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
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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.
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
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.
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After much anticipation, the UK touring team, The Rhinos, charged into Paris for a weekend of cricket having last toured in 2019.
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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.
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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.