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Wanderers seal first win thanks to Davies’ century

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CARMARTHEN Wanderers earned their first win of the season on Saturday (May 7) as Owain Davies scored an unbeaten century against Cowbridge.

Davies and Robbie Crawford opened up for the Wanderers, after they had elected to bat first, and they shared 40 runs for the first wicket.

Crawford departed on a score of 21 when he was caught by Chris Willey off the bowling of Cameron Jeffers.

Davies was joined by Owain Binding and the pair shared 78 runs for the second wicket, with the opening batsman reaching his half century in the process.

Binding made a good score of 31 but he was then caught by Carwyn Jones off the bowling of Nicholas Wood.

Davies and Gareth Thomas continued to put runs on the board as they added 66 for ther third wicket.

Thomas also reached the thirties with two fours and a six but he was out on a score off 33 after being caught by Aman Gandhi off the bowling of Joseph Bickel.

Tom Davies was run out by Rhys Davies soon after while Lewis Byng made a quickfire 18 before also being run out by Amari Ebbin.

Owain Davies had remained while his fellow batsmen fell and along with Ifan Knott, the pair pushed Carmarthen’s total to 270-5.

Knott hit a four and two sixes in his cameo of 23 not out from 12 balls but the star of the show was Davies who finished unbeaten on 101 after seven fours and a six.

Cowbridge knew they would need to start well if they were to have a chance of knocking off the runs needed but they lost Carwyn Jones early when he was trapped leg before by Owain Binding.

Jack Cropper and Aman Gandhi put on another 30 runs for the second wicket but Chris Turrell then had Cropper caught by Owain Davies on a score of 29.

Owen Bailey then got in on the wickets as he trapped Amari Ebbin leg before and soon after, Iestyn Scourfield bowled Gandhi on a score of 37.

That left the visitors on 95-4 and it was soon 100-5 as Bailey had Cameron Jeffers caught by Liam Rogers.

Bailey also had the wicket of Joseph Bickel, who was again caught by Rogers.

Chris Willey had made his way to a score of 30 but he was caught by Gareth Thomas off the bowling of Scourfield.

Wickets continued to fall as Bailey had Brett Hounsell and Rhys Davies caught by Gareth Thomas to finish with figures of 5-27.

Rogers wrapped up the innings as he bowled Nicholas Wood to give the Wanderers victory by 129 runs.

On Saturday, May 14, Carmarthen travel to Mumbles.

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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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