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SWCA beaten in Pembs

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Shot: An SWCA player with a good shot as they put themselves in a good position

THE SOUTH WALES CRICKET ASSOCIATION were beaten in Pembrokeshire on Sunday (Jun 10) as they were bowled out 33 runs short of their target.

The Pembrokeshire side exacted revenge for their defeat three weeks ago in Llandysul at the hands of the South Wales Cricket Association, whose skipper Greg Fisher [Gorseinon] again asked his counterpart Sean Hannon [Neyland] to bat first at Hannon’s home ground of the Athletic Ground on Sunday.

Daniel Sutton [Johnston], Ashley Sutton [Neyland] and Nick Kooman [Neyland] departed cheaply to Josh Symmonds [Gorseinon] before opening batsman Simon Holliday [Haverfordwest] formed a fourth wicket partnership with Patrick Bellerby [Neyland], who was drafted into the side to replace the injured Ben Field [Haverfordwest].

Once Bellerby fell to a stumping from Fisher off Daniel Allen [Gorseinon] for 46, Lee Summons [Johnston] fell for a duck and the lower order contributed runs through Henry Durrant [Neyland] with 12, Brad McDermott-Jenkins [Lawrenny], 16 and teenager Kurtis Marsh [Kilgetty] 11, alongside Holiday who was dismissed for 56.

Opening bowler Symmonds took 3-24, whilst Connor Barry [Merthyr: 3-36] and Allen [3-37] also bowled well and Pembrokeshire finished on a final score of 181-9 from their 40 overs. The SWCA reply was built around a third wicket partnership between Steffan Davies [22; Clydach] and Symmonds [44] before James Garland [Clydach] scored 35, leaving the visitors well placed to win the game.

However, inspired bowling from McDermott Jenkins [4-18] in tandem with Daniel Sutton [2-13] saw four of the last five batsmen record ducks as the innings closed on 148ao with eight overs still available to chase down the runs.

Neil Hobbs on behalf of the SWCA was ‘complimentary of the fixture and to Neyland Club, particularly their ground staff who worked diligently to ensure the game was played after the heavy rain wiped out the majority of the Saturday cricket programme.’

Hobbs, Chairman of the SWCA and the newly formed Cricket wales South West Board is very keen to ensure that the ‘games between the two Associations continue, fostering better relations whilst also allowing the best players in the area to show case their talents.’

Richard Merriman, Vice Chairman of Pembroke County Cricket Club said: “Delighted to secure the win on a difficult pitch, which our top order had to battle hard on at first. The team spirit engendered by Sean Hannon has set the ground beat for the sides performance and the middle / lower order responded with crucial late runs.

“We did make some errors in the field but Brad McDermott Jenkins spell from the Scoreboard end was superb and despite the non-availability of some players due to the Village cup its testament to our strength as a County that we can compete and beat the SWCA. They have been two excellent fixtures and we look forward already to next year to play each other again.”

Pembrokeshire also scheduled to play Glamorgan 2nds on Wednesday, June 28, at Cresselly CC, Wales U17’s on Thursday, July 6, at Carew CC and the MCC on Wednesday, August 2, at Whitland CC., whilst the SWCA also host the MCC, at Bronwydd CC on Tuesday, August 8, starting at 11:30am.

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Ammanford upset Penybont to reach MG Cup quarter finals

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Report by Ian Parfitt

AMMANFORD produced arguably the shock of the third round in the MG Nathaniel Cup with a 2-1 victory at Penybont, who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier League, on Tuesday night (Sept 20).

Penybont started the game well and looked dangerous with ex Ammanford player Kai Whitmore calling the shots.

Ammanford however were also playing some neat football themselves and this was quickly becoming a competitive contest.

Ammanford took the lead in the 28th minute when Brett Enoch took advantage of a moment of calamity in the Penybont defence to fire home.

As expected Penybont increased the pressure on the Ammanford goal in search of an equaliser but Ammanford held firm to go into the interval ahead.

