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Raiders fall to rampant Outlaws

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The Raiders cross for a score : In Nottingham

The Raiders cross for a score : In Nottingham

NOTTINGHAM OUTLAWS secured a fourth successive victory at Highfields as they powered to a 44-20 victory over Raiders RL. Despite the convincing score line the Outlaws had to work hard to overcome the determined Welsh outfit, coming from behind in a tight first half before overcoming their visitors with a stunning six-try second half performance.
The two sides had never met at any level prior to the game but it was clear even in the warm up that it was going to be a tough affair between two well-organised sides.
Indeed with the Raiders electing to use the stiff breeze at their backs initial Outlaws forages into the Raiders half were met by a well structured Welsh defence that snuffed out any thoughts that the Outlaws might have had about the long journey affecting the visitors, as the Welshmen swarmed over their opposite numbers.
After ten minutes play neither side had managed to create an opening as both defences appeared well on top but then out of the blue the Outlaws manufactured the first try of the game as Sam Campbell sliced the perfect line through the Raiders defence to put the Outlaws 4-0 up.
Stunned by the try the Raiders went straight back on the attack and they almost levelled a minute later but a magnificent tackle by Dan Smith not only brought down Raider Luke Williams with the line at his mercy but also prevented him from grounding the ball when a try seemed inevitable.
Smith turned from denier to provider as he unleashed Adam Cunliffe with a superb pass that allowed the Outlaws full back a clear run to the try line. Smith then rounded off his efforts by bagging the conversion.
Despite being shocked by the Outlaws fast start, the Raiders were still very much in the game and they immediately hit back when a dropped ball early in the tackle count by the Outlaws gifted Dan Fox the chance to score from close range to cut the Outlaws lead to 10-6.
With twenty-five minutes on the clock stand off Shane Lee nudged the Raiders ahead with a powerful surge that saw him ground the ball despite close attention from two home defenders as the Raiders hit the front at 12-10.
As the Raiders pushed to extend their lead, the ball went to ground, and the west Wales side had to look on as Sam Campbell swooped on the ball before setting off on a winning footrace to the line as the Outlaws centre bagged his second try of the game and the Outlaws went back in front 14-12 with an opportunistic try somewhat against the run of pla y.
This gave the Outlaws confidence, and on the stroke of half time, Reece Needham stretched his legs to cross for a converted score to leave the hosts leading 20-12 at the break.
With the wind in their sails the Outlaws began to hit the line at pace and in a stunning twenty minute spell they ran in five unanswered tries to put the game to bed with a try scoring masterclass.
The try-fest started in the 45th minute when George Strachan ran over three defenders in an unstoppable run to the try line before Alex Wright, Dan Smith and a Reece Needham second put the Outlaws four scores clear at 32-12.
Adrian Chaima and Adam Cuniffe added two further scores to leave the home side with an unassailable 40-12 lead!
Despite the game being effectively over as a contest, the Raiders refused to throw in the towel and they raised their game again to dominate the closing stages.
Their efforts were finally rewarded and try’s for the visitors by Alex King and Chris Trew that brought more respectability to the score line but it was perhaps fitting that the Outlaws should have the last word in the game with John Christie getting the final score.
The Raiders return to action after a two-week break when they host Gloucestershire Warriors on June 27.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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