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Thursday 18 January 2018

After many misadventures (several cases of 'flu, a sprained ankle and an unforeseen school play rehearsal) the remaining members of the SAC U15 Indoor Cricket team did actually make it to Morangis on Sunday, where they took third place in the tournament.

Most of the other teams took a liberal interpretation of the concept 'under the age of 15', which led to a few mismatches in terms of age, physical size, and cricketing experience. Nevertheless, it's to the credit of the organisers and the other teams that all of the games were played in a tremendous spirit with normally rapid teenagers bowling gently when faced with much younger opponents.

Vipers Grigny won the final with contributions from the entire team - even the youngest, who were asked to bowl even in the tightest matches.

For the SAC, seven-year-old Maxim got one of the loudest cheers of the day when he played a dismissive pull shot against a bowler twice his age. His brothers also distinguished themselves: Milan took a brilliant sprawling catch to win the team's last match, and Felix showed on several occasions that classical front foot shots are a scoring option in the indoor game. Nevertheless, the two players of the tournament for the SAC were Louis-Gabriel and Nicolas, who combined for several electric partnerships.

In indoor cricket, hitting the side wall brings you one run, but if the batsmen cross two more are added to the total. Louis-Gabriel and Nicolas absorbed this and managed the extraordinary feat of scoring eight off one ball: Louis-Gabriel swept the ball into the corner of the gymnasium and ran the first one as hard as he could, then snuck a second when he saw that the fielder was slow to gather the ball, then an improbable third - courtesy of the panic-ridden overthrow resulting from the cheeky second run.

Another tournament is planned for March 2018, this time for the U13s.