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Barclay ‘really happy’ at Parc y Scarlets

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SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL John Barclay has backed up head coach Wayne Pivac’s sentiments that the region’s performance against Leinster on the weekend was one of the best so far this season.

The Scotland International has constantly put in barnstorming performances for the Scarlets since arriving in West Wales in the summer of 2013 and was one of three try scorers in Saturday’s victory over a strong Leinster side.

Speaking after the game Barclay said; “We didn’t hide away from the fact that it was a huge game. We’ve got to get into the top six. A club like this needs to be playing in the top flight. We talked it up and the pleasing thing was we really delivered. Points wise we’ve had 12 from the last four games so effectively we’re three from four. It’s really pleasing.”

Reigning Pro12 champions Leinster travelled to Parc y Scarlets with strength in depth right across the park making victory all the more pleasing. He went on to say: “They weren’t far from full strength – that makes the performance even better, even more special. I think it was one of our best performances of the year. I thought we played really well to a man. We kept playing and playing. We could have got the bonus point but we were happy to get the win.”

Barclay is pleased to see young players develop in the pack with fellow flanker James Davies named man of the match after Saturday’s clash. Barclay went on to say: “Our defence was great, a few guys have come through like Cubby (James Davies) and Lewis (Rawlins) – these guys are really stepping up. It’s great for this year and next year with these guys coming through. I play the way I play; Cubby is playing well so we feed off each other. We’ve also got Shings (Aaron Shingler) and Rob (McCusker) – we’ve got quite a bit of depth here.”

Despite being overlooked by the coaching set-up at Scotland Rugby Barclay says he would still like to represent Scotland. He went on to say: “I definitely want to play for Scotland. Think I’m playing pretty well but obviously not good enough at the moment. I’m happy down here, really happy at the club. I’ll just keep my head down; if I get called up I’d love it. I think I’ve got a lot to offer still. I enjoy playing here, if I was at a club I wasn’t happy at that may be playing on my mind more.”

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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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