T’was the night before the USC vs Notre Dame game, when all through the USC campus there was a stirring….it was the USC Marching Band and the USC Cheerleaders, as the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins took the field to play….a cricket game.
Yes one week before the Trojans and Bruins were set to play in the Rose Bowl, the first Annual Sentance Varma Classic took place at Cromwell Field. The two arch rivals will now play an annual cricket game for, not the Victory Bell, but the Victory Stumps ! “Conquest” had come to cricket !
The event is named after David Sentance and Arvin Varma. David Sentance,a cricket historian and author of “Cricket in America 1710-2000 and an Alumni of UCLA , has been a key figure of Southern California cricket for decades. Arvin Varma is a USC alumni, who started the Trojan Cricket Club in 1992. Varma is now Assistant Director of Recreational Sports at the University of Southern California.
The Trojans participated in the 2010 American College Cricket Spring Break Championship, and play in the Southern California Cricket Association leagues,acquiring a lot of experience. The Bruins are new to American College Cricket, and just managed to put a tapeball team together for this inaugural game, but you could not tell that from the fight they put up.
USC after a shaky start losing Tarun Sandhu early, amassed 199 runs due to a swashbuckling 65 from eventual MVP, Abhimayu, who played confident shots all around the wicket to dominate the Trojans scoring. Out of the first 59 runs Abhimanyu had 52, to chants of “Fight On”.
It looked to be a tough task for any team, however the UCLA Captain Junayd Banday took it to the USC bowlers with some tremndous shots.He laid into the Trojans bowling with arrogance and the ball continually flew into the stands. However Banday eventually went for 79, and UCLA fell short by 40 runs. So ona record cold night in LA the University of Southern California took home the “Victory Stumps” in the inaugural Annual Sentance Varma Classic !
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