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Cwmamman clinch survival with thrilling comeback

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WITH Cwmamman two goals down at half time and the news that Ton Pentre were winning, Ryan Thomas and his players knew that it needed something special in the second half if Cwm were going to make sure of securing their league status for next season and boy did they deliver.

Cwm mounted a stunning three-goal comeback to clinch the match late on and leading to a huge sigh of relief and celebrations amongst players and supporters.

The home side had been hoping for a great start, similar to last week at Porth where they scored in the first minute, but it turned out to be the opposite as Harri Moyle escaped the Cwm defence to tap home and give the visitors the lead.

Cwm settled and in a keenly contested match both sides created chances with Ryan Hurlow just being denied while the team were also being asked to defend vigorously.

Luke Sherbon was immense for Cwm with Travis James, Elian Evans and Grant Rees providing excellent support in defence but then Cwm were struck another blow when Aaran Caffell doubled Penydarran’s lead in the 38th minute leaving Cwm with a mountain to climb.

Cwm knew their season hung on their second half performance and they came out with renewed determination.

The midfield of Geraint Rees, Jordan Simpson and Ross Morgan started to take hold of the game and in the 62nd minute, after just having brought himself on, Ryan Thomas put away a penalty after a handball and now Cwm were back in it.

Penydarren are a strong side and they continued to test the Cwm defence but keeper Kai Rees was as solid as always.

Stuart Dunn came on for Ross Morgan and Cwm continued in search of the equaliser.

Just as it looked it wasn’t going to happen, top scorer Calem Rees struck in the 82nd minute to level the game at 2-2.

With the visitors getting nervy Cwm kept pressing and to great scenes the Cwm supporters man of the match Kyle Ashford struck the winner in the 87th minute.

A tense last few mins were well seen out and Cwm could enjoy a great win securing their league status for next season in the FAW Ardal League South West

Cwmmaman manager Ryan Thomas said: “I can’t praise the boys enough. The way they fought back against one of the best sides in the league was outstanding.

“We will enjoy the win but we have another game Friday and then the work will start to ensure we are battling at the other end of the league next season.”

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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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