Bengal S.A.
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Bengal prefer to follow old plans against TN
19th March 2017
Bengal look to stick to the same plans when they take on Tamil Nadu tomorrow in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. Playing in the same ground, scoring over three hundred runs in back to back matches will add an advantage to the Bengal side, feels coach Sairaj Bahutule.
“We played well in this ground during the last two occasions. This will provide a mental advantage to us when we go for tomorrow’s play. Our boys have played well in the recent past and have shown maturity in all the department of the game. We just need to do what we have been doing.”
Asked about any different plans they have for tomorrow’s match, he said, “We have done well throughout the tournament. So we would like to follow old strategies and try to stick to the basics.”
“Tamil Nadu is a good team, who have also played well in the tournament. But if we play up to our calibre, we can definitely win the match tomorrow,” he added.
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Bengal storm to Vijay Hazare final
18th March 2017
Bengal slammed Jharkhand by 41 runs in the Semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy to book a place in the final today at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. Chasing Bengal’s 329 for 4, Jharkhand folded at 288 in 50 overs.
Put to bat by MS Dhoni, Bengal posted 329 for 4, riding an excellent 198 runs opening partnership between Shreevats Goswami (101) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (101), before Shreevats was trapped by Monu Kumar, reducing Bengal to 198 for 1. But Abhimanyu joined by skipper Manoj Tiwary kept on continuing, before being unfortunate with a run out, further reducing Bengal to 229 for 2.
However, captain Manoj Tiwary’s unbeaten 75 off 49 balls made sure Bengal’s putting up a mammoth 329 in their full quota.
Coming out field, Bengal bowlers looked confident with their line and length, making sure they defended the total comfortably.
However, at a time when skipper MS Dhoni and Ishank Jaggi looked to a give Jharkhand a fight back, with a partnership of 97 runs, Pragyan Ojha made sure their dreams were over, trapping Dhoni for 70 off 62 balls, reducing Jharkhand to 250 for 5 in 43.3 overs. While little hopes of Jharkhand were still alive with Ishank Jaggi batting, Sayan Ghosh put the final nail to the coffin, bagging his wicket at 59 off 43 balls.
Thereafter, wickets tumbled at a regular interval for Jharkhand, before they were finally bundled at 288 in 50 overs.
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Bengal vs Jharkhand semi-finals postponed to Kotla due to fire
17th March 2017
The second semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy between Bengal and Jharkhand this season, scheduled to be held at Airforce Complex Ground in Palam today, has been postponed to Feroz Shah Kotla stadium tomorrow, following a fire that engulfed the hotel where the Jharkhand team was staying in New Delhi.
Among the players stayed in the hotel also included India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni when the fire broke out. However, the entire team was evacuated safely, excepting the team kits that was gutted in the fire, necessitating the postponement of the match.
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Sourav boost team’s morale before Semi-final
16th March 2017
CAB President Sourav Ganguly took a session with the Bengal team today to boost team’s morale before tomorrow’s humdinger semi-final against Jharkhand at Palam in Delhi.
After beating Maharashtra in a battle of nerves in the last match, Bengal will remain confident with what they have done so far this tournament. While on the other hand, Jharkhand will also have their plans ready under the guidance of skipper MS Dhoni, who crushed Vidarbha in the last match by six wickets.
From the predictions of the last match, tomorrow’s match is expected to be a low scoring one. But that will not worry Bengal, who has done well in all parts of the game in the recent past, say it be batting or bowling.
With the openers giving Bengal a good start and the middle order capitalizing on it is a great sight to see, as skipper Manoj Tiwary had already said earlier, “Middle order plays a very important role in 50 over cricket. Only a good start is not enough. With Anustup coming into the side is a big advantage for us.”
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Sourav praise Bengal for good performance
15th March 2017
After snatching a thriller against Maharashtra to enter into the Semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy today in Delhi, CAB President Sourav Ganguly lauded Bengal for playing consistent cricket in the recent past.  “It was a great effort put up by the team today. Chasing 318 was certainly not easy in a quarter-final match. But they handled the situation well and have shown real depth in the batting,” said Ganguly.
“The result of the vision 2020 camp has started to show up. The players are now learning to handle pressure situations. Having some really talented players, I expect this team will play better cricket in the next two years. It is just the beginning of the story,” he added.
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Bengal enter semi-final of Vijay Hazare to run into Dhoni’s men
15th March 2017
An all round show from Bengal saw them defeat Maharashtra in a humdinger quarter finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy today at Firoz Shah Kotla in Delhi. True to their form Bengal chased down a formidable 318 for 6 posted by Maharashtra, with just one ball to spare.
This is also the first time that Bengal has chased down a total as high as 318 in limited over matches finishing on 320 for 6. Bengal take on Jharkhand in the semi-finals.
Maharashtra won the toss and chose to bat on a flat and slow track and crossed the 300 mark to put on the psychological pressure on Bengal. But the men in blue had other ideas. An 81 run partnership between Sreevats Goswami and Agniv Pan saw Bengal motor along at decent pace. Sreevats again showed rich form scoring 74 runs up the order along with a free-striking Agniv whose 47 runs came off just 37 balls.
“I am very happy with the show of the team. We are in a positive zone in our mind and hope to carry it forward going into the semi-finals. The batsmen had a superb game and Anustup and Sudip paced their inni9ngs to perfection. It is a happy dressing room,” Manoj Tiwary said.
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Arindam Basu

Bengal gear up to face Maharashtra in Quarters
14th March 2017
Finishing top of the table in the group league stage, Bengal now gear up to take on Maharashtra in a quarterfinal match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tomorrow at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.
While the frontline batsmen is in good form, Bengal will remain confident in the batting department. On the other hand the bowling will also not be a concern for Bengal, that has shown balance in the previous matches.
“After doing well in all the matches in the group league stage, except the last, our boys are looking confident and in good shape. We will try to carry on the momentum when we go to play tomorrow’s match,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Asked about the pitch, he said, “It seems a good batting wicket. And with our batsmen doing well so far in the tournament is an advantage for us.”
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Eswaran, Gani, Kanishk makes cut to India A
10th March 2017
Following an impressive performance in the domestic tournaments, three players from Bengal, Abhimanyu Eswaran, Aamir Gani and Kanishk Seth made cut to the India A team for playing the Emerging cup tournament to be held in Bangladesh.
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Agniv makes a comeback to Bengal squad
9th March 2017
Ahead of the knockout stages of ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, Bengal thinkthank made few changes to the team
While Agniv Pan were included in the squad, leading to a good show in the CAB local league matches, Promod Chandila and Debabrata Das were pulled out.
Bengal will play their quarterfinal against Maharashtra on March 15th in Delhi.
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Bengal top group despite loss
6th March 2017
Bengal topped the table with 20 points despite losing their last Group league match against Gujarat in a Vijay Hazare trophy match today in Chennai.
Batting first, Bengal folded at 168 in 49.1 over. Among the batsmen Abhimanyu Eswaran (37), Aamir Gani (37) and Ashoke Dinda (33) got some runs for the team.
J. Bumrah topped the bowling for Gujarat taking 3 for 27, followed by A. Panchal and R. Bhaat’s 2 wickets each.
Thereafter, coming out to field, Bengal looked quite ordinary in bowling, as Gujarat chased down their total in 28 over with 7 wickets in hands. Skipper Parthiv Patel remained not out at 88 off 82 balls.
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Arindam Basu

Bengal look to keep a clean sheet
5th March 2017
Bengal look to run their winning record as they take on Gujarat in their last group league match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tomorrow at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, “We will look to keep out winning run on when we go for tomorrow's match. We don't want to lose a match before the knockout stages. Win tomorrow's means winning all the matches in the league stage. This gives you a great confidence.”
About the team he said, “We would like to rest few key players. But we will also make sure that it doesn't affect the right combinations of the team.”
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Smashing Bengal enters Vijay Hazare quarters
4th March 2017
Manoj Tiwary’s Bengal continued to display impeccable form in this edition of Vijay Hazare Trophy overcoming Madhya Pradesh’s challenge by 14 runs in a Group C match in Chennai. Five back-to-back victories have also ensured Bengal a place in the quarter finals, which begin on March 13. Undefeated with 20 points, Bengal sit at the top of the group standings. It was an all-round show from Bengal at the Guru Nanak College Ground.
Winning the toss and batting first, Bengal totalled a handsome 270 for eight in the allotted 50 overs. Sudip Chatterjee was once again in rich form, playing an innings of 91, with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes. Manoj too played his part with the bat, making 59 off 73 balls.
Madhya Pradesh looked well-placed in their chase, but some good bowling by Bengal in the last 10 overs ruined their plans. Harpreet Singh led the Madhya Pradesh chase with a century. However, the others didn’t manage any significant contribution, with Sohraab Dhaliwal being the next best scorer with 37.
Among the Bengal bowlers, pacer Sayan Ghosh took three wickets, while Kanishk Seth picked up two. “One match at a time… Our focus is on our last group league match, against Gujarat. They are a good team, but we will try to make it six out of six. That’s our immediate aim,” Manoj said.
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Karnataka beat Hyderabad in a thriller
4th March 2017
Karnataka beat Hyderabad by one wicket in a thriller of a Vijay Hazare Trophy match here at the Eden Gardens kolkata today.
Batting first, Hyderabad were polished off at 108 within 44 overs, which Karnataka managed to chase in 29 overs, loosing nine wickets. Vinay Kumar remained the highest scorer for Karnataka scoring 35 off 56 balls.
On the other hand, Jammu & Kashmir beat Saurashtra by 23 runs at Bengal Cricket Academy Ground in Kalyani.
Chasing Jammu & Kashmir’s 170, Saurashtra folded at 147 within 33.4 overs.
Skipper Parvez Rasool topped the bowling for Jammu & Kashmir taking 4 for 39. He was helped by Mohammed Mudhasir and Manik Gupta’s 2 wickets each.
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Bengal too hot for Mumbai
3rd March 2017
Bengal remained unbeaten in the tournament before today's match. A day before, Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, “Mumbai is always a tough side to beat.” But today, since Bengal took the field, they were determined to show their class. And they exactly did that, by outclassing Mumbai by 96 runs to continue their winning run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Batting first, Bengal posted 230 in 48.9 overs on a spinning track, riding an excellent 127 off 152 balls by Abhimanyu Easwaran.
Thereafter, coming out field, Bengal showed no respect to the Mumbai batsmen, polishing them off 134 within 36.2 overs.
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Saurabh's ton not enough for Jharkhand
3rd March 2017
Saurabh Tiwary’s 102 went in vain as Hyderabad beat Jharkhand by 21 runs in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match at the Jadavpur University, Salt Lake Campus Ground today in Kolkata.
Winning the toss, Jharkhand chose to field, restricting Hyderabad at 203 for 8 in 50 overs. Shahbaz Nadeem topped the bowling for Hyderabad taking 3 for 27.
Thereafter, coming out to bat, Jharkhand started losing wickets at a regular interval before were being finally bundled at 182 within 44. 1 overs.
Skipper M.S Dhoni was out bowled at 28 by Mehdi Hasan, leaving Jharkhand reeling at 138 for 5.
But, with Saurabh Tiwary batting on the other had, hopes of their coming back into the match were still alive, which also ended with his dismissal at 102, reducing Jharkhand further to 173 for 8.
In the other match at the Eden Gardens Kolkata, Saurashtra beat Chhattisgarh by 92 runs. Chasing Saurashtra’s 279 for 9, Chhattisgarh folded at 187 within 44 overs.
However, Skipper Md. Kife (32) Manoj Singh (55) gave a fight, but that was not enough to drive Chhattisgarh home at the end.
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Confident Bengal to take on Mumbai
2nd March 2017
Remaining unbeaten in the tournament, Bengal looks confident as they take on Mumbai in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match tomorrow at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, “We have done well in the tournament so far and our only aim now is to focus on tomorrows match. Mumbai is always a good side. If we can beat them, it will boost our confidence level.”
Asked about any change in the team, he said, “It’s yet to decide. The final decision is still not taken. We will not look for any major change though.  The boys have done quite well in the last three matches.”
With Bengal getting a good starts in all the matches, the batting doesn’t look a problem for the team, excepting the last match where the middle order fumbled a bit, “We are getting good starts in all the matches. Shreevats and Easwaran are getting runs. However, anything is possible in cricket, like the little collapse we had in the last match. But we have enough experienced players, who can play under pressure.  In the last match Sudip played an innings of maturity that brought us the win.”
On the other hand, Bengal looks confident in the bowling department, with Kanishk Seth getting 4 wickets in the last match, and also the other who contributed to the table.
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Bengal makes it three in three
1st March 2017
Riding a prodigal 85 not out by Sudip Chaterjee Bengal overcame Rajasthan’s challenging 274 run target to make it three wins out of three in the Group C match of Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai.
Bengal won the toss and elected to field, as they have successfully chased in the last two games. The decision looked to have backfired initially with Rajasthan came out all guns blazing reaching 203 for five in 43.5 overs.
Dishant Yagnik scored a brilliant ton before being removed by Manoj Tiwary. But what followed next was a middle order collapse as rookie pacer Kanishk Seth took four wickets removing Arijit Gupta (3), Mahipal Lomror (18), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (7) and Tajinder Singh (3).
Bengal suffered a mini collapse of their own with Manoj Tiwary (1), Anustup Majumdar (12), Pramod Chandila (4) and Pankaj Shaw (2) going back quickly, however the robust top order helped them through with Sreevats scoring 47, Abhimanyu Easwaran (79) and Sudip not out 85.
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Varun, Rahul shine in Jharkhand’s victory
1st March 2017
Varun Arun and Rahul Shukla took four wickets each to make sure Jharkhand’s win by 42 runs against Saurashtra in a low scoring Vijay Hazare Trophy match today here at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
Batting first, Jharkhand managed 125 in 27.3 overs, which they defended successfully by bundling Saurashtra at 83 within 25.1 overs.
While, Varun Arun took 4 for 20, Rahul Shukla bagged 4 for 32. This was Jharkhand’s third win in the tournament.
On the other hand, in a thriller at the Jadavpur University Ground, Salt Lake, Hyderabad beat Chhattisgarh by 4 runs. Chasing Hyderabad’s 197, Chhattisgarh managed 193 for 9 in 50 overs.
B. Sandeep remained the highest scorer for Hyderabad scoring an unbeaten 70 off 99 balls.
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Jharkhand ease pass Services
28th February 2017
Jharkhand beat Services by 7 wickets to register their second win in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground in Kalyani today.
Riding an unbeaten 102 and 116 by Saurabh Tiwary and Ishank Jaggi respectively, Jharkhand chased down Services’s 276 for 9 in 46.2 overs with 7 wickets remaining.
Shahbaz Nadeem topped the bowling for Jharkhand taking 3 for 52, backed by Rahul Shukla’s 2 for 58.
In the match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Ronit More took 4 for 20 to defend Karnataka’s 201, as they beat Saurashtra by 73 runs.
Chasing Karnataka's 201, Saurashtra were bundled at 128 within 36.2 overs. With this Karnataka register their third win in the tournament.
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Bengal ride Manoj ton to pummel Goa
28th February 2017
Riding an unbeaten run by skipper Manoj Tiwari, Bengal cantered to an eight wicketvwin against Goa today to maintain an all win record in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai.
Chasing Goa's 213 for 9, Bengal won with 14.1 overs to spare reaching 214 for the loss of two wickets only.
At two for 45, with inform Sreevats Goswami and Sudip Chatterjee back to the pavilion, Bengal's run chase lookedto be in danger.
However, Manoj Tiwary walked in with different ideas. He took the Goan attack bybthe scruff off its neck and pillaged runs aplomb at a blistering pace. A Easwaran gave him support with a patient unbeaten 63.
By the time Manoj was through with his plundering he had reached an unbeaten 117 off just 94 balls and Bengal overhauled Goa's total in just 35.5 overs.
"It was a good match. The boys played very well. They choked the opposition once they got a chance. We need to have this winning momentum and carry on the form. We are a perfect mix of young and experienced and we need to showcase our capacity on a stage like this," Manoj said.
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Bengal look to continue winning run
27th February 2017
Having begun the tournament with a thumping victory, Bengal will look to continue the run against Goa tomorrow at the Murugappa Stadium in Chennai.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, “We have started the tournament with a win and now our focus will be to carry on the good performance in tomorrow’s match.”
With the batsmen performing relatively well in the last match, where both the middle and top order got runs, Bengal looks in no worry in the batting department.
Asked about any change Bengal wants to make in the team, Manoj said, “We are happy with the way we played in the last match. Our batsmen got runs and the bowlers also did well. Anustup as expected has shown his class by bringing his experience into play. But we still have many options in our hand. No final decision has been taken.”
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Dhoni’s century hurt Chhattisgarh
26th February 2017
Riding Skipper Dhoni’s 129 off 107 balls, Jharkhand beat Chhattisgarh by 78 runs  in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match today here in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Chasing Jharkhand’s 243 for 9, Chhattisgarh were bowled out at 165 within 38.4 overs.
Varun Aaron and Shahbaz Nadeem topped the bowlers for Jharkhand taking three wickets each.
In another match played at the Jadavpur University Ground, Karnataka claimed their second win of the tournament, beating Services by 4 wickets.
Winning the toss Karnataka chose to field, restricting the opposition at 231 for 7 in 50 over. Thereafter, coming out to bat, Karnataka chased it comfortably within 44.1 overs.
Pavan Deshpande score 73 in Karnataka’s chase, followed by Robin Uthappa and Anurasdha’s 51 and 50* respectively.
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Gitimoy hit double hundred in first division
26th February 2017
Gitimoy Basu's 214 and Rishav Das's unbeaten 100 helped Aryan Club post 483 against W.B.Police Sports Club in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Shambazar beat Aikya Sammilani by 8 wickets.
Other matches in this leagues ended in a  draw. However, the batsmen who batted well for their respective sides are, Priyan Bengani(142), Tirthankar Bhandari(126), Uttam Roy Chowdhury(116), Amit Santra(107), Tirtha Roy(105) and Shreyan Ghosh(100).
In the bowling department, Soumya Pakre took 6 wickets, while, Suman Dey, Raju Halder and Pardeep Parashar took 5 each.
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Gawtham’s 4 give Karnataka win
25th February 2017
Gawtham took 4 wickets to help Karnataka beat Jharkhand by 5 runs in their first Vijay Hazare Trophy match today here  at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Winning the toss Jharkhand chose to field, restricting the opposition at 266 in 50 overs. For Karnataka Samarth R and Skipper Manish Pandey topped the scoring with 71 and 77 runs respectively.
Among the Jharkhand bowlers, Rahul Shukla topped the table bagging 4 for 45. He was backed by Varun Aaron, Monu Kumar, Anand Singh taking two wickets each.
Thereafter, coming out to bat, Jharkhand lost rhythm, getting reduced to 79 for 4, when Skipper M S Dhoni joined Saurabh Tiwary at the crease.
Both tried to give a fight back putting up a partnership of 81 runs, but that ended with the dismissal of Dhoni, bowled by Pradeep T, further reducing Jharkhand to 160 for 5.
Jharkhand, having lost half their side never looked to came back in the match, before the quick 28-run last wicket partnership between Rahul Shukla and Monu Kumar that took the match to the last over. But with Rahul getting run out, the match ended with Jharkhand losing by 5 runs.
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Bengal demolish Andhra by four wickets
25th February 2017
A stylish unbeaten 46 from Anustup Majumdar and a matured 66 from Sreevats Goswami ensured full points for Bengal in the opening game of the Vijay Hazare meet against Andhra in Chennai today.
Sreevats Goswami carried his form from the shortest format of the game and played an innings of maturity and command as Bengal easily scaled Andhra’s 225 for 8 in 48.5 overs reaching 226 with four wickets in hand.
Earlier, Andhra won the toss and elected to bat on the dead track of IC Gurunanak College Ground, but it was the Bengal bowlers who made the most of the decision. Pragyan Ojha introduced early in the match made two vital breakthroughs removing K S Bharat and G H Vihari to peg Andhra back. However, it was Ishan Porel who did the first damage Prashanth Kumar. Ashoke Dinda came back in his second spell and bagged two more wickets to ensure Andhra remained stuck in their sorry state.
However,the day belonged to all-rounder Anustup Majumdar, who took two vital wickets of Ricky Bhui and D Chaitanya striking body blows to any hope that Andhra had to revitalise their innings. And when it came the turn for Bengal to bat he remained unbeaten on 46 off just 42 deliveries to make sure Bengal was home and dry easily.

