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Ammanford fall to first defeat against St Fagans

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AMMANFORD fell to their first defeat of the season by just two wickets at home to St Fagans.

Put in to bat, Ammanford were soon three wickets down with just 27 runs on the board, before Glamorgan’s Billy Root and Dan Roberts steadied matters with a partnership of 62.

The partnership could have evolved into a match defining effort had Root (24) not gone down the wicket and been stumped.

Dan Roberts, well supported by Josef Davies (30) continued to bat well and was unlucky not to reach his half century, being caught at mid-off for 47.

With wickets continuing to fall, Ammanford were all out for 171 in the penultimate over, probably some 30 runs short of what would have been a winning target.

For St Fagans, Ollie Sherwood took 3 for 30, whilst Mika Ekstrom, Thomas Bevan and Harry Donelan shared a couple each.

In reply, St Fagans lost a quick wicket to Dan Roberts’s bowling, but soon settled down to chip away at Ammanford’s total.

Glamorgan’s Ruaidhri Smith (41) and captain Owen Morgan (61) caused the main damage, and at 125 for 4 it was beginning to look like a cakewalk for the visitors, but Ammanford’s bowling and fielding slowed down the run rate, which in turn caused wickets to fall.

St Fagans reached their winning score with plenty of time to spare, but only two wickets in hand. In the end it was an exciting climax, with Ammanford left ruing those extra 30 runs they could easily have amassed.

Next week, Ammanford travel to St Helens to face a Swansea side in the most blistering batting form, having scored nearly 800 runs in just two league matches to date.

Ammanford seconds lose in Swansea

Ammanford’s second XI lost by 6 wickets away at Swansea.

Batting first, Ammanford were all out for 98 inside 30 overs, the bulk of those runs coming from Cellan Allcock (56) and Iestyn Jones (25).

Despite a shaky start which saw them reduced to 33 for 3, Swansea were able to knock off Ammanford’s runs in 25 overs, thanks to Mike Hayden (34) and Bryan Perera (30).

Ammanford thirds fall to defeat

Ammanford thirds fell to their first defeat at Bryn by 38 runs.

Put in to bat, Bryn reached 166 all out, thanks to a captain’s knock from Robert Thomas (77), the only Bryn batsman to reach double figures.

For Ammanford, Dafydd Wyn Jones took a creditable 3 for 5, and Jacob Williams 2 for 38.

Despite a second wicket partnership between David Lumb (21) and Josh Davies (28), Ammanford’s response fell 38 runs short as they were dismissed for 128.

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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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