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Burry Port make it to final 16

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screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-12-32-49BURRY PORT progressed through to the last 16 of the Bowl with a workmanlike performance away to Tylorstown. In difficult conditions, the home team started strongly and held territorial advantage for much of the opening 10 minutes, but the Blacks cleared the line and started to control the breakdown area that was crucial with a slippery ball.

The driving rain limited an expansive game, and Burry Port’s first try came from a well worked driving line-out and number eight Dylan Evans crashed over, with Ben Williams adding a conversion.

A good period of play saw the hosts struggle to contain Burry Port, who were cheered on by a large travelling contingent. Burry Port were on top and came close to scoring a number of times. The penalty count was in Burry Port’s favour as Tylorstown were infringing at the breakdown and scrum half Ben Williams slotted over a penalty to increase the lead. Both teams tried hard to play exciting rugby and there were g ood handling skills on show, with Iwan Roberts finishing off another try close to the corner. Williams added the extras. Half time score was Tylorstown 0-17 Burry Port.

With conditions deteriorating, the early second half exchanges were even, with the hosts getting stuck in at the contact area. Burry Port broke from deep and produced a fine handling move that resulted in winger Luke Rudall scoring in the corner. Williams converted from the touchline.

The game continued with Burry Port playing a high tempo game that took its toll on the home defence. Captain Dan Etteridge controlled possession well and mixed his tactics keeping the home defence guessing and produced two fine cross kicks to set up the next two tries for Owen Thomas and Rhys Gravell.

The five try victory was pleasing to see as the squad gave a fine performance in awful conditions and with competition for places increasing, it promises to be an exciting season ahead in Cup and League competitions. Credit must also be given to the travelling supporters who made the journey, and it was pleasing that the players responded well in giving them plenty to cheer about. Burry Port host New Dock Stars in the league this Saturday (Dec 17), kicking off at 2.30pm at the Memorial Park. There is also a former players reunion at the clubhouse so it promises to be another eventful day for Burry Port RFC. All former players are welcome to attend.

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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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