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Arun shine for Tapan Memorial
24th February 2017
Arun Chaprana's 188 took Tapan Memorial Club to 429 in 86 overs against Netaji Subhash Institute  in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Satyaki Dutta's unbeaten 170 took Police Athletic Club to 425 for 3 against Kolkata Union Sporting.
In the other matches, Supriyo Karmakar(114), Sachin Yadavl (135), pPartha Sarathi Bhattacharya (112*), Manash Kumar Loar (146) and Swagata Gangopadhyay (100) scored centuries for their respective sides.
In cab junior knock out, Mohunlal won by 162 runs beating Sahapur Sporting Club, while City Athletic Club beat Cricket Club Of Bhowanipore by 7 wickets.
In another match, Bata Sports Club beat Uttarpalli Milan Sangha by 113 runs.
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Sayan Banerjee

Bengal look to carry momentum
24th February 2017
Bengal looks confident as they take on Andhra Pradesh in their opening Vijay Hazare Trophy match tomorrow in Chennai.
Having done well in the shortest format of the game, Bengal looks ready for the 50 overs challenge where batting in the middle overs will be important.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, “We have enough experienced players who can bat well in the middle order. We have included Anustup (Mazumder) in the squad. He is an important cog in the team, whose experience will come into play.”
“We have played well recently and we have almost the same team that topped the Zonal T20 tournament and also won the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy as East Zone. It is an advantage for us. We will try to carry our winning momentum. We are a good side consisting of young talents who proved themselves on many occasions. We just need to believe in ourselves and capitalize on our strengths.”
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Saurabh hit ton in U19 against England
23rd February 2017
Saurabh Singh scored 109 off 292 balls against an aggressive English attack to take India to 388 for 9 before declaring their first Innings in an U19 match today in Nagpur. English finished the day 34 for 2 in their second essay, leading India by 21 runs.
Saurabh anchored the innings after coming out to bat at 68 for 1. He went on to build partnerships with Daryl S Ferrario (55) and Siddharth Akre (54) before was trapped by Euan Woods putting India to a comfortable position at 337 for 6.
“They were very aggressive from the beginning. We had to be patient to score runs. It feels good to score century against an international side,” said Saurabh.
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Manoj, Sayan to play IPL 2017
20th February 2017
The auction for the 10th season of Indian Premier League in Bengaluru today, saw two player from Bengal making ways for themselves to play the league this season.
While, Bengal Captain Manoj Tiwary was auctioned at Pune Supergiants at Rs. 50 lakh, Sayan Ghosh fetched Rs. 10 lakh for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Among the other Bengal players, Wriddhiman Saha(Kings XI Punjab), Ashok Dinda (RPS) and Mohammad Shami (Delhi Daredevils)- were retained by their respective franchises.
After the selection, Manoj Tiwary said, "Feeling very happy that I got this chance. I worked hard for it. I will give my best to prove the decision of taking me in the team right. IPL is obviously a big platform these days to show your ability to the world. I wanted this opportunity, and now that I got it, I will use it."
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Alok get 7 wickets in first division
19th February 2017
Alok Pradhan's 7 wicket haul helped Bhukailash Sporting Club beat Netaji Subhas Institute  by 9 wickets in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Chander Pal Saini's unbeaten 206 was not enough to manage Tapan Memorial a first innings lead against Mohun Bagan.
Rest matches in the league ended in a draw.
The players who scored a hundred in the first division league are Jayjit Basu(189), Ranjot Singh Khaira(141*), Krishnendu Goswami(130), Arjun Kapur(120) and Amit Biswas(107).
The bowlers who shined for their sides are Amit Bakshi(6), Supratik Nath(6), Raj Kumar Pal(5), Soumya Pakre(5) and Bishal Singh Lama(5) wickets.
In Second Division, Calcutta Rangers Club and Bengal Sporting Club won by 7 and 6 wickets respectively. On the other hand, Friends Athletic Club and Vijay Sports Club won by 80 and 13 runs respectively.
In the CAB Junior KnockOut, South Suburban Club beat Bantra Cricket Club by 55 runs.
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East win T20 natl meet in style; Manoj hails new stars
18th February 2017
With an all win record East Zone skipper Manoj Tiwary firmly believes that while clinching the Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter Zonal Trophy the team gave birth to a set of new stars.
They achieved the feat thrashing West Zone by eight wickets today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. East had earlier defeated North, South and Central zones by 8, 6 and 7 wickets respectively.
East Zone won the toss and chose to field. The home side put up a quality 150 runs on the board. However, Virat Singh's unbeaten 58 off 35 balls and Ishank Jaggi's 56 off 30 balls ensured East polished off the chase in 13.4 overs.
Among the bowlers, Preetam Das topped the barrel for East Zone taking 2 for 25. He was backed by Sayan Ghosh and Pragyan Ojha with one wicket each.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, "Despite shortage of time we managed to get such a good result because of the inspirations we got from our coaches and the support staff. And  also, we had a clear communication in the team which helped the result. As a captain I have allowed the players to play freely that helped them believe in themselves.”
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Sayan Banerjee

Sayan’s double hundred steady Bagan
17th February 2017
Riding Sayan Sekhar Mondal's excellent 229 off 224 balls, Mohun Bagan reached 492 for 6 against Tapan Memorial in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Agniv Pan’s sensible 91 helped Shyambazar save a match against Barisha Sporting here at the Eden Gardens.
Among the Players hitting centuries in other matches are, Abhijit Mukherjee (119), Jayojit Basu (120), Surendra Dhaiya (115) and Prosenjit Das (101*)
In the bowling department, Aditya Sharma took 7 wickets, while Vatsal Doshi, Harihara Sarkar and Sourav Mondal bagged 5 each.
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Mukesh, Raju dominate Shyambazar
16th February 2017
Mukesh Kumar and Raju Halder tore into Shyambazars batting to put Barisha on top in a first division match today. Against Barisha’s 311 in the first innings, Shyambazar were polished off at 127 in their first essay, before finishing the day at 72 for 2 in the second. While Mukesh took 4 wickets, Raju bagged 3.
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Manoj to lead Bengal in Vijay Hazare
16th February 2017
In a closed door meeting today, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) think-tank put seal on the 18-member senior Bengal squad, including two standbys for the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year, starting from February 26. The team will be led by veteran Manoj Tiwary.

Squad Manoj Tiwari ©, Shreevats Goswami, Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Abhishek Raman, Debabrata Das, Anustup Majumder, Pankaj Shaw, Writtick Chatterjee, Pragyan Ojha, Aamir Gani, Ashoke Kr Dinda, Sayan Ghosh, Kanishk Seth, Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar. Stand by:
Pramod Chandila, Veer Pratap Singh.
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East Zone ease pass Central
16th February 2017
Riding Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Virat Singh's unbeaten knock of 75 and 74 respectively, East Zone beat Central in a Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy match today in Mumbai.
Early in the day, winning the toss East Zone chose to field, restricting Central Zone at 159 for 9 in 20 overs.
While, Yuvraj Singh topped the batting of Central Zone scoring a quick 38 off 24 balls.
Among the East Zone bowlers, Pragyan Ojha remained at the top taking 3 for 33. He was backed by Sayan Ghosh, Pritam Das, and, Amit Verma, who took 2 wickets each.
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East Zone outclass Central in Mushtaq Ali
13th February 2017
Ishan Kishan (67) and Ishank Jaagi (51*) guided East Zone home again Central in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter Zonal Tournament today in Mumbai. East zone won by 7 wickets.
Winning the toss, East Zone chose to field early in day. Ashok Dinda took 2 for 24, while Sayan Ghosh bagged 2 for 38, restricting Central Zone at 151 for 7 in 20 overs.
Thereafter, coming out to bat, East Zone batted with confidence to chase down Central's total within 17.1 overs with 7 wickets remaining.
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Big wins for Paikpara, Dalhousie
12th February 2017
Paikpara Sporting beat W.B.Police by 10 wickets, while Dalhousie Athletic beat B.N.R Recreation by 8 wickets in two first division matches today.
All other matches in the division ended in a draw.
In the CAB Junior Knock Out Tournament, while, Indian Boys Athletic beat Vijay Sporting by 4 wickets, South Suburban Club beat Calcutta University Institute by 3 wickets.
On the other hand, Baranagar Sporting Club won against Salkia Friends Association by 68 runs.
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Kalighat dominate Sporting Union
11th February 2017
After an excellent batting by Abhimanyu Eashwaran (248) that took Kalighat to 663 for 7 in 115 over, the bowlers kept the pressure going, reducing Sporting Union to 183 for 6 in 51 overs in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Md. Sporting took control over East Bengal by finishing first innings at 575 for 9, against East Bengal's 206 last day. With one day of play left now, East Bengal batters need to play a steady role, when they come to bat tomorrow in the second essay.
In few other matches, while Aryan Club posted 563 for 7 in 115 over, Kolkata Union Sporting finished full quota at 533 for 9.
Players who hit centuries in other matches played across the Maidan were, Dip Chatterjee(164), Avinaba Dikshit(160*), Aamir Hussain(141), Tirtha Roy(132), Nikhil Singh(129*), Ansool Kapur(113), Nityananda Majhi(112*), Anubhab Ahuja(104) and Sudip Chatterjee(100).
The match that started a day before, went down to a draw between Netaji Subhas Institute and Kolkata Union Sporting Club, with the teams shearing 2 and 4 points respectively.
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Abhimanyu, Subham shine for Kalighat, Dipanjan for Netaji
10th February 2017
Abhimanyu Eashwaran, Subham Chatterjee hit double hundreds for Kalighat, while Dipanjan Mukherjee for Netaji Subhash institute in two first division matches today.
While, Abhimanyu Eashwaran's unbeaten 221 and Subham Chatterjee's 202 helped Kalighat post 470 for 3 against Sporting Union, Dipanjan Mukherjee’s unbeaten 207 took Netaji Subhas to 444 for 8 against Kolkata Union before deciding.
“It feels good after getting those runs. I hope I can carry on tomorrow. But I need to be consistent to do better in future. The wicket was not doing much and the ball was coming to the bat easily,” said Abhimanyu.
Among the Other players, Shahbaz Ahmed, Uttam Roy Chowdhury and Dip Chatterjee, scored centuries for their sides.
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Sayan Banerjee

Rajasthan defeat karnataka to lift natl T20 meet for deaf
10th February 2017
Kolkata: Rajasthan defeated Karnataka by two wickets in the final of the 3rd National T20 Cricket Championship of the Deaf organized by West Bengal Sports Association for Deaf (WBSAD) today.
The championship was organised for the first time in the region. The event was completed successfully in 5 days in four grounds with 16 matches taking place.
Batting first Karnataka posted 157 for 8 wickets with Mohd Saad top scoring with 22 runs, while Sanju Sharma, Shiv Sharma and Ankit Jangir taking two wickets each. In reply Rajasthan reached 158 for the loss of 8 wickets with one ball to spare.
Odhisa defeated Delhi by 7 wickets for the third place. Batting first Delhi posted 148 for 8 wickets, Odhisa romped home in 19.1 overs losing just 3 wickets. Jayprakash (47) and Rimun (43) were the big scorers for Odhisa.
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Police Athletic beat Bhowanipore in Senior Knock out
8th February 2017
Amit Bakshi's 4-wicket haul helped Police Athletic beat Bhowanipur Club by 5 wickets in a CAB Senior Knock Out Tournament match today.
Batting first, Bhowanipur managed 233 for 9 in 45 overs, which was chased down by Police Athletic in 43.3 overs, with five wickets remaining.
In Junior Knock Out, Anmol Prasad's 137 handed Amature Cricket a win against Measurers Club by 160 runs.
In the second division league, Samrat Mondal (168), Koustav Das (135), Sarnik Banerjee (107) and Tomojit Karmakar (100) shined for their sides.
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Bengal declares squad for the Vijay Hazary Trophy
6th February 2017
In a close door meeting today, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) think-tank put seal on the 26-member senior Bengal squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, starting to the end of this month.
The team will be led by veteran Manoj Tiwary.          
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Barisha get innings win
5th February 2017
Raju Halder's 5-wicket haul helped Barisha Sporting beat United Club by an innings and 119 runs in a first division match today.
On the other hand, the match between kalighat and B.N.R. Recreation ended in a draw on a flat wicket, despite an unbeaten 187 by S.k Md. Sharook. B.N.R ended their second innings 400 for 7 in 87 overs, with Kalighat yet to bat.
All other matches in the first division league ended in a draw.                   
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Assam stroll to victory
5th February 2017
Assam beat Odisha by 6 wickets in their last East Zone T20 league match today at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Odisha's 143 for 7 was chased down by Assam in 18.3 overs losing only 4 wickets. After winning toss, Odisha chose to bat, but no one looked in good touch, excepting Biplab Samantaray, who scored 50 off 44 balls. Odisha finished at 143 for 7 in 20 overs.
Thereafter, coming out to bat, Assam batted with ease, chasing down Odisha's target within 18.3 over with six wickets still to go. While, Amit Verma topped the bowling of  Assam, bagging 3 for 19, Basant Mohanti returned with figure 2 for 17 for Odisha.
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Manoj to lead East Zone; Saurabh deputy
5th February 2017
Five players each from Bengal and Jharkhand made it to the 16-member East Zone squad for Syed Mustaq Ali T20 Tournament to be led by Manoj Tiwary with Saurabh Tiwary as his deputy.
The selection meeting was convened by CAB President Sourav Ganguly and Chaired by Devang Gandhi. The others present were Arup Bhattacharya (Bengal), Debashis Mohanty (Odhisa), Asish Sinha (Jharkhand), Manimoy Roy (Tripura) and Subhrajit Saikia (Assam).
Besides Manoj, others to make the cut from Bengal are Sreevats Goswami, Writtick Chatterjee, Ashoke Dinda and Sayan Ghosh. Those from Jharkhand to make the cut are Ishan Kishan (wk), Ishank Jaggi, Virat Singh and Shahbaz Nadeem.
From Assam K B Arun Kartik, Pritam Das and Amit Verma made it to the squad, while Odhisa skipper Biplab Samantary and Dhiraj Singh made it to the list. A K Sarkar is the lone man from Tripura to get enlisted.
Bengal's Pragyan Ojha and Pramod Chandila and Odhisa's Suryakant Pradhan from Odhisa are in the stand-bye list.
Jharkhand's Rajiv Kumar will be the coach of the team, while Arup Bhattacharya will be the manager.
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Wriddhi to begin from zero
5th February 2017
While acknowledging that a big score is a huge psychological boost, India stumper Wriddhiman Saha feels that he will start from scratch when India take on Bangladesh in the one off Test commencing from February 9 in Hyderabad.
Wriddhi flies out to join the team after playing for Bengal in the T20 Zonal League where the side emerged as group champions. Asked if the knock in Irani Trophy would be of any help, he said: " Any big knock is a boost. You do things that are correct and you carry it with you. But every match is different. When we begin against Bangladesh we start from scratch."
On how much help this meet will be, he said: "This is a different game altogether. You need to hit every ball. In Test patience is the key. You score of bad balls only. So my preparations for the Test will begin only after I join camp."
He also said he is not bothered about the ranking of Bangladesh. "Any Test playing nation has a quality side. And they deserve that respect." Meanwhile, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary lauded the young side for their exploits in The meet. "This has been a very important meet for us. Some players have invented themselves and some reinvented themselves. Take for instance Sreevats Goswami. The way he played was really worth the praise. And that after a lot of people had given up on him. But the team management backed him and he has shown his merit."
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Bengal finish with all win in T20 Zonal league
5th February 2017
Riding an accomplished 81 from Sreevats Goswami Bengal defeated Jharkhand by 5 wickets to maintain their all win record in the T20 Zonal League at the Eden gardens here today. Chasing 177 for victory Bengal reached 178 with five balls to spare.
It was a treat to watch Srevats Goswami. He came out and pulled Varun Aaron for successive boundaries and stepped up to hoik Sonu Singh over long off to motor along. His 81 runs came off 53 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes.
He paced his innings well as he kept himself busy between the wickets rotating strikes and making sure the scoreboard kept ticking despite the early loss of Wriddhiman Saha. He was ably supported by Abhishek Raman and Promod Chandila. By the time Goswami was taken by Rahul Shukla caught at extra cover by Pratyush Singh.
But 21 runs off the 16th over and 17 off the next over made sure that the match was within Bengal’s grip. Raman played a fine innings off 37 off 28 balls, while Pramod Chandila remained not out on 37 to etch Bengal’s victory.
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Kazi, Shivam get double hundreds
4th February 2017
Kazi Junaid and Shivam sharma hit double hundreds in two first division matches today.
While, Tollygunge declared at 569 for 5 in 100.4 overs against Talatala Ekata Sangha,  riding an excellent 201 by Shivam Sharma, Kazi Junaid Saifi’s 231 helped Shyambazar declare at 487 for 5 against Dakshin Kalikata Sansad in 71 overs.
On the other hand, Swarnendu Ghose’s 7 for 16 was not enough to make Calcutta Port Trust win, as MD. Sporting  beat them by 1 wicket in a thriller. Chasing 119 in the second innings, M.D. Sporting lost 9 wickets.
Among the Other, Writtick Roy Chowdhury (147), Akash Ghatak (138), Sandipan Das(136), Rohan Banerjee(123*), Subham Dey(120), Anubhav Ahuja(117*), Ankur Pal(101) and Sufiyan Khan(101), scored centuries for their sides.
In the Second Division Matches, White Border Club beat Cossipore by 7 wickets, while Calcutta Cricket Club beat Abasar by 124 runs.
On the other hand, Bijoy Kumar Tanti’s 8-wicket haul helped Jorabagan beat Calcutta Parsee Club by 100 runs.
In the CAB Junior Knock Out Tournament, Baranagar Sporting Club beat High Court Club 181 runs
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Gitimoy, Abhishek shine for Aryan
3rd February 2017
Riding Gitimoy Basu's 136 and Abhishek Mitra's 132, Aryan club posted 462 for 5 in 92 overs against Paikpara Sporting in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Shivam Sharma remained unbeaten at 155 against Taltala Ekata Sanga to take Tollygunge Agragami at 429 for 3 in 88 overs.
Bhowanipore reached 427 losing 5 in 83 overs, riding an unbeaten 107 by Sandip Das against ABP Sporting.
Among the wicket takers in other matches were, Bapi Manna (5) MD. Naseeb Alam (6) Tuhin Bose (5) Sumit Mahanto (5)
In the CAB junior knock out Tournament, Indian Boys Athletic Club beat Y.M.C.A by 84 runs. Against Indian Boys's 333 for 3, Y.M.C.A folded at 249 at 37.5 overs.
For Indian Boys, Deepak Singh and B. R. Subhradeep remained unbeaten at 112 and 104 respectively, while Sandip Das score 89.
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Bengal juggernaut rolls on
3rd February 2017
Bengal defeated Odhisa by 24 runs to maintain their all win record in the T20 Zonal League at the Eden Gardens here today. Batting first a late surge from Writtick Chatterjee and Kanishk Seth helped Bengal reach 145 for 7 on a pitch that aided the bowlers.
Bengal began in a disastrous manner being reduced to 67 for 5 with Wriddhiman Saha (10), Abhishek Raman (5) and Manoj Tiwary (1).
Sreevats Goswami was the lone warrior scoring 33 of 31 balls with four boundaries. However, it was a late flourish from Writtick Chatterjee (33 off 22 balls with two fours and two six) and Kanishk Seth (22 off 11 balls) made sure Bengal posted a fighting total.
Pramod Chandila, with a run-a-ball 32, lent solidity to the middle order.
Paresh Patel( 2 for 18) and Deepak Behera (2 for 16) were the top bowlers for Odhisa.
Odhisa won the toss and elected to field and it looked like a good decision till Ashoke Dinda struck in the first over. At one point Odhisa was tottering at 39 for 5 wickets, before Subhransu Senapati showed some pluck. He scored a workmanlike 41 off 45 balls to give Odhisa’s run chase some momentum, but once he was gone the Odhisa innings fell apart.
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CAB observes 37th Frank Worrell Day on its birthday
3rd February 2017
The Cricket Association of Bengal observes 37th Frank Worrell day on its 89th birthday at the Eden Gardens Kolkata today.
Like every year this year, the blood donation camp started at 9 in the morning and continued till 6 in the evening. People from various parts of the city and the districts came to donate blood since the morning. This year, 1777 donors donated blood including all districts.
While last year, the Frank Worrell’s certificate was signed by Yuvraj Singh, this year it was signed by V.V.S. Laxman.
CAB President Sourav Ganguly raised the Association’s flag sharp at 11 AM in presence of other office bearers.
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Assam beat Tripura by 7 wickets
3rd February 2017
In a low scoring match Assam beat Tripura by 7 wickets to take home full points in the T20 Zonal League of Syed Mustaq Ali Tournament here today. Chasing Tripura’s 85, Assam reached the target in 12.1 overs losing 3 wickets.
In a match ruled by bowlers Assam won the toss and made the most of the pace and bounce on the pitch. Pritam Das took 5 wickets for 19 runs in 3.5 overs. Abu Nechim Ahmed supported him with 2 wickets for 11 runs.
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Arindam Basu

Debabrata out with hamstring injury, Sayan comes in
2nd February 2017
Leading to a hamstring injury, Bengal think-tank were forced to replace middle-order batsman Debabrata Das with Sayan Sekhar Mondal for tomorrow's match against Orissa in the East Zone T20 Tournament.
Das picked up an injury during Bengal's last match against Assam on Wednesday. Today's MRI report confirmed, he will be out of cricket for at least two weeks.
Debabrata made his way back to the Bengal squad following a good performance in the first division league this season, where he hit one triple ton and two double tons.
"Unlucky to have picked up an injury. But it is most common in cricket. You need to learn to accept it. But I will try to recover as soon as possible and get back on the field," said Debabrata.

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Kanishk, Saurabh make way to U 19 squad
1st February 2017
Following an excellent performance that claimed Bengal  the Cooch Behar Trophy after 19 years, Kanishk Sheth and Saurabh Singh makes way to the U 19 National side to play two four-day matches against England, after the completion of the ongoing five-match one-day series. “Feeling good that I am selected in the national team. But I know, this is the real challenge for me and I need to prove the selector’s decision right by giving my best. Consistency is the key factor in cricket, so I need to be that and keep on going,” said Kanishk.
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Bengal ease past Assam
1st February 2017
Bengal made quick work of Assam’s 146 for nine reaching the target with 24 balls to spare and 10 wickets in hand at the Eden Gardens here today.
Bengal opened with Sreevats Goswami and Wriddhiman Saha and two batsmen showed classic form treating the Assam bowlers with consummate ease. Sreevats Goswami reached 50 off 38 balls, while Wriddhiman made his 50 off 33 balls.
Wriddhiman made amends for his brief stay at the wicket in the first match with a handsome 74 not out off 45 balls that had 11 boundaries and a six; Goswami was his able partner remaining unbeaten on 71 off 52 balls with 10 boundaries as Bengal reached 150 for no loss. None of the bowlers made any impression as Bengal wrapped up the match in style taking their points table to 8.
Earlier, Assam won the toss and elected to bat and thanks to skipper Arun Kartick’s 76 not out posted a respectable total of 146 for nine. Three run out at crucial times and early breakthrough by Ashoke Dinda and Kanishk Seth meant that the innings never got the momentum it needed to get past the 150 barrier.
However, it was largely because of the single minded determination from Kartick that Assam posted a total more than 7 runs per over. His 76 runs came off 47 runs with five sixes and same number of boundaries.
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Dipanjan take 8 wickets in first division
1st February 2017
Dipanjan Mukherjee’s 8-wicket haul helped Netaji Subhas Institute restrict Rajasthan Club at 351 for 9 in a first division match today.
On another occasion, Town Club beat W.B.Police Sports by 10 wickets. Town took 14.4 over with all wickets intact to Chase down W.B. Police’s 123 in the second innings.
In the second division league matches, Albert beat Greer Sporting by 4 wickets, while Shibpur Institute beat Bani Niketan by 3.
Also, Vijay Sports Club beat Friends Athletic by 259 runs, while N.Sir Gooroodas Institute beat Aurora Athletic Association by 185 runs.
On the other hand, while Cricket Club Of  Dhakuria beat Alipore Sporting by 139 runs, Bengal Sporting beat Sarat Samity by 69 runs.
Behala Friends gave a tough contest to Amateur Cricket Club till the end, before losing rhythm and also the match by 11 runs.
Among the bowlers, Suraj Kumar Yadav and Subhojit Bhattacharya took 7 wickets for their respective sides, while Akash Agrahari took 5 for his side.
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Opening was the team's decision, says Saha
1st February 2017
On an opening 150-run stand, leading to Bengal’s brilliant run chase against Assam in their second East Zone T20 Tournament match today, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha said, opening the innings was the team's decision. 
“Opening the innings was the team's decision. I enjoyed batting with Shreevats (Goswami) on the other hand. It was a modest target to chase,” said Saha in a post match press conference. Saha remained not out at 71 off 52 balls.
On getting selected for the Bangladesh match, he said, “I always focus on my game. I believe as a player that is most important thing to do. Every match is important to me. I worked hard to recover from injury then, and get into the rhythm. Coming back in the test team is just the result of it.”
After playing the T20 tournament, Saha will join the National squad directly, asked if any problem would occur to cope up with the change in formats, he said, “This is a part of the game. You have to cope up. We will definitely get few days of practice before the match.”
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Tripura beats Jharkhand to register first win
1st February 2017
Tripura struck form in the third match of the T20 Zonal Championship of Syed Mustaq Ali Tournament when they beat Jharkhand by 24 runs here today.
Jharkhand won the toss and elected to field, a decision that backfired as Tripura went firing on all cylinders. U Bose at the top hit a blistering 74 off 38 balls to take Tripura to 192. Though he got little support from the rest of the teammates with R D Banik (22), BB Roy (18) and SK Patel (16) all getting starts but not converting, Jharkhand gave a helping hand with 32 extras.
Jharkhand showed the right intent in run chase with Shasheem 70 not out and Saurabh Tiwary 37. But they got little help from the remaining team. In addition Tripura bowled with discipline to see that they finished at 168 for six wickets giving Tripura the first win of the meet.
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Arindam Basu

