AMMANFORD ensured their continued place at the Premier One table when they convincingly beat fellow strugglers Mumbles by 7 wickets at Marespool.
Skipper Alun Evans chose the correct call in putting Mumbles in to bat, and the home side were soon 9 for 2.
Craig Meschede (34) and Aneurin Norman (39) solidified the middle order to an extent, but the Ammanford bowlers stuck to their task and wickets fell steadily.
A stubborn unbeaten 26 from Adam Frangakis-Williams took them to 174-9 in their 50 overs, and now Ammanford’s survival was entirely in their own hands.
Chief wicket taker for the visitors was Matthew Davies with 3 for 42. Owen Davies took 2 for 31.
Buoyed by a coachload of loyal supporters, Ammanford’s batsmen set about their task of staying in the top division.
Openers Matthew Fisher and Alun Evans provided a solid start before Fisher was caught for 19, but the arrival at the crease of Daniel Roberts signalled a match defining partnership of 68 before Evans departed for 34.
Given their recent track record in the batting department, Ammanford nerves would have been fraying at this point, but they were calmed by another solid partnership of 57 between Rhys-Huw Davies (26) and Roberts, who finished unbeaten with a match winning 71.
Ammanford passed the Mumbles total for the loss of three wickets with 5 overs to spare.
For their final match of the 2021 campaign, Ammanford travel to Cardiff, safe in the knowledge that their margin of 22 points from the bottom keeps them in Premier One next season.
The relegation battle will be fought at Marespool, where Mumbles on 137 points take on bottom team Pontarddulais on 131.
Seconds lose high scoring match
Ammanford second XI lost a high scoring match against Mumbles at the Park by 66 runs.
Despite a promising start which had the visitors at 45 for 4, the Mumbles batsmen rallied to provide a formidable total of 298 for 7. Half centuries came from Joe Phillips (68) and Stuart Seaton (61), while Ben Jones (41) and Rhys Davies (40no) also made significant contributions.
Opening bowlers Llyr Morgan (3-37) and Iestyn Jones (2-26) were the main wicket takers.
Ammanford’s response got off to a great start with an opening partnership of 47 between Callum Croft (30) and Eirian Morgan (31), and continued in similar vein, all of the batsmen getting into double figures, Steffan Wyn Williams being equal top scorer with 31.
However, the tail unfortunately failed to wag vigorously enough, and the last five wickets fell for 48 runs, leaving Ammanford 66 runs short of their total despite a brave effort.
Cefneithin hold off Cwmgors for second win
Cwmgors 22-31 Cefneithin
LOOKING for their first WRU Bowl victory since the restart, Cwmgors welcomed Cefneithin to Parc y Werin, the hosts kicking off playing towards Ysgol y Waun.
The visitors notched the opening score with an early converted try, before Andrew Mason sent a penalty over after 12 minutes for the home side.
The Cherries scored an excellent try on 20 minutes, a fine break from the impressive “Owz” resulting in a well-worked try; the resulting conversion unluckily came off the post, but ‘Gors led 8-7.
Some great work by the forwards brought due reward as Cwm grabbed a second touch down which Mason converted; but before the interval, Cefneithin hit back with a try of their own, to leave them trailing by just a point at the break.
Cefn then took the lead early in the second half with a penalty, and missed another minutes later, before breaching the Cwmgors defence to record a third try of the afternoon on 50 minutes.
Minutes later, the ever-industrious “Owz” popped up again, another clinical break and good support which saw Ioan Jones crash over the whitewash for the try; Andrew Mason’s conversion meant Cwm were just two points adrift.
But, ten minutes from the end, home hopes soon evaporated by a late try from the visitors which gave the Cherries too much to do and they ultimately went down to a valiant defeat.
Cwmgors travel to Tumble this Saturday (Sept 25) while Cefneithin host Amman United.
Amman United too good for Betws
AMMAN United earned their fourth win of the campaign on Saturday as they beat Betws 43-13.
After a short delay following the late arrival of the referee, it was Betws who opened the scoring when outside half Aled Rees Jones slotted an early penalty.
But the home side were soon on the attack; backrow man Alun Lewis’ jinking run opened the defence and his perfect pass put in supporting scrum- half Alex Williams to grab the try.
Following Dan Jones’ excellent run, Betws were penalised, and outside half Tom Caddell made no mistake with the resulting kick. A well struck penalty from the boot of Betws placekicker Jones made it 8-6 after 17 minutes.
Newly-married Iwan Davies showed no sign of flagging and was in the thick of things as his superb run typified his all-round effort, along with impressive centre Hacuna Bezzara.
Craig Ratliffe’s break then created space, and Rhodri Lewis’ pass put in Dan Jones for try number two, Caddell’s conversion making it 15-6.
Amman’s purple-patch continued as wing Eurig Morgan crossed for a fine corner try, but Betws showed their sheer grit, despite being down a man by now, peppering the Amman try-line before Rory McGhee forced his way over for a deserved try which Aled Rees Jones converted on the stroke of half time.
A gallant Betws defence was breached early in the second half as Iwan Davies’ pass put in centre Bezzara for a Caddell-converted try.
A superb individual try from Alex Williams which saw him sidestep in for another Amman try began taking the match out of the visitors’ grasp on the hour mark.
Eurig Morgan’s ‘try’ was then ruled out for a forward-pass, just before Alex Williams incurred the referee’s wrath, yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.
Betws almost took advantage of the 14 men as scrum half Ryan Tancock, who had a solid game, made a searing midfield break which sadly earned no end reward.
Betws’ tiring defensive legs conceded a further score as Alun Lewis provided a try on a plate for replacement Liam Poole to gallop over with minutes remaining.
Caddell’s conversion completed the scoring on an entertaining encounter.
Amman make the trip to Cefneithin on Saturday (Sept 25), while Betws are next in action on October 2.
Ynys prove one hill too far
Cwmamman Utd Reserves 2-4 Ynysygerwn
AFTER two 5-1 wins Cwmamman Reserves, playing their second game in 3 days, put up a brave fight against an Ynysygerwn team with lots of first team experience while also having to play 70 mins of the match with ten men.
The last thing they needed on tired legs was the dismissal of Brieg Matthews after 18 mins for an off the ball incident and it had been a tight match to that point.
But then on 23mins a through ball to Rhys Brewer saw him open the scoring for Ynys.
The 10 men of Cwm fought hard and Ashley Twigg was causing problems on the flank while Olly Dymond was brought down for a strong penalty shout but the referee waved play on.
Grant Rees and Stuart Dunn were strong at the centre of defence. Then just on half time a failure to clear at a corner saw Josh Davies slot it home for the equaliser for CWM.
The second half saw Ynysygerwn increase their possession as Cwm tired and in the 50th minute Tom Phillips flicked in a corner which was quickly followed by a goal in the 53rd minute when a ball over the top saw Charlie Farrell make it 3-1 for Ynys.
Again Cwm came back with Rhys Williams and Rhydian Jones making strong runs and Cam Isaac who had been a safe pair of hands for Cwm in goals but playing out for the last 15 mins score a great individual goal for 3-2.
Cwm pressed and had another strong penalty appeal before themselves conceding a penalty in the last minute which was converted by Nathan Davies to seal a hard fought 4-2 win for Ynysygerwn.
Cwm will enjoy the week’s rest before entertaining Briton Ferry next Saturday (Sept 25).
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