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Betws bounce back with narrow win over Amman United

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BETWS, playing their second match in four days, following a midweek loss at Llandeilo, bounced back superbly to earn a much-deserved victory at a windswept Cwmamman Park on Saturday (Apr 23).

With just a single win all season, the visitors still arrived in determined mood, but it was Amman who started the better.

However it has been a mixed bag for the Reds all season, with some good performances mixed in with some mediocre ones.

Scrum half Alex Williams was again bright, while Tom Thorneycroft, Rhys Phillips, Craig Ratcliff and George Clarke worked hard around the pitch, but Amman were making far too many unforced errors.

Betws soaked up early pressure, and soon counter attacked and with their first real sortie into Amman territory, lock Macaulay Collins crashed over for the opening try.

Full-back Dan Thomas, along with Cellan Ingram-Jones behind the scrum, and Jac Jenkins, Cellan Jenkins and Morgan Evans up front, put in a good shift for Betws, who increased their lead when number-eight and inflential captain Gareth Comley went over for a second on 20 minutes; outside half Josh Jewll converted.

Amman hit back when good pressure near the corner created their opening for Alex Williams to snipe over for the score.

Betws scrum-half Ryan Tancock continued his good season with another fine performance as the visitors went in at half time with the score at 10-5, but having played with a very strong wind behind them.

Amman lost Daniel James to injury before centre Tom Caddell reduced Betws’ lead with a penalty on 50 minutes, and he did it again on the hour to make it 11-10 as Betws began giving away some silly penalties.

Tryscorer Collins was replaced by Anthony Drew, and it was his pinched lineout ball that put his side onto the attack before replacement Justin Williams broke through for a third visitors’ try. Justin Williams’ conversion attempt hit the post, Jewell having been replaced just before.

Amman brought on Sean Cadell to bring on some much needed impetus and urgency, and Tom Caddell’s long range penalty brought United to within a point, but they were unable to further breach a disciplined Betws rearguard who held out for a deserved local-derby win.

So, Amman end a rather disappointing campaign with a defeat, but Betws soldier on and face Furnace United at home this Saturday (Apr 30).

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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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