Saha make a comeback
31st January 2017
Bengal player, Wriddhiman Saha makes a comeback to the National squad for the upcoming test against Bangladesh, following an eye raising performance that helped Rest of India lift the Irani Cup this year, against Gujarat.
Saha smashed an unbeaten 203 off 272 balls to help his side win battle that was lost earlier.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was sidelined with a finger injury during the second Test against England at Vizag. In his absence, Gujarat Skipper Parthiv Patel did a reasonably good job in left three tests against England, putting Saha under pressure.
Though when asked, he denied of being under any pressure, before the declaration of the squad on Tuesday.
"There was no pressure. I was just focussing on my game, trying to get back into rhythm as soon as possible," he said.
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Sayan Banerjee

Anup hit triple ton in second division
31st January 2017
Anup Chowbey scored 302 off 264 balls to help Vijay Sports Club post 481 in 82.4 overs against Friends Athletic Club in a second division match today.
"It was a great feeling scoring triple ton for my team. It is a big day for me. Triple ton is always special in any format of the game you are playing. The wicket had grass, but the ball was still coming to the bat nicely. I was putting away the bad balls," Anup said.
On the other hand, Rahul Thakur took a hat-trick  to give Satya Sandhi win over City Athletic Club. Against Satya's 235, City could manage only 205 in 70.3 overs. Rahul returned with figures 5 for 64.
"I stuck to the bacics and bowled in the right areas. Felling good that I took a hat-trick, but what is important is my team won. I will try to carry on with the form in the matches to come this season," said Rahul.
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Sayan Banerjee

Manoj praise Dinda for match winning effort
31st January 2017
Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary praised Ashoke Dinda for the fine penultimate over that helped the side beat Tripura by 5 runs.
"After the 17th over I was worried that we might lose this game. But as a captain I never give up and so the decision was easy. I turned to my most experienced bowler Ashoke Dinda and he didnt disappoint," Manoj said to the media.
"We only changed our strategy a bit. Dinda was looking to bowl yorkers, but we decided to go with length balls and short pitch stuff and it paid off as Smit Patel got out," Manoj added.
Asked if Pragyan Ojha's bowling disappointed, he said: "Ojha is our most experienced spinner. Yes he had a bad day. After being hit on your first ball the head stops working. But it does not mean that we will all jump on him and further pressurise him. He has understood where he went wrong and I am sure he will come back with a bang next time."
On the top order misfiring, he said: "If you see the wicket you get a little confused whether to go all out or hold on the wickets. I think its advisable to to do the later. Becaue if you lose 3 wickets in first six overs you need to start all over again."
"When you have the ball seaming around as it did, you cant do much. Usually the T20 wickets are flat surfaces, but this wicket has something for both the bowlers and the batsmen. We need to play keeping the surface in mind," he added.
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Arindam Basu

Kanishk Seth shine in Bengal victory
31st January 2017
Bengal opened their Syed Mustaq Ali Zonal T20 league with a hard fought win against a spirited Tripura at Eden gardens here today. A fine fifth wicket partnership of 61 runs off 49 balls between Manoj Tiwary and Pankaj Kr Shaw saw Bengal score a competitive 152 for 7 against Tripura here.
In reply Tripura finished at 147 for eight in a closely fought match giving Bengal a 5 run victory and 4 points in the bag.
Bengal won the toss and chose to bat but at 3 for 43 found the going tough. Sreevats Goswami (17) and Wriddhiman Saha (12) flattered to deceive up the order as S S Majumdar and A K Sarkar got the vital breakthroughs to peg the home team back.
This brought Manoj and Pankaj together. Manoj showed cautious aggression as he rotated strike in between boundaries to push the score forward. At 39 off 30 with two sixes Manoj looked set for a big score but was sadly stumped of a fast and wide one from Gurinder Sigh that foxed the Bengal skipper.
Debabrata Das walked in and added some beef to the score with a quickfire 23 off 13 balls with four hits to the fence before being run out by Bose. Pankaj remained not out on 39 off 32 balls with five boundaries.
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Arindam Basu

Odhisa register second win on a trot
31st January 2017
Odhisa registered their second win of the T20 Zonal meet defeating Jharkhand by 3 wickets at Eden Gardens here today. Blistering stroke play by Avishek Yadav in the last over saw Odhisa score 153 for 7 chasing Jharkhand’s formidable 149 for the loss of 5 wickets.
Odhisa won the toss and elected to field and found them needing 15 runs in the last over. But thanks to 12 runs of three balls by Yadav saw Odhisa take home 4 points, after three wickets within a space of 30 runs pegged them back.
Earlier, Anurag Sarangi (58 off 48 balls) and Paresh Patel (35 off 30 balls) saw Odhisa motor along in their run chase. Avishek Yadav remained not out on 26 off just 9 balls.
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Arindam Basu

Iman axe Vivekananda Mission School
30th January 2017
Riding Iman Chowdhury’s double hundred, Nava Nalanda High School posted 687 for 3 in 45 overs against Vivekananda Mission School in a Mayor's Cup match today. Iman smashed 232 off just 87 balls.
Coming out to bat, Vivekananda School was polished off at 69 within 17.2 overs.
“It was a good batting wicket. The ball was coming to the bat easily. I punished the loose balls away. Feeling good I got valuable runs for the team. But I need to be consistent and carry on the good form in the matches to come,” said Iman.
On the other hand, in two First Division matches, Dipak Dhipola and Pranab Prasad took 7 and 6 wickets respectively.
Among the batsmen, Abhishek Banerjee (118) and Tamaghno Sen (113) added shine to their respective sides.
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Sayan Banerjee

Laxman to sign Frank Worrell Day certificates
30th January 2017
Cricket Association of Bengal will observe the 37th Frank Worrell day on its foundation day on February 3.
CAB Joint Secretary Subir Ganguly announcing the programmes said : "The donors will be given certificates signed by legendary cricketer VVS Laxman. Last year Yuvraj Singh had signed the certificates and the total number of donors were 2024. This year we hope to cross that mark."
The camp will begin at 9 am and continue till 6 pm and will be held simultaneously in the districts also. The camp is organised in collaboration with Association of Voluntary Blood Doners, West Bengal.
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Arindam Basu

Vijay Sporting destroy Sarat Samity in Junior Knockout
29th January 2017
Vijay Sporting beat Sarat Samity by 179 runs, riding an excellent  70 and 73 by Sayantan Sohm and R. Varun's respectively, while Arnab Bhattacharjee's 64 helped City Athletic Club beat Excelsiors by 5 Wickets in two CAB Junior Knock Out matches today.
Starting the day, Vijay Sporting launched an attack on Sarat Samity, scoring 289 for 9 in 45 overs. Thereafter, coming out to bat Sarat Samity were polished off within 36.3 overs, managing 110 runs.
On the other hand, all the first division matches played across Maidan, started late due to rain and overcast conditions on Jan 27, ended in a tame draw.
However, Sumanta Gupta(145), Amitava Chakraborty(143*), Adeel Baquar(122), Dip Chatterjee(104*), Abhishek Banerjee(101*) and Rohan Banerjee(100*) shined for their respective sides.
Among the bowlers, Aritra Chatterjee, Mithun Mukherjee, Ramesh Prasad and Parvez Alam troubled oppositions, taking six wickets each.
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Sayan Banerjee

Assam, Odhisa begin with wins
29th January 2017
Assam and Odhisa registered wins on the opening day of the East Zone qualifiers of the Syed Mustaq Ali T20 tournament at the Eden Gardens today.
A fine all round show from Amit Verma helped Assam etch a four wicket win over Jharkhand in the opening tie of Mustaq Ali T20 Tournament here at the Eden Gardens today. Amit’s scintillating stroke play and prowess with the ball made sure Assam bag 4 points from the game.
Earlier, Assam called correctly at the toss and chose to field. Jharkhand put up a respectable 133 for the loss of nine wickets. The morning dampness in the wicket limited the batsmen to restricted stroke making and Assam continuously chipped away at the wickets. Virat’s Singh’s 26 of 16 deliveries up the order and Varun Aron’s late burst of 16 off 9 balls gave Jharkhand total some respectability.
For Assam, Abu Nechem Ahmed and Amit Verma took three wickets apiece to break the backbone of Jharkhand’s batting.
Assam’s start was not that good either losing three quick wickets for 51 runs before Shibshankar roy and Amit Verma came together. Shib scored a fine 34 off 21 balls, before falling to Kaushal Singh. But Amit carried his bat to finish at 55 not out of 41 balls with four sixes and three fours.
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Arindam Basu

Anustup double hundred steady Bagan
28th January 2017
Anustup Majumder smashed a double hundred against Kolkata Union to take Mohunbagan to 554 in 113 overs in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Kazi Saifi (194) and Agniv Pan's (102) excellent batting took Shyambazar to 521 for 6 against Taltala Ekata Sangha.
In few other matches, the players who scored hundreds are Writam Porel(119), Udit Mohan(131), Adeel Baquar(110*), Amitava Chakraborty(143*), Amin Iqbal Khan(126).
Among the bowlers, Souvik Ghosh bag 6 wickets to restrict United Club to 287 within 91 overs, while in two other matches, Preetam Chakraborty and Subhradip Dhara took 5 wickets each.
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Sayan Banerjee

Teams confident for Mustaq Ali
28th January 2017
Teams looking confident before the start of Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy tomorrow at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The first half will host match between, Assam and Jharkhand.
Assam captain K. B Aorun Kartik said, “We are confident with our team. The opposition is strong. But we have specialist batsmen who have the experience of playing T20 matches. For teams batting first, anything around 175 and above will be a fighting total.
On the other hand, the afternoon  session will host the match between, Orissa and Tripura.
“We have qualified for the knockout stages after 15 years. Tomorrow's match will be very important for us. But we have a good team that is capable of beating any opposition. I hope we will perform well tomorrow,” said Orissa skipper Biplab Samantaray.
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Sayan Banerjee

Bengal ready for a fight in Mustaq Ali
28th January 2017
Ahead of the Syed Mustaq Ali T20 Tournament, Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule feels his side holds three aces that could well be the x-factor in the tournament. While he is satisfied with the preparations for the meet, he feels all the other three teams in the group are strong oppositions.
"Manoj Tiwary's leadership capabilities, Wriddhiman Saha's purple patch and the balance of young and experienced make Bengal a formidable side to beat. They are our three aces. Our preps have been excellent and we should do well the meet," Sairaj said.
Speaking about the side's preparations, skipper Manoj Tiwari said: " I was busy playing in Irani Trophy. But from what I heard the boys trained very hard and had a focussed regimn under Laxman Sir and Sekhar Sir. We hope to give a good show in the meet."
Bengal practiced for 20 days in a build up to thr meet, under the hawk eyes of VVS Laxman and T A Sekhar along with Sairaj. "The players have played a few league games and we had simulated match situations under Laxman sir's supervision. The preparations have been focussed and the boys showed great energy and form," he added.
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Arindam Basu

Rain delay start in first division
27th January 2017
The first division matches across Maidan today started late due to rain and overcast conditions.
However, after commencing, teams batting first struggled in most number of matches, as Mohunbagan had an early skid to 25 for 4, before Subhamoy Das (24*) and Anustup Majumder (29*) came to a sort of rescue, against Kolkata Union Sporting. Bagan finished day 82 for 4 in 30 overs.
On the other hand, Tapan Memorial finished day 92 for 3 in 31 overs, while Bhawanipur lost 3 for 68.
However, Amin Iqbal Khan remained unbeaten at 114 to get United Club to 184 for 2 in 54 overs, against DKS.
In the match between Barisha and Warrior, the later finished day 100 for 1 in 30 overs.
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Bengal beat Barisha in practice match
26th January 2017
Ahead of the Shahid Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Bengal today beat Barisha Sporting by 44 runs in practice match held at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus Ground.
Batting first, Bengal overcome an early collaps, posting 171 for 7 in 20 overs, riding a 42 runs partnership between Promod Chandila (71) and Debrbraata Das (44*).
Thereafter, coming out to bat, Barisha batsmen struggle to get pass Bengal’s total, as they finished innings at 127 for 9 in 20 overs.
Among the bowlers, Mukesh Kumar took 2 for 29, while Jonty bagged 2 for 29 for Barisha.
For Bengal, it was the veteran Ashok Dinda, who bagged 2 for 19, helped by the still learning Kanishk Shet’s 2 for 19.
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Kazi make hat-trick in CAB Senior Knockout
25th January 2017
Kazi Junaid Saifi’s hat-trick helped Shyambazar beat Bhukailash Sporting Club by 6 wickets in a senior CAB  Knockout match at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus Ground today.
Commencing the day, Bhukailash Sporting never looked confident in their batting and were bundled at 102 within 24 overs, which was later chased down by Shyambazar within 20 overs, losing 4 wickets.
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Debabrata, Kanishk in Bengal T20 side
24th January 2017
Debabrata Das and Kanishk Seth makes a way to the Bengal T20 side for the Syed Mushtaq Ali East Zone meet to be held in the city next week.
Debabrata, who has shown fine form in the on going first division matches with one triple hundred and two double hundreds is expected to boost the middle order, while  Kanishk, who scored an unbeaten 97 in the U19 tournament to win Bengal the Cooch Behar Trophy after 19 years is expected to give an effective all round performance to the team.
Pragyan Ojha and Aamir Goni will be the two main spinners, while Ashok Dinda will lead the pace department backed by Sayan Ghosh and Veer Pratap Singh.
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Sayan Banerjee

CAB welcomes Under 19 heroes
24th January 2017
Leading to victory of the U 19 Bengal team in the Cooch Behar Trophy, Cricket Association of Bengal invited the Victorious team members for hi-tea at the B.C.Roy Club House, Eden Gardens today, where they raised the association's flag in presence of all office bearers.
CAB president Sourav Ganguly met all the boys and congratulated them for the achievement.
"They have played really well. But their real challenge begins now. The vision 2020 camp sees to have started working. I expect they will be well in future," Ganguly said.
Bengal’s hero of the final, saurabh Singh said, “It was an effort put together and the process was continuous. But it's just the beginning of something and we still have a lot more to achieve.”
The batsman also thanked coach Pranab Nandi, who remained absent on the occasion for guiding him with the batting tips and advised how to remain motivated in the game.

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Sayan Banerjee

Kalighat bundle WB Police at 73
24th January 2017
Kalighat beat West Bengal Police Sports by 9 wickets, while Tapan Memorial beat Town Club by 41 runs, in two senior Knockout matches today.
Commencing the day, Kalighat bowlers showed no respect to the opposition, bundling them at 73 within 21. 2 overs. Thereafter, coming out to bat, Kalighat chased it down within 14.4 overs at the loss of one wicket.
In the second division league, riding Anas Ali Khan's 206, ICI cricket coaching center beat Lalbagan Youngs Recreation by 212 runs, while Rishav Kedia of Calcutta Parsee Club took 8 wickets to restrict Mohunlal club to 464 in 81 overs.
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Wridhi, Pujara keep Rest of India in the hunt
23rd January 2017
The unbeaten 203-run partnership between skipper Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha kept Rest of India in the hunt of the Irani cup today in Mumbai. ROI finished the day 266 for 4.
Chasing 379 runs, Rest of India had an early collapse, getting reduced to 63 for four, before skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (83*) and Wriddhiman Saha (123*) steadied their innings.
ROI now need 113 runs with six wickets in hand to win the cup in the last day.

Brief Score:

Stumps day 4
Gujarat: 358 & 246
ROI: 226 & 266/4

ROI need 113 runs to win
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Sayan Banerjee

England finish series on high
22nd January 2017
England has something to smile for, at last. The wounds of the loss in the T20 final here got some balm as they beat India by 5 runs in the last ODI, though the hosts pocketed the series 2-1.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field, a decision that came to haunt him later. Batting became difficult in the second essay and the ball also moved about a bit more as the sun set beyond the western gallery.
The Indian batsmen all got starts but failed to convert them into scores that are needed to win a game. It was a later surge from Kedar Jhadav that almost took the team over the ropes, but as mentioned almost.
Chasing 322 to win, India almost rode on Kedar Jadhav's brilliant 90 off just 75 balls along with Hardik Pandya's career-best score of 56 off 43 balls which saw a match-winning 104-run sixth wicket stand off just 83 balls.
But with 16 runs remaining in the last over, Jadhav hit a six and a four off the first two balls to give 56,770 odd crowd some hope but fell to Chris Woakes eventually.
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Arindam Basu

Saurabh-Kanishk give Bengal second Cooch Behar Trophy
22nd January 2017
Bengal rode on the prowess and gumption of two unlikely heroes Saurabh Singh and Kanishk Seth to lift the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy for the second time today breaking a jinx that lasted almost two decades.
The Cricket Association of Bengal has announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs to the victorious team. The team will return to the city tomorrow. On January 24 the skipper Irfan Ansari will hoist the CAB flag at the Club House premises.
Most of the members of the Bengal team that won the Trophy last in 1997 no longer play cricket. Some work as coaches and one of them is a minister now. The only exception is the skipper of that team Dharmender Singh. He still plays for Tapan Memorial in CAB’s domestic league.
Jt Secretary Subir Ganguly said: “We had held together the same team for two years now and the result has shown. We got Pranab Nandy as the coach as we knew he is very disciplined and focussed. We will celebrate this moment.”
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Arindam Basu

Dhoni felicitated at Eden Gardens, four stands named
22nd January 2017
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) set up a series of engagements in between the two innings during the third ODI between India and England at Eden Gardens.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who gave up captaincy from the ODI format also at the beginning of the series, was felicitated with a crystal trophy of a stallion, a shawl and a scroll. Kapil Dev, P V Shetty,CAB President Sourav Ganguly and Jt Secretaries Subir Ganguly and Avishek Dalmiya were present during the felicitation.
While Kapil Dev presented the crystal, Mr Shetty gave the scroll while Avishek Dalmiya presented the shawl to the former India skipper.
The presentation began with a clip being played on Dhoni.
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Arindam Basu

Saurabh keep Bengal in the hunt
21st January 2017
Saurabh Singh’s unbeaten 139 kept Bengal in the hunt of taking a crucial first innings lead against Delhi in the final of the U 19 Cooch Behar Trophy today at Kotla. Bengal finished day three 272 for 6, trailing Delhi by 42 runs.
At stumps batting for Bengal were, Saurabh Singh (139) and Kanishk Seth (46).
With one day remaining in the match, a first innings lead seems enough for Bengal to win the trophy after a long wait.
Among the bowlers, Vishvash Singh returned with figure 3 for 78, remaining the top of the bowlers.
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Sayan Banerjee

Kuila get sponsorship check
21st January 2017
Bengal player Amit Kuila today received a check of Rs. 35,000 from TMT bar here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The check was handed over to him by Bengal President Sourav Ganguly.
Following a good performance in the Ranji Trophy this season, Amit was handed over the check. This was an initiative taken by Sourav Ganguly to financially support good players from Bengal, who comes from a humble background.
“This is the best moment of my life so far and I want to thank Dada (Sourav) for this. It means a lot to me. I will try to be more consistent now, and focus more on the game. I have to prove his decision was right,” said Kuila
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Sayan Banerjee

England to play for pride
21st January 2017
They are down 2-0 and out of the race already, but still team England looked in full energy as they practiced the whole afternoon under the mellow sun today here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
England batsman Jason Roy, said though the series is lost, winning the last match would mean a lot for them. It will set the tone for Champions' Trophy.
“Every game is important in cricket and tomorrow's match is equally important for us. A win here will add a huge positive to our moral before the Champions Trophy few months after,” said Roy.
Roy, who looked in good touch so far this series, scoring a fine 82 in the last match, said, “Overall we played well this series. If luck was in our side the entire scenario would have been different.
“In both the matches we scored over 300 runs but still couldn’t manage a win, India played a better cricket. Win and loss is a part of the game.”
On England getting a good start in the last two matches, and failing to capitalise, Roy said, “It is about who plays well. India played better cricket on the day and you can see the result. We tried our best but it didn’t happen in the end.
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Sayan Banerjee

Relaxed India now at ease with 350 as par score
21st January 2017
A relaxed looking Indian team came for optional practice today without skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble. However, the top pacers bowled their hearts out at the nets.
Later attending a pre match press conference Bhuvneshwar Kumar said death bowling has become difficult nowadays with 350 being a par score. Bhuvneshwar, who returned to the Indian ODI team in place of Umesh Yadav in the second match in Cuttack, bowled at the death to help his side stop England on the tracks in their late charge to overhaul India's mammoth 381.
"IPL has a big contriobution to the way I was bowling at the death. When Sunrisers (Hyderabad) picked me I was already playing for country and they were heavily dependent on me to bowl at the death. This international experience helped me a lot," Kumar said. Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bhumrah and Kumar bowled at length at the nets practicing yorkers. The job becomes doubly difficult in winter when there is dew in the evening. "It's difficult to bowl yorkers at the end when the ball is wet, and hence we practice with a wet ball to counter the problem. That is our counter was a plan to which we did to execute in pressure situations," Kumar, who picked up an injury in the third Test against New Zealand, said.
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Arindam Basu

Sandip, Ompal steady Md. Sporting
20th January 2017
Sandip Raj Kaushik (204) and Unbeaten Ompal Boken (132) gave Md. Sporting an end over Ballygunge United in first division match today.
Against Md. Sporting's  599 for 6 in 115 overs, Ballygunge finished day at 193 for 4.
In the Junior Knockout Tournament, Suburban club beat Cossipore by 2 wickets, while Excelsiors beat Satya Sandhi by 6 wickets.
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Teams arrive at the airport
20th January 2017
Team India and England arrive at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport today for the third and last ODI match on January 22 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. India lead the three match ODI Series 2-0 against England.
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Bengal eye to take first innings lead
20th January 2017
Bengal ended the second day of the U 19 Cooch Behar Trophy final 83 for 2 in 40 overs after bowling out host, Delhi for 314 today at Kotla.
Commencing the day 246 for 6, Delhi lost their last four wickets within 68 runs. Akash Pandey returned with figures 4 for 92, remaining the pick of the bowlers, followed by Rajarshi Mitra’s 3 and Ishan Porel’s 2.
Thereafter, coming out to bat, Bengal lost their first wicket, Sudip Gharami for not. But then came the recovery with the bat of Ankur Paul and Saurabh Singh, before Bengal lost their second wicket for 45.
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Bengal bowlers restrict Delhi on the first day
19th January 2017
Bengal bowlers restricted host, Delhi to 246 for 6 in the first day of the U 19 Cooch Behar Trophy final today in Kotla.
After winning toss, Delhi chose to bat, but never looked comfortable on the wicket, as Bengal bowlers bowled in the right areas to put them on the backfoot.
Ishan Porel remained the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 47.
"They were 113 for one at lunch. We were a bit worried, but the match is open now. Our bowlers have struck back,” said Bengal Coach Pranab Nandy.
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Shreevats, Anustup hit double hundreds
19th January 2017
Shreevats Goswami and Anustup Majumder hit double hundreds in two first division matches today.
While Shreevats' 204 off 159 balls help Kalighat post 477 for 8 against Dalhousie, Anustup’s unbeaten 201 and Debabrata Das’s 141 took Mohun Bagan to 543 for 7 against Calcutta Customs.
In the junior Knockout, Sarat Samity beat Star Sporting by 8 wickets.
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Sarab win match for Excelsiors
18th January 2017
Sarab Singh’s 103 helped Excelsiors Club beat Calcutta University by 8 wickets in a second division match today.
While on the other hand, Rohit Ghosh's 120 did not prove enough to save Uttar Palli Milan Sangha, as Burnpur Cricket Club beat them by 42 runs.
Among the bowlers, Dilip Singh and Visbhas Surender Singh Saini took six wickets each, while Wasim Mubashwar and Dinesh Jadav clinched five each.
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Vivek set East Bengal victor in senior knock out
17th January 2017
Vivek Singh’s 184 off 125 balls helped East Bengal register a 183 runs win against Dakshin Kalikata in a senior knockout game today.
In the other matches, Mohun Bagan beat Paikpara Sporting by 9 wickets, while Barisha Sporting beat YMCA College by 5.
Aryan Club also did well by beating Wari Athletic by 8 wickets, while George Telegraph won by 17 runs beating Netaji Subhash Institute.
In junior knock out tournament, Victoria Sporting beat National Athletic Club by 27 runs, riding Litan Barai’s 144 off 74 balls.
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Players rolling better in first division
15th January 2017
Players in the first division league continues their spurring form, as Mohun Bagan, Calcutta Customs, Sporting Union and Aryan Club get innings win in few match played across Maidan today.
While Bagan beat Kumartuli by an innings and 81 runs, Calcutta Customs beat Netaji Subhash Institute by an innings and 15 runs.
On the other hand, Sporting Union got an innings and 107 runs win over Calcutta Port Trust, while Aryan Club beat Eastern Railway by an innings and 102 runs.
In another match, Arun Lal’s 8-wicket haul last day did not prove enough to save MD. Sporting, as Dalhousie beat them by 10 wickets.
Among the bowlers, Anirban Gupta, Shivam Kumar Sharma and Amit Banerjee took six wickets each, while Vivek Kumar Singh, Anustup Majumder and Tamaghno Sen clinched five each.
The batsmen who made the bowlers struggle were, Romit Sengupta (182), Dibyendu Chakraborty(103), Pratap Ghatak(119), Mirza Danish Alam(141), Prasenjit Das(132) and Koushik Ghosh(164).
In Junior Knock Out Tournament, Gymkhana beat Aurora Athletic Association by 112 runs, while Shibpur Institute beat Abasar by 140 runs.
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Sayan Banerjee

