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Tuesday 28 May 2024

Cricket, one of the founding sports at SAC, has only been played once in the Olympic Games, part of the 1900 'Exposition Universelle'. France's Olympic Cricket Team was largely composed of SAC players and was referred to as the Tomalin team, after SAC’s Founder and President, Philip Humphreys Tomalin. It included Arthur McEvoy, who also played in goal for SAC’s turn-of-the-century national championship-winning football team.

Tomalin, who was Cricket Chairman of the French Sports Federation (USFSA), invited four teams but neither the Netherlands nor Belgium turned up. In the final, the Tomalin team played against England, losing over 2 innings by 158 runs. Arthur McEvoy took 3 wickets and scored 1 run. This is his silver medal, engraved with his name, it was acquired by the Club thanks to the generous donation of Club members and associates when it was offered for auction in December 2022.

In 1904, McEvoy died tragically young, aged 36. All football games in France were stopped on the day of his funeral as a mark of respect.

MacEvoy medal front 500x719  

MacEvoy medal back 500x719