Doru Premier League
Anantnag - Pune Friendship Trophy
Doru Premier League
In Pctober 2020, The 19 Rashtriya Rifles and partnership with Aseem, conducted the Doru Premier League for women. 5 women teams, comprising of more than 70 women from 2 districts participated in the 2-day elimination, and the final was won by team from Anantnag. Mr. Sunandan Lele, along with Mr. Sarang Gosavi travelled to Anantnag to witness the final match.
A select team of best players from the tournament travelled to Pune in February 2021.
They undertook training in various cricket clubs and academies here.
Varroc Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, conducted a training session and organized a practise 20-over match with their women's team. HK Bounce Cricket Academy and Oasis Academy also hosted practise and matches.
On 13th February, the exhibition match was played on the PYC's Pune XI and the Anantnag XI. Anantnag XI team won the toss and elected to field first. Their players justified this decision by stopping "Pune XI" team to just 87 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Gausia took 2 wickets and Raunak took 1 wicket. Skipper Rubia Sayed also restricted the run rate and did not allow Pune to increase the scoring rate. In reply, Anantnag lost one wicket in the first over and another in the next over, and it was looking like a difficult total to chase. But Anantnag's next batsmen started playing with restraint and did not allow further damage. Another wicket fell with a few runs left to win. However, they kept scoring at a brisk pace, and skipper Rubia scored an unbeaten fifty to guide the team to win in the 13th over itself.
Major General Sandeep Bhargava (VSM), Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (retd), Lieutenant General Vinayak Patankar (retd), Snehal Pradhan - women's cricket player who has represented the Indian women’s team, renowned sports critic and journalist Sunandan Lele, famous cine Actors Nana Patekar and Girish Kulkarni, Madhuri Sahasrabuddhe - Chairperson of Women and Child Welfare Committee of Pune Municipal Corporation were all present. Rubia Syed was awarded with “Best Batting Performance” and Ronak Jahan was adjudged the “best bowler”. Sarang Gosavi, President of Aseem Foundation, thanked all the spectators, guests, as well as all the clubs and individuals who participated in the tour directly or indirectly and helped give exposure to the young women from Anantnag.
The visitors also went to the National Defence Academy for a introduction tour and in the Southern Command HQ, met the Corps Commander General Jai Singh Nain. As a part of their tour in a 2-day visit to Mumbai, the team met Rotary club of Bombay Bayview members and Mr. Dilip Vengsarkar, who guided them about their cricketing career. The visitors were felicitated by the Indian Chamber of Commerce of Affirmative Action and they also went to Mumbai Cricket Association.
Both teams pose with the trophy after the match: