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Drovers edge through in mud bath

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Mudbath: Both teams were coated at the final whistle • Pic: Viv Jones

Swalec Cup

Llandovery 9

Cardiff 6

LLANDOVERY edged their way through to the second round of the Swalec Cup in a dismal game that was hampered by atrocious conditions, with testament going to both sides for getting the game played.

In his programme notes the Llandovery Chairman Handel Davies described the pitch as heavy – and he was not mistaken, though the pitch did look in better shape than the one that Tata Steel and Llanelli managed to battle it out on. As well as the pitch being extremely heavy, the heavy rain that ruined the first half led to both sides being coated in mud, so that all 30 players were virtually unrecognisable.

Luckily Llandovery changed their shirts at the interval, and the game was able to continue, and the referee was able to see whom he was penalising. The Blue & Blacks were having the better of the battle in the first half and with James Murphy dominating the lineout on both side’s ball they gained a foothold in the Drovers half. That didn’t materialise as points though as the ball seemed to spend a lot of time on the floor with both teams failing to get to grips with the mud coated ball.

In fact it was the home side that were to have the first chance of points, however a penalty attempt by the usually reliable flyhalf Jack Maynard went wide as did a similar effort by opposite number James Thomas. Both though made amends shortly after from closer range to put the score at 3-3 at the interval, when both teams were just relieved to get back inside the changing rooms. As the half was beginning to draw to a close Luke Ford slipped through several tackles to offer a chance for the visitors, but the final pass fell foul of the conditions. As another Cardiff chance went begging, Llandovery took advantage and Maynard extended the home side’s lead with another penalty before the best chance of a try in the game.

Callum Hall chased down an intelligent kick into the corner of the Drovers twenty-two. Home full back Lee Rees made a hash of collecting the ball and as it spilt over the line Hall was just beaten to the touchdown by Matthew Jacobs. The second half saw an improvement in the overhead conditions but with the ground still boggy no progress of great note was made by either side in an equally miserable second half. Llandovery were on top in the early stages and Maynard was able to extend their lead with his third penalty. Cardiff responded by trying to rumble their way up-field. Thomas narrowed the gap with his second penalty before Maynard went wide with an attempt for 35 metres out. But it was to be the home sides day as they progress, albeit narrowly, to the next round.

Teams:

Llandovery: 15. Lee Rees 14. Mike Evans 13. Jacob Cowley 12. Rhodri Jones 11. Matthew Jacobs 10. Jack Maynard 9. Rhodri Davies: 1. Wyn Jones 2. Dafydd Hughes 3. Greg Cunniffe 4. Bryn Griffiths 5. Jake Baker 6. Stuart Worrall 7. Richard Rees 8. Richard Brooks

Replacements: 16. Berian Watkins 17. Dean Howells 18. Colin Markham 19. Ryan Morgans 20. Tom Ball 21. Craig Woodall 22. James Davies 23. Rhodri Wall

Cardiff: 15 Callum Hall, 14 Olly Smyth, 13 Luke Ford, 12 Will Rees Hole, 11 Ceri Young, 10 James Thomas, 9 Chris Williams: 1 Robert Lewis, 2 Joe Tomlinson, 3 Aled Rees, 4 Ben Thomas, 5 James Murphy, 6 Nick White, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 8 Joe Gaughan

Replacements: 16 Lewis Smout, 17 Dan Watts, 18 Joe Jones, 19 Sean Driscoll, 20 Morgan Sienaiski, 21 Tom Slater, 22 Terri Morgan Gee, 23 James Loxton

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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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