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Harriers get cross country match underway

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screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-43-11THE HARRIERS’ first club cross country match started off at the Newbridge Field at Bridgend for round one of five of the popular Gwent League season last Sunday (Oct 16).

Teams from south Wales and the South West of England found a sunny day as 48 Carmarthen Harriers members turned out and were able to dominate many age groups with West Wales medals and qualification for the National Inter Regional races up for grabs this December.

The most successful team for Carmarthen Harriers on the first day were the Under 13 Boys, with two Bro Myrddin athletes, Frank Morgan (third overall) and Liam Edwards (fourth), involved in an exciting sprint off against a Cardiff and Pembroke athlete, where all four finished within five metres after running in a tight group for much of the demanding 2,600 metre course.

With Dafydd Jones 11th (Bro Myrddin) and Ioan Cressy-Rogers (Llandovery College) and Jac Chapman (Dyffryn Aman) finishing 15th and 16th respectively this was a great team performance that puts the Under 13 Harriers at the top of the league.

In the Under 11 Boys, Ifan Bowen led from the start and was beaten by a boy from Brecon, losing ground with 100 metres to go. He was followed by two boys on their debuts in cross country – Iwan Thomas (eighth) and Jac Thomas finishing fast for ninth. Seren Davies led the way for the Under 11 Girls with a very fine sixth place finish.

In the Under 13 Girls, teammates Daisy Thompson (Bro Myrddin) and Phoebe Davies (Bro Dinefwr) ran fantastic races to finish the race in third and fourth places.

Strength in depth was evident in the Under 15 Boys and Girls with Tomos Rees (Dyffryn Aman) leading the Harriers home in eighth and Gareth Thompson (Preseli) and Archi Morgan (Bro Myrddin) not far behind.

In the Girls Under 15 age group, Deryn Cressy-Rogers (Llandovery College) was first home in the Harriers team in 16th and was followed closely behind by Siwan Jones-Evans, Maddie Morgan, Molly Cressy-Rogers and Eva Edwards for a good team result.

The top Under 17s were club stalwarts and Welsh internationals Ben Thomas (third) and Elle Kiff (20th), who both set an excellent example for the younger athletes as they tackled the demanding 6,600 metre course.

Finally, on the same course as the Under 17/Under 20 Men was a full Senior Women/Veterans team, who were led home by the talented Sharon Leech in 19th with Louise Jones-Evans, Jane Batten, Lisa Forest, Andrea Thompson and Gill Edwards all running well on the muddy course.

The ever reliable Gordon Orme and Peter Moody in the over 70s category collected a one-two finish.

Athletes competing: Ifan Bowen, Iwan Thomas, Jac Thomas, Steffan Davies, Huw Cressy-Rodgers, Jake Lynock, Brynmor Peters, Frank Morgan, Liam Edwards, Dafydd Jones, Ioan Cressy-Rodgers, Jac Chapman, Morgan Batten, Dafydd Thomas, Tomos Rees, Gareth Thompson, Archi Morgan, Caspar Farquhar, Rhodri Peters, Ben Thomas, Thomas Jones, Rhys Davies, Trystan Leech, Lloyd Heckler, Gordon Orme, Peter Moody, Seren Davies, Bessy Hill, Keira Carmody, Jessica Lee, Amy Greatrick, Ella Davis, Daisy Thompson, Phoebe Davis, Deryn Cressy-Rodgers, Siwan Jones-Evans, Maddie Morgan, Molly Cressy-Rodgers, Eva Edwards, Ellie Kiff, Non Morgan, Cerys Davies, Grace Page, Sharon Leech, Louise Jones-Evans, Andrea Thompson, Jane Batten, Lisa Forest, Gill Edwards.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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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.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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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.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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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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