Arun Lal bag 8 wickets in first division
14th January 2017
After a poor batting show in the first innings, Arun Lal Yadav’s  8 for 54 was not enough to hand  MD. Sporting an advantage over Dalhousie, restricting them at 263 in 63 overs, in a first division match today. MD. Sporting ended the day 148 for 8 in their second innings, leading opposition by only 8 runs.
On the other hand, BNR recreation club reached 475 in 113 overs, riding an excellent 235 by Rahul Sen. Also, Souvik Moitra’s unbeaten 200 helped Ballygunge score 452 for 9 in 115 overs.
In the junior knockout tournament, Salika Friends Association beat Calcutta Rangers by 32 runs, while Uttar Palli beat Balak Sangha by 44 runs.
Among the other wicket takers, Kamalesh Mitra and Amit Banerjee took 7 wickets each, while Vivekananda Yadav and Dipak Rawat bagged 6 wickets each.
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Manoj, Wriddhi to play Irani Cup
14th January 2017
Bengal Captain Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha have been selected for the Rest of India team to play against Gujarat in the Irani Cup, starting January 20, at the Cricket Club of India, Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Gujarat is the Ranji Trophy Champion this year, beating Mumbai by five wickets at Holkar Stadium in Indore today.
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Debabrata, Surajit get double hundreds
13th January 2017
Debabrata Das and Surajit Das hit double hundreds in two first division matches today.
Riding Debabrats’s 224, Mohunbagan reached 573 for 9 against Kumartuli Institute, while Surajit’s unbeaten 203 took Sporting Union to 383 for 2 against Calcutta Port Trust.
This was also the third time this season that Debabrata crossed two hundreds run mark, out of which one was a triple hundreds.
“Getting runs always feels good, and scoring a double hundreds it a big thing for me. I will try and carry on my innings tomorrow. But again consistency is the key factor in cricket. So will have to be consistent and get more runs this season,” said Surajit Das after the day's play.
Among the others, Rahul Sen (161), Asim Das(129), Souvik Moitra(128), Satyaki Dutta(126*), Deep Chatterjee(116), Prinann Dutta(113), Sandip Das(113) and Avirup Gupta(100*), contributed for their respective sides.
In the bowling department, Monomit Mitra, Rajib Singh and Arun Lal Yadav took five wickets each.
In Mayor’s Cup, an unbeaten 200 by Iman Chowdhury helped Nava Nalanda High School beat  Calcutta Boys’ School by 89 runs.
In Junior Knock Out Tournament, Saran Oraon's  4 and  Sayan Bose's 3 wickets helped White Border beat Ballygunge by 7 wickets. Read More..



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Dibya, Sayan put Bengal on top in U16
11th January 2017
An unbeaten third wicket 286-run stand between  Dibya (123) and Sayan Biswas (161) put Bengal in the driver seat of a quarter final U 16 Vijay Merchant Trophy match against Haryana today in Gwalior. Bengal finished day three 359 for 2, leading Haryana by 395 runs.
In the CAB Senior Knockout tournament, Rajasthan beat Belgachia by 18 runs, while M.D Sporting beat Young Bengal Sports Association by 6 runs. Read More..



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10 wickets win in second division
10th January 2017
Rakesh Sarkar's 6-wicket haul helped Cricket Club of Bhawanipore beat Calcutta Police Club by 10 wickets in a second division match today.
In other instances, Deep Bhaskar Dutta's 161 and Debarun Biswas' 124 helped South Suburban Club  score 451 for 9 against Abasar.
In few other second division matches, Nitin Agarwal(147), Subrata Mirdha(129), Writtick Sarkar(125) And Raja Kumar Singh(108*) added shine to their respective sides.  
Among the bowlers, Arpan Roy took seven wickets, while Ravi Kumar Gupta took six.
In the Senior Knock Out Tournament, Eastern Railway S.A. beat Calcutta Customs Club by 5 runs in a Super Over.
In the Junior Knock Out, Bata Sports Club beat N. Sir Gooroodas Institute by 9 wickets, while Vijay Sports Club beat Bani Niketan Sports Club by 5 wickets. Read More..



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Three innings win in first division
8th January 2017
East Bengal, Kalighat and George Telegraph got innings win in three first division matches today.
East Bengal won by an innings and 84 runs, while Kalighat by an innings and 78 runs. George Telegraph beat opposition by an innings and 73 runs.
On the other hand, Barisha Sporting Club beat opposition by 10 wickets, riding a 5-wicket haul by Raju Halder.
Among the other bowlers, Ananta Saha and B. Amit took seven wickets each, while Aritra Chatterjee and Vivekananda Yadav clinched six each.
In the other matches played, Naved Ahmed (190), Azaz Ansari (104*), Abhishek Mitra (123), Sandipan Das (111), Aditya Purohit (118), Soumyabrata Nath (100), Sohel Ahmed Khan (167) and Parveen Singh Yadav (101) added value to score sheet of their respective sides. Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

CAB release list for Mushtaq Ali
8th January 2017
                             
Note: As of now, players who are part of the Bengal U19 team have not been mentioned in the list and would only be added in due course of time.



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Double tons for Suvankar, Bibhu
7th January 2017
Suvankar Bal and Bibhu Dutta Panda hit double hundreds in two first division matches today. 
   While, Suvankar scored 249 to take Aikya Sammilani to 468 for 7 against Taltala, Bibhu Dutta’s 201 helped ABP Sporting to reach 568 for 6 against West Bengal Police, before declaring.   
“It was a flat wicket. So getting runs were not difficult. But I am happy that I scored valuable runs for my team,” said Suvankar after the end of day’s play.   
In few other matches played, Naved Ahmed (152*), Joydeep Roy (152), Koushik Ghosh (151) Arnab Ghosh (181), Bipro Sen (135), Pankaj Kumar Mondal (122*) and Purab Joshi (100) added valuable runs to their respective sides.                                 
Among the bowlers, Priyankar Mukherjee took 7 wickets, while Amit Banerjee bagged 6.
Sunny Rana, Md. Ahraz, Rishi Sharma, Suraj Shaw and Souvik Ghosh took 5 wickets each. Read More..



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Avirup, Bibhu bat for ABP
6th January 2017
Avirup Gupta’s 188 and Bibhu Dutta Panda’s unbeaten 152 helped ABP Sports Club score 457 for 4 against West Bengal Police Sports Club in a first division league match today.
On the other hand, Suvankar Bal remained not out at 183 to take Aikya Sammilani to 357 for 3 in 87 overs against Taltala Ekata Sangha.
Riding on Manoj Tiwary’s 165, Kalighat reached 401 for 9 in 82.4 overs, against M.D. Sporting.
In few other matches, Aditya Sharma (129), Arnab Ghosh (127*), Vivek Singh (116), Tridib Ghosh (108*), Subham Chatterjee (107), Koushik Ghosh (106*) and Ankit Shukla (105) added shine to their respective sides.
Anuj Barman took 5 for 78 toping the bowlers for the day. Read More..



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Bengal reach to semi-final in U 19
5th January 2017
Bengal qualify for the Semi-final of the Under 19 Cooch Behar Trophy, beating Punjab by 116 runs at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground in Kalyani today.
Chasing 373 runs in the second innings Punjab folded at 257 within 45.1 overs.
Ishan Porel remained the highest wicket taker for Bengal in the second innings taking 3 for 67.
Bengal will play their next match against Assam.

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8 wickets for Partha Pratim in second division
4th January 2017
Partha Pratim Dutta took 8 wickets in 64 runs to make Central Calcutta win a second division match today against Calcutta Rangers.
Chasing Central Calcutta's 182, Calcutta Rangers folded at 130 in 51.2 overs.
In Senior CAB Knock Out , Town Club beat B.N.R. Recreation Club by 9 wickets, while Barisha Sporting Club beat Kumartuli Institute by 7.
On the other hand, Paikpara Sporting Club beat Ballygunge United Club by101 runs.  Read More..



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Geet, Ravikant destroy Taltala
3rd January 2017
Geet Puri and Ravikant Singh of Bhawanipore club took 5-wicket each, giving away 33 runs to beat Taltala Ekata Sangha in a CAB senior knockout tournament today.
Batting first, Taltala was bowled out at 33 runs within 6.1 overs, with Geet taking 5 for 16, and Ravikant 5 for 17.
Coming out to bat, Bhawanipur took 9.1 over to chase down the total, losing only one wicket. 
In the other matches, George Telegraph beat 
Aikya Sammilani by 64 runs, while East Bengal beat Kidderpore by 19.
In junior knock out, Ariadaha sporting beat Burnpur cricket club by 3 wickets.    Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

Young Bengal no match for Town
1st January 2017
Town Club handed opposition Young Bengal Sporting Association an innings defeat in a first division match today. Town won by an innings and 117 runs.
While on the other hand, backed by a fine first innings double hudred by Debabrata Das, Bagan beat Netaji Subhash Institute by 395 runs.
In two other matches played, Bhowanipore and Kolkata Union Sporting wraped up win by 9 and 8 wickets respectively.
However, Unbeaten Tanmoy Pramanick's  double hundred (280) could not fetch fate to E. Rly. Sports Association, as the match against Paikpara Sporting Club went for a draw.
players scoring centuries in other matches were, Surinder Dhaiya,  Ajay Garai, Abhishek Raman, Ashok Barik, Subhomoy Das and Abir Das.
Among the bowlers, Aloke Pratap Singh took six wickets, while Writtick Chatterjee, Chottu Sarkar and Biplab Roy Chowdhury bagged 5 each. Read More..



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Purab's double hundred put Barisha on top
31st December 2016
Purab Joshi smashed 252 to take Barisha Sporting to 550 for 5 before declaring and reducing Taltala Ekata Sangha 146 for 6 to end second day's play in a first division match today.
On the other hand, Soumya Ghosh of Calcutta Customs scored 180 to put his team on top against Bhukailash Sporting, while Anuj's 170 was not enough to give Netaji Subhash a first innings lead against Bagan.
Among the other players who made their bat talk scoring centuries were, Sarosij Mukherjee, Ajmer Singh, Abhishek Raman, Sandipan Das, Azaz Ansari and Debopriyo Ghosh.
Among the bowlers, Sujit Kumar Yadav took six wickets, while Sachin Kumar Singh and Parvez Alam took 5 wickets each. Read More..



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Roshan carve record in Ajoy Ghosh final
30th December 2016
Roshan Singh took 9-wicket for 10 runs to make Calcutta University win the final of the Ajoy Ghosh Memorial Trophy, beating Vidyasagar University today at Burdwan.
Chasing 235 of Calcuttal University, Vidyasagar collapsed for 50 within 10 overs, handing an easy win to the opposition.
“Feeling well that I took 9 wickets for my team in a match that helped us win a tournament, but I need to focus on my performance, trying to be more consistent in the matches to come,” said Roshan. Read More..



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Debabrata, Wriddhi spice up innings for Bagan
30th December 2016
Mohun Bagan posted 595 for 5 against Netaji Subash Institute in a first division match today, riding an excellent 238 by Debabrata Das and an unbeaten 107 by Wriddhiman Saha.
After injury, this was the first match of Wriddhiman this session for Bagan, with Debabrata crossing the 200-run mark for the second time.
In other instances, Soumya Ghosh’s unbeaten 172 and Sourabh Paul’s 160 handed advantage to Calcutta Customs, as they posted 358 for 1 against Bhukailash Sporting.
Purab Joshi of Barisha Sporting also joined the run race, by remaining unbeaten for 192, taking his team to 390 for 3 at the end of the day.
Among the others, Anil Sihag and Bidhu Dutta Panda scored 170 and 124 respectively, handing advantage to their respective sides.
In the bowling department, Ankit Kumar took 6 for 35 runs, while Yuvraj Singh bagged 5 for 47. Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

Aussies could be easier than England: Wriddhi
29th December 2016
The maidans look lush green in this season. The dew on the grass gives it a sheen and makes the grass far jucier than it might actually be. However, we are not talking about grass here. It is rathar the happening duo on the grass that is the centre of our attention.
Mohammad Shami and Wriddhiman Saha are both enjoying a break from the national team. But hardly. Shami in black pullover was a spectator though, his Bengal team mate Wriddiman Saha returned to the nets and batted at length. And he showed fine touch too. And all this at the Mohun Bagan ground where the duo is to play club cricket in the domestic season.
Wriddhi is coming up from an injury and rehab at NCA that he picked up in the second Test against England. It also saw Parthiv Patel ease back into the side. The two, however, chatted up after Wriddhi's practice and boy they talked about everything. But the hair-raising discussion that really caught the ear was the matter of beard. Wriddhi is perhaps the only member of Team India who has never sported one. "You see everyone in Team India loves a beard these days. Look even Shami does. Perhaps they dont want to get into the hassle of shaving," he chuckled. Debabrata Das, the tripple ton man, joined in giving his stubble a stubtle scratch. Read More..



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Players start knock out on a roll
27th December 2016
The players looked in some spurring form as the CAB senior and Junior knock out tournaments starts today. 
In the senior section, Tapan Memorial beat Sporting United by 53 runs, while Tallygunge beat Kolkata United by 19.
On the other hand, W.B. Police club clinched victory against Dalhousie by 4 wickets.
Topping the bowlers, Rahul Shetty of Kolkata Union Sporting Club took 5 for 25. Among the other wicket takers were, Anirban Gupta, Promod Chandila, Nishant Rai and Pritam Biswas.
In the Junior division, riding an excellent 108 by Kashis Kamran, Howrah beat International club by 135 runs.
In the second division league, Amateur Cricket Club beat Bani Niketan Sports by 7 wickets. 
  On the other hand, Soumyadeep Roy of Central Calcutta Sporting hit 177 off 236 balls against Bata Sports Club to post 387 for 9 in 85 overs.  
Among the other centurions were, Sourish Chakraborty, Raman Singh, Pushpendu Pahari, Amarjeet Jha, Rajarshi Dutta and Arup Kumar Saha.
In the bowling department, Md. Safique of Howrah Pulled of a hat-rick against Friends Athletic, while Dipan Gayen and Yash Mehta took seven wickets each, handing advantage to their respective sides.
Among the others, Abhishek Pandey clinched 6, followed by Raj Kumar, Abhijit Mondal and Animesh Mondal's 5 wickets each. Read More..



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Pankaj hit unbeaten 413 in first division
25th December 2016
Pankaj Shaw of Barisha sporting club today scored an unbeaten 413 against Dakshin Kalikata Sansad, recording a high individual run ever scored by any in first division cricket.
Pankaj’s knock made Barisha reach a mammoth total of 708 for 8 in their first innings, leading opposition by 339 runs.
The 28-year-old struck 44 fours and 23 sixes in the innings.
However, the match ended in a draw with Dakshin Kalikata Sansad finishing their second innings at 96 for 2 in 20 overs.  From the match Barisha will get 4 points, while the opposition getting 2.
Shaw made is his Ranji Trophy debut last year against Rajasthan. 
“Scoring runs always give you confidence in which ever form of game it may be, and so it is in my case. Though it was not a very tough wicket to bat on. The ball was coming to the bat easily. Read More..



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Innings win for Dalhousie, Bagan in first division
25th December 2016
Both players of the Dalhousie and Mohun Bagan fought hard to hand oppositions an innings defeat in two first division matches today. Bagan won by an innings and 246 runs, while Dalhousie won by an innings and 137, riding an excellent 7-wicket haul by Md. Imtiaz Alam.
On the other hand, East Bengal won by 8 wickets, while Tapan Memorial and Belgachia beat oppositions by 10.
Bengal player, Pankaj Shaw of Barisha Sporting recorded history by remaining unbeaten at 413 against Dakshin Kalikata, but the match ended in a draw with Barisha getting 4 points and Dakshin Kalikata getting 2. Read More..



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Aloke Bhattacharjee passes away
24th December 2016
Former Bengal cricketer Aloke Bhattacharjee breathed his last today in Kolkata. He was 63.
Mr. Bhattacharjee was born August 24, 1953 at Howrah in West Bengal. He was an elegant right-hand batsman and slow right-arm offbreak bowler.
“We are deeply saddened at the sudden demise of Mr. Bhattacharjee. Our deepest condolence for his close ones; may they find strength to cope with this loss,” said CAB President Sourav Ganguly on learning about his death.
Playing for Bengal over a decade and half from 1970/71 to 1986/87, he scoring 575 runs in 42 first class matches at an average of 15.54, and took 134 wickets at an average of 22.67.
“We are deeply grieved on hearing this news. May his soul rest in peace," said CAB Jt. Secretary Subir Ganguly.
CAB Jt Secretary Avishek Dalmiya expressed grief saying, “We are in shock at the sudden demise of Mr Bhattacharjee. He was a great allrounder and served Bengal well. We pray that he may rest in eternal peace.”
After his playing days were over, he umpired in domestic and international matches. His debut as an international umpire was in an India-Kenya ODI in Bangalore and last in an India-Zimbabwe ODI in Mohali in 2002. Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

Debabrata hit triple ton
24th December 2016
Mohun Bagan reached a mammoth total of 621 for 8 at the end of second day’s play in a first division match today, against Bhukailash Sporting, riding an excellent unbeaten 315 by Debabrata Das.  
“It was a double pace wicket so scoring runs were not easy. But we batted well to put our team on top. It was satisfactory that I got runs and hope I will be able to carry on with my good form in the coming matches,” Debabrata said.
  On the other hand, while Saugata Dutta and Amitava Chakraborty scored 151 runs each, Aditya Verma and Rahul Sen scored 150 and 157 respectively.  
In the bowling department, Bikash Singh bagged 6, while Vivek Kumar Singh, Tamaghno Sen, Amit Bakshi, Parvez Alam, Ajay Garai took 5 wickets each.  
Among the other centurions were, Kumar Aditya, Chandrapal Sani, Raja Yadav, Sourabh Singh and Shivam Sharma. Read More..



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Saugata, Imtiaz shine for their sides
23rd December 2016
Sporting Union reached 439 for 4 against B.N.R. Club today in a first division match to end the first day’s play. While, Saugata Dutta remained not out at 141, Rashmi Ranjan and Suraj Das backed him with 137 and 102 respectively.
“It was a good wicket to bat on and the ball was coming easily. Tomorrow my aim will be to push the score as much as possible,” said Saugata after the end of play.
On the other hand, Md. Imtiaz Alam of Dalhousie Athletic took 7 for 29 to polish off Calcutta Port trust within 39.4 over at a paltry total of 97 runs.  Pritam Chakraborty of Mohun Bagan also took 5 for 41 runs.
“The wicket was turning so it was bit easy for me to take the wickets. I have put my team to a healthy position, now it is up on the batsmen to put more pressure on the opposition,” said Imtiaz.
Among the other centurions were, Abhishek Chakraborty (102), Tirtha Roy (111), Avijit Singh (104), Anil Sihag (102) Read More..

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Prayas bag 10 wickets in U16
21st December 2016
Prayas Ray Burman‘s ten-wicket haul against Jharkhand handed Bengal a comfortable 50 runs victory in an under 16 Vijay Merchant Trophy at BSL Cricket Stadium in Bakaro today.
Chasing a target of 238, Jharkhand folded at 188 runs in their second inning.
Bagging six wickets in the first and four in the second innings, Prayas remained the highest wicket taker of the match.
With one match now remaining in the group league stage, Bengal is looking to before qualifying through the next round.
Bengal will get 6 points from the match, while Jharkhand will get nothing.
“I am very much satisfied with the performance of the team. They are doing really well. This match was low scoring, for the wicket was slow from the beginning. But the players did well to handle the situation. Prayas is a good bowler and he is bowling up to his caliber. But our seamers are also looking in a good shape,” said Coach Mainakh Sengupta.
On the other hand, in the Under 19 Cooch Behar Trophy, Bengal today beat Kerala by an inning and 92 runs, at Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, Kolkata. Chasing a trail of 248 in the second innings, Kerala folded at a paltry 156 runs in 74.5 overs.
From the match, Bengal will get 7 points, while Kerala will get nothing. Read More..



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Sanu, Soumadeep bag six
21st December 2016
Sanu Chandra Parta and Soumadeep Saha took 6-wicket each for their respective sides, to beat oppositions in two second division league matches today.  
Sanu and Saumadeep plays for Howrah sporting and Aurora Athletic Association respectively. Howrah won by 9, while Aurora by 58 runs.  

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7 wickets for Goutam, Aditya, Saif
20th December 2016
Bowlers in the second division league matches are performing well, as Goutam Kumar Rao, Aditya Dutta, and MD. Saif today took seven wickets each, handing advantage to their respective sides.
On the other hand, Partha Pratim Dutta clinched six wickets, followed by Bhupinder Singh, Pravat Kumar Panja and Ravi Sangar’s 5. Read More..



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Samir Dasgupta remembered with affection
20th December 2016
Cricket Association of Bengal arranged for a condolence meeting in memory of Mr Samir Dasgupta who passed away on November 23. He was 75.
Dasgupta was actively associated with CAB for a considerable period of time, being the manager of the Bengal squad. He was also the assistant secretary of the organization form 2003-05.
On this occasion CAB President Sourav Ganguly said, “He was a perfect gentleman with an extremely pleasing personality. His untiring effort to develop the game of cricket in the states would always be fondly remembered. He was loved and respected by those around him.”
“No word of condolence is enough for the bereaved member of his family. We pray to the Almighty to give them courage to bear this irreparable loss,” he added. CAB Jt. Secretary Subir Ganguly said: “Samir Dasgupta won friends wherever he went. He was one of the finest managers and an efficient administrator. He loved cricket and lived to enjoy the game. God give strength to his family to bear the loss.”
CAB Jt Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: “Samir da could be regarded as one of the friendliest administrators the game has seen. He had friends at all levels, starting from young and budding cricketers at Kolkata Maidan to the legends of the game. In the pre-IPL era Samir da managed to rope in Sachin tendulkar for a P Sen Memorial trophy. As a result more than 50,000 people watched a local game.” Read More..


