CARMARTHEN Wanderers’ Steven Mills finished unbeaten to help his side to victory over Newbridge on Saturday (Aug 3).
Newbridge won the toss and elected to bat and they made a good total of 233-8 from their 50 overs.
They lost opener Ben Wellington early when he was caught by Gareth Thomas off the bowling of Steven Mills.
Travis Morgan and Alex Horton then shared 70 runs for the second wicket as they put their side in a good position.
Garmon Dyfri removed Morgan, who had scored 23, when he had him caught by Ifan Knott.
Horton and Will Davey then shared 85 runs for the third wicket as they continued to put runs on the board.
Davey made a score of 33 but he was then run out by Liam Rogers.
Owain Binding then bowled James Morgan and he did the same to Horton who had hit seven fours in a score of 77.
Elliot Jenkins made a score of 15 before he was caught and bowled by Thomas and Ian Hughes then had Joel Holley caught by Thomas.
He then also bowled James Horton as Newbridge slipped to 216-8. Matthew Williams batted on to finish unbeaten on 39 as Carmarthen were set 234 to win.
Openers Stephen Inward and Owain Davies got the Wanderers off to a good start as they shared 82 runs for the first wicket.
Davies hit six fours in a score of 44 but he was then trapped leg before by Matthew Williams.
Inward and Steven Mills then shared another 52 runs for the second wicket as they continued to bat well.
Inward hit six fours and a six in his score of 46 but he was then caught by Will Davey off the bowling of Elliot Jenkins.
Gareth Thomas was also out to the bowling of James Morgan but Newbridge were unable to claim any further wickets.
Owain Binding finished not out on 34 while Mills was unbeaten on 67.
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.
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.
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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