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Llandybie resist late Amman onslaught to seal derby win

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IN-form Llandybie edged this full-blooded local-derby, resisting a late Amman onslaught to hold their nerve, and to maintain their position in second place in Division 3 West B following a hard fought win against their near rivals.

Both sides were well up for it from the start, with Llandybie, playing with a breeze at their backs, shading the first half.

Steff Thomas, Ethan Walters and Mike Tench did well early on as the visitors made some good carries; lock Garin Criddell was also in the thick of it with a fine charging run, which earned a penalty, and outside half Chris Howell slotted to give his side a deserved 3-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Amman began to get a foothold, Rhydian Jones and Joel Foster counter attacking well, and in forcing a penalty, saw outside half Tom Caddell fail to capitalise, sending it wide.

Howell missed a second penalty chance just after, then Amman’s Ceri Jones began to influence the game with some neat breaks.

Sporadic flare ups, particularly amongst the forwards, peppered the first half, and the Aberystwyth referee had had enough on the half hour, when another incident ended with two cards, a yellow for Amman’s Craig Ratcliff and a red for Llandybie’s Nathanial Butler.

However, the 14-men still ended the half on a high, Howell’s break almost carving out a try chance, but the excellent Alun Lewis’ last gasp tackle saved the day for United.

On the stroke of half time, Chris Howell’s penalty gave the visitors a 6-0 interval lead.

Despite being a man down, Llandybie began the second half as they had ended the first, and were soon on the attack, veteran full back Wayne Williams beginning some good situations from deep, while centre Nicky Morris was also busy on the offensive.

Amman transgressed again, and Howell made no mistake with a very kickable penalty.

In the final quarter, Amman began to make the extra man count, but were wasteful in finishing off some promising moves; Tom Thorneycroft charged for the try line but was stopped millimetres short, before Amman created the overlap wide out, but unfortunately wing Liam Danter, with the tryline beckoning, failed to take the pass and the ball went down.

Replacement Rhodri Lewis had a positive effect on the Amman attack as they battered away at a besieged but heroic Llandybie defence late on, but again there was no end product for his side and no reward or their efforts.

However, Amman’s relentless pressure at last told when scrum half Joel Foster burrowed over for a try with some four minutes remaining, although the visitors felt he had been “held up”, but the ref awarded the score, and centre Jason Richards, taking over the kicking duties, added the conversion.

But the visitors held out the late barrage and were delighted to notch a notable victory over
their local rivals.

Amman will be at Cwmamman Park again on Saturday, April 2, when they are home to
New Dock Stars, wheras Llandybie travel to play third in the table Cefneithin.

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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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