Saturday 17th July 2021: Match Report: SAC vs Thoiry CC
SAC lost the toss and was asked to bat first by Thoiry. This was the correct choice, as SAC lost its first 3 wickets for 0 runs. A brilliant fightback by Jyothy, Tariq, and Shakeel brought some respectability to the total and Standard finished 111 all out
Shakeel then opened the bowling for Standard and returned the favour by taking their first 2 wickets for 0 runs. Their No.4 then scored a quickfire 50 leaving Thoiry on 70/2 after 15 overs. Even though Jyothy, Anser, and Mansoor took 4 wickets between them, Thoiry eventually reached the target with 4 wickets in hand.
The result – a 6 wicket victory for Thoiry CC in the John Hardy Shield,
Despite the result, for the first time in three years, the John Hardy Shield has returned to Standard having secured the series 2 matches to 1.
Sunday 18th July 2021: Match report: SAC vs Chantilly (away)
This was Standard’s first away game of the season and with the weather predicted to be hot, it was a good toss for Niseem to win and he accordingly chose to bat. After some tight opening bowling, SAC lost three quick wickets before forming some solid middle-order partnerships. With the long grass not helping matters, Standard finished on 175 runs.
After sheltering in the shade for the majority of the tea break, both sets of players restarted proceedings a little sluggishly with Chantilly just edging proceedings by reaching 50 off 10 overs. After snaring a couple of quick wickets, SAC started to edge back into the game before Chantilly’s middle order took matters into their own hands and chased down the total with relative ease.
The result – a 7 wicket victory for Chantilly CC