Cricket in France began in the second half of the nineteenth century and started to become popular in the 1890s with a dozen or so teams. The SAC has had an active Cricket section since 1893, when the first publicly recorded matches took place. See also this article about the classical composer Frederick Delius who was an avid cricketer in the Paris area in the 1890s, though apparently not a member of the SAC!
In those early days, there were no formally prepared cricket pitches, so the SAC can count itself lucky today to be able to play on its own pitch surrounded by the glorious Forêt de Meudon.
The SAC's cricketers have an active fixture list, both home and away throughout the summer, including an annual tour to the UK. We welcome to SAC visiting teams from elsewhere in France, as well as teams touring from the UK, Europe, and beyond.
Cricket at the SAC is taken extremely seriously, with a work hard and play hard attitude that combines matches, training sessions in the nets, and refreshments at the bar!
A welcoming atmosphere is fostered to encourage juniors and families. Our junior development program accepts youngsters from 8 years of age onwards and is conducted each Saturday morning.
The cricket season starts at the beginning of May and lasts through until the end of September.
Matches generally start at 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cricket in 2020
Cricket play in 2020 is subject to new rules designed to protect players in the Covid era.
Please see the attached document, the items in green are over and above what is required by the official Covid rules.
Covid Player Form
Attached is a SAC Player Covid declaration/tracing Form (as Word document or PDF) to be completed by all players prior to each and every match that is intended to help trace individuals should a case of Covid be reported.
2020 Home Fixtures
Saturday, 11 July 2020 - Thoiry CC
Saturday, 18 July 2020 - LFP CC
Saturday, 25 July 2020 - Chantilly CC
Sunday, 26 July 2020 - Kerala Tuskers CC
Sunday 2 August 2020 - Thoiry CC
Saturday 8 August - USCA CC
Saturday 15 August - LFP CC
Sunday 16 August - Kerala Tuskers CC
Saturday 22 August 2020 - Lille LFLCC
Saturday, 29 August 2020 - Valenciennes Vipers
Sunday 30 August - CD91
Friday 4 September 2020 - Shepway Stragglers (20/20) (UK Tourists)
Saturday, 5 September 2020 - Lille CC
Sunday, 6 September 2020 - Colombes CC
Saturday, 12 September: LFPCC
Sunday, 13 September: Drancy CC
Saturday, 19 September: Thoiry CC
Sunday, 20 September: Kerala Tuskers
Saturday 26 September: Paris Knight Riders
Sunday 27 September: The Embassy
Saturday 3 October: Chantilly (away):
Cricket at SAC - Setting The Standard
A short video celebrating the heritage of this elegant sport, in Paris since 1893 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XufV5Zx8vFU
Head of Cricket Section: Thodi Andersson
Treasurer: Rich Parkin
Captain: Alastair Thomas
Fixtures Secretary: Henry Colburn
Facebook Group: Standard Athletic Club - Cricket
Cricket elsewhere in France
France Cricket the official website for cricket in France
Ile de France: Château de Thoiry Cricket Club
2019 Financial Statement and Post-Covid Perspectives
The following is an extract from the 2019 Financial Statement prepared by Treasurer Rich Parkin for the Cricket Section AGM in February 2020, updated in July 2020 taking into account the post-Covid situation. The full statement is attached below.
Executive Summary: Information
- The Treasurer‘s function is to ensure the financial sustainability of high-quality cricket at SAC, thereby enriching the identity of the Club overall.
- Most notably, the Cricket Section maintains and renews an €85K asset base (pavilion, pitch, sight screens, scoreboard, other equipment and kit)
- This leads to 3 objectives:
- Short term: Be able to fund ongoing operations; €1000 cash on hand at beginning of season.
- Medium term: Generate sufficient free cash flow (EBITDA) to fund the anticipated replacement of assets. Over the next 10 years this will require around €30K (pavilion (other than the roof), pitch surface, netting around practice area, Club kit), so €3K a year.
- Long term: In the ideal case capital reserves should equal the accumulated depreciation of our asset base. In practice, this is going to take some time to achieve, and we will need to continue to run with strong profitability while we continue the renovation of facilities.
- This year‘s financials were very strong.
- – Positive cash flow at record levels of ~€9K before capital investment
- – Positive profitability for the third year in a row. The Section is generating over €6K a year for the Club after providing for asset depreciation. This is currently being re-invested in the asset base.
- After allocating around care costs, the Section generated a €2K surplus to Club overheads.
- Over the past year, our focus has turned to renovating the pavilion, which represents a major part of the Club‘s history, having housed the whole Club after the 1944 destruction of the old facilities. This structure was in danger of collapse last year. We have been able to fund replacement of the pavilion roof and budgeted €7K towards the further renovation this winter. Priorities are structural beams, gutters, door and windows. We have also funded a complete renovation of the Sinbad Vail scoreboard and the forest sight screen. By season end, the Section will have funded over €35K in capital improvement in 4 years, representing a renewal of 40% of our assets base.
- The revised 2020 Budget, post-Covid, will generate €100 profitability, with -€4.3K cash flow. This represents a significant loss of revenue (lost sponsorship, cancellation of Junior Cricket for outside school, halving of season length and revenue per game). Offsets include no teas and reduced umpire budget. This budget depends critically on Club approval to prorate dues for the shortened season. Should this not be the case, we expect to be unable to field a team, with knock-on financial impacts of -€3K (overall loss of €2800). We, therefore, plan to end the 2020 year with ~€5K cash-on-hand to fund the next wave of pavilion work.
The attached document (Cricket_Finances_QnA.docx) is intended to answer a number of questions that have been asked about the Section's finances.