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Saturday 26 September 2020

Coronavirus: COVID-19 latest

In accordance with the most recent government declarations, from Monday 28 September the bar will close at 10 pm every evening and the Gym Room and Squash Courts will remain closed for a period of two weeks. Contact the Step/pilates and Yoga coaches for information about their classes.
The marquee will not be available from Monday. In the grounds, gatherings should be of fewer than 10 people (including children).
Masks are compulsory both Inside the clubhouse and on the grounds.
Keep your distance, wear a mask, wash your hands…
Be safe.

Junior Cricket - Season closing  Parents vs Kids and Dads vs Lads matches on Saturday

The strangest (and shortest) ever junior cricket season concludes this Saturday with the Parents vs Kids and Dads vs Lads matches from 10 o'clock. With no other matches this season thanks to Covid-19 restrictions on contacts with other clubs, and a limit of one parent per session, the youngsters are confident of victory and have said so. Several Dads have confessed that they will be batting from memory entirely, so an upset is very much on the cards. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this season, and to the kids who have turned up every week despite all the restrictions and difficulties.

Cricket News - Sat 19 Sept - SAC v Thoiry CC John Hardy Shield Leg 3, saved by the weather

Saturday saw a strong SAC side take to the field in the 3rd leg of the John Hardy Shield with Thoiry already having a 2-0 lead and thereby retaining it for another year. The SAC lost the toss and were inserted which was handy as the some of the XI weren’t at the ground yet! Openers Yeasin and Praneeth were soon rolling along at a healthy 6-7 an over and as time went on the pace accelerated such that Thoiry left the field savaged with the SAC 320-8 off 40 overs. The Thoiry response began at a higher tempo than the SAC's and at 44-1 off 4 overs was the home side's total enough? The bowling unit then started to rein in the score until torrential rain came at 15 overs with the score on 84-3 with Thoiry requiring 9.48 runs an over to win. Read on! 

Cricket this weekend - click to see the teams

This weekend will see the last two home games of the season against the Paris Knight Riders on Saturday 26th and The Embassy on Sunday 27th. Read on for the weekend's teams.
A Q&A document explaining the Cricket Section's finances has been added to the main cricket page

Golf News - Vaugouard Weekend (18-20/9) Results

Golfers had a busy weekend at the Golf de Vaugouard. On Saturday they did battle individually for the Net (Kiwi Cup) and Gross (Dean Trophy) prizes. Muriel Jones won the Kiwi Cup (so it won't leave home!) and Sue Hall won the Dean Trophy. On Sunday, the traditional Scramble was won by the team of Muriel Jones (the on-form player!) with Roland Bouloux and Claude Jacques. Read on for more results. 

Cricket News - Kerala Tuskers - KTA CC Match Report (20 September)

Sunday 20th September saw the return of the Kerala Tuskers to Meudon for the first time this season. With the sun shining down the Tuskers won the toss and decided to bat and got off to a racing start with their top three putting on 100 within just 10 overs and ending up with a daunting 294 run target.
In response Malith and Istiak started Standard’s chase in fine style, racing to 93 without loss with some fine back foot pull strokes and drives. After this promising start, the score crept up to 210 before a collapse occurred that left the Standard 51 runs short... (Read on for the full report.)

Cricket News - Drancy Match Report (13 September)

On Sunday 13 September Standard Athletic played against Drancy CC. (See the SAC Team in the main article.) SAC batted first with Minhaz playing aggressively to hit 84 runs with good support from captain Thodi (33 runs) and Anser (36 runs) and with a quickfire 50 from Sikandar to finish. As a result, Standard posted a formidable total of 298 runs off 40 overs.
Drancy in response were bowled out for under 100 runs, with swing bowler Praneeth, leg-spinner Yann and Anser starring with the ball.

Snooker News - Saturday 26 September Master Classes

After a very successful first session last Saturday 12 September, Eric Vaquier, the French national EPBSA coach will be back on Saturday 26 September for a second free session of Snooker Master Classes. In response to popular demand, Eric will hold a first Master Class at 10 AM, followed by a second at 2 PM.
All members are welcome to watch and learn more about the game!

Children's Wednesday English with SSWP

Learn English through fun and play for children from 3 to 11 (maternelle to CM2). The course is run by SSWP (Speaking and Sports with Pascal) and features English native language teachers. 'Maternelle' children have classes from 2 to 3 pm, and the 'CM2' from 3 - 4 pm. See the main article for more information and how to sign up. (All information is in French for the time being.) 

