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Quins keep play-off bid on track

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IN AN ERROR-STREWN encounter in which strong wind proved a crucial factor, the Quins triumphed against a Neath side who arrived full of confidence following an impressive 15-10 victory against Cardiff, to keep their play off push alive.

With Pontypridd running away at the top of the league, the remaining three spots are seemingly going to shared between 5 sides. The Quins currently lie in third with just seven points separating second from sixth although the Carmarthen side do boast an impressive points difference.

Ebbw Vale, Bedwas, Cardiff and Cross Keys join Carmarthen to make up the five and it is hard fought victories like this one that Quins may look back on come the end of the season if they do make the play-offs.

With the wind behind them in the first half, Quins knew they had to get some points on the board. However the normally reliable Craig Evans missed an early penalty to give the home side the lead, setting the tone for the rest of the day, in which numerous penalties were conceded.

On the ten minute mark the Quins gathered a line out in their own half and launched a breathtaking attack that took play from right to left and back again. This created an over-lap that Rhys Williams used to cross in the Gas works corner. Evans narrowly missed the conversion.

Neath fly-half James Thomas missed a 21st minute penalty to get his team on the scoresheet only to be on target minutes later with a 35 metre effort.

The skill levels associated with both teams was sadly missing as passes went astray and numerous balls were dropped and a dull opening half ended with scores at 5 – 3 to the Quins.

Having had captain Ian Jones sin-binned just before the break, the Quins began the second half with 14 men and despite Evans adding another three points, Neath made the extra man count with a try of their own. Scrum half Tom James made a clever break and his slight of hand fed the ball to flanker Alun Jones who crossed the line, leaving the home crowd worried that an upset might be on the horizon.

On being restored to 15 men the home side began to find their rhythm and wing Chris Banfield sliced open the Neath defence to touch down after Kieran Hardy had put him into a gap.

A red card for Carmarthen lock Haydn Pugh led to nervy final few minutes, but Neath never really threatened and couldn’t take the chance to leave with a bonus point of their own as full back Joel Matavesi saw his last-minute forty metre penalty fall agonisingly short.

TEAM:

  1. Lee Williams 14. Chris Banfield 13. Iolo Evans 12. Rhys Williams 11. Dylan Morgan 10. Craig Evans 9. Kieran Hardy 8. Rory Gallagher 7. Sion Bennett 6. Lee Taylor 5. Haydn Pugh 4. Aidan Laxton 3. Ian Jones 2. Rhodri Clancy 1. Gethin Robinson

Replacements:

  1. Steff Phillips 17. Jack Haines 18. Jevan Sebastian 19. Sion Evans 20. Ben Thompson 21. Rhodri Wells 22. Morgan Griffiths 23. Dion Jones
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Ammanford well beaten by Port Talbot

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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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Ammanford march on in Welsh Cup

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AMMANFORD progressed smoothly into the next round of the Welsh Cup by beating Pembroke Dock by 91 runs at the Park on Sunday (Jun 6).

The Pembrokeshire League Division 2 side were playing in the competition for the first time in 15 years and were excited for the game.

Ammanford batted first and amassed 161 for 9. Their main scorers were Owen Davies (36), Matthew Davies (21) and Rhodri Davies (24).

Nick Daley finished with excellent figures of 4-23 while George Smith took 2-28.

Pembroke Dock were never up with the required rate, and despite a defiant 34 from Billy Wood, they were dismissed for 92.

Tom Grimwood added 10 and Archie Hillier-Wood added 11 but it wasn’t to be for the Dock.

Llyr Morgan and Iestyn Jones took three wickets each, backed by Matthew Fisher with 2 for 4.

Next Sunday, Ammanford are away to Carmarthen Wanderers in the SWCA T20 Knockout, whilst their Third XI play at the Park in the Intermediate Cup.

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Walters’ century sees off Ammanford seconds

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CARMARTHEN Wanderer’s Leighton Walters scored a century to help his side to victory over Ammanford seconds on Saturday (May 22).

Ammanford’s first XI saw their game rained off at the Park but the seconds were able to play twenty miles away in Carmarthen.

It wasn’t to be Ammanford’s day though as they lost by 115 runs.

Batting first, Wanderers amassed an impressive 218 for 3 in their 40 overs.

The highlight was undoubtedly a century from opener Leighton Walters which included 12 fours and 4 sixes.

He was well supported by Andrew Edwards (45no) and Liam Rogers (22).

Ammanford had no reply, with only three of their batsmen creeping into double figures.

They were dismissed for 103 inside 30 overs.

Kai Summers (4-17) and Steffan Jones (3-13) were the home team’s chief wicket takers.

Next week, Ammanford’s firsts entertain early league leaders Cardiff at the Park.

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