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Blues earn a point



CWMAMMAN United travelled to a wet and windy Leckwith Stadium on Saturday (Jan 26) and came away with a point having come up against a resurgent Pontypridd.

Cwm once again had to ring the changes due to some unavailability of players with forwards Brieg Matthews and Calem Rees once again covering at full back but the management will have been relieved to have had the returning Chris Curtis in goal as he had an excellent match.

Ponty were on the front foot from the start and the threat was increasing gradually. Then on around nine minutes the Ponty winger cut inside at the edge of the box and sent a perfect curling shot into the left hand corner leaving Curtis with no chance.

The rain continued to come down heavily and Ponty created a couple of good chances that they should have put away.

They were then awarded a free kick on the edge of the box which saw another excellent curling shot on its way to goal.

As their players started to celebrate Curtis produced a superb save from nowhere. Then a few minutes later with a Ponty player through on goal Curtis produced another great save.

This finally stung Cwm into action and a cross from the overlapping Calem Rees just flew over the bar while some good close play Colin Harris fired a good shot which was tipped over the bar by the Ponty keeper.

The players went in at half time with the score 1-0 with Cwm needing to find a more consistent way into the game.

As they have done a number of times this season Cwm started the second half positively and started to grow into the game.

Chrissy Allen found some space at a corner but headed over and then some good interplay between Allen, Harris and Ryan Hurlow saw the keeper make a good save from close.

Then midway through the second half a good through ball from Ashley Johns saw Ashley Curtis surge into the box where he was pulled down. The referee waved play on but the linesman at that side flagged and after a discussion the penalty was given.

Colin Harris calmly stepped up and smashed it into the roof of the net. Cwm then survived a scare as some hesitancy in defence saw the Ponty centre forward chip the oncoming Curtis but his effort bounced off the crossbar.

With Nathan McNeill strong in defence and the hardworking Ross Morgan prompting attacks Curtis and Hurlow were beginning to find space and chances were now coming at both ends.

The final five minutes saw Cwm have their best chances with Colin Harris foiled by an excellent save around the post and some excellent individual play which saw him push past a couple of defenders to only see his shot go agonisingly wide of the post with the keeper beaten.

A 1-1 game which could easily have gone either way based on the chances created.

On Saturday (Feb 2) Cwm are again on their travels away at Briton Ferry Llansawel.

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Cup wins for Ammanford teams



AMMANFORD reached the next round of the SWCA T20 Knockout Cup by beating Carmarthen Wanderers by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

Wanderers batted first and reached 91 for 9, thanks mainly to Tom Davies (37) and Iestyn Scourfield (23).

For Ammanford, Matthew Fisher picked up 3 for 17 while Owen Davies and Callum Croft bagged a couple each.

Ammanford took just 18 overs to overhaul the Carmarthen total for the loss of four wickets.

Josef Davies top-scored with 35, helped by Rhodri Davies (16) and Matthew Fisher (22no).

Ammanford’s third XI defeated Llanelli seconds by 82 runs in the SWCA Intermediate Cup at the Park on Sunday.

Batting first, Ammanford scored a creditable 144 for 7 from their 20 overs.

Steffan Wyn Williams top-scored with 41, whilst other contributions came from David Lumb (21) Sam Potter (17) and Neville Pritchard (29no).

Llanelli could only manage 62 for 6 in reply, Sam Potter picking up two wickets for 10 runs.

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Ammanford lose again to Newport but seconds win



AMMANFORD slipped to the bottom of Premier One with a 20 run defeat to Newport in another high-scoring match at the Park.

Ammanford skipper Alun Evans looked to have made the right decision when he invited Newport to bat and promptly took the wicket of opener Morgan Bevans with the score on 1.

That was as far as their luck went, though. The next wicket didn’t fall for another 130 runs as Michael Clayden (58) and Callum Taylor (93) made the most of a friendly batting track.

A further setback for the home team took the shape of Mujahid Ilyas who blasted a rapid 68 which included 6 sixes.

Newport closed on a forbidding 277 for 5.

Forbidding, but not impossible.

Ammanford got off to their best start for several seasons as Alun Evans (73) and Matthew Fisher took the opening stand to 185.

When Fisher fell for a terrific 112, Ammanford still needed 90 runs at ten an over, and despite a quickfire unbeaten 41 from Dan Roberts, couldn’t make up the rate.

When Evans was dismissed for 73, that signalled the end of Ammanford’s challenge and they fell short of their target by 20 runs.

Ammanford have now scored 516 runs in their last two matches without a win.

Next week they face another tough trip as they travel to league leaders St Fagans.

Ammanford second XI

AMMANFORD seconds recorded their first win of the season with a well-earned victory at Gorseinon.

Put in to bat, Ammanford scored 204 for 6. Openers Adam Lyons (44) and Callum Croft (58) gave them a great start while number three Fin Jeffries chipped in with 22.

Gorseinon could only manage 179 in reply, opener Jamie Hill being their top scorer with 48.

Fin Jeffries turned in a good bowling performance with 4 for 38, supported by Iestyn Jones and Jac Davies with a couple each.

The victory enabled Ammanford to leap-frog Gorseinon off the foot of the table.

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Ammanford well beaten by Port Talbot



AMMANFORD slipped closer to the foot of Premier One with a high-scoring defeat to Port Talbot Town at The New Mansel.

Ammanford were put in to bat on a glorious afternoon and made hay while the sun shone with an opening partnership of 61 between Matthew Fisher and Alun Evans.

When Fisher departed for 40, Daniel Evans took over and his partnership with his skipper took the score to 155 before Roberts was caught on 49.

When Evans fell for an anchoring 86, the Davies brothers, Rhodri (28no) and Rhys (22no) saw out the Ammanford innings, taking their total to a formidable 259 for 4.

Formidable it may have been, but Port Talbot’s batsmen were up to the challenge.

Glamorgan’s Nick Selman led the charge before he was dismissed by Fisher for 47.

The main partnership of 123, however, came between Joseph Voke (84) and Matthew Thompson (74no).

There were still three overs remaining when Port Talbot cruised past the Ammanford total for the loss of 3 wickets.

Things won’t get much easier for Ammanford next week when Newport visit the Park.

Ammanford seconds v Ynystawe

Ammanford seconds continued their miserable sequence of defeats with a 4 wicket loss to Ynystawe at the Park.

A promising start from Eirian Morgan (13) and David Lumb (17) preceded a middle order collapse which was rescued by a terrific individual performance from captain Jamie Evans, whose 76 helped Ammanford reach 167 all out.

Ynystawe’s middle order by contrast kept the scoreboard ticking over, an undefeated partnership between Rowan Evans (31no) and Arun Maurya (26no) taking them past Ammanford’s total with four wickets and 16 overs to spare.

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