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Sunday 2 October 2022

Cricket News - SACC vs Lille CC, 10 July Match Report

It was our pleasure to host our annual visit from Lille CC (with the game reduced to 35 overs due to heat). Stand-in skipper Jackson lost the toss and Lille elected to bat. Starting with a mix of slow and not-so-slow bowlers, inroads were soon made and by drinks Lille were teetering on 70-6; but then they regrouped and assisted by a cameo from SAC regular Praneeth, Lille recovered to finish on 191-9 from their allotted 35 overs.
Having changed the bowling attack, the skipper then modified the batting with Shaunak (opening bowler) and Mansoor opening. But Mansoor was clean-bowled off his second ball. Alex joined Shaunak, though was later dismissed for 19 and replaced by Sachin.  By drinks, SACC were two wickets down and needed 118 for victory off the final 18 overs. Shaunak was caught at slip in the first over after the break for 31, bringing Dilip to join Sachin in the middle. Sachin went for 44 in the 29th with still 42 to go. Suobin joined Dilip to increase the score before Dilip departed in the 32nd for 45 with 12 runs needed off 18 balls, Tariq 5 n.o. and Suobin 20 n.o. made sure the Athlete’s got home with 9 balls to spare.
The result – a 4-wicket win for the SACC.

Special mention to the opposition who always play the game in the right manner and are a pleasure to host.
Read on for a fuller account.

Cricket News - SACC vs Thoiry – John Hardy Shield Match 1 of 3

On Sunday the 19th of June  SACC played Thoiry in Match 1 of the 3-match John Hardy Shield.
SAACC elected to bat first and scored 175 for 9. 

The morning was slightly overcast and the SACC won the toss and elected to bat. With ostensibly the strongest batting lineup this season, proceedings began slowly with Standard losing two early wickets. Alex and John, however, managed to steady the ship and took SAC to 92 for 2 before Alex was dismissed for 14. After some devasting hitting, John soon followed for a quick-fire 59 before Nishant and captain Nisseem put on an 80-run partnership to take the final score to 175 for 9. In response, Thoiry were 169 all-out resulting in a 6-run victory for Standard Athletic. Game 2 out of 3 of the John Hardy Shield is this Sunday the 26th of June.

Cricket News - SACC vs Thoiry – John Hardy Shield Match 2 of 3

On Sunday the 26th of June  SACC played Thoiry in Match 2 of the 3-match John Hardy Shield.
After victory in last week’s match, Standard Athletic won the toss and chose to bat in the second of three JH Shield games, knowing that a victory would help them retain the trophy for a second year running. The game got off to the worst possible start, however, with Standard losing 3 quick wickets. With the score at 35 for 3, a partnership was desperately needed. Responding to the situation, Henry and Nishant put together a fantastic 130-run partnership leaving the visitors with a target of 213 runs for victory. With the momentum on their side, Standard began in the best possible way with captain Nisseem claiming a wicket with his first delivery. A second was soon to follow and with the score hanging precariously at 9 for 2, Thoiry were staring at humiliation. A middle-order revival, however, pushed their score towards 100 before John, Shaunak and Anser claimed three valuable wickets. With the tail-enders providing some dogged resistance, Nisseem threw the ball to last week’s match-winner Nishant. As Standard’s lead was diminishing with every Thoiry run scored, the new recruit struck four times leaving the visitors 24 runs short.
The result – a 24-run victory by Standard Athletic CC and victory in the 2022 John Hardy Shield!

Junior Football: Match vs British School - 11 June 2022

SAC Juniors U11 played against the British School of Paris on 11 June.
It was the SAC’s first 11-a-side match, and it was evident that our rivals were more used to playing such a format.
We fought hard but were no match for them on the day, losing 0-9, a score that didn’t really reflect the match.
The British School agreed to come back in the new season for more matches. 
(See some pictures in the main article)

Tennis Coaching July 2022 Camps

The 2021/22 coaching season is coming to an end...
Summer Camps
4 to 8 July: Half days (2-5 pm) with Hervé in charge - Register HERE
11 to 15 July: All day (9:30 am - 5 pm) supervised by Carole  - Register HERE

See the main article for the poster and conditions.

Cricket News - June 12 Kerala Tuskers match report

On a warm, summer morning Standard Athletic Cricket Club took to the field after captain Nisseem had elected to field first. The Tuskers began proceedings unconvincingly with a couple of caught-behinds turned down, and then losing a cope of wickets. But at 50 for 2, the Tuskers dug in and rebuilt their score to a total of 250 at the end of 40 overs. After tea, Girish and Dilip began, but Dilip was out for 4. Now Alex ably supported Girish before getting out for 18 and then Girish was out caught for a great knock of 39. After Laxi was out for 3, Henry joined Shaunak for a 60-run partnership. Shaunak put on 39 before getting out and was replaced by captain Nisseem, who, as a pair with Henry, would put a lot of runs together. Unfortunately, Henry was caught for a solid 37 before being joined in the pavilion by Nisseem, caught after an explosive 35. Standard were finally bowled out for 238, so a 13-run victory for the Kerala Tuskers.
After a hard-earned defeat, SACC will be looking to up their game in the first of three John Hardy Shield games against Thoiry CC next Sunday, the 19th of June.

