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Dafen and Drefach earn victories



A SCORE of 60 from David Dunfee helped Dafen to victory against Bronwydd in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association on Saturday (Jun 23).

That helped the visitors post 179 all out in their 50 overs which also saw Jeremy Dawes scoring 33.

Dafen made a steady start to their innings after winning the toss at Cnwc-y-Deri and electing to bat.

Matthew Evans was run out by George Gleeson with the score on 21 before Dawes and Jonathan Randell shared 43 runs for the second wicket.

Randell made 24 before he was caught and bowled by Gleeson and Dawes departed soon after when he was trapped leg before by Dafydd Morgan.

Chris Randell made 10 before he was bowled by Dafydd Morgan and Simon Davies also scored 10 before he was caught by Oliver Furneaux off the bowling of James Cale.

Dunfee did not get much support from his fellow batsmen as Jamie Mansel was caught by Gleeson off the bowling of Matthew Vaughan for a score of 8 and Matthew Donoghue was out for a duck when he was also caught by Gleeson off the bowling of James Dickson.

Dunfee took matters into his own hands as he smashed four fours and four sixes and after Chris Hudson was trapped leg before by Dickson he was then run out by Furneaux.

Dunfee looked for another big shot but he missed and with Daniel Vaughan halfway down the track he was forced to run but the wicketkeeper hit the stumps at the far end.

Matthew Vaughan then bowled Rhys Marchant with the last ball of the innings meaning Bronwydd would need 180 to win.

They made an excellent start to their innings as James Cale and Jacob Jenkinson shared 76 runs for the first wicket.

Dafen eventually broke that partnership when Jenkinson was stumped by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of Chris Hudson for a score of 23.

Cale then shared 35 runs with George Gleeson before Cale was caught and bowled by Chris Hudson for a score of 71 which included nine fours.

Matthew Evans then trapped Furneaux leg before for a duck and he also had Bleddyn Morgan caught by Chris Hudson as Bronwydd slipped to 125-4.

George Gleeson had made a score of 40 (seven fours) but he was then bowled by Matthew Donoghue and soon after Jonathan Randell had Meirion Davies caught by Daniel Vaughan.

James Dickson was then bowled by Randell and Dafydd Morgan made 10 before he was caught by Chris Hudson off the bowling of Randell.

Morgan’s wicket left the home side on 164-8 and that soon became nine as Pauluge Gihan Secstus Fernando was bowled by Randell.

Randell then brought the innings to a close as he bowled Matthew Vaughan and Bronwydd were all out for 172, seven runs short of their target.

It meant that Randell finished with excellent figures of 5-33 and the win sees Dafen take home 19 points.

Llandysul fall short

Elsewhere in Division 1, Llandysul fell just five runs short of victory in their game with Gowerton.

Matthew Mason scored 133 in his side’s total of 270-6 in which James Gardiner also scored 44.

Rhidian Harris scored 40 and Ben Edkins top scored with 78 for Llandysul in their reply but both were victims to the bowling of Marvel Biju who took three wickets.

Carwyn Evans finished the innings not out on 42 but it wasn’t enough as Rhodri Phillips also took three wickets to dismiss the home side for 265.

On Saturday (June 30), Dafen are away to Cowbridge, Bronwydd travel to Swansea Civil Service and Llandysul are at home to Gorseinon.

Drefach topple Felinfoel

In Division 2, Drefach earned a 67-run victory over Felinfoel. Drefach posted 228-9 from their 50 overs with Tomos Ellis-Williams scoring 37 (four fours, two sixes) in a knock of 37 and Owen Donovan top scoring on 67.

Both were trapped leg before by Andrew Thomas who claimed three wickets.

Rohan Nangalia and Stuart Parmenter eached picked up two wickets for Felinfoel.

In reply, Andrew Thomas and Scott Davies made a good start but Leigh Davies and Owen Donovan ripped through the top order to leave Felinfoel struggling on 89-5.

Donovan struck twice and removed top scorer Davies who had made 39.

Leigh Davies also had Thomas stumped on a score of 15 and he went on to claim five wickets for the loss of only 11 runs from his ten overs.

Rohan Nangalia finished not out on 36 as he looked to provide some late resistance but it wasn’t enough as James Carter struck twice late on to bowl Felinfoel out for 161.

Llangennech also suffered defeat as they were beaten by five wickets by Cimla.

They had Scott Lloyd scoring 19 and David Williams added 21. Martin Gregory scored 27 and Richard Clement top scored with 34 as Llangennech were all out for 162.

Philip Knight finished not out on 74 as he guided Cimla to victory despite two wickets from Matthew Jones.

On Saturday (Jun 30), Drefach are at home to Briton Ferry Steel, Felinfoel are away to Briton Ferry Town and Llangennech are at home to Maesteg.

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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.

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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.”

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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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