On Saturday, Chantilly won the toss and elected to bat first, but were bowled out for just 98. Praneeth Kumar took 2 early wickets despite an injury-induced shortened run up, and then spinners Yaesin Shikdar and Jan Wisniewski ran through the middle order, taking three wickets each. In reply, SAC debutant Malith Hasintha made a quick half century (51), before George Colley (20 not out) steered SAC to a comfortable 7 wicket win. The winning runs came in the 20th over with a lovely straight drive for four from Girish Dharmapurikar.
On Sunday, SAC won the toss and batted first. Henry Colburn (27) and Alastair Thomas (28) set up a foundation against an excellent opening attack, but both were then outwitted by cunning half-trackers from the Embassy’s (familiar looking) part-time leg-spin bowler. Stephen Hackett then lifted the tempo of the innings with an aggressive 53 which, with help from the middle order, got SAC up to 206 for 6 from our 35 overs. In response, the Embassy lost wickets regularly to some top drawer pace bowling from Shakeel Ahmad, Pushpendra Yadav, Nisseem Burkule and guest player Shakeel la Deuxième. But the Embassy were always in the game while Praneeth Kumar (SAC player on annual loan for the Embassy fixture) was at the crease. Praneeth stood up to some quality bowling and smashed his way to an excellent 93 before being bowled by a ripper from Yaesin Shikdar. The Embassy were all out shortly after for 140, with Stephen Hackett adding 3 quick wickets to his earlier half-century.