Junior Football News - Potentially on Wednesdays from September

This year we have had very successful Junior Football sessions on Saturdays and we would like to start up Junior Football again on Wednesday afternoons too, starting in September 2022.
For all kids between 5 and 12 yrs old, we could create a great new soccer activity at the SAC, so please show your interest by emailing .

Tennis News - Clay courts & rules

The Club is investing heavily in the renovation of the clay courts, with courts 1 and 2 done this year, and courts 3 and 4 scheduled for next year.
Courts 1 and 2 have been extensively renovated; as part of the renovation process, the different layers of materials that make up a clay court needs to settle for at least several months.
During this time, clay courts are very fragile. It will be critical for anyone playing on clay courts to strictly apply and respect the court rules and to avoid making holes and marks that would damage them permanently.
The Tennis Committee would like to take this opportunity to remind tennis players of the rules that apply when playing on clay courts:

  • Wear the appropriate tennis shoes for clay courts
  • Sweep the court with the drag-net at the end of your session
  • Water the court in dry weather
  • Wear predominantly white

Bridge News - June Tournaments

First a pairs tournament on Tuesday 7 June with a quiz on Opening Bids/Les reveils (see main article). Quiz at 2 pm, tournament at 2:30 pm followed by a "buffet campagnard".
The Friday 24 June that was proposed is cancelled and will probably happen in September.
Please notify Jenny Pratt () with a copy to Anne Raynaud () if you can attend either or both of the above and if you would like to stay on for the buffet on 7 June. As for the 24 June tournament, you will all be invited to stay on for the cocktail and prize-giving which will follow as it will be funded by the Section's budget.

Golf lessons at Meudon

The Golf Section is looking into the organisation of golf lessons with a PGA pro at the SAC in June on weekday evenings during the weeks 23 / 24 / 25 / 26, between 6 and 8 pm.
Format: individual (30mins), or groups (2-4 people, duration based on 30 mins per participant), at €30 per person, per lesson.
Scope: Short Irons, Pitching, Chipping
Participants would need to bring their clubs and around 24 balls.
If you are interested please contact J.McCallum by mail , by Sunday 29th May indicating your preferences for the day of the week and whether you prefer the individual or group format. As a function of this feedback, we will confirm a programme in the following days.

Golf News - Spring Cup 2022 Results

52 players took part In the 41st Spring Cup and were lucky with the weather and the course was impeccable all of which contributed to the event being a great success. A special thanks to the SAC volunteers who helped prepare the buffet which was much appreciated by the participants.
Congratulations to Dimitri Ansart, winner of the Castrol Cup, with a gross score of 37 points and to Financial Times Cup winner Véronique Guermonprez with the best Ladies' Gross score (22). The best Ladies Net scorer (and best SAC score) was Jeanne Delacroix with 40 points. Read on for more details (and go to the FFG site for all the scores).

Tennis News - Match at home on Sunday 22 May

Every year, the men's senior tennis team plays in Division 3 of the Ligue des Hauts-Seine championship (for players ranking usually between 5/6 and 15/3).
We have a few matches at the Club. This Sunday, we are hosting Clamart, a very strong club. 4 clay courts will be reserved for Singles matches between 9 and 11 am, and 2 clay courts for Doubles from 11.30 am to 1 pm.

Thanks for your understanding and you are welcome to come and watch and support your team!

Tennis News - June 2022 Doubles Tournaments

We can once again take advantage of this beautiful spring to hit some balls.
It's time to spice things up a bit. The Tennis Committee is organising Doubles Tournaments in June. (Junior <16, Senior >16 Women, Mixed & Men, Family - Parent & Child teams). Format - Round Robin then Final rounds.
Don't wait any longer, form your teams, sign up and get ready to battle on the SAC courts.
The registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday the 8th of June. Entry is free. 
Read on for full details

Snooker News - New equipment, Tournament and Jubilee

The Snooker Section is delighted to announce that the snooker equipment around the table has improved with recent purchases. Thanks to the Management Committee for their help and James Moore for securing the delivery from the UK. (See the main article for details.)
The Tournament is slowing down through summer but players who wish to play their games are still welcome to plan their next rounds. The different tournament drawsheets can be viewed on the website.
On the 5th of June, during the Jubilee Party event, the Snooker Section will open a slot from 2-4 pm with special free coaching for members and guests.

Snooker News - Jubilee coaching and Tournament

On the 5th of June, during the Jubilee Party event, the free snooker coaching sessions for members and guests were a great success with many attendees aiming to improve their skill around the table.
Many thanks to Paul Willey who helped throughout the 2-4 pm slot. (See some pictures in the main article.)

The tournament is slowing down through summer but players who wish to play their matches are still welcome to plan their next rounds.
All tournament drawsheets can be viewed on the website. We will regain momentum to finish each annual tournament during the fall.