Kyle Marsh in particular having a fine game in the Ammanford goal. Ammanford fans would have been expecting a long 45 minutes after the break but it only took a minute for Penybont to find the equaliser, Mael Davies scoring with a firm header.

Penybont were hungry for more goals and looked especially dangerous from the flanks. The Ammanford defence, who were superb throughout held firm under a barrage of high balls into the box.

Ammanford were also keen to get a second and looked dangerous on the counter attack, both Jordan Langley and Callum Silcox going agonisingly close to restoring the visitors’ lead.

The Ammanford defence continued to form a formidable wall at the back which Penybont were unable to breach.

This fantastic rearguard action was rewarded in the 81st minute when Callum Thomas scored what turned out to be the winner for Ammanford, running through on goal and producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Penybont keeper Alex Pennock.

Ammanford players continued to put their bodies on the line to preserve the lead, epitomised by Tom Pratt who took one on the head in the six yard box.

Lee Trundle spurned a glorious chance to make the game safe for Ammanford with a couple of minutes remaining but it mattered not as the final whistle produced jubilant scenes in the away camp.

Ammanford progress to the Fourth round on what was a glorious night for the club.

Photos by Lawrence Molloy
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Strong Ammanford performance seals Cup win over Whitland

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AMMANFORD got their Division 1 Cup campaign off to an excellent start on Saturday (Sept 17) as they beat Whitland 42-13.

Ammanford built up a 17-3 lead and increased that further to 8-29 before pulling away in the closing stages.

Geraint Jones scored a penalty for Whitland and unconverted tries from Gino Setaro and Lewis Gibby followed.

Captain Alex Davies was named as Ammanford’s man of the match as he lead his side to a bonus point win.

The scrum half was among the try scorers as were Morgan Plimmer, Rhodri Jones, Liam Smith, Carwyn Richards, Mathew Lemon and Tiaan Evans.

Ryan Williams added four conversions and one penalty for the visitors.

The next round of Cup fixtures is scheduled for October 15. Ammanford host Newcastle Emlyn while Whitland travel to Tondu.

Ammanford return to action in League 1 West Central on Saturday, September 24 as they host Birchgrove.

Whitland are also back in league action in League 1 West as they visit Pembroke.

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Howell’s strike takes the points for Cwm

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CWMAMMAN United earned their first three points of the season with an impressive all round performance as they overcame Cardiff Darconians through a sublime Gwion Howell finish at Grenig park on Saturday (Sept 17).

Cwm started on the front foot and their passing and movement was excellent and they twice came close early with Gwion Howell clipping the outside of the post while Sion Dafydd Williams pounced on a back pass but could just not quite get enough leverage on his attempt.

They then saw a 25th min goal by Williams ruled out for a tight offside. With Charlie Davies and Scott Jewell having strong games in the middle of the park Cwm looked the likeliest to score but there was a real scare when a defensive slip required a superb save from Kai Rees in the Cwm goal to keep it goalless.

Kyle Ashford and Keiran Richards continued to run hard at the Dracs defence causing problems but the first half remained goalless.

The strong second half push back that Cwm expected from the Cardiff side didn’t materialise and Cwm continued to have the better of the play. Grant Rees and Callum Dougal were strong at the heart of the defence while Leon Coucher and the ever threatening Cory Saunders were launching attacks from out wide.

Eventually the goal came when some neat interplay saw Howell with his back to goal and the ball at his feet. A superb turn moved the ball to one side and he then fired it across the keeper to the opposite corner..

Great celebrations before Cwm immediately settled determined to see this one through. With Davies continuing to push his team forward and subs Alex Giardelli and Harrison Thomas stretching the Dracs side Cwm saw it through without too much worry.

An excellent performance of which manager Paul Lewis said: “Great to get that first win with the boys who applied our team plan superbly today and they really deserved that result.”

Cwm now look forward to another challenge as they travel to play near neighbours Garden village on Friday evening (Sept 23).

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