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Sayan Banerjee

Sourav lauds Nair for triple ton
19th December 2016
Former Indian skipper and CAB President Sourav Ganguly today lauded Karun Nair for his triple ton. Karun’s unbeaten 303 in Chennai was an innings of maturity that saw array of shorts for his bat.  
“He has really played well. A triple ton in any format of the game is appreciated. India made England field a long day,” said Sourav.  
Asked about Nair's comparison with ex-India veteran Virender Shewag, who was a solo member of the three-hundred-club from India, he said, “They are cricketers of a different generation, so making a comparison is pointless. But Nair really batted well today.”
  The 25-year-old middle-order bat crunched 32 boundaries and six sixes in his innings to propel India to a monstrous first innings total of 759 for 7, before declaring.
England finished the day 12 for 0 in 5 overs.
  On the other hand, after a review meeting of Bengal’s performance in the Ranji Trophy, Sourav sound confident, saying, “The team is young and are learning from the mistakes, which is most important. Over all, they played well in the tournament, only a bit of luck in favour and the entire story would have been different." Read More..


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We were unlucky: Sairaj
19th December 2016
Bengal coach, Sairaj Bahutule, who was today in town for a review meeting regarding Bengal’s performance in the Ranji Trophy this season, is of the view that the team’s early exit from the tournament was nothing but just a matter of bad luck.  
“It was a matter of bad luck. We started well this season, but thing didn’t work for us till the end and we could not go through to the next round. Over that, cancellation of the match against Gujarat also played a role in way of our exiting from the tournament. Had the match been played, the entire scenario could have been different,” said Coach Sairaj Bahutule.  
Asked about the inconsistency of the players, who got starts but couldn’t continue, he said, “It is a part of the game. Things are always not in your hand; still you need to deal with them. This was a young team. They will gain experience from these situations.  
“An honest analysis of our performance will show, our batsmen played well in most of the matches, excepting few, which hurt us. Now our focus is not to repeat on the mistakes, and do well in the tournaments to come,” he said. Read More..


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Innings defeat in first division
18th December 2016
Mohamadan Sporting, Tapan Memoial and Bhowanipore club created history today recording the first ever innings victories in the first division league this session, played under the new set of rules.
While Mohamaden Sporting beat BNR club by an innings and 100 runs, Tapan Memorial beat Bhukailash Sporting Club by an innings and 246 runs. Bhowanipore won by an innings and 11 runs beating Young Bengal Association.
“It was a great feeling being the man of the match. I played for my team and handing an innings defeat to the opposition was not easy. I will like to carry on my form in the matches to come,” said Promod Chandila of Tapan Memorial, who scored 251 runs.
Abhishek Kumar Raman of Bhowanipore said, “It was a team effort. We defeated the opposition by an innings in the new format, and I am really feeling good for it. We are a balanced side and I hope we do well in the matches to come.”
In few of the other matches, MohunBagan beat Police Athletic club by 250 runs, while Aryan Club won by ten wickets beating ABP Sporting.
Among the wicket takers, Ravikant Singh bagged 5 for 74, while Tanmoy Pramanick took 6 for 96. Also, Shamshad Hassan and Pritam Chakraborty took 5 wickets each.
Abir Das smashed 107 off 187 balls, while Prasenjit Kumar Das hit 165 off 223 balls.    Read More..


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Barun hit hundred in second divisions
18th December 2016
In the second division league, Bantra Cricket Club beat Ballygunge Sporting Association by 5 wickets, while Albert Sporting Club beat Alipore Sporting Club by one. On the other hand, Balak Sangha beat YMCA by 89 runs, and Friends Sporting beat High court club by 6 wickets, riding a fine century by Barun Gandhi.
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Krishnendu win match for Taltala, Pravash for Dhakuria
17th December 2016
With the first division matches on roll, the second division players are also not lagging back to pull up their socks in giving good performance.
Riding a six-wicket haul by Krishnendu Guha, Taltala Institute today beat Victoria Sporting Club by 240 runs. Against 395 of Taltala, Victoria folded at 155 runs.
In another match, Dhakuria beat Greer Sporting club by a wicket, guided by a fine 146 off 159 balls by Pravash Maity. However, bowlers in other matches in the second division are also doing well, with both Monozir Hossain and Sudarshan Dubey taking 5 wickets each for their respective clubs. Read More..



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Ompal, Promodh hit double hundred
17th December 2016
The Players in the first division league have started the session with some eye raising performance. While the batsmen are hitting hundreds and double hundreds, the bowlers are also not lagging behind.
While, Ompal Boken of Mohammedan Sporting today remained unbeaten at 233, putting his team to a commanding position, against BNR, Promodh Chandila of Tapan Memorial hit 251 off 196 balls against Bhukailash Sporting.   
“The wicket is slowing down gradually. The ball was not coming to the bat, like it was yesterday. I had to bat patiently to score the runs. We are in good position now, hoping to get an outright win tomorrow,” said Ompal Boken after the end of day’s play.
In another instance, Mayukh Biswas and Arjun Kumar of Rajasthan smashed 173 and 102 respectively to put their team to 476 for 6 against Kumartuli, who would be saving the match tomorrow.
“It was good a wicket to bat. I am happy that I got some runs. I will hope to carry on with my good performance this season. The wicket here has already started turning. We are expecting to get an outright win tomorrow,” Mayukh Biswash said. Read More..



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Manish Singh Rawath hit 192 in second division
16th December 2016
In the second division league matches today, Manish Singh Rawat of Taltala scored 192 off 242 balls to boost his team to 395  for 7 in 85 overs against Victoria Sporting Club.
Among the bowlers, Suraj Kumar Jadav of Dhakuria took 5 for 68 to bundle opponent, Greer Sportings 299 within 83.5 overs.
Other scores of second division league:
TALTALA INSTITUTE VS VICTORIA SPORTING CLUB
TALTALA INSTITUTE: 395/ 7 WICKETS in 85  OVERS

CRICKET CLUB OF DHAKURIA VS GREER SPORTING CLUB
GREER SPORTING: 299/10 WICKETS in 83.5 OVERS
DHAKURIA: 6/1 in 5 OVERS Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Players start first division on a roll
16th December 2016
The first division league of CAB started today with the players looking in some spurring form, scoring centuries in the matches played across various field across in  Maidan.
Om Pal Boren and Amit Biswas of Mohammedan Sporting  remained not out at 152 and 126 runs respectively against BNR club.
Mihanadan Sporting finished the day I, 411 for 3 in 86 overs. With the new rules implemented, two day of play still left.
However on the other hand, the bowlers are also not lagged behind, with Md. Kaif, brother of Md. Shami, taking 5 wickets. Town club is playing Eastern Railway at Eden Gardens. Last year he played for Tal tala Ekata, this year he is playing for Town.
“I felt good that I took 5 wickets in front of my brother. He gives me lot of advice regarding bowling, so that I can improve. I don't try to copy him, but he is my inspiration.”
On his performance, Md Shami said: “He has bowled well. But he has to improve.” Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

Bhowanipur confident to defend tile
15th December 2016
Last year, Bhowanipur beat East Bengal in the final to win the first division league.
This year, while they will be defending it, Bhowanipur looks under no pressure when they take on Young Bengal Sporting Association in their first league match tomorrow.
“We are a well balanced side and I am confident of winning the league this time too. The players are extremely talented and have also trained hard,” said Coach Abdul Monayem.
About the new rules he said, “The changes are made for the good of cricket. With two innings being played, now the players need to be more patient on the crease and play slowly. This new format will surely help players value their wicket more,” he concluded Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

Teams get ready for fist division league
14th December 2016
With less than 72 hours left before the start of the CAB First division league, all the teams are getting ready to roll out in full steam.
Returning from the Ranji Trophy, the Bengal players have joined their respective clubs, practicing at the nets and also playing practice matches.
While last year the tournament was won by Bhawanipore beating East Bengal in the final, this year all the teams will be desperate for getting the coveted place, when the matches will be played in a new format.
According to the new set of rules, the matches will be played in two innings spanning for three days instead of two, where each team will bat for a maximum of 115 overs.
However, no such limitations have been set for the second essay; which will mostly rest on the Umpire’s call, depending upon the amount of time left in the match. Though a second innings is said compulsory. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal strike late
10th December 2016
With the Group-A Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh ending in a tie, Bengal’s chances of advancing in the tournament halted on the tracks at the Airforce Complex ground in New Delhi today. After bowling Madhya Pradesh out for 370 in the first innings, Bengal finished the day, 261 for 2 in their second essay.
Resuming the day 368 for 8, Madhya Pradesh lost the last two wickets early, getting all out at 370 in 92. 1 overs.
Coming out to bat in the second innings, Abhishek Kumar Raman and Prasenjit Das gave Bengal a good start with a 155-run first wicket partnership, before Prasenjit was sent off by Puneet Datey for 72.
Thereafter, Skipper Manoj Tiwary joined Abhishek at the crease, giving Bengal another 42 runs stand, before the later missed a century being trapped by Ankit Singh Kushwa at 91, reducing Bengal to 197 for 2.
The match came to an end with Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Abhimanyu Eswaran batting on 50 and 33 runs respectively. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

Madhya Pradesh frustrates Bengal
9th December 2016
An eight wicket partnership of 121 runs between unbeaten Ankit Sharma (90) and Ishwar Pandey (63) put paid on Bengal’s hopes of going into the next stage today in New Delhi. Madhya Pradesh finished the day 363 for 8, trailing Bengal by 112 runs.
Commencing the day on 19 for 1, Bengal bowlers were right on target and soon reduced Madhya Pradesh to 166 for 7, before they fought back, getting to a fighting position.
Making the ball talk, Sayan Ghosh took 4 for 87, remaining the highest wicket taker, but that was not enough to give the opposition follow-on, which was most important from Bengal’s perspective. Among the other bowlers all took one wicket each.  
At stumps, Ankit Sharma (90) and Naman Ojha (40) are batting for Madhya Pradesh.
On the other hand, here in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Haryana beat Tripura by 119 runs to add six more points to their way of qualifying in the next stage.
Starting the day 186 for 4, Haryana declared their second innings at 261 for 9, leading Tripura by 314 runs. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

Shreevats hands Bengal advantage
8th December 2016
Riding on an unbeaten double hundred by Shreevats Goswami (225), and a last wicket partnership of 92 runs, Bengal posted 474 for 9 in the first innings, before declaring and reducing Madhya Pradesh 19 for 1 to end the second day’s play of a Group-A Ranji Trophy match at Airforce Complex Ground in New Delhi today.
Resuming on the overnight score of 185 for 4, Bengal added 17 runs this morning before losing their first wicket of the day. Abhimanyu Eswaran was out 80, reducing Bengal to 202 for 5.
However, Shreevats kept on continuing, making his bat talk, he went on building partnerships with the tailenders, making sure that Bengal ends the day in a comfortable position.
Pragyan Ojha (32), V. P. Singh (24) played a good hand with Goswami in the end, adding some valuable runs to the Bengal total.
The last wicket partnership of 92 runs between, Shreevats Goswami and Sayan Ghosh helped Bengal reach a convincing total of 474 for 9.
Among the bowlers, Puneet Datey returned with figures 4 for 105. He was backed by, Chandrakant Sakure, who took 3 wickets.
Coming out to bat to the fag end of the day, Madhya Pradesh lost one wicket getting down to 19 for 1. The only wicket taker for Bengal remained Ashoke Dinda.
Trailing Bengal by 456 runs, at stumps, Mukul Raghav (5) and Rajat Patidar (13) are batting for Madhya Pradesh.
On the other hand, here in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Haryana ended the day’s play 186 for 4, leading Tripura by 239 runs.
Commencing the day on 70 for 4, Tripura lost wickets at a regular interval, before they were bundled for 178 within 58 overs. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

Eswaran, Shreevats steady Bengal
7th December 2016
Bad light denied a full day’s play today in New Delhi, as Bengal reached 185 for 4 riding a 97-run partnership between, Abhimanyu Eswaran  (68) and Shreevats Goswami (52) in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh, after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Coming out to bat, Bengal started losing wickets at a regular interval. At point they were reduced to 88 for 4, before the partnership between Abhimanyu Eswaran and Shreevats Goswami held their innings together.  With both the players remaining not out, Bengal will expect them to carry on for long when the play starts tomorrow.
Prasenjit Kumar Das, who made a comeback to the squad leaving out Agniv Pan failed to shine, as he was dismissed for 3 leaving Bengal down to 29 for 1. Abhishek Kumar Raman, who opened innings with Prasenjit, however, carried on for a while, before he was bowled by Ishwar Pandey for 36, leaving  Bengal at 47 for 2.
Bengal lost their third wicket soon after, with the inform player, Sudip Chatterjee getting out on a duck, before the wicket of Skipper Manoj Tiwary (15) fell reducing Bengal to 88 for 4. Among the bowlers, Chandrakant Sakua remained at the top, with figures 2 or 33.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal will go for a win
6th December 2016
Carrying forward the fighting spirit from the last match, leaving behind all questions of progressing further in the tournament, Bengal looks positive before taking on Madhya Pradesh in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match tomorrow in New Delhi.
While, Bengal are placed six in the points table, securing 17 points off 6 matches, Madhya Pradesh are placed fourth, getting 19 off 7.
Keeping in mind the importance of the match, Bengal’s only concern will be their batting, that has been inconsistent so far this season, while the bowling will led by the old fox, Ashoke Dinda, backed by Amit kuila and Sayan Ghosh.
Without hiving the present statistics of Bengal against Madhya Pradesh, in the last five meetings, not going in Bengal’s favour, skipper Manoj Tiwary said, “What is important for us now is go and give our hundred per cent. The match is very important for us, an outright win can bring us a chance in progressing further in the tournament.”
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Prasenjit makes comeback, Agniv out
3rd December 2016
Prasenjit Das makes a comeback to the Bengal squad, while Agniv Pan was pulled out, following a Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi, commencing December 7.

Squad:

Manoj Tiwary, Pragyan Ojha, Ashoke Dinda, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Pankaj Shaw, Shreevats Goswami, Aamir Gani, Amit Kuila, Sayan Ghosh, Writtick Chatterjee, Mukesh Kumar, Abhishek Raman, Prasenjit Das.
On the other hand, a meeting of the first division clubs held today at the CAB office discussed some changes, taking place in the format of first-division matches, commencing this season.
Instead of two, matches will now be played for three days, with one team batting for a maximum of 115 overs in the first innings. However, no such limitation has been said about the second essay, which will be on the judgment of the Umpires, depending up on the time left in the match.
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CAB MEDIA DESK

Bengal fight back a draw
2nd December 2016
Bengal paid heavy for the batting debacle in the first innings returning home with one solitary point from their match against Mumbai at the Municipal Stadium in Nagpur. With the exception of the first three sessions on the opening day, Bengal never lost control of the game, but could not eke out a result as a resolute Mumbai forced a draw with a stubborn 203 for 6 in their second innings.
Earlier, Bengal innings folded up within 10 minutes in the morning for 437, setting Mumbai a target of 308 to win. The Bengal pace battery led by Ashoke Dinda came out with purpose rocking Mumbai top order with a spell of hostile fast bowling that saw them being reduced to 5 for 67 at one stage. Ashoke Dinda was again the bowler skipper Manoj Tiwary could look up to for delivering.
He did not disappoint taking Kaustabh P, Shreyas Iyer and J G Bista within the first six overs. With Mukhesh Kumar picking up Surya Kumar Yadav and Pragyan Ojha making quick work of A P Tare, Mumbai looked to fold up in hurry.
However, a 112 run fifth wicket partnership between Shubhan Ranjane and Abhishek Nayar saw Mumbai recover and push the game towards a draw. Abhishek was stumped by Goswami off Dinda for 51, but not before Mumbai was ensured 3 points from the tie.
"We tried our best but at the end they took away 3 points. Two more matches now to go, and we need to play well there. Initially when we took three wickets it looked the match has swung very much in our favour, but then they batted well to repair the lose,” said Skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Bengal will be playing their next match against Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi starting from December 7.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Manoj, Sudip give Bengal a fighting chance
1st December 2016
Bengal stole Mumbai’s dream of an easy win in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match today in Nagpur, by setting a 303-run second innings lead, riding the centuries off Skipper Manoj Tiwary (169) and Sudip Chatterjee (130). Bengal finished the day on 433 for 8, before bad light stopped play.
Commencing on the overnight 198 for 3, with just 68 runs lead, Bengal was left with miles to walk before the day ended. The new day could belong to anyone but it was Bengal who rose to carpe diem.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee made sure that the team bats through the session uninterrupted, and went on to put on a partnership of 271 runs before Sudip fell to Abhishek Nayar reducing Bengal to 327 for 4.
However, Manoj Tiwary continued the talking with his bat going past an excellent 150, before his innings came to an unfortunate end being run out by Shardul Thakur. He scored 169 off 288 balls.
Later in the day, when a lead of 300 was looking impossible, Pragyan Ojha contributed a useful 30 runs to take Bengal over the mark.
For Mumbai, the bowlers struggled, they tried everything but in the end the day went to Bengal. Dhawal Kulkarni returned with figures 4 for 108, while Abhishek Nayar took 2 for 70.
At stumps batting for Bengal, Pragyan Ojha (30) and Amit Kuila (18).
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal not out of woods yet
30th November 2016
Bengal fought back riding a patient 142 runs fourth wicket partnership between Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee, before restricting Mumbai to 229 in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match today in Nagpur. Bengal finished the day at 198 for 3, leading Mumbai by 68 runs.
Resuming on the over total of 164 for 5, Mumbai managed only 65 runs this morning before being polished off within 58 overs.
Ashoke Dinda returned with figures 5 for 88, making a full use of the overnight moisture on a green top wicket. Mukesh Kumar took 3 for 56, followed by Amit Kuila’s 2 for 55.
Coming on to bat in the second innings, Bengal started narrating the same story of an affair with poor batting, by losing A. Eswaran (5) and Sayan Mandal (0) early, getting reduced to 17 for 2.
However, debutant Abhishek Raman played a good hand with Sudip Chatterjee for a while, before he was sent off reducing Bengal further to 56 for 3.
Thereafter, when everyone expected Bengal approaching yet another batting collapse, Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee steered them out for a the situation, establishing a partnership of 142 runs.
At Stumps Manoj Tiwary (85) and Sudip Chatterjee (67) are batting for Bengal, still left with a mountain ahead to climb, when they come out to play tomorrow.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

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Bengal loses plot in Nagpur
29th November 2016
Bengal lost their last six wickets for nine runs to fold their innings at 99 and virtually hand over the reins of the match to Mumbai on day-one of their Ranji Trophy Group A tie in Nagpur today. At stumps Mumbai further tightened the noose accumulating 164 runs for 5 wickets establishing a lead of 65 runs.
Bengal lost the toss and walked out to bat on a green top that was ready to show its mettle. The dye was cast so to say. None of the top order batsmen showed any craft, skill or temperament as Shardul wrecked havoc. Debutant Abhishek Raman with a defiant 21 and Sudip Chatterjee with 35 showed a semblence of character. Skipper Manoj Tiwary also departed at 11 reducing Bengal to 90 for 4.
However, no one had anticipated the collapse thereafter. Six wickets, 9 runs in 5.2 overs and Bengal was getting ready to field. Shardul returned with figures of six for 31 in 13 overs, with Dhawal Kulkarni bagging 3 for 22 in 10.3 overs. The fourth highest score in Bengal innings was notched up by extras given by Mumbai that accounted for 14 valuable runs to the total.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Bengal look positive after Laxman boost
28th November 2016
Bengal looks to put the ghost of last two matches behind when they take on mighty Mumbai in Nagpur. Fresh from a two-day session with their batting consultant V V S Laxman, the players are ready to eliminate their mistakes and put up a stellar show.
According to official sources, Laxman saw the video footage of all the players and then sat with them as a team and also individually. In these meetings he talked about how to approach the game, session by session and also hold together individual innings.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary told CAB Media: “Both the days we did nets with Laxman sir as well as class room sessions. It has been a fruitful meeting. He threw a lot of balls at the net and made us play certain shots. He also advised us on how to handle pressure situations both mentally and on the ground. This will come in handy against an opposition like Mumbai.”
Agniv has 238 runs from the five matches he has played so far, but has never converted them to big ones. Talking about his batting, Agniv Pan said: “He gave us a lot of tactical inputs. He showed us where we were going wrong in our batting. He also advised me on how to pace my innings.” Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Abhishek in Prasenjit out
24th November 2016
Despite making a positive start to this Ranji season, Bengal now finds them in a tough situation, being placed fifth in the points table with only three matches remaining. The next match they play against Mumbai in Nagpur, commencing November 29, will be very crucial for their further progressing in the tournament.
  Understanding the importance of the match, the Bengal think tank today sat for a final time at the CAB office, discussing the best combination possible.
However, only one change was made.Uncapped Abhishek Kumar Raman was put in to the squad and Prasenjit Das was pulled out.
Following a brilliant performance in the C. K. Nayudu tournament with a couple of centuries and half- centuries, he got the chance. He is also the under 23 captain for Bengal.
“I worked hard for this day. I know I have pressure but still I am enjoying it. I will have to do well in the match against Mumbai. It will be a tough game for us, where we need to do well,” said Abhishek. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Cricket lover Samir Dasgupta no more
23rd November 2016
A cricket lover, a gentleman and a CAB veteran Samir Dasgupta breathed his last at a city hospital today. He was 75.
His mortal remains were taken to Victoria Club, East Bengal ground and then B C Roy Clubhouse at the CAB before it set off for the last journey.
He was one of the most successful team managers for Bengal and was loved by all the cricketers spreading two decades. He was also the Assistant Secretary of CAB from 2003 to 2005.
CAB president Sourav Ganguly paid his tribute to Mr. Dasgupta.
“I have known Mr. Samir Dasgupta for several years now. He was a perfect gentleman and a warm human being. It is difficult to come to terms with his sudden death. My heartfelt condolence for his near and dear ones,” said CAB President Sourav Ganguly.
CAB Jt Secretary Avishek Dalmiya, who is not in town, said over telephone, “I have known Mr Samir Dasgupta from the time of my father. He has always served the association tirelessly. Besides being an expert in man management, he was a warm and honest human being. His sudden and untimely death is most unfortunate and has left us grief stricken. May his family get the courage to deal with this tragedy."
“I have known him for over 30 years. His contribution to CAB was huge. I have no words to express my grief. My prayers are with his family,” said CAB treasurer Biswaroop Dey. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Lahli claim Bengal
22nd November 2016
The wicket in Lahli continued to spew venom, as Bengal failed to pull a win back against Baroda in Group-A Ranji Trophy match today. Chasing a target of 154 runs, Bengal was shot out at 133 in 46 overs.
Resuming the day, Bengal bowlers had to wrap up the opposition innings as early as possible. But Baroda made sure that they gave a fight, managing to crawl to 133 all out, giving Bengal to chase a target of 154 runs.
Coming out to bat, Bengal started losing wickets at regular interval, and was soon reduced to 40 for 4. Skipper Manoj Tiwary (39) however tried to steady inning but was sent back soon by S. Mangalorkar reducing Bengal further to 94 for 5.
Thereafter, it was on Shreevats Goshwami and the tailenders to bring Bengal home. Shreevats gave a try remaining unbeaten at 26, but with wickets falling at the other end, hardly anything was possible. Bengal’s innings finally came to an end with the last man, Mukesh Kumar run out for 1. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

