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Root’s century helps Ammanford to victory



A WINNING start to the 2022 season for Ammanford CC 1st XI as they defeated Clydach by 97 runs, following a Billy Root 100.

Ammanford began their 2022 season with a comfortable 97 run victory over newly promoted Clydach at Waverly Park.  Away skipper James Garland won the toss and invited Ammanford to bat first with new signing Kurtis Marsh and Rhodri Huw Davies pairing up to open the innings. 

Kurtis was soon replaced by Billy Root with only 10 on the board, but a wonderful 172 partnership put on before Rhodri was dismissed scoring 64 and Billy 82 off 41 overs set up a solid foundation for Ammanford to push on for the remaining 9 overs of the innings.

Root was joined at the crease by Xavier Clarke who quickly put on an impressive 39 runs off 17 balls before the Glamorgan player scored a classy century off 132 balls prior to Ammanford ending their innings on 271 for 5.

After the tea interval Clydach’s openers got off to a quick start scoring 28 in just 3 overs, but Ammanford opening bowler Saihaj Jaspal soon got into his stride and was unlucky not to a take a wicket on his first outing for the club, putting Clydach’s batters under constant pressure with many deliveries missing the outside edge.

Dan Roberts at the opposite end had just reward for his efforts picking up the wicket of their opener Steff Davies and danger man Sam Davies caught by young 15yr old keeper, Gruffudd Owen before finishing on 4 wickets for 36.

Clydach’s Jack Todd 34 and Liam Galland 31 put on a brave stand, but regular wickets taken by  Owen Davies 3, Joseff Davies 2 and Billy Root 1 helping Ammanford take the full 20 points by bowling out the opposition for 40.1 overs.

St.Fagans make the visit to the park for the first home game of the season next Saturday, May 7.

Following the game, Lampeter based acoustic duo “Streep” will be the evening entertainment at Ammanford CC Pavilion, free entry all welcome.

Ammanford 2nd XI put on an excellent run chase in the park with a target set by Ynystawe of 265, but to narrowly come up short by just 7 runs with just 10 balls remaining at the fall of the last wicket.

They travel to St. Helens cricket ground next week to face Swansea CC.

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Mumbles beat Wanderers with three balls to spare



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



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



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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