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Select nearly topple pool winners

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Dean Adamson: Flying winger scores in the corner

Dean Adamson: Flying winger scores in the corner

Bedford Blues 45

Scarlets Select 34

THE SCARLETS SELECT XV put in a valiant performance to push Bedford Blues all the way, with the home side having to work extremely hard to finally triumph over the side made up of Principality Premiership players in the final moments of the game.

Scores from Josh Buggea, Paul Tupai, Nick Fenton-Wells, Henry Staff, Sam Blanchet and Dean Adamson along with a penalty try secured the win but the Scarlets deserve full credit for their tenacious display, which almost cost the Blues dearly.

Bedford found themselves 14-0 down within ten minutes as the visitors took full advantage of a sloppy start by the hosts. The game was just four minutes old when a penalty to Scarlets was sent deep into the Blues 22 and from the resulting lineout, flanker Stuart Worrall drove over with Dan Jones adding the extras.

Jones was then on hand to double the visitors lead when he ran down Myles Dorrian’s attempted clearance kick before scooping in the ball and dotting down besides the posts before converting his own effort.

The Blues had to wait until the 19th minute to finally get the scoreboard rolling after Dorrian found touch with a penalty. Bedford took the ball forward before being brought to a halt with the line begging. Pete White found Tupai who in turn popped the ball to Buggea who hurled himself over to score with Dorrian adding the extras.

Bedford levelled the game in the 24th minute when they reverted to the tried and tested driving maul. Another penalty went to touch before Harry Wells collected the lineout ball and the rest of the forwards piled in with Tupai dotting down from the back and Dorrian converting excellently.

There was a lengthy break in the game on the half hour mark when Scarlets prop Rhys Fawcett received lengthy treatment on the pitch after taking a knock. The loosehead had just split the Blues defence apart with a great break and released the support when he took the blow that ended his game early.

Scarlets capitalised immediately and ran in their third try of the afternoon shortly after the game restarted. Jones spotted winger Gavin Thomas in acres of space and sent a pinpoint kick straight into his arms for the score with the fly half then converting to make it 14-21 and that’s how it remained until half time.

Bedford were lucky that Scarlets didn’t extend their lead even further after Jones missed two penalty attempts in the 43rd and 46th minutes – the only real blots of the afternoon on the fly half’s copy book.

The Blues, however, made no mistake when they were presented with an opportunity in the 48th minute. Scarlets were down to 14 men when their hooker Torin Myhill was binned when he pinned an onrushing Jordan Burns to the floor as the scrum half tried to recycle the ball. Bedford opted from a scrum with Burns and Dorrian linking well before Fenton-Wells came crashing through to score and Dorrian levelled the scores again.

But the draw was short lived as Jones judged Dorrian’s pass perfectly to pluck it out of the air and run under the posts in the 52nd minute before converting once again to make it 21- 28.

Back the pendulum swung again though as the Blues scored the all important fourth try which secured the bonus point needed to progress to quarter-finals. Bedford had already powered the Scarlets pack off the ball to win a penalty five metres from the visitors line so it was only right that they did the same again leaving the referee no choice but to run under the posts giving Jake Sharp a simple two points.

Jones kicked two penalties in quick succession to give the Scarlets a slender six point lead, but Bedford responded in the 68th minute with a well worked try, which put them ahead for the first time in the game.

Bedford could smell blood and they wrapped up the win with two tries in the final five minutes from Sam Blanchet and Adamson.

It was the end of the road for the Select in the competition, but they have gleamed great experience from playing against the top sides, as was the intention when the side was formed to enter the cup.

Team: 15 Dion Jones, 14 Steffan Evans, 13 Jacob Cowley, 12 Billy McBryde, 11 Gavin Thomas, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Kieran Hardy: 1 Rhys Fawcett, 2 Torin Myhill, 3 Will Taylor, 4 Ben Thompson, 5 Jack Jones, 6 Jack Payne, 7 Stuart Worrall, 8 Trystan Lloyd

Replacements: 16 Ifan Phillips, 17 Tom Kaijaks, 18 Steffan Thomas, 19 Owain Morgan, 20 Shaun Evans, 21 Connor Lloyd, 22 Matthew Jacobs

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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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