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Cwm just miss out in tough battle

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THE Grenig Park faithful were treated to a rip roaring Ardal league battle as both sides fought to the very end of an exciting and enthralling encounter on Saturday (Mar 5).

Cwm manager Ryan Thomas will have been pleased how Cwm took the game to Ynyshir considering the team had to make a significant number of changes following unavailability due to Covid and injuries.

Ynyshir known as the ‘Buns’ are a serious contender for the league title and are in the semi finals of two cups so it was no surprise that they settled the quicker of the two sides as the reorganised Cwm side adjusted. The pitch was heavy and would prove to dictate the pace of the game as it progressed.

The Buns had the first chance early on and then on 17 min Cwm saw Calem Rees fire over the bar from the edge of the box. A great pass from Grant Rees then saw the ball played across goal and Ryan Hurlow speeding in saw his shot hit the post,

The deadlock was broken when a free kick into the Cwm box was flicked on and Matthew Crutch headed home in the 34th min.

It could then have been two quickly but Kai Rees pulled off a wonderful save from the oncoming attacker.

Hurlow had a powerful shot saved on 41mins by Jason Pritchard then in the 44min a Gareth Howarth header came off the bar and Hurlow calmly tapped home. With Cwm expecting to go in all square disaster struck as league top scorer Liam Eason immediately scored in first half injury time to restore the lead.

The second half continued in the same vein with both sides pressing and with Travis James and Elian James having strong games from full back and Geraint and Grant Rees and Ashford working hard in the middle Cwm equalised in the 54th min when he drove powerfully into the opposition box and fired home.

With everything to play for both sides were creating with Kyle Ashford, Calem Rees and Hurlow through on the keeper coming close.

The game turned in the 75th min when a failed clearance was seized upon and a perfect lob over keeper Kai Rees by Morgan saw Ynyshir restore their lead.

The last 15 mins saw Cwm pushing for an equaliser and they moved Nathan Mcneil up front from centre defence but with a few good opportunities going to waste Jacob Matthews broke away in the 93rd min to seal the game.

Disappointing for Cwm but they will take heart from the performance with a much changed side.

Next Saturday (Mar 12) they travel to play second placed Cardiff Draconians.

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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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