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Coronavirus: COVID-19 latest

Following the latest official announcements, the Club remains open for children's football, adult and children's tennis and other individual outdoor sporting activities. The Club is normally open from 8 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am - 5 pm at weekends. Entrance will be through the front door, but the usual 'protocoles sanitaires' and social distancing will apply. Toilet facilities are available, but the changing rooms and bar remain closed so please come prepared.

Thursday 25 February 2021

Cricket News - Drancy Match Report (13 September)

On Sunday 13 September Standard Athletic played against Drancy CC. (See the SAC Team in the main article.) SAC batted first with Minhaz playing aggressively to hit 84 runs with good support from captain Thodi (33 runs) and Anser (36 runs) and with a quickfire 50 from Sikandar to finish. As a result, Standard posted a formidable total of 298 runs off 40 overs.
Drancy in response were bowled out for under 100 runs, with swing bowler Praneeth, leg-spinner Yann and Anser starring with the ball.

Cricket News - Lille and Colombes Match reports

On Saturday 5th September saw Lille CC visit Standard Athletic for the first time in their history. It was a great game and the end result unexpected but entirely fitting...a draw on 250 apiece.
On Sunday the game was against Colombes CC. SAC batted first and made a respectable 242 and Colombes in reply were bowled out for 203. Read on to see the teams and the full reports. 

Bridge News - Playing Bridge safely

The FFB has communicated COVID safe play guidelines to regular (licensed) players. The guidelines are reproduced here for the casual player, who may not have seen them.

Briefly, it is now strongly recommended that everyone wear a mask, that we wash our hands often, in soap and water or with the "gel hydroalcoolique", keep a certain distance from the other players at the table by using a larger table the surface of which can be cleaned regularly and using the same bidding box for a whole afternoon/evening session. Read on for the full guidelines (in French). 

Bridge News - Licence time...

Unfortunately, no tournaments or workshops are in view, but that doesn't stop you from playing your friendly games of bridge, provided, of course, that you respect the health guidelines - see this article.
We now have three 110x110cm boards to be used to enlarge the bridge tables (with a mat underneath and another one on top) to increase the separation between players. A maximum of 2 tables should be used in the Bridge Room, but there's usually plenty of space in the main room and the bigger black tables can be used too.
It is time to renew your FFB licences - for the same amount as last year, i.e. €56 (cheque made out to the SAC Bridge Section). The Committee and the Federation need the income in order to keep functioning and if you are playing in a club or on Funbridge or BBO, you will need to have a valid licence (preferably before 1 November). A renewal form is attached to the main article but only needs filling out if your personal details have changed. 

Cricket News - Frederick Delius, the composer, was an avid cricketer in Paris in the 1890s

This fascinating and little known side of Frederick Delius has been uncovered by Leslie S. Woodcock, who has written a series of articles that were published in successive editions of the Northern Cricket Society Booklet. Attached you will find an article centred around a match between the 'Eleven of Notts County' against the 'Sixteen of Paris’ played at the Tir aux Pigeons ground in the Bois de Boulogne on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th August 1898. The Paris team comprised expatriate Englishmen including Delius, was formed mainly from the larger Standard Athletic and Albion Cricket Clubs of Paris, though it is uncertain as to which club Delius belonged to or played for.   

Cricket News - SAC vs Thoiry CC (2/8) Match report

On Sunday 2 August Thoiry visited SAC for the second in the “best of three” John Hardy match series. After losing the first game, revenge was on the cards for Standard’s players and they were the first to bat after being put in by the visitors. Through some excellent bowling, Thoiry managed to restrict the home team to 164 runs. In return, Thoiry made light work of the opening bowling attack and chased down the total with relative ease meaning that they retained the John Hardy Shield. Needless to say, both teams enjoyed themselves and the celebrations continued in the bar afterwards. Although a dead rubber, the third instalment of the series will take place in September with Standard looking to regain some pride. 

