Last Saturday 25th July saw Chantilly visit the SAC. With rain forecast towards the end of the day, both captains were keen to get the game underway and it was SAC’s captain Thodi who won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings started well with Henry Colburn scoring 21 before being caught and bowled by Chantilly’s skipper Eddy Hoyle. A couple of quick wickets fell before Thodi and Trevin put in valuable middle order knocks of 38 and 24 runs respectively. With the vultures circling, it took a solid 36 from Dimuth followed by a top score of 71 from Imran and a quick-fire 20 from Mansoor to stop SAC from collapsing. Dilip and Niseem closed SAC’s innings with two not-outs leaving the away side facing a total of 266 runs to win.
Chantilly in reply started shakily losing their first three wickets for just 20 runs, thanks to some quick wickets from Imran, Dilip and Niseem. This brought the away team’s Chetan to the crease, and with a bit of support from those batting around him, he started to take on SAC’s bowlers before he was trapped LBW for 99! In the bar afterwards the batsman admitted that his batting effort would have been his maiden century, which had many SAC players commiserating with the batsman. With the danger man recently departed, SAC’s bowler Shazad - with three wickets to his name - helped to dent any chance of a late Chantilly revival, with Dilip and Henry cleaning up the tail, leaving Chantilly 60 runs short.