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Ammanford fall to disappointing Neath loss

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Hedd Wyn Jones: Disappointing 1 for Ammanford Opener . (Pic. John Davies)

Hedd Wyn Jones: Disappointing 1 for Ammanford Opener . (Pic. John
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AFTER last week’s inspiring performance at league leaders Bridgend, Ammanford were looking to gather some momentum as the South Wales Premier League draws towards its final stages. Neath were this week’s visitors to the Park and Ammanford fielded what looked to be their strongest possible eleven, welcoming back into the side batsmen Rhys-Huw Davies and Craig Maloney as well as Glamorgan all-rounder Jack Murphy. After an impressive display with the ball from Ammanford’s bowlers they managed to restrict Neath to what looked to be a total that was below par on a flat wicket at the Park, Ammanford however failed miserably with the bat in their pursuit of Neath’s lowly score of 126.

Former Glamorgan wicketkeeper, and now Neath captain Adrian Shaw won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat on another glorious Saturday afternoon at Ammanford Park. Neath openers, former and current Glamorgan players, Gareth Rees and Kieran Bull managed to put on just 21 before Rees was dismissed by Tom Maynard. Rees failed to take advantage of his chance, having been dropped first ball of the day off the bowling of Ammanford’s Glamorgan allocated player Jack Murphy. This seemed to be the theme for the day with several other catching opportunities being put down by Ammanford’s fielders during Neath’s innings. However, Ammanford continued to take wickets on a regular basis throughout the Neath innings with Maynard and Murphy returning more than respectable figures of 2-25 and 3-41 respectively.

Ammanford’s spinners did the rest of the damage, Mathew Fisher picked up 1-15 from his permitted 10 overs and Matthew Roberts produced impressive figures of 4-22 as Neath were bowled out for just 126 on a track which looked like a score of 230 would be par. Ammanford’s response with the bat got off to a disastrous start with openers Hedd-Wyn Jones and Rhys- Huw Davies back in the pavilion, both with just 1 to their name. Captain and vice-captain Alun Evans and Mathew Fisher came together with the score on 8-2 and managed to provide a brief period of respite as they took the total on to 58-3 before Evans (19) was dismissed by a fine catch from Neath’s Kieran Bull. The dismissal of Evans sent the Ammanford dressing room into panic mode as wickets continued to fall and Ammanford slumped to 75- 7.

The damage was done by another spinner, this time it was Neath’s Kieran Bull who all but won the game himself finishing with notable figures of 5-28 from his 10 overs. Despite the tumbling of wickets Ammanford were still managing a healthy run rate, mainly thanks to Fisher who scored 47 off just 42 balls. Fisher departed with the score on 103-8 and the game was set for a nailbiting finish. With Matthew Roberts still at the crease Ammanford were still in with a fighting chance to win the game despite the dismal batting display. Roberts managed to hit a couple of boundaries late on but all came to no avail as he was caught on the boundary attempting another. Ammanford were eventually allout for 108 on a day of cricket to forget for the Carmarthenshire outfit.

As a result Ammanford dropped to fifth place in the South Wales Premier League table, and next week will see them make the short trip to local rivals Pontarddulais for their second derby match-up of the season. On a slightly more positive note for Ammanford, Pontarddulais travelled to league leaders Bridgend and were beaten comprehensively by 222 runs. The derby promises to be fiercely contested with both teams looking to bounce back after disappointing results this past weekend.

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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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