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Wednesday 8 February 2023

Bridge News - Pairs Tournament - Tuesday 22 November

Our next tournament will be a 'pairs' one on Tuesday 22 November. We are proposing to base it on another BCSH Ecole de Bridge tournament with the theme: "Replies to the take-out double". See the main article for a quiz based on this.
We propose to start the afternoon with a review of the quiz by Jenny at 2 o'clock before the tournament proper starts at 2:30.
If there are enough people interested, there would be a "buffet campagnard" from 5.30 pm until closing time and we would ask for a contribution of €10 per person. Please let  Anne Raynaud () and Jenny Pratt () if you would like to participate, and also if you can stay on for the cocktail. If you need a partner, one will be found for you.

Bridge News - Pairs Tournament Results - Tuesday 22 November

Warmest congratulations to Ghislaine and Nicole, the winners in NS with 73.45%!! And to Elise and Yves, first in EW with 58.02%!
Worthy seconds: Robert and Rémy in NS with 59.92%, and Jane and Marie-Claire in EW with 55.91%. Read on for the full results.

Bridge News - Tournament Results - Tuesday 17 January 2023

Warmest congratulations to Jean and Brigitte, 1st in NS with 59.13%. and to Ann and Maureen, 2nd in EW with exactly the same score! Jenny thanks her partner Raphael who didn't play too badly 😉 as they managed to make 71%, not equalizing, however, the record score made by Ghislaine and Nicole in the last tournament. And bravo also to Martine and Remy, 2nd in NS with 57.54%. See the main article for more detail and the attachments relating to the quiz.
We are looking at Friday 24 February for the next tournament and the Bridge AGM, but to be confirmed.
Congratulations to our Interclub team who played their 1st match last Monday (16) and won by a small margin. Good luck with their next match on Monday 23 January again at the SAC.

SAC Football News - SAC XI vs Tuskers - beautiful day - cruel defeat

The SAC football season kicked off in style on Sunday in glorious autumn weather with a hard-fought match but a deeply disappointing result against the Tuskers.
Tahar scored SAC’s only goal in a 1-6 defeat which didn’t do justice to a great team performance and the athletic goalkeeping of Rich Parkin. Missed chances by Luc Wismam, Arnaud Pâquier and Valentin Mignot might have levelled the game but our opposition made good on the chances they had with three quick goals in the final quarter.
It was a magnificent morning’s sport all the same played in good spirit, with enough strong individual performances to offer plenty of encouragement for the season ahead, including this Sunday’s match against the Ludovic Cohen XI.
(Click for a photo of the teams)

Golf News - Saturday 8 October 2022 41st Autumn Vase results

The 41st Autumn Vase, like last year's, was blessed with lovely weather and some good scoring.
Overall Autumn Vase (best Net Stableford) winner and best SAC scorer: Marie-Alice Anglade with 43 points! The Best Gross score of the day was by Dimitri Ansart from Villarceaux - again!
Longest drive. Ladies: Sue Hall; Men: Xavier Bedel.
Nearest the pin. LadiesMarie-Alice AngladeMenJacques Botto.
More details are in the main article. (SAC players underlined)

TENNIS News: The Section AGM will take place at 3 PM on Saturday 15 October 2022

Among the main points that will be discussed at the AGM:
 - Election of new Tennis Committee President
 - Election of new Tennis Committee members
 - Tennis court equipment needs
 - Brainstorming on 2023 priorities
Candidates for the Committee or for President should write to   and attend the AGM.


Bridge News - Tuesday 27 September Tournament Results

There were 7 tables on Tuesday for the Individual Tournament - a perfect number thanks largely to Jane Brooks who invited 4 guests. First of all, warmest congratulations to the big winner - Ian Jones - with 63.89%. The firsts in the other lines were: Penny Tagher (S) with 62.3%, Jane Maurin (E) with 61.9% and Denis Grumbach (N) with 57.54%. See the main article for more detail and the results are attached there too.
Thanks go to Anne (Raynaud) for all the organisation and shopping she did for the much appreciated "buffet campagnard" and her home-made "rillettes".
Raymond Natanson kindly presented the Henri Natanson Cup to Jane Brooks for the highest overall score for the 2021-22 season; the Oliver Langhorne Cup to Christiane du Couedic, and the Freddie Chakour Trophy to Ian Jones.
The next tournament will possibly be on Tuesday 18 October - to be confirmed.

