A fantastic weekend of cricket and two exciting victories for SAC
On Saturday we won a thrilling match against Mantes La Jolie CC and on Sunday hosted Lisses CC ending with an unexpected but brilliant win for SAC.
On Saturday, SAC won a thrilling match against Mantes La Jolie CC. SAC batted first and made a solid 208 for 5 off our 35 overs. Alastair Thomas top scored with 71, while Shan Selvaradjou made an excellent 51, Thodi Andersson 42, and Mansoor Imtiaz 25. In response, Mantes La Jolie lost wickets regularly and at 140 for 7 were in very deep trouble. However, a fighting eighth wicket stand turned things around and took them to the brink of victory. With eight balls left, Mantes La Jolie required just two runs for the win. SAC required a miracle: three wickets, or eight dot balls. Said Azam Sadad started the miracle, taking two wickets in two balls to end the penultimate over. Kismat Surate then bowled a brilliant final over, bowling five dot balls before having the last man caught behind off the final ball of the match. Unbelievable stuff! Azam and Shakeel Ahmad ended with three wickets each, while Kismat and Praneeth Kumar took two each.
On Sunday SAC hosted Lisses CC. SAC once again batted first, but this time struggled and were 26 for 4 after some testing bowling from Lisses. Praneeth Kumar and Mike Johnson began to rebuild the innings, adding 60 together, but once Mike was out for 18 the rest of the order offered little resistance. SAC all out for 131, with Praneeth top scoring with an elegant 62. In reply, Lisses were 70 for 2 and appeared to be cruising to victory. But then Azam came on to bowl. He proceeded to improve on his heroics from Saturday, taking 5 wickets for six runs in just 14 balls. In the blink of an eye Lisses were all out for 100 and SAC had won by 31 runs! Shakeel took two wickets, Praneeth and Danesh Nawaz one each. The final wicket was a run out with the non-striking batsman lingering outside his crease following an LBW appeal. A crazy end to a crazy weekend.