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Ammanford seal much needed win

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AMMANFORD took to a very blustery Recreation Ground on Saturday (Mar 12) looking for a much-needed win.

What followed was a five-goal performance that sent the Ammanford Black and White army home very satisfied with the win and a vital three league points.

A goal after only four minutes played in this game for Ammanford was just the tonic the home side needed when Morgan Clarke scored with a low shot from outside the area into the right-hand corner of the net.

The Undy defence stood still and simply watched on as the ball entered their goal.

Ammanford were dominant but squandered a glut of chances with most falling to young striker Tristan Jenkins who could have been presented with the match ball at half time.

Ammanford went two nil up on 35 mins with Lee Trindle firing home after a good run and cross from Ammanford’s midfield dynamo Matthew Fisher.

Undy also had their chances in the first half with Craig Morris making two excellent saves.

Ammanford centre back Euros Griffiths was commanding in defence whilst Owyn Airey gave an accomplished performance in the midfield.

Tristan Jenkins added Ammanford’s third on the stroke of half time firing home off the underside of the Undy crossbar.

Ammanford were  back on the front foot after the break. Tristan Jenkins hitting the ball into the left hand corner of the Undy goal after a fantastic turn and an unstoppable shot. Probably the best strike of the entire game.

Richard Lewis completed Ammanford’s scoring in the 59th minute, hitting the ball past the keeper after being put through and slotting into an empty net.

Ammanford then took their foot off the gas allowing Undy back into the game.

Kane Jellyman heading home from close range in the 73rd minute  after beating Ammanford’s goalkeeper Morris to a cross.

Undy scored again from a penalty five minutes later after Ammanford’s goalkeeper Craig Morris was adjudged to have brought an Undy player down in the penalty area.

Up stepped Undy’s Oliver Smith whom sent Morris the wrong way from his spot kick to reduce the deficit to 5-2.

Undy pressed hard in the last ten minutes of the game but there were no further goals as the referee blew his whistle for full time.

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Mumbles beat Wanderers with three balls to spare

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MUMBLES picked up victory against Carmarthen Wanderers on Saturday (May 14) as they reached their target with only three balls to spare.

After winning the toss, the Wanderers chose to bat first and they scored 207-5 in their 50 overs.

Robbie Crawford and Owain Davies shared 30 runs for the first wicket but Crawford was bowled by Greg Handley on a score of 11 and soon after he had Davies caught by Sean Davies on a score of 12.

Jack Straw then had Gareth Thomas caught by Aneurin Norman as the Wanderers were reduced to 47-3.

Owain Binding and Tom Davies looked to get the Wanderers going again and they shared 52 runs for the fourth wicket.

Binding hit six fours in a score of 39 but he was caught by Richard Gibby off the bowling of Jamie Sheldon.

Tom Davies and Lewis Byng then shared 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Davies reaching his half century.

Davies hit four fours and five sixes as he reached a score of 72 but he was then bowled by Handley.

Byng went on to finish unbeaten on 26 while Owen Bailey hit three late fours to finish not out on 16 from 6 balls.

Owain Binding bowled Joe Phillips early in Mumbles’ reply and he also trapped Richard Gibby leg before on a score of 22 to leave their opponents on 31-2.

Scores of 47 (three fours) from Elliot Oates and 77 (eight fours, two sixes) from Gregory Thomas kept Mumbles in the game but the Wanderers continued to take wickets.

Sean Davies hit a four and three sixes in his score of 28 from 17 balls but he was caught by Iestyn Scourfield off the bowling of Gareth Thomas.

Jamie Sheldon was run out on a score of 10 by Lewis Byng, leaving Mumbles on 206-8.

In the last over, Greg Handley defended the first two balls and then hit a four with the third to win the game for Mumbles.

On Saturday, May 21, Carmarthen Wanderers host Llanelli.

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Ammanford bow out of Welsh Cup

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AMMANFORD made a swift exit from the Welsh Cup as they were beaten by seven wickets by Pontarddulais in a closely contested match at Ffosyrefail.

Ammanford batted first and reached a handsome 217 for 7 in their 40 overs, thanks to Kurtis Marsh (36), Xavier Clarke (30) and Alun Evans (48).

Former Ammanford star Matthew Fisher took four wickets for 37 in his first match against his old club.

Despite losing an early wicket, experienced opener Gary Arrowsmith began a solid Bont response, and a half century from Iestyn Rees put the home side well on the way to victory.

Despite a couple of wickets each from Alun Evans, Saihaj Jaspal and Fin Jeffries, Bont rteached their target with 3 overs and 3 wickets to spare.

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Ammanford lose out as Swansea post mammoth total

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SCORING their highest total for several seasons, Ammanford still managed to lose by 131 runs to a blistering Swansea batting line-up which has now scored over 1200 runs in 3 matches.

Ammanford’s acting captain Dan Roberts must have imagined that lightning couldn’t strike thrice when he invited Swansea to bat on a perfect St Helens track. It could.

And it did. Opening pair Brad Wadlan and Chris Gibson (82) put on 252 for the first wicket before Wadlan fell for 147.

Wadlan is just 14 short of 500 runs for the season and it’s still mid-May!

Swansea’s impressive batting line-up maintained the assault on Ammanford’s bowlers, Jake Roberts scoring 96 from 41 deliveries.

They closed on a gargantuan 425 for 4.

Ammanford’s priority was to secure maximum batting points by reaching 225, and this they did without any difficulty.

An excellent 88-run opening partnership from Rhodri-Huw Davies (51) and Kurtis Marsh (30) gave Xavier Clarke (112no) an excellent platform from which to launch a classy maiden unbeaten ton for Ammanford.

Dan Roberts (30) and Saihaj Jaspal (46no) continued the good work, and Ammanford closed on 294 for 3, a total which on most weekends would guarantee a win.

Whilst there was never any chance of getting near Swansea’s ridiculous target, Ammanford’s batsmen gave a thoroughly creditable account of themselves which looked promising for the rest of the season.

Next week they welcome Newport to the Park.

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