BNCCI honours East Bengal Club
posted on 19.02.2019

Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BNCCI) on Monday honoured East Bengal Club for their contribution to Bengal sports.

On the eve of 132nd Foundation Day of the Chamber Honble Governor Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi released a Special Envelope from Chief Post Master General which was also handed over to East Bengal Club.

Mr. Indrajit Roy-Vice President of the club was present on behalf of East Bengal Club.

BNCCI felicitated East Bengal Club on its Glorious beginning of Centenary Celebration. Ritwik Das-EC Member of BNCCI said that the Chamber co-relates their heritage with East Bengal Club for the contribution to the people of Bengal.
QEB split points with Churchill
posted on 17.02.2019

QEBFC split points with Churchill Brothers with a 1-1 draw in their 16th I League match at VYBK today.

Willis Plaza drew first blood for Churchill Brothers in the 68th minute, taking advantage of a miscommunication between Rakshit Dagar and Borja Gomez of Quess East Bengal. Hero of the Match Lalrindika Ralte stellar free-kick that found the back of the net, thanks to a great header from Kassim Aidara in the 78th minute which restored parity for the red & golds.

The game, thereafter, saw both teams playing a lot on the midfield, allowing each other no clear chance to threaten. Quess East Bengal, however, created most of the opportunities but a heavily laid out defence from Churchill Brothers ensured the hosts do not draw the first blood.

Churchill’s efforts were soon rewarded when a miscommunication between Borja Perez and Rakshit Dagar saw Willis Plaza poach the opportunity to draw first blood in the 68th minute, putting Churchill Brothers in lead.

Disturbed and rattled for conceding from their own mistake, East Bengal took to attacking with a vengeance, creating many close opportunities.

A silly tackle in the 77th minute by Churchill’s Rowlinson led to a free-kick being awarded to Quess East Bengal from just outside the box. Lalrindika Ralte made no mistake as he sent in a perfect cross, which took a touch off Kassim Aidara’s head before bulging the back of the net, giving the hosts the much-needed equaliser in the 78th minute.

The game, thereafter, was a mix bag with both teams taking their chances at the goal but to no success. In the end, both the sides settled for a point each as the title race heats up.

East Bengal have now climbed up to the second spot on the Hero I-League table, tied on 32 points (from 16 games) with Real Kashmir. However, the Red and Golds are ahead due to a better goal difference. Meanwhile, Chennai City FC, who play Shillong Lajong on Monday, lead the pack with 34 points, having played the same number of matches.

QUESS EAST BENGAL : Rakshit Dagar, Lalramchullova, Borja Perez, Jhonny Acosta, Manoj Mohammed (Samad Ali Mallick), Laldanmawia Ralte (Brandon Vanlalremdika), Kassim Aidara, Toni Dovale (Jaime Santos), Lalrindika Ralte, Jobby Justin, Enrique Esqueda
CAB League Derby drawn
posted on 17.02.2019

Pankaj Shaw (in Photo) saved East Bengal's day with his gritty batting display in season's first derby in CAB First Division League Group A (3 days) match at Eden Gardens on the first day’s play on Thursday 14th February.

Electing to bowl first Bagan bowlers danced through opponents' top order as they were reduced to 83/6 in just 28.3 overs and even 150 was looking like a pipe dream for East Bengal but Pankaj showed his class by hitting a superb century to help EB amass 267 all out.

EB centurion Pankaj said: "I am happy to score a century in derby and against a big team like Mohun Bagan. I just wanted to stay on the crease and power my team to a big total. I am very happy to score when it was needed."

"The pitch was favouring the pacers and that is why we lost some batters early. We battes well after that phase and maybe that's why their bowlers also got distracted," he added.

Pankaj came out to bat at seventh after EB's dependable batter Anustup Majumder went back to the pavilion on 17 as Vivek Singh caught him off Ayan Bhattacharya and stiched two important partnerships to steady the ship.

Pankaj's biggest partnership of 99 runs came with B Amit (37) and also stiched 61 runs with Arka Sarkar who also contributed with a patient innings of 19 runs off 60 balls before becoming Rajkumar Pal's victim on 114.

Pankaj also added: "The match is hanging in balance right now. We will try to take quick wickets tomorrow morning using the dew factor. It won't be easy for them to score too in front of our bowlers. I was very disappointed when I got out as I believe I could have powered my team to 300-plus score."

Bagan bowlers made best out of the morning dew condition and again dominated in the 15 overs as Nilkantha Das, Pritam Chackraborty and Rajkumar Pal bagged 3 wickets apiece. MB batted for 2 overs on the first day and ended with a score of 7 for no loss and trail by 260 runs.

Arindam Ghosh, Jayojit Basu half-centuries on the second day secured first innings lead for Mohun Bagan in season's first derby while Sudip Chatterjee set an example of true commitment. Bagan now lead by 8 runs at the stumps as they posted 275/8 riding on Arinadam's 70 not out and Jayojit's 60-ball 53.

Players wore black armbands and observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the Indian armies martyred in Pulwama terror attack in every CAB league games on Friday.

Earlier opening pair added 46 runs till Vivek Singh went back on 19 but Jayojit kept his cool to steady the ship.

Sumanta Gupta (44) and Debabrata Das (22) also played crucial knocks while Arindam played a patient innings. Sudip (21 rtrd hrt.) who had to leave the ground for side strain when he was batting on 10 again came back to bat after Bagan lost their sixth wicket on 243 and batted over 12 overs, secured lead for his team. East Bengal bowlers Pradipta Pramanik and B Amit bagged 3 wickets apiece.

On the third day (16th Feb), Koushik Ghosh stood tall between Mohun Bagan and 10 points till the end and helped East Bengal snatch 2 points from season's first derby in CAB First Division League (3 days).

Earlier Bagan earned first innings lead and put East Bengal to bat again after amassing 275/9 and the bowlers gave Bagan the perfect start on the final day. Bagan bowlers ripped apart East Bengal top order to reduce them to 38/6 in just 11.5 overs and they could practically smell the 10 points till B Amit and Kaushik came out to bat.

The duo added 40 runs off 75 balls till Rajkumar Pal removed Amit on 29 but Kaushik was not ready to give up and played total 101 balls with Arko Sarkar who also played a patient innings of 8 off 63 balls to frustrate their arch rivals.

Kaushik remained unbeaten till the end and 49 off 140 balls while Nilkantha Das and Ayan Bhattacharya grabbed 3 wickets apiece in Second innings for Bagan who earned 8 points.
Menendez: Churchill is a difficult team
posted on 16.02.2019

QEBFC will clash with Churchill Brothers in their 16th I League match on 17th February, 2019 (Sunday). The match will kick off at 5 pm at VYBK.

In the pre-match press meet QEB Coach Alejandro was respectful of his opponents on matchday eve saying, “Churchill Brothers is a difficult team. This team has always been close to the top of the table and they score very easily which is very dangerous for our team.”

He further added, “I prepare to win matches and if I prepare something for defence, then it will not be for one player. It will be for defending against the team and to avoid the opponent getting chances. We have our plan to win against Churchill Brothers and not against Plaza or anyone individually.”

Current League Position

QEBFC - 3rd in the table with 31 points from 15 matches

Churchill Brothers - 4th in the table with 30 points from 17 matches

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