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Amman bounce back with win over New Dock Stars

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AMMAN United bounced back from their local derby defeat against Llandybie to register a deserved victory over New Dock in an entertaining clash at Cwmamman Park on Saturday (Apr 2).

The visitors made a bright start, and some good attacking play forced a couple of early penalties; Adam Gealy sent the first wide, but made amends by slotting from similar range for a 3-0 lead.

Amman began to get a foothold and when awarded a penalty, kicked to touch, and, from the quick lineout, George Clarke’s pass put in number eight Tom Thorneycroft to race in for the opening try.

With their tails up, the Reds scored again soon after when a fine midfield break caught out the Stars’ defence, and Thorneycroft crossed for his second of the afternoon.

Amman’s pack has been putting in a shift all season,the front row of Daniel James, George Clarke and Tom Hopkin providing a solid platform, and James’ surge soon scattered the defence, creating the space before flanker Jac Isaac finished off the move with the try just before half time.

But there was still time for New Dock to reduce the growing arrears when in first half added time, Ryan Tovey went over the tryline for a well worked try, converted by Adam Gealy.

Buoyed by their success, Dock seemed more confident and early in the second half, they stretched the Amman defence; Garen Davies’ neat crossfield kick to wide out was well taken by centre Adam Gealy who finished off the try; Gealy added the extras himself to close the gap in a ding-dong affair to 19-15 on the hour.

Amman centre Joel Foster was bright all day,and his incisive runs were causing problems; Alun Lewis’ riproaring runs also kept United on the front foot,and it was his run that yielded a penalty,which Joel Foster sent over.

Amman however then shot themselves in the foot,Tom Cadell’s wayward pass snapped up by the alert Garen Davies, who took full advantage, racing in unchallenged for an opportunist try; Gealy’s conversion to tie the scores came back off the post.

Amman rang the changes,Sean Caddell and Harley Davies on; they emptied the bench, adding Pontardawe permit-pair Steff Rees and Ben Evans to the fray, and another Foster mazy, jinking run almost brought more dividends, but the bonus point was soon to follow as from another solid scrum, Tom Thorneycroft picked up and crashed over for his hat trick try.

Foster added the conversion with ten minutes left, and the scoring was complete late on, the game put to bed, Foster again the catalyst as his fine break created the space and his pass put in Alun Lewis for another good try, Foster again converting to cement a convincing win in the end.

Amman travel to Cefneithin on Saturday, April 9, while New Dock entertain Furnace United.

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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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