Cricket News - SAC vs Chantilly (25/7) Match report

Last Saturday 25 July saw Chantilly visit the SAC. The SAC elected to bat first and finished with 266, with Imram the top scoer on 71. Chantilly's reply started badly withthe first 3 wickets falling for 20 runs. However Chantilly's Chetan nearly made his maiden century but was trapped LBW on 99! After that, the bowlers polished off the rest leaving SAC with a comfortable victory by 60 runs. (Read on for more detail.)

Cricket News 26 July - SAC vs Kerala Tuskers Asnières (KTA) Match report

After losing the toss and being made to field, SAC made early inroads into the opposition line-up with their opening bowling attack of Shakeel & Kismat. KTA were reduced to 20 for 4 after first 8 overs. KTA never recovered from their disastrous start as they eventually folded for 85. Money Singh was the destroyer-in-chief taking 4 wickets, while Shakeel & Kismat taking 2 wickets each. The other 2 wickets came as a result of Run-outs.

In the chase, after a hiatus of 2 years, Steven Byng was back to open the innings for SAC with Thodi. Both scoring runs with ease before Thodi got caught at mid-off for 9. Steven Byng struck some sublime cover drives to compile 43. SACC eventually crossed the line with 6 wickets in hand.

Cricket News - LFP CC (18/7) Match report

On Saturday 18 July playing against LFP CC, the SACC registered its first win of the season. LFP chose to bat and after an early fall of wickets managed to make 168 all out. SAC made light work of chasing down the score, at the cost of two retirements - openers Thodi (74)and newcomer Malith (54) - and two wickets. More detail in the full article.

Swimming pool

Pefect conditions for swiming! Please remember to take a shower before you bathe and clean the deck chairs with the sprays provided.

July Tennis Camps for Adults and Children - places available - act now!

Our new tennis coach, Carole Dacheux, will be offering Tennis Camps for both adults and children from Monday to Friday during the weeks of 6-10 and 13-17 July. For information and registration for the Camps visit http://www.coachcarole.fr/2020/06/01/summer-camp-2020/, or more generally register for the Tennis School at:  http://www.coachcarole.fr/  or Carole at: 07.60.24.24.58 or  .

Tennis News

The clay courts have just recieved a new layer of red and we will be starting a new treatement aimed at improving the longevity of the clay surface.
Covid reminder: Please remember to wear your mask indoors, and clean the tables and chairs with the sprays provided.

Tennis News - clay court inspection

The Tennis Comittee has undertaken a ‘Diag Technique’ of our clay courts with the French Tennis Federation experts this week.
They will be back for more tests at the beginning of winter but these preliminary tests have shown our courts to be in a much better state than we originally thought. The main message from the FTT was that they need to be watered as much as possible and preferably after every match.  Great news!

Cricket News - Thoiry (11/7) match report and fixture list.

After a two month delay to the season, Saturday 11th July saw the return of cricket to SAC with old rivals Thoiry the visitors. After Andrew Jackson won the toss, SAC chose to bat and Henry and Omar made a solid start taking SAC to 40 without loss, but after a flurry of wickets, Imran, Trevin and Yassin in the middle order pushed SAC's score to 155 all out. Unfortunately Thoiry comfortably chased it down with a solid batting display. Despite the result, there was a great feeling all round that the season had finally got under way! Read on for the full report and the home fixture list.

Golf News - some dates for the rentrée

The 40th Autumn Vase planned for Saturday 12 September has been cancelled. And this autumn's golf weekend will involve a trip to the Golf de Vaugouard from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September. (Form attached to the main article) 

Snooker News - Free Master Classes with French National coach Eric Vaquier.

Thanks to our close relationship with the French Billiards Federation, the SAC has been offered the possibility to get some free Snooker coaching this summer from French National Billiards and Snooker coach Eric Vaquier.
These special Master Classes will take place between July and September 2020.
Players will be coached individually for 3 sessions.
First 1h and later 1h30 sessions all free of charge.
Eric is willing to come to the SAC on a few dates to be set.
Grouped Saturday morning or afternoon sessions or weekday evening sessions.

Anyone interested please contact Roland Tchertoff at or before Sunday 12 July.