Step & Sculpt and Pilates classes

The Pilates and Step classes on Monday and Saturday are up and running well, though Saturday will be the last time in the Marquee which will be closed from Monday for at least two weeks.
The Saturday Pilates classes are filling up fast with only a couple of spaces left. However, the Wednesday Pilates classes at the Club are looking at a schedule change and will not start before October and to be confirmed. Instead, the Wednesday class is temporarily being offered on Zoom. Contact Pam at  with any questions and enrolment details. Read on for a summary of times.

Cricket News - Lille and Colombes Match reports

On Saturday 5th September saw Lille CC visit Standard Athletic for the first time in their history. It was a great game and the end result unexpected but entirely fitting...a draw on 250 apiece.
On Sunday the game was against Colombes CC. SAC batted first and made a respectable 242 and Colombes in reply were bowled out for 203. Read on to see the teams and the full reports. 

Cricket News - games this weekend (12 & 13 September)

On Saturday 12 the SAC play LFPCC and on Sunday we play Drancy CC, starting at 1 as usual. The Cricketers will be providing complimentary rosé for spectators on Saturday if they want to come along and watch!
Read on for the upcoming games.
Please note the Covid rules apply and to bring the Player Covid Declaration form. (See the attachments on the Cricket page.) 

Bridge News - Playing Bridge safely

The FFB has communicated COVID safe play guidelines to regular (licensed) players. The guidelines are reproduced here for the casual player, who may not have seen them.

Briefly, it is now strongly recommended that everyone wear a mask, that we wash our hands often, in soap and water or with the "gel hydroalcoolique", keep a certain distance from the other players at the table by using a larger table the surface of which can be cleaned regularly and using the same bidding box for a whole afternoon/evening session. Read on for the full guidelines (in French). 

Peter Gill (17/9/1927 - 30/8/2020) - RIP

Peter Gill, 82, passed away on Sunday 30 August after an illness. Always an accomplished sportsman with nimble tennis skills, Peter was an active and long-standing member of the Standard Athletic Club. His involvement in activities will be greatly missed and he will always be remembered with great fondness. Our condolences go to Peter’s wife, Linda, and to their daughter Adina and her family.
There will be a funeral service is at the Clamart crématorium at 3 pm on Tuesday 8 September and there will be a small reception at the Club on the same day at 5 pm. 

Children's Weekend Activities

Now, every Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm Sporting and Artistic Activities for children with SSWP on-demand at the Club. (Read on to see brochure)
Price: 20€ per activity: Register on-site with the teacher. 

Yoga News: Face-to-face classes at the Club have started

Face-to-face classes have started at the Club on Wednesdays at 9.30 am and Gentle Yoga at 11.30 am on Thursdays. Zooms continue on Mondays and Thursday (though times may change slightly - check with Monica. Check with Monica about Saturday classes. NB For all face to face sessions don't forget to bring masks and mat! 
Details as usual from Monica Shaka at and www.monicashaka.com.

Yoga News: No Classes Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 Sept.

Monica is away next week so there will be no classes next Wednesday and Thursday. For those interested, there will be a class at the Observatoire de Meudon at 5 pm on Sunday 20 September. Because of the Tour de France passing nearby vehicular acces will be restricted or impossible, so come on foot carrying blanket, mat & mask! Details as usual from Monica Shaka at and www.monicashaka.com.

Cricket News - Frederick Delius, the composer, was an avid cricketer in Paris in the 1890s

This fascinating and little known side of Frederick Delius has been uncovered by Leslie S. Woodcock, who has written a series of articles that were published in successive editions of the Northern Cricket Society Booklet. Attached you will find an article centred around a match between the 'Eleven of Notts County' against the 'Sixteen of Paris’ played at the Tir aux Pigeons ground in the Bois de Boulogne on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th August 1898. The Paris team comprised expatriate Englishmen including Delius, was formed mainly from the larger Standard Athletic and Albion Cricket Clubs of Paris, though it is uncertain as to which club Delius belonged to or played for.   

Coming soon

26 Sep 2020
Snooker Master Class
26 Sep 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Paris Knight Riders
27 Sep 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs The Embassy
03 Oct 2020
Cricket SAC vs Chantilly (away)
04 Oct 2020
03:00PM -
AGM