23 wickets fall on Day-I at Lahli
21st November 2016
The Lahli wicket in Rohtak lived up to its reputation with 23 wickets falling on the first day in a Group-A Ranji Trophy tie between Bengal and Baroda. Baroda finished the day 63 for 3 in their second innings, leading Bengal by 84 runs.
At stumps Kedar Devdhar (34) and A. Brambhaat (7) were batting for Baroda.
Electing to field, Bengal seemed to be dominating the game when they bowled out Baroda at 97 within 30.4 overs, with the experienced Ashoke Dinda taking six wickets. He was backed by Mukesh Kumar’s 3 for 39.
When Bengal came out to bat wickets fell like house of cards being reduced to 36 for 5. The only batsman who gave a fight back was Sudip Chatterjee (37) before he was also sent back by Irfan Pathan reducing Bengal to 76 for 9. The last wicket to fall was Amit Kuila (0) as Baroda polished off Bengal’s innings in 27.4 overs. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK

Bengal to go for win in milestone match
20th November 2016
When Bengal plays the milestione 400th first class game tomorrow at Lalhil, Rohtak, against Baroda, six points will be the only target for the boys who want to forget their performance in the last game as an aberration.
This will be Bengal's 396th Ranji Trophy match and 400th first class tie.
Speaking to the CAB Media Desk, coach Sairaj Bahutule said: "It is obviously going to be a green top. So we will play three pacers for sure. Sayan Sekhar Mondal will come in as the fourth pacer. But we have to make sure that the batting strength is not compromised."
Asked if Mukesh Kumar will get a look in, he said: "The three pacers led by Ashoke Dinda are among wickets. So it will be a difficult decision. But the good news is that Sudip (Chatterjee) has recovered and he is going to play."
"The final eleven will be picked tomorrow morning in consultation with Manoj (Tiwary)," he added.
Bengal Skipper Manoj Tiwary said: "We will dive for six points. We want to forget what happened in the last match and start afresh."
"I am happy that the tailenders showed character in the last match and put a price on their wicket. This will be needed here also. More importantly we need to build on partnerships. Top order batters need to put their hand up and perform. We need more selective strokeplay on a wicket like this. Cautious aggression will be the key to success," he said. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Bengal to play 400th first class match tomorrow
20th November 2016
When Manoj Tiwary leads his men to the ground tomorrow, Bengal team will touch a milestone. Their match against Baroda iin Lahil will be their 396th Ranji Trophy match and 400th first class game.
Cicket Association of Bengal Jt.Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: "I got it checked from the official statistitian of BCCI, He has sent me a written reply today stating that Bengal's next match will be their 400th first class game and 396th Ranji Trophy tie. This is a wonderful thing."
"I wished Manoj (Tiwary) and wished him and the team the very best on behalf of the CAB. This is a proud moment for the Bengal team. I urged them to give the dominant performance they have been giving the whole season in this match. I a sure they will make this milestone match memorable," he added.
Bengal Coach Sairaj Bahutule said: "It is a milestone match for Bengal and the team will be charged up to perform. Avishek Dalmiya called me up and wished the whole team all the best." Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Sourav remembers P B Dutta as a fine left hander
19th November 2016
Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly today remembered former Bengal Ranji skipper Late P B Dutta as a left-hander of great elegance and style who had the capacity of pulling people to the ground.
Speaking at a condolence meeting in memory of P B Dutta aka Badal da, Sourav Ganguly said: “He was actively associated with CAB and was the chairman of the Board of Trustees, a rare distinction for a cricketer. He always thought about the welfare of CAB even after his playing days.”
“But for me personally, he was a left-handed batsman who brought people back to the ground. I was playing junior cricket when “Badal da” was a selector. That was when I got to know him personally. He had a certain classiness in the way he went about things. We are grief stricken at this loss. On behalf of CAB we wish his family our heartfelt condolence.”
Badal Dutta who passed away at the age of 92 on November 12, 2016.
Another iconic Bengal cricketer Chuni Goswami said: “I have not played Ranji Trophy with ‘Badal da’, but for about a decade we played in Mohun Bagan together. He was my captain. Thereafter we were friends for about 25 years. He loved cricket. He was a Cambridge Blue. He had four Ranji centuries that included a ton against Holkar’s team in the final here. He should have played Test cricket. He was a complete player.” Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Sekhar gets contract extension
18th November 2016
Following Bengal's good performance in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, Cricket Association of Bengal has renewed its contract with ex- Indian pacer, T. A. Sekhar, as the bowling consultant of the vision 2020 camp.
Sekhar has been the bowling coach since its inception two years back.
“It was a great decision taken by Sourav Ganguly. These camps don't produce immediate results, but the way the team is playing is really good. They have done quite well so far this season. I hope they will do well against Baroda in the next match,” said Sekhar
Asked about the possibility of Mukesh Kumar playing the next match, “He is a talented cricketer. Unlucky, he broke his finger while practicing in the nets. I feel he should get a chance in the next match. But I am not the selector. It is up to them to decide who will play and who will not,” he said. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal takes one point from TN tie
16th November 2016
Bengal survived a scare thanks to a patient knock from Sreevats Goswami (61) sealing a draw against Tamil Nadu today at Rajkot. Bengal scored 337 in the first innings to concede a lead of 17. Bengal managed to score 196 for 9 in the second innings.
TN gets 3 points, while Bengal will have to be happy with one. Sreevats Goshwami and Aamir Gani (45) put on an 87 run partnership for the sixth wicket to save Bengal reeling at 66 for 5 at one point of time. The Bengal top order for once failed to score freely today as Vignesh K and Aswin Crist made merry.
Sayan Ghosh stood at the crease for 90 balls scoring 28, while Sudip Chatterjee who got a ton in the first innings got a duck. Skipper Manoj Tiwary could only manage seven runs.
Ashoke Dinda made a quickfire 38 off 25 balls to add some shine the scoreboard. Among the bowlers, M.S.Washington Sundar topped the bowlers table taking 3 for 29. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu (With inputs from Sayan Banerjee)

Sayan’s four not enough to give Bengal a lead
15th November 2016
Bengal bowled their heart out but could not manage a crucial first innings lead, as Tamil Nadu batted with patience to crawl to 348 for 9 to end day III in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match today in Rajkot. Tamil Nadu lead by 11 runs.
Resuming the day, Bengal had a tough job left to be done on a pitch that had hardly any assistance for the bowlers. Tamil Nadu on the other hand looked determined to their goal, with skipper Abhinav Mukund and Kaushik Gandhi giving them a solid start with a 45 runs partnership, before Abhinav was run out giving Bengal a hope.
But, that was not long lasting, as Gandhi kept continuing with B. Indrajith to push the score board on, before he was sent off at 65 by Pragyan Ojha reducing Tamil Nadu to 141 for 3.
Thereafter, when it looked the tie tilting in Bengal’s favour, Dinesh Karthik came to crease and stood like a wall scoring 80 off 117 balls before he was finally trapped by Amit Kuila putting his team on a comfortable position.
However, the match got interesting towards the very end of the day, when Tamil Nadu was reduced to 310 for 9, still trailing by 34 runs. But the last wicket made sure that they return back to the dressing room with peaceful mind.
Among the bowlers, Sayan Ghosh bowled well taking 4 wickets, but his effort went in vain with Tamil Nadu snatching the lead. Among others, Pragyan Ojha took 2, followed by Amit Kuila and Ashok Dinda taking one each.   Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Sudip craft innings for Bengal
14th November 2016
Bengal put up a respectable total to 337 riding a patient hundred by Sudip Chatterjee, before reducing Tamil Nadu 60 for 1 to end day II in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match in Rajkot. Bengal still lead by 277 runs.
At stumps Abhinav Mukund (19) and Kaushik Gandhi (25) were batting for Tamil Nadu.
Starting the day 190 for 3, Bengal lost Agniv Pan (59) early in the day reducing to 198 for 4, before Sudip joined Shreevats Goswami to carry forward Bengal’s innings. Shreevats was out for 35 reducing Bengal further to 242 for 5.
But Sudip Chatterjee made sure that his team reached a respectable total, as he hung on with the tailenders. Ashoke Dinda scored 21 off 44 balls, while Aamir Gani managed 11. Pragyan Ojha was not out at 14.
The last wicket to fall was Amit Kuila (0), before Sudip was caught by B Aparajith off Vignesh K for 100 off 253 balls.
“I am happy that I got a hundred. But I would have liked to carry on. It was a slow pitch; the ball was not coming to the bat. Stroke playing was not easy here,” said Sudip Chatterjee.
Asked if he was happy with the present situation, he said, “Few more runs would have been better. But it is not bad either. Tomorrow we need to bowl well,” he said. Read More..



CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal push to 190 on a slow track
13th November 2016
On a slow track Bengal reached 190 for 3 to end day one in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Bengal progressed at a snail's pace. Sayan Mandal played 18 balls but couldn’t get off the mark, before he was dismissed by T. Natarajan. However, A. Eswaran (31) and Sudip Chatterjee gave the score some respectability before A Eswaran was sent off by Aswin Crist reducing Bengal to 51 for 2
Thereafter, Skippeer Manoj Tiwary and Sudip Chatterjee steadied the innings with a partnership of 111 runs, before Sudip (34) retired hurt due to a hamstring cramp.
But Manoj continued with Agniv Pan, before the third wicket fell at 162. Manoj Tiwary was out caught & bowled by R. Srinivas for 56 off 161 balls.
“It was a very slow track, much different than what it looked yesterday. They have also bowled well sticking to the basics. The ball was not coming to the bat and it was getting difficult to play shorts,” said Manoj Tiwary.
“We will be looking for a score of 350 plus on a surface like this. Tomorrow our plan will be to play carefully and not lose too many wickets early morning,” he added.
Asked about Sudip’s injury, “It’s just a hamstring cramp, nothing serious. I hope he will bat tomorrow,” he informed.
Among the bowlers, A. Crist, T. Natarajan and R. Srinivas took one wicket each.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

CAB mourns demise of P B Dutta
12th November 2016
P B Dutta breathed his last today in Kolkata. He was 92. The Cricket Association of Bengal expressed profound grief at the loss of one of the crown jewels of Bengal cricket.
CAB President Sourav Ganguly said: "We are deeply saddened at this loss. We wish his family our heartfelt condolences."
"Bengal cricket lost one of its great sons. An elegant left hander, he has been an icon for several generations. A talent like him is hard to be replaced," said Jt Secretary, CAB, Avishek Dalmiya.
"CAB mours this loss along with Dutta family. We pray to the Almighty for eternal peace to his departed soul," said Jt secretary, CAB, Subir Ganguly.
Badal Dutta was born June 21, 1924 at Sylhet in undivided India. He was an extremely elegant left- hander and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. In a First-Class career spanning from 1944-45 to 1955-56, Dutta scored 1,459 runs with a highest of 143. He averaged 29.77 with the bat, scored 4 centuries and 5 fifties, and held 12 catches. He captured 41 wickets at 37.09, and his best innings figures were 5 for 52.


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Bengal look to bat first
12th November 2016
Fresh from the forced break, Bengal will take on Tamil Nadu hoping to keep the winning momentum going in their Group-A Ranji Trophy tie at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot.
Bengal are placed 5th in the leaderboard, while Tamil Nadu are 2nd but having played two more matches. “We have played 3 matches and secured 15 points, they are only 17 from 5. We are still placed better,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Going by the records, Bengal managed just one win against TN in the last five matches. Skipper Tiwary refuses to hive this any importance: “We are not bothered about statistics. Anything is possible in cricket. Whoever plays well will win at the end. We will try to be that team. Our homework is in place, its for the boys to execute.”
Asked about the wicket, he said, “It looks a flat track with lots of runs. We need to get runs on the board and give them a tough fight.”
Overall, Bengal will be satisfied with the performance they have so far this season. The only concern being the tail not being able to wag yet, “We are happy with the way the team is playing. The batsmen have contributed well. The only thing is we need to be bit more careful while playing as we need to convert the starts into big innings. Contributing tailendes will be an additional advantage,” said batsman Sayan Mandal.


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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

No break in momentum for Bengal
11th November 2016
With the two topping the group, Bengal wanted to test strength against Gujarat, but frustration grew when the match was finally cancelled after a wait of two days due to the smoke cover over the nation's capital.
But this break is not a break in momentum, feels skipper Manoj Tiwary, “There was a break, but not in our momentum. We made a good start to the Ranji Trophy, playing well constantly, why a match getting cancelled due to external factors affect the team’s morale. You don’t have control over mother nature,” he said.
“And it is also good that the match is rescheduled and we didn’t lose anything at the end. The only waste was time. We know how to handle situations like this. Our only focus now is to go and play well against Tamil Nadu on Sunday,” he added.
Sayan Ghosh also echoed similar sentiments, “We are practicing well here in Rajkot for the match against Tamil Nadu. They are a good side. The cancellation of match in Delhi had no negative impacts on us,” he said.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Arup, Krishna give Assam first win
8th November 2016
Assam registered their first win in Ranji Trophy this season, chasing 63 runs after Arup and Krishna Das ran through Saurashtra getting them out for a paltry total of 81 in their second innings at the Eden Gardens here today.
The Assam bowlers made it clear from the beginning they will not be settling with only a draw. Arup Das took five for 21 and Krishna Das bagged four to shot out Saurashtra at 81 in only 39.5 overs, managing a lead of only 63 runs.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Kotla match to be rescheduled
7th November 2016
A six-wicket haul by Jaydev Unadkat was not enough to give Saurashtra first innings lead, as Assam managed 171 in reply to Saurashtra’s first innings score of 153 in a Group-B Ranji Trophy match, here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Saurashtra end the day at 0 for 1. At stumps batting, Sagar Jogiyani and DA Jadeja at not.
Resuming the day 121 for 9, Saurashtra added 32 runs more to the last night total before finishing at 153 in 52.4 overs.

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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Kotla match to be rescheduled
6th November 2016
The Group-A Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Gujarat that was cancelled today at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi, due to increasing level of toxic air pollution in the city will be rescheduled by the BCCI, after the league stages of the tournament gets over. The venue and the date of the match will be announced shortly.
The condition became lethal due to the rise in air quality index from 250 normal to more than 500 and above, the Meteorological office has termed this as ‘Smoke haze’ and not ‘smog’.
“It was disappointing for us. The match was called off due to an extreme weather condition. A thick blanket of pollution is covering the city since the last few days. It is not possible to play in such conditions. But the good news is the match is getting rescheduled shortly.” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
Asked about a break in winning momentum for an unexpected reason he said, “We would have definitely wanted the match, with the top two teams in the group playing, but you don’t have control over such situations. We are now only looking forward for the next match.”
Bengal team is expected to fly back Kolkata tomorrow with hopes of doing well in the next match at Rajkot against Tamil Nadu.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Smog stops play at Kotla
5th November 2016
Due to bad light and over cast conditions, the first day of a Group-A Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Gujarat was called off at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi today.
The players finally returned to the hotel after waiting the whole day for the play to get started before the Umpires finally called the day off at 4:00 PM in the afternoon.
The condition grew due to the increasing air pollution in Delhi that made the city come stand still, with very little hope for a better situation tomorrow.
“It was a day lost. We wanted the game against Gujarat. They are one of the best sides in the tournament. But again you don’t have control over the weather,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

First day's play washed out at Eden Gardens
5th November 2016
Inclement weather and incessant rain over the last two days washed out the first day’s play of a Group-B Ranji Trophy match between Assam and Saurashtra today at the Eden Gardens here. The rain is caused by a low pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal. There is more bad news with the Meterological department forecasting another 48 hours of rain. The players returned to the hotel after the umpires' decision of calling off the day’s play at 11:30 AM in the morning. “It is raining for last 48 hours. But the pitch is still ready forplay. The problem has been with the outfield that has gone wet. No play will be possible tomorrow if it rains like this. For the play to commence the ground needs to dry up and for that you need a bright sunshine,” said pitch curator Sujon Mukherjee.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal will look to end Gujarat's purple patch
4th November 2016
With 15 points from three matches, Bengal would look to continue the winning momentum when they take on an equally upbeat Gujarat in a Group-A Ranji Trophy match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi tomorrow.
While Bengal will be confident beating Railways in a tight match, Gujarat will not remain on the backfoot either having picked up 15 points from three matches also. In fact they have a better run rate than Bengal catapulting them to the top of the group.
The last five meetings between the two sides have yielded in stalemates, with Bengal taking first innings lead thrice. The last match was played in the session 2012-13.
“We shall definitely look for a win. Gujarat is a good side they are playing well in the tournament so far. We have our plans ready to handle any situation. The wicket looks good for batting but it will also assist the bowlers as the game progresses. Haven’t decided the playing eleven yet, will decide it tomorrow morning,” said Coach Sairaj Bahutule.
Bengal will be a happy side with all top order batsmen and leading bowlers finding form early in the tournament. The only concern will be the long tail that has refused to wag.
“The wicket looks good for batting but it will crack and turn slightly as the game progresses. We are thinking of going with two spinners, but the final decision will be taken tomorrow morning,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

England lacks quality spinners, despite Saqlain: Wriddhi
3rd November 2016
India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha believes that the England bowling line-up does not have experienced spinners to trouble the home side in the Test series, definitely tilting the scales in favour of the hosts.
During a tea party hosted by CAB, Wriddhi said: “Last time they had Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. They were quality spinners. But this time they have a younger inexperienced lot. They lack the temperament and skill set that is needed to trouble the Indian batsmen on home turf.”
For all the hype of Saqlain Mustaq as the bowling consultant, he said: “He can’t come out and bowl. The bowlers are young and they have to deliver on ground. It won’t be easy.”
Other than Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Garreth Batty and Adil Rashid have a combined experience of 14 Test matches.
On James Anderson’s absence in the first two Test at least, Wriddhi said: “He is a great bowler. His absence is a definite advantage. But they do have a good pace battery led by Stuart Broad.”
“We are definitely favourities. There are a lot of players on their first tour of India. And that is a serious learning curve. If we can execute the plans properly we should win the series,” he added.
Reacting to the much talked about “Park-the-Bus” strategy, he said: “A lot of people say a lot of things, but cricket is a matter of application. Every batsman has his own approach. Some score few runs playing a lot of balls and some cannot survive a lot of balls. I like to play a lot of balls when I am batting. So it’s easier said than done.”
On his relation with the team members, he said: "The dressing room atmosphere with the Indian team is great. Like it is very serious here (with the Bengal team), it's not like that when I am with Team India." he added.
Asked how accessible is chief coach and leg-spin legend Anil Kumble, Saha said: "He is always willing to guide you. He has a sense of humour and that reflects in the dressing room. It is so relaxed."
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Sourav lauds team: Manoj praises Vision 2020 plan
2nd November 2016
Former India skipper and CAB President Sourav Ganguly today lauded the Bengal Ranji Team for the consistent performance on neutral venues and hoped they would continue to do so in the series.
“This is the first time the teams are playing in the neutral venues and we have done quite well so far. Still a long way to go and we hope that the team will keep on performing well. This is a young side and all are playing well which is the best news for a team,” Ganguly said at a private get together of the Bengal team at CAB clubhouse.
He then went on to congratulate Manoj Tiwary for leading the team so well and praised Ashoke Dinda for his feat as a pacer for Bengal. “I congratulate Manoj (Tiwary) for the way he is leading the team and also (Ashoke) Dinda for becoming the highest wicket taker for Bengal as a pacer,” Ganguly added.
Sourav oozed confidence that this young side will continue to play well and will give players who will go on to play at the highest level. “I hope these young players continue to go on and play cricket at the highest level,” Ganguly said.
Meanwhile, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary was confident that the team will put up a good show in the second phase as well. “This is the effect of Vision 2020. The tips and guidance we have got from the experts are coming to good use. The team looks much better equipped even on foreign conditions,” he said.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)

Kuila gets sponsor
2nd November 2016
Amit Kuila comes from a humble background from a nondescript locality in the districts of Bengal. From his childhood he dreamt of playing cricket. And cricket has now proved to be his source of salvation.
Under the able leadership of CAB President Sourav Ganguly, Kuila has found a patron. BMS Steel has come forward and promised a monthly stipend of Rs 40,000. This is part of a project that will see 10 talented young cricketers from humble backgrounds being supported by BMS Steel.
A brainchild of Sourav Ganguly, the man himself said: "This is part of a programme where 10 cricketers will be chosen based on their talent and background. We want them to think only about cricket. Develop their skills and leave the rest to us."
Kuila himself was elated. "This will be a great help. Sourav Sir always takes care of the boys. I am grateful." 2020. The tips and guidance we have got from the experts are coming to good use. The team looks much better equipped even on foreign conditions,” he said.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Pacers take Bengal top of points table
30th October 2016
In a premium display of fast bowling craft, Bengal seized a 43 run win against Railways in a Group A Ranji Trophy tie Dharmshala today led by some hostile bowling of Ashoke Dinda. The won propelled Bengal to top of Group A.
Experience did the trick for Bengal, as Ashoke Dinda took 5 for   67  and Amit Kuila 3 for 53 to snatch a memorable win as the game hung in balance with Railways needing 119 to win and Bengal needing 5 wickets.
Coming out to field, Bengal had to defended the 119 runs in style as Railways folded up, for 271 chasing 315.
Railways men knew the morning would be tough, so they started scoring quickly  adding 75 quick runs to the previous night score. But they fell 43 runs short in the end. Skipper Karn Sharma remained not out at 54.
Bengal scored 205 and 214 in their two innings setting up a stiff target of 315 on a crumbling pitch after blowing them out for 105 in their first innings.
“The bowlers bowled well. Ashoke Dinda was exceptional. He used experience to read the wicket this morning and took the early advantage. We could have won the match early had the boys not dropped few catches. But they are playing well and will learn from the mistakes soon,” said coach Sairaj Bahutule.
Asked about Bengal sitting top on the points table he said, “It's a good start to the season. Still a long way to go. Just need to make sure that we are not carried away. Very happy with the team right now,” he said.
Ashoke Dinda said, "I never come under pressure. I knew I had to deliver. Just bowled in the right areas as any other day. It was good I got success. The moisture in the wicket early morning helped a bit"
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Arindam Basu & Sayan Banerjee

