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Llandysul up to third



LLANDYSUL moved up to third place in Division 1 on Saturday (Jun 29) as they earned a narrow three wicket win over Dafen.

Llandysul won the toss and elected to field and they were able to keep Dafen to 190-9 in their 50 overs.

Dafen lost opener Nicky Davies early on when he was run out on a score of 11 by Joe Swift.

Scott Phillips made the same score before being bowled by Swift who then had Simon Davies caught by Ieuan Paske to leave Dafen on 49-3.

Matthew Evans had hit four fours and a six in his score of 29 but he was trapped leg before by Llewelyn Hughes.

George Lavender made a score of 18 but he was then caught and bowled by Hughes. He then claimed his third wicket as he bowled David Dunfee on a score of 17.

That left Dafen on 105-6 but Matthew Donoghue and Jonathan Randell shared 38 runs for the seventh wicket.

Randell made a score of 19 before he was caught by Hughes off the bowling of Steffan Jones.

Donoghue was joined by Philip George and the pair shared another 47 runs for the eighth wicket.

Photos by Darren Harries

George also made a score of 19 but he was then caught by Ben Edkins off the bowling of Arfon Jones.

Donoghue had hit five fours in a score of 42 but he was then caught by Carwyn Evans off the bowling of Arfon Jones as Dafen finished on 190-9.

Llandysul’s reply got off to a bad start as they lost both openers cheaply. Meurig Jones was caught by Daniel Vaughan off the bowling of David Dunfee and Gary Williams was caught by Jonathan Randell off the bowling of Matthew Evans as Llandysul were reduced to 9-2.

Ben Edkins hit three fours and a six in his score of 20 but he was then stumped by Vaughan off the bowling of Phillip George.

That left them on 39-3 but Bleddyn Morgan and Llewelyn Hughes shared 79 runs for the fourth wicket to put their side in a good position.

Morgan hit seven fours in a score of 44 but he was then caught by Vaughan off the bowling of Chris Hudson.

Matthew Donoghue then bowled Steffan Jones before Hughes, who hit seven fours and a six in his score of 54, was caught by Simon Davies off the bowling of Hudson to leave Llandysul on 135-6.

Carwyn Evans and Ieuan Paske then shared 29 runs for the seventh wicket to edge their side closer to their target.

Evans was trapped leg before by Randell but Dafen were unable to take any further wickets.

Paske and Joe Swift finished unbeaten with Paske hitting four fours and a six in his score of 37 while Swift scored 14.

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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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