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The inaugural Rotary Corporate Cricket Challenger 2018 could not have had a better beginning with cricket enthusiast
Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director Hindustan Unilever Limited launching the event along with President
Vijay Jatia on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Western Railway Sports Ground, Mumbai.

Twelve leading corporate teams divided into four groups of three teams each participated for the top honours with
matches being played on a league cum knock-out basis. The concept was enjoyed by the participants as they found it to be speedy, with fours and sixes being hammered out. The format was a 7-a-side with a smaller boundary and seven overs in each innings. A batsman had to retire when his individual score reached 30 runs. Batsmen smashed the ball all over the ground. The matches saw nail-biting finishes as victory was often achieved at the very last ball. With each team being assured of a minimum of three matches, fearless cricket was played. Teams vied for the Champions cup, salver and Bowl. DG Rtn. Shashikumar Sharma, Rotary District 3141 and PP. Rtn. Sandip Agarwalla of Rotary Club of Bombay and Head TRF and Public Image were the Guests of Honour and Chief Guest respectively and distributed prizes to the

Winner – WNS Global
Runner up – Edelweiss Mutual Fund
Player of the Championship – Ajinkya Patil (WNS Global)

Winner – RBL
Runner up – New Globe Logistik
Player of the Championship – Ravi Parmar (RBL)

Winner – Philip Capital
Runner up – Concept Communications
Player of the Championship – Satish Tak (Concept Communications)

“7-a-side is a short, sweet, exciting, one-hour match that really tests one’s grit and stamina. The size of the field is smaller and only seven overs are allowed. So with seven gladiators per side, it’s a do or die situation; each run counts and it is fast! It is great that corporate teams have come forward because, generally, it is difficult for people to take time out. To do so any way – well, it’s like fulfilling one’s inner dream of being a cricketer.”
Rtn. Sanjiv Saran Mehra, CEO and Founder of Saran Presents Pvt. Ltd. (Saran Sports)

“Not all corporates know how active Rotary is in the space of community service. We are an extremely well-run organisation with strict governance norms. Whatever money we collect from corporates goes maximum to the beneficiaries. Everyone loves playing cricket so if corporates can get together and have fun organised by Rotary, while playing for a cause, there can be no better motivation: charity!”
PP. Rtn. Sandip Agarwalla of Rotary Club of Bombay and Head TRF & Public Image

“Being born and brought up in Mumbai, this is a wonderful experience; I have never seen a ground like this. The concept behind this tournament is to bring CSR funds to the Rotary platform and get associated with that in larger interest and get service to mankind. Rotary is doing a lot of work but it is not percolating down the line, we are not attracting much funding from corporates which is the main objective of this event.”
DG. Rtn. DG Shashikumar Sharma, Rotary District 3141

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