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Saturday 21 April 2018

'U15' turned out to be a somewhat loosely interpreted term locally - which meant that the majority of the local players were at least three and usually four years older than their visitors. As a result, the game was always going to be a bit of a mismatch. Nevertheless, after a nervous start when wides were threatened to form most of the score, SAC began to show signs of their talent. Guest player Hamad took two wickets in an over (the first thanks to an excellent catch from Matthieux and Camille threw the stumps down from midwicket with the bemused batsman still mid pitch. He then bowled an excellent last over in which Dreux failed to score a single run despite swinging at everything. In the unfamiliar role of wicket keeper, captain Hugo acquitted himself well. He hardly let through a single bye and marshalled his peppered fielders with aplomb, ably assisted by guest player Gabriel Hayes. The Dreux new ball bowlers soon swept aside the SAC top order but Joris and Matthieux stopped the rot. They even played a few shots as they held out for nearly 10 overs. Sportingly, Dreux applauded both all the way off the field after they were dismissed. Joe also played a fine defensive innings and had to be prised from the crease by his coach to allow the last man in to face the final over (which he survived). We plan to find a date to play Dreux again later in the season - perhaps at the U19 level, where we are more evenly matched in player numbers.