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Saturday 3 June 2023
  • The beautiful Forest of Meudon as a backdrop
  • Bowler Ian Hellawell and keeper Oliver Ash
  • through a wide open gap on the leg side
  • ...with the Golf Section out at Villarceaux
  • - we train too!
  • - preferably at the Bar!

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 (albeit with one of the SAC's rival football clubs). 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. The SAC welcomes 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 until the end of September.

Matches generally start at 1.30 pm on Saturdays and 11.30 am on Sundays.

Cricket at SAC - Setting The Standard

A short video celebrating the heritage of this elegant sport, in Paris since 1893

Head of Cricket Section: Thodi Andersson 

Treasurer: Rich Parkin

Captain: Alastair Thomas

Fixtures Secretary: Henry Colburn


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Cricket elsewhere in France

France Cricket the official website for cricket in France

Ile de France: Château de Thoiry Cricket Club

Cricket News

Cricket News - SAC vs Lisses CC Match Report Sunday 21 May 2023

A week on from their back-to-back victories against Kensington CC, Standard Athletic CC were back in action once more for a 40-over game against Lisses CC. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Standard posted an impressive 257 all out, with top scorers including Praneeth, Girish and Nikhil. 

In return, Lisses got off to a flyer and were 100 for the loss of 1 wicket in no time before a combination of accurate swing and spin bowling began to pay dividends for Standard. With the Lisses’s batters proving more resolute than expected, however, they began rebuilding and after a couple of useful partnerships, they were left needing less than 100 runs off 10 overs. With victory in sight, captain Henry turned to the left-arm leg breaks of Nikhil whose second spell produced two quick wickets leaving Lisses still requiring 13 runs to win. Praneeth had other ideas, however, and after having a plumb LBW decision turned down, the very next delivery beat the batter’s outside edge and hit the top of the off stump to send the SAC players into raptures!

The result – a 13-run victory for Standard Athletic CC