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Bronwydd edge out Dafen

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BRONWYDD earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Dafen to move above them in the table.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to bat and they reached a good total of 210-6 in their 50 overs.

However, they lost Mike Jones early on when he was run out by Gethin Long and when James Cale fell to the bowling of Andrew Randell, the visitors were left on 31-2.

Josh Rencken and Oliver Furneaux then shared 93 runs for the third wicket to put their side in a good position.

Rencken reached his half century but then saw Furneaux trapped leg before by Mattew Donoghue on a score of 43 that included four fours and two sixes.

Carwyn Jones was then run out by Matthew Evans on a score of 10 as Bronwydd slipped to 148-4.

Rencken and George Gleeson then shared another 35 runs before Gleeson was bowled by Long on a score of 18 (three fours) from 15 balls.

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Donoghue then had Meirion Davies caught by Daniel Vaughan to leave the visitors on 192-6.

Rencken had reached a score of 86 at that stage and he went on to finish unbeaten on 98 with ten fours.

Dafen’s reply did not get off to the best of starts as Tom Gleeson had Matthew Evans caught by George Gleeson and Tom then bowled Chris Randell.

Matthew Bagshaw then bowled Nicky Davies as Dafen were left reeling on 6-3.

Matthew Donoghue and Gethin Long then shared 49 runs for the fourth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

James Cale brought that partnership to an end as he had Long caught by Meirion Davies on a score of 43 from 38 balls.

Cale then also trapped Phillip George leg before as the home side fell to 75-5.

Donoghue and Simon Davies then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket before Cale trapped Donoghue leg before on a score of 33.

Davies and George Lavender then shared another 47 runs for the seventh wicket as they continued to edge toward their target.

Davies hit seven fours in his score of 43 but he was then trapped leg before by Josh Rencken.

Lavender made a score of 19 before he was bowled by Tom Gleeson who then bowled Chris Hudson for a duck to leave Dafen nine-down needing 21 to win.

Andrew Randell made his way to a score of 23 as he looked to earn the win for his side but George Gleeson then bowled him to bring Dafen’s innings to a close on 196 all out.

On Saturday (Aug 10), Bronwydd host Briton Ferry Steel while Dafen will look to bounce back when they take on Maesteg Celtic.

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Cup wins for Ammanford teams

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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

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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

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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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