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Bronwydd and Llangennech earn wins

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BRONWYDD earned a crucial win on Saturday (Jun 30) as they beat Swansea Civil Service by 17 runs in Division 1 of the South Wales Cricket Association.

James Cales and George Gleeson both scored 17 while Oliver Furneaux scored 34 and Meirion Davies scored 38 as Bronwydd made 189-9.

Dylan Bebb was the pick of the Swansea bowlers as he took five wickets for the loss of 29 runs.

Damian Devonald then scored 19 in Swansea’s reply while there were scores of 39 from Ben Novis and 41 from Thomas Milford.

However, some excellent bowling, including three wickets from Matthew Vaughan and three from Meirion Davies helped bowl Swansea out for 172.

Also in Division 1, Dafen were bowled out for 136 in their game against Cowbridge.

Tom Williams took six wickets for Cowbridge as he reduced Dafen single-handedly to 52-7.

Nicky Davies scored 22 for Dafen and Jonathan Randell scored 33 before a late score of 43 helped his side to a total they could try and defend.

Philip George had Ben Wright caught by David Dunfee for a score of 37 but unbeaten scores of 42 from Tatenda Chiradza and 58 from Thomas Merilaht saw Cowbridge to victory.

Llandysul were also beaten as they lost to Gorseinon by three wickets at Tir Dref.

Ieuan Paske and Rhidian Harris had got Llandysul off to a good start with an opening stand of 64 but wickets began to fall regularly.

Paske made 32 before falling to the bowling of Joe Baker and Rhidian Harris scored 39.

Andrew Edwards scored 41 but he quickly began to run out of partners as Llandysul slipped from 101-4 to 155 all out.

Arfon Jones took three wickets for Llandysul as they did their best to stop Gorseinon but it wasn’t quite enough.

Connor Barry made 15 and Chris Morgan made 17 but the star of the show for the visitors was Josh Simmons who finished unbeaten on 83.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Bronwydd are at home to Cowbridge while Dafen take on Llandysul.

In Division 2, Llangennech earned another win as they bowled Maesteg out for just 94.

Simon Clement took six wickets as Maesteg were reduced to 31-6. Scores of 24 from Ashley Colston and 22 from Andrew Whelan prevented Maesteg being bowled out sooner.

Openers Hedd-Wyn Jones and Scott Lloyd then took Llangennech to within touching distance of their target before Jones was caught and bowled for a score of 49.

It was left to Lloyd to hit the winning runs as he finished not out on 34 to see his side over the line with plenty of time to spare.

Felinfoel were also victorious as they restricted Briton Ferry Town to 161 all out in reply to their earlier score of 188 all out.

Andrew Thomas scored 35 and Rhys Harries scored 28 as Felinfoel made a good start to their innings. Rhys Jones made 48 and Jonathan Cheal scored 47 and they looked well set on 167-4 to go on and make a big total.

However, a late collapse saw them limp to 188 all out as Adeel Khan and Yakoob Ali both took three wickets.

Ali then scored 50 in Briton Ferry’s reply but no other batsmen made more than 20 as four wickets from Tom Jones derailed their chances of victory.

Rohan Nangalia and Jonathan Cheal also took two wickets apiece as they bowled them out 27 runs short of their target.

On Saturday (Jul 7), Felinfoel are at home to Llangennech in a clash of third versus second and Drefach are away as they take on Maesteg.

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Amman earn first win of the season

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AMMAN United claimed their first win of the season after an opening-day draw, and a cup defeat at Haverfordwest last weekend.

However, you would have been hard pushed to imagine a 50-point final-score when, just before half time, the score remained 0-0.

But two injury time scores had then given Amman an unlikely 12-0 interval lead against the Bulldogs.

A bright opening from United saw centre Gavin Lewis, on yet another comeback, show his trickery with a nice run and offload early on. Hooker George Clark had a fine game and was in the thick of everything, as were fellow forwards Iwan Davies, Dan Jones, Rhydian Jones and captain Alun Lewis.

Bynea suffered a very early blow, losing Corey Butler to an untimely injury, and they were later to also see Jamie Thomas limp off before half time.

These injuries meant a large period of added-time, and the Bulldogs’ valiant defence cracked during the injury-time as Joel Foster and Alun Lewis combined to put in flanker Rhydian Jones for the opening try, which Tom Caddell converted.

A frustrating couple of minutes for the visitors was compounded when a quick tap and go penalty from scrum half Foster saw him smuggle over the try line for a second try on the stroke of half time.

The Reds continued in good heart after the restart, and after some good play,Foster and and Dan Jones were involved before Rhydian Jones slipped a fine offload to skipper Alun Lewis who went under the posts for another converted try.

Another “vet” came on, Adrian Thomas off the bench as the home side largely dominated with their pack in the ascendency, Cian Lewis, Jason Knell and Rhys Phillips having put in a good shift throughout.

The Bulldogs then had a purple patch for a while,centre Jack Mal almost finishing off a fine move, before more calamity struck for them as Jake Sam was sadly stretchered off.

Amman capitalised and grabbed a bonus point try when the excellent George Clarke went over for another score to make it 24-0.

But the dogged visitors were always a threat, and carved out an excellent try for their efforts as wing Nathan Baker finished off a well-worked team move, which outside half Finlay Cook converted.

Amman hit back when the back row combined well before Dan Jones went over the whitewash for a try.

A very young Bynea side battled to the end,and some more excellent play was rewarded with a try for Tom Badger, converted by Cook.

However, the home side had the last word and grabbed a very late injury time try as the industrious Rhydian Jones crossed for the final score of the game.

Amman face a tough trip to Tumble on Saturday, October 1, while Bynea are home against New Dock Stars.

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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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