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Thursday 13 August 2020

Coronavirus: COVID-19 latest

The Clubhouse is now open and Members may now invite guests.
Members and guests will be expected to comply with the Club's Covid 19 charter for the maximum safety of their fellows and staff.
Please wear a mask when inside the clubhouse except when seated. Maintain a distance of at least 1m from other people.
In the grounds gatherings should be of fewer than 10 people (including children).

 

  • The beautiful Forest of Meudon as a backdrop
  • Bowler Ian Hellawell and keeper Oliver Ash
  • through a wide open gap on the leg side
  • ...with the Golf Section out at Villarceaux
  • - we train too!
  • - preferably at the Bar!

Cricket in France began in the second half of the nineteenth century and started to become popular in the 1890s with a dozen or so teams. The SAC has had an active Cricket section since 1893, when the first publicly recorded matches took place.

In those early days there were no formally prepared cricket pitches, so the SAC can count itself lucky today to be able to play on its own pitch surrounded by the glorious Forêt de Meudon.

The SAC's cricketers have an active fixture list, both home and away throughout the summer, including an annual tour to the UK. We welcome to SAC visiting teams from elsewhere in France, as well as teams touring from the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Cricket at the SAC is taken extremely seriously, with a work hard and play hard attitude that combines matches, training sessions in the nets, and refreshments at the bar!

A welcoming atmosphere is fostered to encourage juniors and families. Our junior development program accepts youngsters from 8 years of age onwards and is conducted each Saturday morning.

The cricket season starts at the beginning of May and lasts through until the end of September.

Matches generally start at 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

2019 Financial Statement and Post-Covid Perspectives

The following is an extract from the 2019 Financial Statement prepared by Treasurer Rich Parkin for the Cricket Section AGM in February 2020, updated in July 2020 taking into account the post-Covid situation. The full statement is attached below.

Executive Summary: Information

  • The Treasurer‘s function is to ensure the financial sustainability of high quality cricket at SAC, thereby enriching the identity of the Club overall.
  • Most notably, the Cricket Section maintains and renews an €85K asset base (pavilion, pitch, sight screens, scoreboard, other equipment and kit)
  • This leads to 3 objectives:
    • Short term: Be able to fund ongoing operations; €1000 cash on hand at beginning of season
    • Medium term: Generate sufficient free cash flow (EBITDA) to fund anticipated replacement of assets. Over the next 10 years this will require around €30K (pavilion (other than roof), pitch surface, netting around practice area, Club kit), so €3K a year.
    • Long term: In the ideal case capital reserves should equal the accumulated depreciation of our asset base. In practice this is going to take some time to achieve, and we will need to continue to run with strong profitability while we continue the renovation of facilities
  • This year‘s financials were very strong
    • – Positive cash flow at record levels of ~€9K before capital investment
    • – Positive profitability for third year in a row. The Section is generating over €6K a year for the Club after providing for asset depreciation. This is currently being re-invested in the asset base.
  • After allocating groundcare costs, the Section generated a €2K surplus to Club overheads
  • Over the past year our focus has turned to renovating the pavilion, which represents a major part of the Club‘s history, having housed the whole Club after the 1944 destruction of the old facilities. This structure was in danger of collapse last year. We have been able to fund replacement of the pavilion roof, and budgeted €7K towards the further renovation this winter. Priorities are structural beams, gutters, door and windows. We have also funded complete renovation of the Sinbad Vail scoreboard, and the forest sight screen. By season end, the Section will have funded over €35K in capital improvement in 4 years, representing a renewal of 40% of our assets base
  • The revised 2020 Budget, post-Covid, will generate €100 profitability, with -€4.3K cash flow. This represents a significant loss of revenue (lost sponsorship, cancellation of Junior Cricket for outside school, halving of season length and revenue per game). Offsets include no teas and reduced umpire budget. This budget depends critically on Club approval to pro rate dues for the shortened season. Should this not be the case, we expect to be unable to field a team, with knock-on fnancial impacts of -€3K (overall loss of €2800). We therefore plan to end the 2020 year with ~€5K cash-on-hand to fund the next wave of pavilion work

2020 Home Fixtures

Saturday, 11 July 2020 - Thoiry CC
Saturday, 18 July 2020 - LFP CC
Saturday, 25 July 2020 - Chantilly CC
Sunday, 26 July 2020 - Kerala Tuskers CC
Sunday 2 August 2020 - Thoiry CC
Saturday 8 August - USCA CC
Saturday 15 August - LFP CC
Sunday 16 August - Kerala Tuskers CC
Saturday 22 August 2020 - Lille LFLCC
Saturday, 29 August 2020 - Valenciennes Vipers
Friday 4 September 2020 - Shepway Stragglers (20/20) (UK Tourists)
Saturday, 5 September 2020 - Shepway Stragglers
Sunday, 6 September 2020 - Shepway Stragglers
Sunday, 20 September 2020 - Le Croq Sportif

 

Cricket at SAC - Setting The Standard

A short video celebrating the heritage of this elegant sport, in Paris since 1893 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XufV5Zx8vFU

Head of Cricket Section: Thodi Andersson 

Treasurer: Rich Parkin

Captain: Alastair Thomas

Fixtures Secretary: Henry Colburn

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Cricket elsewhere in France

France Cricket the official website for cricket in France

Ile de France: Château de Thoiry Cricket Club

 

Cricket News

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. 

Coming soon

15 Aug 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs LFP CC
16 Aug 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs KTA CC
22 Aug 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Lille LFLCC
24 Aug 2020
English Camp SSWP
29 Aug 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Valenciennes Vipers
31 Aug 2020
Golf Summer Eclectic Ends
04 Sep 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Shepway Stragglers (20/20) (UK Tourists)
05 Sep 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Shepway Stragglers
06 Sep 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Shepway Stragglers
12 Sep 2020
Golf Autumn Vase
12 Sep 2020
Snooker Master Class
18 Sep 2020
Golf Weekend at Vaugouard
20 Sep 2020
01:00PM -
Cricket SAC vs Le Croq Sportif
26 Sep 2020
Snooker Master Class
04 Oct 2020
03:00PM -
AGM