Golf News - Spring Cup 2022 Results

52 players took part In the 41st Spring Cup and enjoyed pleasant playing conditions (though heavy rain earlier in the week had left some challenges!). wonderful weather. Congratulations to Dimitri Ansart, winner of the Castrol Cup, with a gross score of 37 points and to Financial Times Cup winner Guermonprez Véronique with the best Ladies' Gross score (22). The best SAC net scorer was Adriana Delacroix with 40 points.

Golf News: Omaha Beach Weekend Results

 Golfers went off to Omaha Beach Golf Club for their Autumn Weekend from Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th of September.
The two main prizes for Saturday's Stableford competition are the Kiwi Cup (donated by Alan Kerr) for the best Net score and the Irish Trophy for the best Gross.
This edition of the Kiwi cup was won by Jean-Charles Saden with 37 points and the Irish Trophy went to John McCallum with 16 points.
Read on for more complete details or visit the FFG site for Omaha Beach's "MOORE" competition.

Cricket Match Report - The Embassy (BECC) - 18 September 2022

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Standard Athletic CC hosted The Embassy (BECC). After having won the toss and deciding to bat, BECC scored a total of 267 runs for 7 wickets. Needing to score at 7 runs an over, SAC chased down the total with aplomb for the loss of 2 wickets with 10 overs to spare! (Full details in the main article.)
This weekend will see the final fixtures of the season against Thoiry and Chantilly.

Cricket Report - Kerala Tuskers - 10 September 2022

Saturday, the 10th of September saw us entertain one of our long-term sporting rivals in both Cricket and Football, The Kerala Tuskers.
Due to the weather front situated over the IDF both Captains agreed to a reduced 25 overs, with stand-in captain Andrew winning the toss and electing to bat (he is good at something).
With the French national captain as one of our trialists people were looking forwards to a captaining masterclass from the SAC skipper.
SAC put a useful 179 runs on the board with Suobin high scoring with 48 and Sachin adding an aggressive 34 towards the innings close.
Tuskers took the field and were soon 1 down for 1 run off 4 balls, then the rain came. Match abandoned. 
The French captain, well he missed out on an education. 

Cricket Report - The Sultans - 11 September 2022

With the weather set fair after Saturday’s wash-out, Andrew J. won the toss and elected to bat. Things began well for Standard as Henry and Andrew put on 40 runs in the first 10 overs. After Andrew was run out and Praneeth was caught on the long-off boundary. Sharva scored quickly before departing for 49. Henry the teamaker retired on 68! Then the tail-enders made some useful contributions leaving The Sultans needing 242 to win.
With the wind in their sails after a great batting performance, SAC’s bowlers knew that a victory beckoned if only they could limit the opposition to ones and twos. After both Sachin and Shaunak maintained their line and length to frustrate the opposition, captain Andrew then turned to his spinners, starting with Money and Hilal. Both bowled exceptionally well with Hilal taking 5 wickets! With the opposition 9 down for 139 runs, Praneeth finished off proceedings with his first delivery of the match! The result – a 103-run victory for Standard Athletic CC
(See the main article for a fuller report.)

Cricket Report - Valenciennes Vipers - 17 September 2022

The opposition made the not inconsiderable trip arriving well before the home team, who had a much shorter trip. Subsequently, Captain Andrew lost the toss and the opposition chose to bat against our 9 men. However, the skipper set a field and the bowlers by and large bowled to it, so when the missing two players arrived Valenciennes were 48-1 off twelve overs. Then wickets fell at a steady rate with the visitors finishing on 200 all out off 40 overs.
Surely a target with our batting lineup we could easily chase down?  Well, the captain's advice to build slowly meant we were 45-1 off 5 overs, then the wheels fell off; the pick of the batsmen being Trevin, Jyoty and Sachin. SAC finished with a disappointing 167 all out with 6 overs left.

Cricket Report - Match vs Thoiry CC - Saturday 24 September 2022

Saturday the 24th of September saw the fourth match between Thoiry and Standard of the 2022 season. With the weather threatening to spoil proceedings, SACC fielded first with Shakeel opening the bowling and pushing Thoiry's openers onto the backfoot. After their openers had departed, their middle order steadied their innings, with Ali scoring a well-paced half-century. He was ably supported by Siva at the other end. Despite some late aggression from the tail, wickets fell at regular intervals throughout meaning that Thoiry ended their innings on 206 runs.
SACC went in to bat under grey skies, with the openers putting on a quick 30, with Adil (27 runs) scoring all around the ground. Once the openers had been dismissed, the experienced pair of Thodi (70) and Praneeth (39) took the attack to the bowlers, making the task easier for the incoming batsmen at the fall of their wickets. Jyothikumar (23) and Shakeel (21) then took SACC over the finish line with 25 balls and 4 wickets to spare.
The result – a 4-wicket victory for Standard Athletic CC

