Carmarthen Quins 42
CARMARTHEN Quins produced their best performance of the season to rout their capital city hosts and the 5-try drubbing gave the Quins a bonus point victory to leapfrog Bridgend in the league.
At the start of every season, player’s coaches and supporters, hope for a team performance to remember. This was such a performance.
The Arms Park was draped in sunshine and the Quins were bent on repeating Tuesday night’s victory at Newport.
The opening minutes were fast and furious, with both sides showing their attacking flare. The Quins scrum and lineout were solid throughout and this was the basis of their performance.
It took until midway through the opening half for the scoreboard to come into play with a James Whitingham 20 metre penalty for Cardiff.
This seemed to spur the Quins into a scoring mode, when Iolo Evans found a gap, and slick inter passing gave Kieran Hardy the chance to touch down for a well worked try that Steve Shingler converted. More Quins pressure gave wing Kieran Jones the chance to make 30 metres and cut inside to the supporting Gavin Thomas who chipped on and won the race to score a brilliant try. Shingler added the conversion.
A desperate kick out of defence by the hosts was allowed to bounce and it appeared to be covered but it fell into the hands of Elis Benham who made 30 metres to score against the run of play. Whitingham converted putting the home side into double figures.
The remaining ten minutes of the half saw both side miss scoring chance with defences on top.
Straight from the restart, the Quins went on the offensive and powered up field, and from the resulting line out Josh Helps was able to crash over and replacement Calum Price added the points. The Quins were well on top and play was kept in the Cardiff half.
All the Quins backs handled and after 55 minutes Iolo Evans evaded tacklers to score a fine try for the bonus point score, which Price converted.
The Quins were guilty of overconfidence and lost possession when attacking for the home side to pick and counter attack which led to a Morgan Sieniawski try which was unconverted.
Cardiff were forced to defend for long periods and only heroic tackling prevented a Quins score. From a 20-metre penalty captain Ian Jones elected to take a pot at goal and Price obliged giving the Quins a three score lead.
The final ten minutes belonged to the Quins as the hosts were drained of idea’s and had run out of steam.
After several pairs of hands had contributed to a powerful charge skipper Ian Jones was able to crash over under the posts. Calum Price made it 42 points and the Quins highest score this term with the last kick of the game.
The past week has been a complete reversal of Quins play and the three displays has given the squad much confidence to take on Cross Keys in the Swalec Cup semi final at Aberavon on Saturday.
Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds
AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.
Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.
Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.
Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.
Thirds beaten by Landore
Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.
Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.
Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.
Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.
The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.
Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event
CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.
As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.
The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.
A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.
Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.
“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”
Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets
A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).
With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.
Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.
The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.
Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.
Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.
Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.
The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.
Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.
Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.
Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run
Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.
Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).
Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.
They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.
The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.
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