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Llandeilo come from behind to beat Amman

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LLANDEILO came from behind to register a fine victory in this entertaining Division 3 West clash on a bright Thursday evening which attracted a fair crowd to Cae William.

United made a positive start, Liam Pool, Rhydian Jones and Jason Knell with early carries, and they soon earned a penalty which Tom Caddell nailed.

But the Ravens were soon level when his his opposite number Owen Phillips sent over a nice penalty.

Caddell’s second penalty success followed, before his side attacked through Jac Isaac, whose good work paved the way for lock Craig Ratcliffe to force his way over the whitewash, Caddell’s conversion making it 13-3.

Amman were getting into some good attacking positions, but were guilty of overplaying and making errors in the final third.

Phillips’ penalty reduced the arrears for Llandeilo, but Amman captain Joel Foster sent over a penalty in first half injury time to give his side a ten-point interval lead.

Owen Phillips kicked an early penalty as Llandeilo began to do far better after the break; captain Rob Hughes, along with Daniel Thomas, Sean Vale, Bobby Jones and Luke Morgan did well, along with incoming youth product Oscar Davies.

Liam Poole’s excellent tackle kept them out, then the hosts were reduced by a man with a yellow card for a high tackle; Joel Foster kicked the resulting penalty.

Amman lost hardworking Jac Isaac and Dylan James to injury, both having put in an excellent shift; Poole also exited as the Reds brought on Sean Caddell, Jason Richards and Tom Hopkin.

Rhydian Jones’ barnstorming run almost gave Amman the end product, but they were again wasteful at the sharp end. And they were to be made to pay for their wastefulness; Llandeilo finished strongly, and from turnover ball, they went wide and full back Will Charles-Davies finished off for the try to send the home faithful wild, Phillips adding the conversion.

Scrum-half Jac Beynon was making some neat sniping runs as the pressure mounted on the visitors, and with some five minutes remaining, some concerted pressure on the Amman line saw number eight Matthew Dvaies crash over to give his side the lead for the very first time.

Amman threw the kitchen sink in the dying minutes, George Clarke’s run typifying their never say die attitude, but they were held up on the tryline and the hosts held on for a hard fought win.

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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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