Cricket Report - Match vs Chantilly - Sunday 25 September 2022

The last game of the season started late last Sunday due to the Paris-Versailles fun-run. After Chantilly were put in to bat, they scored 267 runs off 35 overs, their opening batter Ali staring with 114 runs. A tough day for SAC’s bowlers, as Money, Shakeel and Henry ended up taking 5 wickets between them.
Having chased an identical target last Sunday, SAC’s batters were not overawed by the total and realised that a run rate of 7 per over was required from the start. After one of the openers departed with the score at 20, new player Adil came to the crease. SAC’s number 3 soon settled in and with the support of Mani, the score raced along before the latter was caught for 80. Having amassed an incredible 163-run partnership, SAC now required 85 runs off the last ten overs which they chased down with four overs to spare!
The result – an 8-wicket victory for Standard Athletic CC

Two back-to-back victories were a fitting end to the 2022 season for the cricket section at the Standard Athletic Club.

Tennis Coaching

The lessons are coordinated by Hervé Antchandie, chief coach and René, a teacher whom some of you met last year.
See the main article for the full programmes for adults and children and their groups and coaching times and payment options.
If you haven't yet signed up for lessons, follow this link ( for the registration form.
For more information send a message to Hervé at 06 14 84 08 82 or by email at ..

Lockers and Bikes

We have a small number of lockers available: one in the ladies' and three in the men's changing rooms if members are interested (135€ per year)
Please also note that you can have a space to leave your bike at the club (30 € per year).
Please write to  if you're interested.

Cricket News - Rhinos Weekend Matches - 27/28 August 2022

After much anticipation, the UK touring team, The Rhinos, charged into Paris for a weekend of cricket having last toured in 2019.
Please read the full article for a detailed report and photos.
Saturday 27th August 2022 - All-day game
SAC won the toss and decided to bat. The Rhinos bowled excellent line and length and SAC were soon 3 wickets down for 40. However, Johnathan, Suobin and Praneeth built a much-needed revival and SAC finally declared at  230 for 6. In response, the Rhinos' opening partnership (Tom and Ed) put on 75 runs, and after Ed's dismissal for 16, wicketkeeper Ross joined Tom to put on a hundred. After their dismissal, and with only 30  runs needed, captain James and batter Felix saw the Rhinos home by 7 wickets.
Sunday 28th August 2022 - 35-overs
After Saturday’s disappointing loss, Standard got off to a flying start with Henry and Girish putting on a 70-run partnership for the first wicket. Then Ross took the ball and his off-spinners took 3 wickets. With the score at 112 from 16 overs, Rhinos' captain James and Ross took the remaining wickets leaving Andrew Jackson as the sole survivor with SAC all out for 166. After tea, SAC's opening bowler Sachin took three early wickets before Will and Spencer put on a 60-run partnership. After the latter had departed for 34, Tom joined Will at the crease and the pair with two fine half-centuries took the score to within touching distance of Standard’s total. After their dismissal, it was left to captain James to strike the winning runs for the Rhinos, giving them a 5-wicket victory.
Although the results had gone against Standard this weekend, both teams returned to the clubhouse having thoroughly enjoyed the tour weekend.

Cricket News - Match Report vs. Chantilly (away) Sunday 21 August 2022

Please read the full article for a detailed report.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat on a stifling hot day at Chantilly Cricket Club, SAC's two guest openers Adil and Naseeb built a steady platform before Adil was out (caught behind)  for the day's top score of 38 and Naseeb batted 18 overs for 35. The highlight of Praneeth's innings was an inside-out cover drive for six! Once Praneeth was run out, only Salman stuck around for a score of note and SAC ended up with a healthy 242. Kareem and Shahzad, Chantilly's guest openers, quickly got off to a flying start, but a good catch by Shaunak on the square leg boundary halt them to separate them after 46 had been smashed in 8 overs. Six wickets then fell in very short order and then Money Singh returned to claim his fifth wicket of the innings and wrap up a Standard victory with the opposition finishing on 145 all out.
The result – a 97-run victory for Standard Athletic CC
With the UK tourist team The Rhinos up next, Standard's cricketers are looking forward to returning to home surroundings once again for this weekend’s two matches.