The last match of the season was played in excellent spirit, with SAC captain of the day, Thodi Andersson, winning the toss and electing to bat.
Both he and fellow Australian, Chris Brown, playing in his last match, opened the innings. Some tight bowling and a slow, sodden outfield made runs hard to get, however, a run rate of 4 an over was achieved for the first 10 overs without loss, Andersson despatching all loose deliveries until skiing one.
This brought to the crease Geneva import and former Club Vice President, Jonathan Riches, sporting an extravagant beard in juxtaposition to his usual classic stroke play. However, on this occasion, `Captain Hook’ was circumspect against some quality line and length, which included our very own `Panther' Praneeth Jangili, not content to play for just one British club. As the run rate drooped, a necessary middle order burst was provided by faithful Abishek, who managed to park one of the Panter’s pills in the car park, while veteran Hellawell applauded from the other end, while keeping a watchful eye on his averages. SAC finished a rather disappointing 165 off their 35 overs. All credit to Embassy’s bowlers.
Tea time produced the best fare seen in many years, with contributions from six stalwarts and including delicious curries, burgundy beefy pies, quiches, cakes, sandwiches and even a cucumber gazpacho delighting players and member guests alike. A big thank you to Paul Willey for launching this initiative for all members of the club. Club captain, Alastair Thomas, took the occasion to thank Chris Brown for his years of service to the club, most latterly as Chairman.
Little wonder then that SAC took to the field burdened by thoughts of defending the meagre total, in drying conditions and expanded waistlines, only to face the return of the Panther, this time opening the batting. Ahishek and Shakeel got us off to a nice start with some good bowling, Shakeel on the unfortunate side of two strong appeals in one over. He would continue to bowl very well throughout his spell, removing the other opener with a jaffa that pitched on middle and then took the top of off stump, the bail flying all the way down to fine leg where it was caught by the ubiquitous Philippe Cothier. The Panther finally departed after a well made 50, having done the damage, caught at deep mid on by an incredulous Hellawell, bowled Riches.
Further break-throughs came, but all too infrequently, British Embassy home by 5 overs and several wickets in the hatch.
Despite the loss SAC’s end-of-season win ratio of 3/1 has been noted as the best in few years. And so the final curtain came down on what was a very successful and enjoyable season of cricket at hallowed Meudon.
Our sincere thanks to our intrepid wives, partners and supporters who continue to help keep cricket alive and well at SAC. Winter well lads!