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Quins win Premiership thriller with Cardiff

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CARMARTHEN QUINS held on to earn a thrilling 27-25 win over Cardiff in the Indigo Premiership on Saturday (Jan 8).

The win moves the Quins to the top of the table as they took advantage of being the only game to be played across the weekend.

It was Cardiff who started the better though and they went ahead with only five minutes on the clock as some excellent handling from the backs found Theo Cabango to race over the line. Jack Maynard added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

A knock on from Carmarthen presented the home side with another chance to score but a knock on by the men in Blue just inches from the line ended their attack.

Midway through the half the Quins kicked into the corner and they were able to power over to score their first points of the game.

The try was scored by Ben Leung and was converted by Steffan Marshall.

Straight from the kick off, Cardiff turned the ball over and won a penalty in the middle of the 22. Maynard called for the tee and he sent his kick through the posts to put Cardiff back in the lead at 10-7.

With three minutes to go the Quins were penalised for being offside and Maynard was again successful with the penalty to make it 13-7.

However, on the stroke of half time the Quins scored their second try as some good hands resulted in a try for Kalum Evans, again converted by Marshall to put the visitors into the lead.

The Quins started the second half well and their early pressure paid off as Leon Randell scored under the posts and Marshall again added the extras to make it 13-21.

Again the home side were straight out of the blocks from the kick off as James Beal charged down a clearance kick and he was able to gather the ball and score the try.

It was then Cardiff’s turn to be caught offside and Marshall landed a long-distance penalty to increase the Quins’ advantage to 18-24.

Cardiff looked to respond again and put big pressure on the Quins only to be held up over the line.

Marshall then increased the Quins lead with a penalty and the home side would need at least two tries to get back into the lead.

Some great play by Cardiff then resulted in Ioan Evans going over and Maynard added the extras to bring his side to within two points.

There was a late chance for Cardiff to snatch the win with a penalty but Maynard saw his effort sail wide of the posts.

The Quins held on for an excellent win and they will now look to build on their impressive win.

Carmarthen Quins have seen their next game at home against Swansea postponed and their next fixture is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, when they face Cardiff again at the Arms Park in the quarter finals of the WRU Premiership Cup.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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