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Crucial three points for Cwmamman in relegation battle

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WITH three games left and six teams at risk of relegation Cwmamman travelled to bottom side AFC Porth and came away with a critical win after a tense match.

The result puts Cwmamman five points above the relegation zone with two matches remaining while confirming the relegation of a brave Porth side.

Cwm started with Assistant Manager Llion Jones in the line up as one of their players had been delayed and it was Jones who scored immediately after 40 seconds when Ryan Hurlow pressured the Porth defence and Jones scooped the ball into the goal over the advancing keeper.

An incredible start and with Porth rattled Cwm quickly created a couple more chances with Hurlow going close before a failure by Cwmamman to clear a cross in the 7th minute saw Patrick Rysgaard hammer home the loose ball.

A frantic start saw both sides pushing for these crucial survival points and a great ball from Jones saw Hurlow’s shot well saved while a long range shot to the top corner by Ross Morgan saw a brilliant save by Andrew Hargreaves.

The second half continued at a strong pace and Porth appeared to be the more creative forcing Grant Rees and Gareth Howarth to work extremely hard at the centre of defence. Kai Rees was a reassuring presence in goal for Cwm while Elian Evans and Travis James were gaining control at full back.

With Porth pushing forward Cwm were countering well with Keena Hinds prompting and a ball over the top saw Hurlow race away to see his strong shot go over the bar while Geraint Rees saw a header go wide.

With a draw not really suiting anybody both sides searched for the winner and it came in the 80th min when Hargreaves couldn’t hold a cross and player manager Ryan Thomas completed a management double when he smashed it home to great celebrations.

In a tense last 10 mins Porth frantically searched for an equaliser but the Cwm defence held strong for what could prove to be an absolutely vital win at the end of the campaign.

The remaining two home Cwm games will now be played at Afan Lido FC due to the drainage work being undertaken at Grenig Park with the first against Penydarren BGC at 7.15 on Tuesday and the last game against Caerau Ely at 19.15 on Friday.

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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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