Smith MBAs Win Cricket Tournament at Darden
students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business won
the Second Annual Darden MBA Cricket Tournament, hosted by the Darden School of
Business, University of Virginia on April 23, 2011. Having won the first edition
of the tournament last year, the expectations were much higher from the Smith
cricket team. Unfortunately, no other school could participate because of their
busy commitments and the tournament was reduced to best of the three matches’
series between Smith and Darden teams.
Smith won the toss in the first match and batted first. Opening batsman
Ashustosh (first-year full-time MBA) scored an entertaining half century to set
a score of 102 in 12 overs. Smith bowled with a lot of skill, Jayant (first-year
full-time MBA) and Shashank (first-year full-time MBA) being the stars, to
restrict Darden and won a close contest by 7 runs. Darden batted first after
winning the toss in the second match and posted a challenging score of 122 in 12
overs. Nabeel (second-year full-time MBA) batted well to keep Smith in the game
but was run out at a crucial time. In the end, Smith fell short by 30 runs to
leave the series tied at 1-1.
With both teams fighting for the trophy, the last match had little room for
complacency. Smith batted first in the final game and courtesy to a brilliant
innings by Shashank, scoring 72, set Darden a target of 131 to get in 12 overs.
Superb bowling by Gunangad, Jayraj’s acrobatic wicket-keeping, and excellent
fielding in the outfield helped Smith comprehensively beat the Darden team by 60
runs. The Smith team led by Nabeel, who enjoyed wonderful support from the
entire team, lifted the trophy for the second consecutive year.
Darden School of Business, yet again, proved to be a wonderful host. Both
teams demonstrated sportsmanship spirit on the field while playing the matches
with high intensity. Smith cricket team returned back with the aim of completing
the hat-trick of cricket trophies next year!
Nabeel Jawad, MBA Candidate 2011, Smith Media Group