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Tuesday 4 October 2022

On Sunday, the 17th of July, the Standard Athletic played the 3rd game of the John Hardy Shield against Thoiry CC. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Standard Athletic got off to a great start thanks to Money Singh and Tariq who made a 100-run partnership for the second wicket. This saw SAC cruise to 120 off 25 overs, allowing them to lay down a solid foundation for the middle order to follow. At the end of their 40 overs, Standard finished on 250 runs. 
The second innings would prove, however, that these runs would not be enough.  As the afternoon progressed, the temperature kept on climbing and so did the opposition’s run rate. After having taken Thoiry's first three wickets before they could reach 100, Standard Athletic then failed to make any further dents in the oppo's batting lineup. Thoiry’s number four and five’s blitzkrieg partnership of 150 runs got their team to the target well before their allotted overs were up.
Match Result: A seven-wicket victory for Thoiry.
Having won the first 2 games, however, SAC had retained the John Hardy 2022 Shield.
Series Result: A 2-1 victory for SAC in the John Hardy 2022 Shield