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Quins go third after bonus point win over Merthyr

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CARMARTHEN QUINS moved up to third place in the Indigo Premiership on Thursday night (Mar 31) as they beat Merthyr 23-27.

It was an exhilarating game which saw both sides hold the lead but the Quins were able to pull away late on to seal the win.

After an even start, the game turned as Merthyr’s Paddy McBride was shown a red for a dangerous high tackle.

However, despite being doen to 14, Merthyr scored a try through Ben Jones. The conversuib was missed but Gareth Thompson added a penalty to give the home side an 8-0 lead.

The Quins looked to get back in the game but a number of loose passes or knock-ons prevented them from scoring.

Early in the second half the Quins pushed for a score and it finally came courtesy of Lewis Millin as the visitors put the pressure on. The conversion was successful

Moments later the Quins were ahead as Lee Taylor went over after a great break. The conversion was successful and the Quins had an 8-14 lead with only 45 minutes gone.

That two-try burst only served to wake up the home side and they went in search of the next try. A great break took them forward and the Quins were penalised on the try line for playing the ball. A yellow card was shown.

Despite the pressure, the Quins were able to clear thir lines.

Merthyr kept the pressure on though and they eventually worked the ball out right for Adam Hoskins to touch down in the corner.

The conversion was missed but the score now stood at 13-14.

Gareth Thompson then put Merthyr back in the lead with a long range penalty.

The Quins regained the lead soon after though as they crossed for a try and the missed conversion meant they held a 16-19 lead.

The Quins then extended their lead to six points with a penalty with just under 10 minutes to play.

With two minutes to go the Quins all but made sure of the win as they went over in the corner to seal a bonus point.

The conversion was missed but the Quins had an 11-point lead with little time left.

Merthyr had possession as the clock went into the red as they went in search of a score that would give them losing bonus point.

A long kick forward presented an opportunity and Jarrod Cushion looked to have touched the ball down in the corner.

It was checked by the TMO who ruled that he had just put enough pressure on the ball to score. The conversion was successful to bring the final score to 23-27.

The win sees the Quins jump above Merthyr in to third place and the Quins will look for another win when they travel to Ebbw Vale on Saturday, April 9.

Merthyr’s next game is on Thursday, April 7, as they travel to league leaders Newport.

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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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