Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

AM­MAN­FORD Cricket Club are look­ing for­ward to the sum­mer of 2019.

Their op­ti­mism is well grounded since they en­ter the com­ing sea­son on the back of one of their more suc­cess­ful cam­paigns of re­cent years.

They ended the 2018 sea­son in a cred­itable fourth po­si­tion in the first di­vi­sion of the South Wales Premier League, being pipped for third place by Cardiff on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

In ad­di­tion, they won the Welsh Cup, beat­ing Ney­land eas­ily in the fi­nal at Sophia Gar­dens.

And in a previous visit ear­lier in the sum­mer to the Cardiff Test ground, they also won the Premier League T20.

Am­man­ford en­ter 2019 with no mar­quee sign­ings, de­cid­ing that the team which served them so well last year is more than ca­pa­ble of im­prov­ing their achieve­ments this sum­mer.

One piece of bad news is that they will be with­out their hugely ex­pe­ri­enced cap­tain Alun Evans, who has suc­cumbed to a knee in­jury and will be ab­sent for a sub­stan­tial pro­por­tion of the sea­son.

Am­man­ford’s first Premier League match is away to Neath on May 4.

In prepa­ra­tion they will play a cou­ple of friendlies, firstly against Ynys­tawe away this com­ing Satur­day, and then home to Car­marthen Wan­der­ers on Sun­day.

The Am­man­ford team that won the Welsh Cup at Sophia Gar­dens at the end of last sea­son, beat­ing Ney­land eas­ily in the fi­nal.

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