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BLISTERING BASSETT SAVES OLD GOLD

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CARMARTHEN boosted their chances of an end-of-season UEFA qualifying play-off place, with a crucial victory against Cefn Druids. In what was generally a dismal and attritional encounter, they were rescued by two late goals which stemmed from the dazzling skills of winger Kyle Bassett.

Town made a positive start, immediately putting pressure on the visitors’ defence and they were close to taking an early lead, when in the 2nd minute, Cortez Belle’s astute pass set Bassett free down the right flank and after bursting into the penalty area he drove the ball across the face of the goal only to see Cefn defender Joe Culshaw clear it safely behind to deny Chris Ham a simple tap-in chance.

Yet that initial promise faded rapidly as a lengthy period of decidedly scrappy football ensued with neither side seemingly possessing sufficient flair and creativity to produce any realistic goal threat in the face of stubborn opposition defending.

This finally ended on 25 minutes when Lewis Harling received the ball just wide of the penalty area and he played it quickly across to Ham, who from 20 yards fired it into the side netting. But after a further spell of pressure the hosts were rewarded in the 32nd minute when Bassett sent a corner-kick deep into the goalmouth to reach Ham, who hit a crisp shot that clipped the post before crossing the line for his first goal in the Old G old colours.

Stung by that setback Cefn responded instantly. Moses Barnett raced down the left wing before driving the ball into the packed goalmouth and while it was partially cleared, it went straight to Culshaw whose fierce 18 yard effort struck the foot of the post – and despite the presence of several defenders, Derek Taylor reacted quickest and from close range he slotted the ball past ‘keeper Lee Idzi.

At last, with both sides having tasted success, the pace of the game increased noticeably although there was still no evident improvement in terms of goalmouth activity. The only further goal threat in the first-half arose in the 41st minute when Luke Cummings launched a long cross deep into the penalty area where Belle headed the ball back to Bassett who saw his stunning 10 yard volley superbly turned around the post by ‘keeper Louis Gray.

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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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