Railways fight back
29th October 2016
Bengal battled a nervy day, as Railways kept hopes alive reaching 196 for 5 in 81 overs to end day three in Dharamsala today. Bengal needs 5 more wickets to win.
At stumps on Day III of the Ranji Trophy Group-A tie, Mahesh Rawat was batting on 23 and Karn Sharma on 13. Railways need 119 runs to win.
Resuming the day, Bengal started well with Amit Kuila taking three quick wickets reducing Railways to 22 for 3.
“The ball was swinging early in the morning. We took advantage of the moisture in the wicket. But later in the day as the ball grew older, it became difficult for the bowlers,” said Amit Kuila.
Thereafter, in a game of turning tale, Railways batted with discipline, riding an excellent 134 runs partnership between Shivakant Shukla (81) and Arindam Ghosh (53), before the former was dismissed by Sayan Ghosh reducing them 156 for 4. Ghosh was however continuing but was trapped by the same bowler soonafter. The gritty resistance that the duo displayed was impeccable given the situation.
“We started the day well picking up three quick wickets. But after that the ball was not swinging much. They were also putting away the bad balls nicely. But our bowlers bowled well. We have now taken the new ball and will attack with it tomorrow,” said skipper Manoj Tiwary.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal dominate demon turf
28th October 2016
On a wicket that looked possessed, Bengal batted with caution to amass 208 for nine in their second innings today against Railways to stretch the lead to 308 with two days left in the tie at Dharamshala.
At stumps on Day II of the Ranji Trophy Group-A tie, Pankaj Kumar Shaw was batting on 19 with Sayan Ghosh yet to bat.
The talk of the day was, however, the green top at Dharamshala that continued to spew venom as Ashoke Dinda and Co. made quick work of the opposition. Resuming on the overnight score of 37 for 4, Railways had a mountain to climb. But they folded up in face of some hostile bowling for just 105.
Ashoke Dinda remained pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets for just 45 runs, ably supported by Sayan Ghosh (3/31) and Amil Kuila (2/24). Ashoke Dinda later told CAB: “The wicket still has bounce and the ball is moving. It is supporting the seamers. I am bowling well in this season and hope I continue doing so. Getting five wickets in a match is always good.”
Having secured a first innings lead of 100 runs, Bengal began with an advantage. It was a modest start by Bengal losing the first wicket at 37 and second at 67. But they didn’t look under pressure. Skipper Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha played important knocks of 48 and 44 runs respectively. The patience and craft that the duo displayed in the hostile circumstances was exemplary.
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Sayan Banerjee & Arindam Basu

Bengal strikes back
27th October 2016
After being bowled out for 205, Bengal derailed Railways reducing them to 37 for 4 at stumps on opening day of Group-A Ranji Trophy match at Dharmashala today.
Ashok Dinda was the hero of the day as he first played a masterly little cameo of 30 off26 balls and then took two wickets for 17 runs to disrupt Railways scheme of things.
Earlier, Railways won the toss and chose to put Bengal on a surface that had both grass and movement. Railways made best use of the conditions bowling with verve and gusto making life difficult for Bengal. Anureet Singh did not take long to remove A Easwaran (8) pegging back Bengal at 10 for one. But the second wicket partnership between Sayan Sekhar Mandal and Sudip Chatterjee showed promise notching up 52 runs when Mandal was bowled by Amit Misra for 25. With the scorecard showing only 62 runs Bengal suffered a mini collapse with Tiwary and Saha finding their wickets dislodged by Amit Misra with no addition to the score.
Manoj Tiwary said: “The wicket had bounce and the ball was moving. It was helping the seamers. 14 wickets fell in the day. I am quite happy with the position we are in at the end of the day. Tomorrow our plan will be to get them out as early as possible and then put some runs on the board. But I think it will be a low scoring game.”
Sudip kept fighting a lone battle at one end as wickets kept falling. As he tried to push the score running out of partners he was caught and bowled by Anureet Singh. It was a late flourish from Dinda whose 26 ball cameo had five boundaries that gave some respectability to Bengal’s score.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)

Ganguly for Dhoni batting at No. 4
27th October 2016
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly while disagreeing that the Indian team is becoming too dependent on Virat Kohli, today said he would like to see Mahendra Singh Dhoni bat at number four for some time at least.
He was addressing the media at the sidelines of a press meet where CAB joined hands with VLCC for promotion of cricket and other sports in the districts. This will be a two year deal that will allow CAB to promote cricket and other sports.
When asked if Dhoni’s role of a finisher was changing, Sourav said:
“Let him play at number four. He will finish from there. Finisher does not mean he has to bat from the 40th over. Virat (Kohli) bats at three and he is finishing games. It’s a wrong concept that a finisher has to come lower down the order. Dhoni got India over the ropes in the other match batting at four.”
“He (Virat Kohli) is an excellent player, but I don’t think the team is becoming too dependent on him. New Zealand is a good side. They will win some matches also,” he added when asked if the Indian team was leaning on Virat too much to win matches.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Bengal look to keep momentum going
26th October 2016
With Wriddhiman Saha coming into the team, Bengal will in all probability be going with three pacers on a green top wicket against Railways at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala tomorrow. Bengal are on a high with a convincing win against Punjab, while Railways are only on 3 points from three games. Bengal are on 9 points.
The presence of Wriddhiman Saha will add muscle to the middle order, as the tail has failed to wag in the two matches Bengal has played. While, the top order is in good form with all the batsmen among runs, it is Skipper Manoj Tiwary who would be worried about the lower order that has failed to give support to the batters.
In the last five face-offs, Bengal managed only one win with two losses and two draws against Railways. But skipper Manoj Tiwary is not worried about statistics. “We don't go by the statistics. Our plan is ready. The wicket here will be lively and good for cricket. It has fresh grass on it. I think it will help the fast bowlers more.”
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Bengal snatch thrilling win against Punjab
23rd October 2016
The bowlers gave their hearts out, as Bengal carved out a thrilling victory on the last day of a Group A Ranji Trophy match against Punjab at Luhnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur. Punjab bowled out for 244 within 72.3 overs, chasing Bengal’s 359 lead in the second innings.
Resuming on the overnight score of 186 for 5, Bengal lost wickets at regular interval before being shot out at 226 in 64.5 overs. The only batsman fought back was skipper Manoj Tiwari (92) before being trapped by Sandeep Sharma stretching Bengal's lead to 359.
Thereafter, M Vohra (75) and J Singh (44) gave Punjab a fighting start. But Singh's wicket opened the floodgates. The Bengal bowlers took absolute control over the match and pushed the opposition on the back foot, bowling them all out to seak the fate of the match.
Among the bowlers, Pragyan Ojha stole the show with 4 for 70. He was backed by Amit Kulia 3/93 and Ashok Dinda 2/59.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Dinda, Kuila carve records in Bilaspur
22nd October 2016
On the day when Ashoke Dinda emerged as the highest wicket taker as a pacer for Bengal, Amit Kuila makes a thumping debut taking 5 wickets.
They say fast bowlers hunt in pairs. Bengal did exactly that as veteran predator Ashoke Dinda and young turk Amit Kuila destroyed Punjab taking 5 wickets each to give Bengal a vital first innings lead in Bilaspur today.
While Ashoke Dinda gave a timely reminder to all with his rich form, Amit Kuila made the right impression on debut sharing the spoils with the senior pro.
For Kuila this is perhaps the best evening of his life, "I am feeling fantastic. When we began in the morning we had a plan. We knew that we just had to put the ball in the right places. And wickets fell."
His first coach Sushil Sikaria was ecstatic, "He is a fine bowler and deserves a very long run. He comes from a needy family and he needs to do well to turn things around not only for him but also his family."
Amit hails from a lower middle-class family in Kharagpur. His father Sahai Kuila worked in a cement factory and is out of job for the last two years. and struggled to meet both ends. But talent does not pick and choose. So Amit was blessed with cricket skills that needed exposure.
He came to Kolkata and under the tutelage of Sushil flowered at Aikya Sammelani.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Bengal leave Punjab on backfoot
22nd October 2016
Bengal took a comfortable 315 runs lead finishing at 182 for 5 in the third day of a Group- A Ranji Trophy match at the Luhnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur, after dismissing Punjab for 271.
As stumps batting, Skipper Manoj Tiwary (61) and Shreevats Goswami (23). Beginning the day leading Punjab by 236, Bengal bowlers kept on taking wickets at regular interval shooting out Punjab for 271 in 81.3 overs.
Amit Kuila got a five wicket haul in the debut match, while the experienced Ashok Dinda took the other five, becoming the highest wicket taker for Bengal as a pacer and getting his team a crucial first innings lead of 133 runs.
“I am happy with the way I bowled. It was a good day for us overall. We stuck to our game plans, bowled in the right areas and the wickets fell,” said an excited Amit Kuila after the match.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Sayan Banerjee

Karnataka hand Delhi embarrassing defeat
22nd October 2016
Karnataka today put the final nail on Delhi's coffin beating them by an innings and 160 runs on the third day of a Group-B Ranji Trophy match here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Delhi were shot out for 164 within 43 overs.
Beginning the day trailing by 324 runs, Delhi started losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost two early wickets, that of G Gambhir (2) and D Shorey (0), for 11 and never got back on track.
The only batsmen who tried to give a fight back were Unmukt Chand who scored 38 and V Sood who made a dogged 41 to give them any semblence of fightback.
For Karnataka, K. Gowtham was the pick of the bowlers taking 5 for 35 in 9 overs. He was backed by A. Mithum and S. Gopal with two wickets each.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Debutant Kuila take 3 to peg back Punjab
21st October 2016
Debutant Amit Kulia took three for 44 as Bengal held the edge over Punjab restricting them at 168 for 4 after finishing the first innings at 404 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match at Luhnu Cricket Ground in Bilaspur.
Beginning the day at 332 for 5, Bengal were all out for 404 losing the last five wickets for 72 runs. Pankaj Shaw was the lone warrior who scored 55 runs and was the last batsman out. However, Bengal made amends for the poor show with the lower order as they reduced Punjab to 74 for 3 to take the upper hand by tea.
Debutant Amit Kuila was the star of the day reducing Punjab to 1 for 0 and then 2 for 40 as he returned the openers M Vorha (23) and Jiwanjot Singh (0). Ashoke Dinda struck a telling blow on the Punjab innings scalping in-form Yuvraj Singh for 22. Kuila returned in his second spell to remove Gurkeerat Singh for 18 to tilt the scales for Bengal.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu (With inputs from Sayan Banerjee)

Karnataka pile on Delhi’s misery
21st October 2016
Karnataka piled on the miseries of Delhi amassing 414 in their first innings in reply to the opposition’s 90 on the second day of the Group B Ranji Trophy tie here today. With two days remaining and a lead of 324, Karnataka has no plans of batting again.
Delhi looked very ordinary on the field as the batsmen continued chipping away the runs K Nair (53), A Abbas (52), S Binny (32) and S Gopal (46) all getting runs. However, it was C M Gautam who played the role of the anchor on one side remaining unbeaten on 63.
Later he said: “We applied ourselves and the idea was to bat only once get a big lead and put ourselves in a good position. It was kind of unpredictable wicket, tough to get runs here. We had to really apply ourselves. There was some movement for the pacers and later on, especially with the new bal. There was a bit of turn too. It is a relaid wicket, so it will be very interesting to see how day three and four goes.”
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu

Mandal’s century add shine to Bengal top order
20th October 2016
Sayan Sekhar Mandal’s accomplished century propelled Bengal to a steady 332 for 5 after being put to bat by Punjab on a green-top on the opening day of a Group-A Ranji trophy match at the Lunau Cricket Stadium in Bilaspur today.
At stumps P Shaw not out 11 and P Ojha not out 2 were at the crease. But Punjab will also be happy having got the top order back to the pavilion.
Punjab made an immediate impression after putting Bengal to bat removing in-form Abhimanyu Easwaran for 8 trapped lbw by Sandeep Sharma. But Bengal countered well with opener Sayan Sekhar Mandal and Sudip Chatterjee adding 102 runs for the second wicket before Sudip disappointed again not carrying on after another fine half century.
Though the top order continued to milk runs, the star of the day was Mandal. His crafty 135 had 22 boundaries scored at a trotting pace that never allowed the run rate to dip much. As the day progressed and the wicket eased out a little, Mandal flourished scoring on both sides of the wicket.
“The morning was tough. The wicket had both pace and bounce. Initially it was difficult to adjust but gradually it eased out. After the early wicket of Abhimanyu(Easwaran) I had to carry on and that is exactly what I did. I think we are in a good position at the end of the day,” said Sayan Sekhar Mandal to CAB media.
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CAB MEDIA DESK
Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)

Delhi sink to lowest against Karnataka
20th October 2016
Gautam Gambhir’s happy hunting ground proved to be Delhi’s park of shame.
After being bowled out for 90, their lowest against Karnataka, in a ball less than 36 overs at the stroke of lunch on the opening day of a Group-B Ranji Trophy tie, Delhi is looking down the barrel as Karnataka finished the opening day at 131 for three at the Eden Gardens here today.
It was a day of disappointments with the three marquee players failing to impress. While Gautam Gambhir miscued a pull off Arvind Sreenath to top edge for 2, on the other side Robin Uthappa returned for 5 mistiming Pawan Suyal. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma toiled wicketless for 10 overs giving away 34 runs.
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Arindam Basu

Confident Bengal to take on Punjab
19th October 2016
Bengal team is confident to carry on the purple patch against Punjab in a group A Ranji trophy match at Luhnu Cricket Stadium in Bilaspur on October 20. In the last match Bengal’s batting helped the team garner 3 points against Uttar Pradesh.
Abhimanyu Easwaran got centuries in both innings, with Shreevats Goswami notching a fine 100 off 91 balls and skipper Manoj Tiwary craking a fine century. The top order also found runs.
On the other hand, Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh looked in good form getting a century in the first innings and scoring a fine 76 in the second. He will be looking to give a hard time to the Bengal bowlers.
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Sayan Banerjee

Tons from Easwaran, Goswami spice up tame draw
16th October 2016
It was a season opener of happy tidings for Bengal. The top order scored runs. The bowlers showed verve and imagination on a deadpan surface. They choked the opposition out to take a fist innings lead and three vital points.
But the talking points of the Ranji Trophy tie between Bengal and Uttar Pradesh played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur remain Abhimanyu Easwaran's back-to-back centuries in both innings and sparkling form shown by the top order including a 91-ball century from Sreevats Goswami in the second innings, just when the doctors ordered.
Resuming on the overnight score of 30 for no loss, Bengal declared the second innings at 274 for 6, that saw centuries from Easwaran (110 not out with 11x4) and Goswami (100, 17x4, 1x6) and also a mini collapse triggered by the hugely talended UP chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. The match ended in a draw after UP scoring 70 for no loss in their second innings from the 20 overs available with openers Srivastava (31) and Shaukat (30) remaining unbeaten.
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Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)

Bengal enforce crucial first innings lead
15th October 2016
Bengal bowlers toiled hard on a placid pitch to enforce a crucial 56-run first innings lead against Uttar Pradesh on the third day of the Ranji trophy match at the SMS stadium in Jaipur. Chasing Bengal's 466, the UP innings folded up for 410. At stumps on third day Bengal added 30 runs in the second innings to stretch the lead to 86 without any damage.
Resuming on the overnight score of 123 for 3, Uttar Pradesh carried on their innings with patience, before Bengal's Sayan Mandal took the wicket of S. Khan on 85. However, Umesh Sharma (136), the linchpin of UP batting, carried on to score a fine century before Pragyan Ojha got the crucial breakthrough reducing them to 321 for 7.
“It was a tough day for the bowlers on a wicket that was not doing much. But the bowlers bowled really well to get them out within this total. The wicket of S Khan on that stage was crucial. But we were always confident,” said Pragyan Ojha, to CAB media, who took two wickets on the day. Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

5 star Gurvinder gives HP 6wkt win
15th October 2016
Himachal Pradesh beat Kerala by 6 wickets on the third day of their second Ranji trophy match here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Kerala could manage only 115 runs in their second innings, giving Himachal a 102 run chase which they did with 6wkts in hand.
Gurvinder Singh of Himachal Pradesh snapped five wickets for 37 runs in his 15.5 overs to spell soon for Kerala He was backed by M. Dagar (3/25) an Dhawan (2/ 34).
Resuming their second innings today trailing by 13 runs, Kerala lost wickets at regular intervals folding up at 115, which Himachal Pradesh chased down with 6 wickets in hand within 25 overs.
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Sayan Banerjee

Tiwary ton gives Bengal edge
14th October 2016
IRiding a brilliant 110 by captain Manoj Tiwary, Bengalposted a formidable 466 and then reduced Uttar Pradesh to 126 for 3 to wrest advantage on the second day of the Ranji Trophy tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Resuming at 283 for 3, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Manoj Tiwary added 46 before Easwaran returned on 142.
However, Manoj Tiwary carried on where he left last night scoring at ease on either side of the wicket reaching his 22nd first class ton in 141 balls.
Talking to CAB, Manoj said: "I would have been happier had we put up another 50 off runs. It felt good scoring the ton. As a batsman it is all that we can do. I hope to continue the good run of form."
However, the Bengal tail failed to wag as the team lost the last 6 wickets for just 84 runs. Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful UP player, as the Chinaman bowler returned with figures of 5 for 115 as he ran through the lower order. Read More..



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Ishan, Veer out for two matches at least
14th October 2016
Bengal will have to make two changes to their squad for now, albeit grudgingly.
While Ishan Porel has hurt his upper abdomen while bowling at the nets, Veer Pratap Singh has tested positive for dengue.
“I was bowling at the nets when I had overstretched hurting my upper abdomen. I really wanted to play and help Bengal win matches. But due to the injury I had to return last night”, Ishan told CAB media.
Asked about his rehab, he said: “Injury is a part and parcel of every fast bowler’s life. I am not thinking much about it. I will try to work hard and recover as early as possible.” Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

Saxena runs riot as Kerala seize advantage
14th October 2016
Chasing 248 made by Kerala, Himachal were reduced to 198 for 8 on the second day of the Ranji Trophy tie here at Eden Gardens.
P Chopra (60) and AK Bains (22) gave Himachal Pradesh a good start reaching 74, before Bains departed. Thereafter Himachal lost the plot frittering away to 198 for 8 at the end of the second day. Among the bowlers, Jalaj S Sexena of Kerala did the damage by taking five for 53 in 16 overs. S Sandeep Warrier, Iqbal Abdulla, and, KS Monish also bowled well with one wicket each.
Earlier, Kerala resumed the day from 163 for 4 to finish their first innings at 248 in 107.1 overs. Sachin Baby who had a half century last day, couldn't carry long as he was trapped Ibw by Dagar at 61. Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

Top order put Bengal in driver's seat
13th October 2016
It was a solid start with young opener Abhimanyu Easwaran remaining not out on 123 and debutant Agniv Pan (51) adding muscle to the score, as Bengal dominated Uttar Pradesh finishing Day-I of the Ranji Trophy opener at 288 for 3 at the Sawai Manshingh Stadium in Jaipur. Sudip Chatterjee also chipped in with an accomplished 73.
Bengal won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that had some grass. At the end of the day's play Captain Manoj Tiwari told CAB, "We saw the wicket. There was some grass. But the wicket was dry. So when we won the toss we elected to bat." Bengal finished the day at 288 for three with Abhimanyu Easwaran batting on 123 and Manoj giving him company on 1.
The day belonged to debutant Agniv Pan who scored a strokeful 51 off just 81 ball with six boundaries. He cut and pulled at ease and never looked under pressure. He was bowled in the last over of the day to a ball that cut and found the gap between bat and pad. "I missed the line completely. It was a good delivery," Pan later told CAB.
"I was never under pressure. The coach and captain encouraged me to play my natural game. It is a great feeling to score a half cetury on debut. But I am a little sad at not carrying on," Pan added. Read More..



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Kerala crawl to 163 for four
13th October 2016
Kerala recovered from early setback to finish Day-I at 163 for 4 against Himachal Pradesh in their second Ranji trophy match of the season here at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Earlier, Himachal Pradesh won the toss and elected to field and took full advantage of the dampness in the wicket to reduce Kerala 17 for 2.
As the day progressed, Kerala rode Sanju Samson’s 47 and Sachin Baby’s unbeaten 52 to crawl to 163 from 73 overs. BJ Thakkar (run out on 14), J Sexena (2) and skipper PR Pream (14) returned cheaply to put Himachal Pradesh on the top. But they failed to capitalize on the breakthrough, as Kerala grind it out to finish the day. At stump giving Baby company is VA Jagdeesh on 24. Read More..



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Sayan Banerjee

Bengal confident against Uttar Pradesh
12th October 2016
Bengal are a confident lot ahead of their Ranji Trophy season opener against Uttar Pradesh at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur tomorrow. This is the first time that Ranji Trophy will be played on neutral venues removing home advantage that teams had.
Bengal Skipper Manoj Tewari, however, sounded at home with the idea: "The wicket looks good. It is a green top. Let's see if they cut some grass off it or not tomorrow. But irrespective of the wicket the boys can't wait to get on with the match. They are ready. They have worked very hard and it is time to show it where it matters."
Coach Sairaj Bahutule added: "The wicket is a true one. There is some grass on the wicket. But the ball will come on to the bat and it will be a free scoring wicket. The last match here against Australia was a high scoring one. The team has prepared very well. The KSCA trophy was a great motivator. The boys need to go out and deliver."
Talking about the team combination, Manoj said: "We have not decided on the final XI yet. But we are a well balanced side, the boys are in good touch both with bat and ball. We will pick the playing eleven tomorrow."
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Arindam Basu

Mukesh out Sayan in
6th October 2016
Bengal pacer Mukesh Kumar has been ruled out of the Ranji Trophy on wednesday, due to an injury he suffered during a practice at the Jadavpur university Salt Lake campus ground.
“I was practicing at the nets and hoped to give my best during the Ranji Trophy. But that was not to be. But I am keeping positive. Injuries are common in cricket”, he said over telephone to CAB media.
Asked about recovery, “I will see doctor on 13th of this month. Hope he gives me some positive answer,” he said before saying, “I had really eyed a good performance. Hope I can recover soon”.
However, later in the day, the medical team of Bengal said, “His right thumb has been fractured badly, and it should take minimum 4-5 weeks for him to recover.”
This was a lucky break for Sayan Ghosh, who made his debut to first-class cricket last year in the Ranji Trophy. 
“Never thought will come back in the team in this way. Feeling bad for Mukesh. Hope he recovers soon. He is a good player”, he said.
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It was a fought out victory: Virat
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: Team India skipper Virat Kohli, fresh from winning the Test and regaining the top spot in Test ranking, said this test was really fought out and here it was all about taking opportunities and not come under pressure.
"As a captain you don’t want to sit there and see all sad faces out there. I believe in a team game not individual. We have gained a lot of experience from here. This was for a complete team effort and as a captain it is far more satisfying. This test was really fought out and here it was all about taking opportunities and not come under pressure," a very satisfied Virat said.
"As a player I know we will have to go out there and win matches. Our aim is to win games anywhere we play. And we have done it on past few years. I just know when you go on to the pitch you need to have believe in your game and no external factors," he said.
Asked about rankings he said, “Rankings are never important for me. As a player I know we just need to get out there and win matches”.
On entertaining the crowed, "I feel if the crowed stands behind in favour of the bowler he gets charged up and that even sometimes become important for a team."
Asked about the gains from the last two test matches, he said: "The batting of Jadeja in the last match and Wriddhiman Saha is this match. They came out to bat on a very important situation in a test match. In the last match at Kanpur, we could have declared earlier but we didn’t because we wanted to make Jadeja feel the heat to scoring a 50 in a test match. It raises a player’s confidence."
Virat's counterpart Ross Taylor said in Indore they would play freely and for pride. "It was tough total to chase. We got a fair start but couldn’t capitalise. And it was also very hot and humid out there. We will try and play the next game freely as we have nothing to lose now and hope we get a better result there," he said.
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Arindam Basu

BCCI has highest respect for Supreme Court: Thakur
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: BCCI President Anurag Thakur today said the board is open to reforms and had the highest respect for the Supreme Court.
"If you look at the last 18 months, you will see BCCI is open to reforms. Even when the recommendations of Justice Lodha came there was a timeline set. We have lived up to the first timeline, achieved second timeline on September 30," he said.
The only things where members could not agree and could not pass with 3/4th majority were a few decisions that were conveyed to SC and Lodha Committee with the reasons given by the members, he added.
Asked to respond to 'fall-in-line or we will make you fall in line' statement from Supreme Court, he said: "All I want to say is we brought in reforms in the last 18 months, we have passed many recommendations, adopted them as recommended, many could not be adopted by members and they have given various reasons for that. One must appreciate that BCCI was always open about it."
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Arindam Basu

BCCI to make-up mind on DRS post Cape Town: Thakur
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur while reiterating that the Board is open about using Decision Review System (DRS) also made it clear that a final decision will be take following a meeting in the second week of October in Cape Town.
 “We have already spoken about DRS. If you remember in the Sri Lanka series I made an official statement in a channel that BCCI is open about DRS. The issue here is whether the technology 100 per cent. Are you sure about the 100 per cent decision making as far as DRS is concerned?” Thakur told reporters here on the sidelines of India’s second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens.
“There were short comings and that is why in the ICC we have told the cricket committee to look into the DRS and MIT was supposed to give a report. Even in our Edinburgh meeting this year, they could not come to a conclusion where they are fully satisfied with the DRS technology.
Now I will be attending the Cape Town meeting in the second week of October. We’ll again have to look into the performance of DRS. If that is satisfactory, BCCI is open to use the DRS. It all depends on the outcome of the latest trials and the feedback of the DRS technology,” he added.
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Arindam Basu

Thakur praises Dalmiya
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: BCCI President Anurag Thakur today heaped praises for Late Jagmohan Dalmiya calling him an administrator that one comes across once in a lifetime.
Talking about the facilities in Eden Gardens and the 250th Test on home soil, he said: "Sourav (Ganguly) and Avishek (Dalmiya) are doing a fine job. But one cannot forget the contribution of Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya."
He brought a wealth of experience with him that gave him such insight, Thakur said, remembering Dalmiya, while interacting with media at the press box.
"He was a great administrator and was the guy responsible for turning BCCI's fortunes around. He fought legal battles to get us telecast rights. He turned BCCI on its head. We should never forget his contributions," he said. Read More..



