10-03-2024 - 10-03-2024

First Wheelchair Cricket Match in Pune Maharashtra v/s Mumbai Wheelchair Cricket Teams Organised by the Rotary Club of Pune Central, the first Wheelchair Cricket Match was played at the Poona Club Cricket Ground, on 10th March 2024. The Match was played between the Mumbai Wheelchair Cricket Team led by Vishwanath Gurav, and the Maharashtra Wheelchair Cricket Team, led by Omkar Roundale. The Teams were introduced by Rtn Ajay Chitnis, President of Rotary Club of Pune Central to the Chief Guest, Mr. Sunil Handa, President of the Poona Club Ltd.. Vishwanath Gurav, Captain of the Mumbai team won the Toss, and elected to Field first. The Maharashtra Team, batting first got off to a reasonable start, and were going along smoothly, powered mainly by Ravindra Baravkar, who scored 74 runs off 54 Balls. Vishwanath Gurav and Dinesh Metupalli, scalped tree wickets each and eventually restricted the Maharashtra Team to 127 for 7, off 20 overs. In reply, the Mumbai Team lost three early wickets, raising the hopes of the Maharashtra Team. The hopes were short-lived since Santosh Ranjgane, 45 off 19 balls and Dinesh Mettupalli, 32 off 26 Balls, ensured that their team romped home for a comprehensive victory. Mumbai Team scored 128 for 4 off just 12 overs and stamped their class over the home team. It was evident that Mumbai was a well-knit unit with a lot of experience, with two of their players in the current India Wheelchair Team, and their Captain, a former India player. It was a great exposure for the young and newly formed Maharashtra Team, and this will stand them in good stead as they strive to make a mark at the National Level. Commodore Ajay Chitnis, President, Rotary Club of Pune Central congratulated both the Teams for their heart-warming performance, and spirit of sportsmanship, while giving away the prizes. Ravindra Baravkar, Maharashtra, was adjudged the Best Batsman, Vishwanath Gurav, Best Bowler, and Dinesh Metupalli, Man of the Match. Mumbai Team took away the Glittering Winners Trophy and the Home team had to be satisfied with the Runners up trophy. All players were given Gold and Silver medals, respectively.

Project Details

Start Date 10-03-2024
End Date 10-03-2024
Project Cost 100000
Rotary Volunteer Hours 50
No of direct Beneficiaries 32
Partner Clubs
Non Rotary Partners The Poona Club Ltd. Maharashtra Wheelchair Cricket Association
Project Category District Thrust Area, Economic and Community Development