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Arindam Basu

No regrets on missing on century: Rohit
2nd October 2016
Rohit Sharma may have missed his century here, but he has no regrets as his partnership with Wriddhiman Saha has firmly placed India on the driver's seat.
“After the wicket of Kohli it was important for me to carry on. We were batting well, but I failed to read the line of the ball and which didn’t bounce enough as expected. But I am happy at the end of the day India is in a healthy position,” he said.
He shared a 103 run partnership with Wriddhiman that brought India back into the game, having lost six wickets for just 106 runs. Asked about Wriddhiman’s role for the next day, he said, “We expect he will carry on tomorrow adding substantially to the total so that we can have a command over the match,” he added.
Asked if there was pressure, Rohit said, “It is a part of the game. As a player I never succumb to pressure. I prefer to keep things simple. I just knew I had to carry on and play my natural game which I did.”
"It was still a difficult pitch to bat on. The pitch has uneven bounce, but it eased out towards the end of the day. As a cricketer you are expected to understand your role and play accordingly,” he added. Read More..



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CAB celebrates historic Test in style
2nd October 2016
Kolkata: BCCI President Anurag Thakur was the centre of attention as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) celebrated the 250th Test on home soil in style felicitating players and planting saplings at the end of the third day's play between India and New Zealand today.
The silver commemorative coins weighing 100 gms each, with 250thTest on home soil on one side and CAB logo on the other side were given out to each member of both the sides. CAB was also handed over the Guinness Certificate by Lions' Club for bringng over 4000 children wearing paper hats.
The coins were given away by BCCI President Anurag Thakur, CAB President Sourav Ganguly, CAB Jt-secretary Avishek Dalmiya and other CAB officials to the players of both the teams and match officials at the end of the third day's play.
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Five star Kumar pin Kiwis to the mat
1st October 2016
India tightened the noose around New Zealand reducing the visitors to 128 for 7 after reaching a healthy 316 riding a fine unbeaten half-centry from Wriddhiman Saha and a five star effort from Bhuvaneswar Kumar at the end of the rain interrupted Day II of the the second Test at Eden Gardens.
As the Kiwis looked like melting down under a sweltering sun and in face of some fine seam and swing bowling from the Indian duo of Md Shami and Bhuvaneswar Kumar, a bevy of gray cloud appeared on the horizon and a smart shower followed stopping the game at 1.30 pm with the Kiwis on 85 for four. Play began again at 4pm after some smart work from the groundsmen made sure not much time was lost. Read More..



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Saha grows with stature each passing game
1st October 2016
Wriddhiman Saha is someone you would lose easily in the crowd. Diminutive, demure almost invisible in his presence. However, all that changes the moment he walks out into the ground. He suddenly grows in stature, the five feet something lean frame becomes a tough surfing board that can take on the waves in a rough sea.
He did this reputation no harm when he remained unbeaten on 54 against New Zealand today, that helped India push the envelope beyond the 300 mark.
Saha got his break into first class cricket, when Deep Dasgupta went and joined, the now historic, ISL. And boy didn't he make the most of it. He became the 15th Bengal player to score a century on Ranji debut.
Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket after the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in 2014 opened the doors for Saha, who had long been his understudy, honing the skills and getting ready for the day when he would walk out. Read More..



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Sehwag, Zaheer's darting times
1st October 2016
Even as a smart shower put a pause to an intriguing second day's play between India and New Zealand at Eden Gardens, two marksmen decided to entertain themselves by playong a game of dart.
One of them, Virender Sehwag, always hit the target with his bat and the other, Zaheer Khan, delivered the goods with ball in hand. In city as part of the commentary team, both of them enjoyed a game of dart as part of Star Sports' programme "Out of the Box".
After an initial banter over a toss of coin as to who whould shoot first, Sehwag allowed Zaheer to start the procedings. Both had six darts to throw in each round, for three rounds to decide on the winner. Read More..



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Match poised trickily after visitors seize initiative
30th September 2016
The wicket of Eden Gardens has never disappointed the intense and the diligent. And today was no exception. At the end of day one of the second Test, India reached a laboured 239 for 7 against a fighting New Zealand who would return to their hotels thinking they have a sliver of a chance to come back in the series. At stumps Wriddhiman Saha (14 with two boundaries and a six) and Ravindra Jadeja on 0, kept India on the hunt. India with a win in Kanpur are one up in the series.
The overnight moisture and healthy movement off the pitch meant New Zealand bowled with their tails up in the first session. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stemmed the rot with a healthy 141 run fourth wicket partnership in the middle.

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Children give dash of colour to the stands
30th September 2016
They looked like the proverbial yellow submarine; these laughing, giggling, wide-eyed children who brought colour and vibrancy to the otherwise large stretches of barren gallery on the opening day of the India-New Zealand Test match at the iconic Eden Gardens here today.
Organised by the Lions' Club, these 4500 odd underprivileged kids came from the city and its suburbs. For them it was their first visit to the Mecca of cricket and they were overawed at the sight of the gigantic structure that held in its brace the lush green field manicured to a perfection in the centre.
"Eden is so big. I never realised it on television," is how Achinta Sarkar reacted when asked how he liked being at the stadium.

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Arindam: 9830388835 (with inputs from Aindrila Das and Promit Shome)

Kapil Dev spices up talk show
30th September 2016
Taking the liberty of tweaking one of the most iconic lines in Indian advertisement one would say: Kapil Dev da jawab nahin! A talk show, at lunch on the opening day of the 2nd Test between India and New Zealand, conceived and brought to life by CAB President Sourav Ganguly, got its zing via Kapil Dev's straight talk.
"In our times the captains had limited power and confidence. The BCCI selection committee was all powerful. They called the shots. So they could give limited confidence to the players," said a candid Kapil, in reaction to Virender Sehwag, who said: "Sourav Ganguly made the team tick. The kind of confidence he gave the players made him special."
Sourav sighted Anil Kumble as the kind of teammate one needed in the dressing room. "He used to say give me runs on the board, I will get you the wickets. That would have a tremendous positive effect on the team."
Sourav Ganguly later told CAB, "It is for anecdotes like these that we hold these talk shows. This was brilliant. Every one was candid and there was so much fun. I plan to continue with these shows in Test matches."
Asked if these would be a feature in the shorter versions of the game, he said: "No then the time is too short."
Asked about the atmosphere, he said: "It was charged. People reacted to what we were saying. they had a great time. We had a great time. It was very well organised."
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Kapil Dev rings the Eden bell
30th September 2016
There was a buzz among the motley crowd that had gathered at the iconic Eden Gardens on the morning of Mahalaya that also signifies the beginning of Devi Paksha that will usher in the biggest festival in this part of the world--Durga Puja.
They were not disappointed a bit. For walked out two legends Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly to ring the bell for the first time at Eden Gardens. Made of pure silver, weighing 107 kgs, the bell is over two feet in diameter making it look a resplendant piece of metal.
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Eden Test to have many firsts under Ganguly
29th September 2016
CAB President Sourav Ganguly is man with a mission and that is to convert the amphitheatre into a world class facility. And with the 250th Test on home soil in the offing work is in progress.
It's early in the season, but the green oval looks lush and rich and the 22-yards ready for a match. "We have done a wonderful work with the ground. It has been raining regularly. It's so early in the season, but still we are good to begin the Test match even today. The groundsmen have done a tremendous job,"
A river cuts through mountains not because of its power, but by its persistence. It is the same persistence that CAB President Sourav Ganguly has shown in the last one year to convert Eden Gardens. "It is an iconic venue. And unless it has world class gfacilities, it will not live up to its billing. We have begun with the Test match, by the time IPL comes a lot more will be done," he added.
To make the event memorable Sourav Ganguly has undertaken a set of path breaking activities.

"It is important that people get to see the history of the game. Then they have the feeling of being part of a special occasion. The 250th match inside the ground and a picture gallery showcasing the journey of the game in this country since inception is going to make their visit memorable," Sourav told CAB Media Desk.
It is not all, CAB has created 250 special gold coins that would be given out to the players of both the teams and board members who come in as guests. The CAB has created special carnival zone in the K and L blocks where there will be game zones for children, food parlours, styling area, gaming arena and cricket zones. Read More..


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Arindam Basu

Virat confident, NZ look to fight back
29th September 2016
Kolkata, Sep 29: Quietly confident of continuing the good run in the series opener at Kanpur, skipper Virat Kohli said that he had the arsenal at his diaposal to negotiate the challenge they will be up against when they take on New Zealand in the second Test at Eden Gardens tomorrow.
"Pitch looks good. As the home side we feel if we can put up big runs on board, it puts pressure on the opposition. We had a great chance to put up a 400 plus score in the first innings in the first Test. But we didnt capitalise on it. A big score on the board means the opposiion has to work harder may be a session and half more. That gives you an advantage." Virat continued, that the Eden Gardens pitch is as expected. "It will be a good track to bat on. We would like to put up a big score."
Talking about team combination and inclusion of Amit Mishra, he said: "In Kanpur we felt we needed an extra batsman. Ishant is injured or he would be ready to start. We are looking at Amit as the Kiwi side has 5 lefhanders." Allyaing fears of Aswin injury, he also did not want to give potence to Gambhir knocking at the nets separately. "We felt adding another off spinner, would help us. If we play 3 spinners, someone along with Ashwin will do the same kind of job that we can require against left handers," Virat said.
"Usually the day before the match we try out the batting combination that will play to see how it looks. But if someone wants to pull out of nets and just knock the ball around it does not mean he will not play," he said of Gautam Gambhir, who has been brought in to replace the injured K L Rahul. Read More..


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Form is a condition of the mind: Kohli
29th September 2016
Negating talks of poor form Team India Skipper Virat Kohli said form is a thing of the mind and he would rather concentrate on the process than the goal.
Asked about any targets he has set for the team and about his form, Virat's response was quick and sharp. He said as a ypoung cricketer ypou dont set targets you just score runs. "It is only after five six or ten years that you set a target for yourself. I don't want to set any target. I would rathar work on the process. It is important to maintain standard of the game," he said.
Hinting at the prospects of India becoming the Top Test playing nation, he said: "Rankings are temporary. There are several quality teams competing. If you get too attached to it, it can get you very upset. It is better to observe it from a distance and stay away from things that are not in our control.
About him practicing with rubber ball at the nets, he said: "We play all three formats of the game. So it is very easy to flow with it. We need to bring the skill sets that we have and bring stability into the game. I wanted to control the bouncing ball that was not coming at a pace. You can prepare well for a game, but the result is not in your hand.
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Implementation of DRS can be debated upon: Kohli
29th September 2016
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is of the opinion that Decision Review System (DRS) is something on which the thinktank of BCCI can certainly debate upon.
Talking about the recent umpire decisions because of which India has been on a receiving end, Virat said: "We can't complain now that we have opted not to allow DRS. But it is something that can certainly be debated upon. There are no excuses for making errors though, but we cant take it to heart."
When asked if the DRS should be implemented, he said: "I can't say yes or no from where I am. But meetings are on and certain areas can certainly be debated like the ball tracking system and hawk eye."
The DRS is a technology-based system first introduced in Test cricket for the sole purpose of reviewing controversial decisions made by the on-field umpires as to whether or not a batsman had been dismissed. The system was first tested in an India v Sri Lanka match in 2008 and was officially launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on November 24 2009 during the first Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the University Oval in Dunedin.
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PRESS RELEASE
Strike rate is for the bowlers: Kumble
28th September 2016
Team India coach Anil Kumble today said he was not worried about the pitch at Eden Gardens and hoped rain will not play spoilsport during the second Test commencing September 30.
India take on New Zealand at this historic ground with the home team up 1-0 with a win in the first Test at Kanpur.
"I have not seen the wicket. Yes its early in the season. There is rain in the air. But it will be a good wicket. As I have said before we are not too worried about the pitch. We have the squad to play on any kind of surface. I only hope rain does not play spoilsport during the Test match," Kumble said.
Asked to comment on the issue of strike rate of batsmen during the Test matches, a plain talking Kumble was also sarcastic in parts: "I am a bit old fashioned. There is a lot of talk about strike rates after T20 came into play. When I was a cricketer strike rate was meant for bowlers. Test cricket is all about its unpredictability. You need different skill sets and every session is different from the other. You play according to a situation. For me in Tests strike rate is still relevant for the bowlers." Read More.. [ CAB MEDIA TEAM ]

Jagmohan Dalmiya remembered with affection on first Death Anniversary
20th September 2016
Kolkata, Sep 20: It's been a year since the country bid an emotional farewell to cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya.
On his first death anniversary, Cricket Association of Bengal paid homage to the inspirational leader, by organizing an immemorial.
Earlier in the day CAB President Sourav Ganguly and Mr Dalmiya’s son CAB Joint-Secretary Avishek Dalmiya paid their homage before leaving city on official work.
Besides love for cricket, Mr. Dalmiya was also involved with social works, 'Eradication of Blindness’ which included restoration of eyesight through cornea grafting and transplantation, was a step taken by him to promote eye donation.
“He started this initiative long back and wanted no one should suffer from blindness.
Today he is not here but his blessing will always be there with us”, said Biswarup Dey, Treasurer, Cricket Association of Bengal. Read More..


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Ticket price reduced, stands after Biswanath Dutta, Dalmiya, Ganguly
20th September 2016
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Working Committee that met last night took a host of decisions both pertaining to development of domestic cricket and related to administration in general including proposing naming the stands at Eden Gardens after legends for their contribution to the game both on and off the field and reducing the prices for the season tickets for the India-New Zealand series to attract more people to the ground.
Later CAB President Sourav Ganguly told media: "Keeping an eye on encouraging more people to come and witness the Test the prices of the tickets have been reworked at Rs 1000, Rs 750 and Rs 500 for the season. Other avenues are also being explored to draw more people to the ground."
As part of the efforts to draw more people to the ground, CAB has joined hands with Lions' Club to bring in 4000 underprivileged children to the stadium to watch the opening day of the Test match. Free tickets are also being given at junior, sub-junior and school levels for those participating in the various coaching camps.
CAB is also organising an indoor cricket carnival featuring around 40 corporate houses to boost participation during the Test match. Read More..

Kiwis cant cook Indian curry: Murali
16th September 2016
Iconic Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan feels the New Zealand team can plan all they want, but they dont have the recope to cook Indian curry.
"They can plan anything but the curry is not for them, they eat only bread and butter. So I think you can’t get the curry flavour from them. Indian spinners will play much better, Indian batsmen will play well. Conditions will favour India," Murali told CAB media team.
Asked about the plan that the Kiwis have done ahead of the tour, Murali said: "The spin.trio of India are more experienced and will have the conditions favouring them."
They have Mitchel Santner, Henry Nichols and Ish Sodhi to counter India's trio of Ravinder Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra.
Coming to Bengal and its talent pool, Murali said: "There are a lot of talent. In the senior team we have Ojha. Everyone knows him. There are upcoming bowlers are Aamir Ganni, Pradipta Pramanik and Anurag Tiwari. There are others who are doing quite well. If they play for Bengal then the spin attack will be very strong." Read More..


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Shami, Wriddhi retained for Kiwi series
13th September 2016
As expected wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Md. Shami made it to the Test team for the forthcoming home series against New Zealand.
Md Shami, who made a comeback after 18 months, was praised by Virat Kohli for his wicket taking form in the Caribbeans. In a recent interview to CAB, Shami said "I will try to continue doing the good work in the home series. I will do my best to stand by my team, support the spinners and play as my captain wants."
Wriddhiman, who scored a century in the third Test at St Lucia against the West Indies has been rewarded for his good work with the gloves. Read More..

Chucking a result of faulty action from junior level: Sekhar
12th September 2016
Oversight from coaches in early stages of career often result in bowlers with faulty action resulting which they are called by umpires for chucking.
Ex-Indian pacer T. A. Sekhar, who is now a bowling consultant to the Bengal team under Vision 2020 project, stressed on the role of the coaches of the junior teams in shaping up careers of bowlers.
"At the junior level its not only about winning a tournament. It is about producing players who would play for India for a longer tenure. I think the coaches in U-16 and U-19 teams should keep a hawk eye on the bowling actions of these young bowlers. Those who are chucking should be told in their early stages and have their action rectified. Sometimes oversight leads to faulty actions, which later prove career altering,” he said, when asked why so many bowlers across the world at international level are called for chucking.
Talking about the current crop of junior players, he said: "There are lot of bowlers doing well. I don’t want to name any one in particular. I can see a lot of talent in the bowlers. I believe within a couple of years Bengal will produce more bowlers playing at international level." Read More..


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All Coaching Centres Participating in CAB Ambar Roy Sub-J r. (U-14) & Junior (U-17) Cricket Tournament : 2016 - 17
12th September 2016
This is to inform you that a joint meeting, like earlier, between Representatives of participating Coaching Centres and the Members of the Junior & Sub-Junior Cricket Committees of the Association has been fixed to be held on Monday, the 17th October 2016 at 5-00 p.m. at Dr. B. C. Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata to discuss on holding the tournament in a befitting manner and apprise of its rules & Other relevant matters. You are, therefore, requested to kindly send your Authorized representative to attend the aforesaid meeting positively.

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Manoj to lead strong Bengal squad
10th September 2016
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) think-tank last night put seal on the 22-member senior Bengal squad to be led by veteran Manoj Tiwari for the current domestic season.
In a closed door meeting led by CAB President Sourav Ganguly, the meeting was attended by selectors Arup Bhattacharya and Madan Ghosh, former cricketers Ranadeb Bose, Joydeep Mukherjee, incumbent skipper Manoj Tiwari and Joint Secretary Abhishek Dalmiya. Chairman of selectors Deep Dasgupta, who is away as commentator, was unavailable, but Chief Coach Sairaj Bahutule was taken into the process over phone.
With Bengal’s domestic season beginning October 13, preparations are afoot to get the squad in shape. Batting consultant V V S Laxman will be with the side from September 17, along with bowling consultant T A Sekhar to help players hone their skills. Read More..



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Shami hopes to continue good work in home series
9th September 2016
For comeback Indian pacer Md Shami, hunger to excel and tireless hardwork are the twin mantras for success. The wily right hand fast medium bowler, who plays for Bengal, became the toast of the team in West Indies scalping 14 wickets in the series.
"It is a comeback of sorts for me. For 18 months I was out of the side nursing the injury and rehabilitating. I am really happy that I was able to do the job for my team and captain," Md Shami told CAB Media Desk.
Talking about the strict regimen he followed on road to recovery, Shami said: "Knee injuries are tough as the whole body weight of a bowler is on his knees. The NCA training helped me a lot. It was a very difficult time. Only I know how focussed I was on my rehab and training to get back in shape. I had to lose weight, fight fits of blue. But my wife stood by me like a rock."
"When I went on the tour, I knew I did not have to do anything flashy. I just focussed on my swing, length and line. I did not want to make errors there. I am lucky that I was able to force the batsmen to make mistakes," Shami said of his bowling in the Caribbeans and went on to add: "I had a plan. It was successful. I didn't want to make too many changes to my bowling." Read More..


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Inter School Cricket (U-15) Tournament : 2016-2017
09th September 2016
This is to inform you that a joint meeting, like earlier, between Representatives of participating Schools and the Members of the School Committee of the Association has been fixed to be held on Friday, the 4th November 2016 at 5-oo p.m. at Dr. B. C. Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata to discuss on holding the tournament, its Rules & Regulations & Other relevant matters. You are, therefore, requested to kindly send your Authorized representative to attend the aforesaid meeting positively.

Waiting to see Ranji on neutral venues: Laxman
9th September 2016
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will hold Ranji matches like every season at Eden Gardens and not one of them will host the home team. And this is exciting former Indian middle-order bat V V S Laxman.
Laxman, praising the decision of BCCI of organizing domestic matches at neutral venues, said this was going to test the skill of the players and also their ability cope with unfamiliar conditions.
"I am really glad that a lot of initiatives are being taken. We will have to wait and see how it works out for the teams at the neutral venues. The control over the wicket, which is so important, will be with the BCCI and not the state associations."
"So the wickets will not be in favour of the home team. Now we need to see how it pans out. This initiative from BCCI will see domestic cricket become more competitive and challenging for the players," he added.
Talking about the lack of crowd for Ranji matches, Laxman viewed: "I think the competition is good at the domestic level. I don’t expect people will come and watch the domestic matches. When you see international Test matches also, you find a motley crowd unless it has the big rivalries." Read More..





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Bengal can win Ranji Trophy this season: Laxman
7th September 2016
Lauding Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly for his Vision 2020 project, former teammate and iconic India batsman V V S Laxman today said that Bengal Team has the talent to win Ranji Trophy this season if they play to their potential.
Laxman has been appointed as the batting consultant for Bengal and is currently overseeing the U-23 crop of players. He is scheduled to come back again on September 17 and take charge of the Ranji probables.
"I am happy at the way Bengal Cricket is progressing. Like if you see they did well in the Ranji Trophy last year. They lost in the quarterfinals because of one bad batting performance in the first Innings where Madhya Pradesh got a big score and then in the second innings Bengal got a big score but still was not able to win the match,” Laxman told CAB in an interview.
"But other than this it was fantastic to see the way the batsmen did and also the bowlers. It was a good combined effort. I think they topped the table last year and I feel there is a lot of potential in this Bengal side. They started off well this season winning the KSCA tournament in Bangalore in which they played against some quality sides, including Mumbai. I believe if they play to their potential, they can win the Ranji Trophy this year," he added.
Bengal team went on to win the Dr. (Capt.) K Thimmappiah Memorial Cricket Tournament 2016 defeating KSCA XI by 6 wickets. Read More..





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