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AM­MAN­FORD lost their sec­ond game of the South Wales Premier League sea­son by just four runs in a thrilling fin­ish against St Fa­gans at the Park.

Daniel Roberts took an early wicket for Am­man­ford as St Fa­gans won the toss and elected to bat.

Things were look­ing good for the home side as the vis­i­tors wob­bled on 46-3, but a mid­dle-order part­ner­ship of 111 be­tween Mitchell Ed­wards (82), who was dropped on 10, and An­drew Gorvin (56) brought the Cardiff side back on track.

Daniel Roberts even­tu­ally got rid of both in his re­turn spell, but the dam­age had been done and St Fa­gans reached 223-7 in their 50 overs.

Am­man­ford be­gan their re­ply con­fi­dently with an open­ing stand of 45 be­fore Rho­dri Davies (12) was caught and bowled.

His part­ner Elis Richards (36) con­tin­ued his good early-sea­son form with 36, and a wel­come re­turn for Glam­or­gan spin­ner An­drew Sal­ter (38) took the to­tal to 78-3 but Am­man­ford were strug­gling to keep up with the run rate thanks to some tight bowl­ing.

With five overs to go Am­man­ford needed a daunt­ing 52 runs, and only valiant ef­forts from Rhys Davies (46no), Matthew Roberts (17) and Craig Maloney (23) brought them to within strik­ing dis­tance.

Nev­er­the­less, they still needed 20 runs from the fi­nal over, and Maloney started en­cour­ag­ingly with a four and a six from the first two de­liv­er­ies.

But he was bowled next ball, and Am­man­ford fell short of their chase by four runs.

This Satur­day Am­man­ford en­ter­tain Port Tal­bot at the Park.

A blis­ter­ing ca­reer-best knock from opener Rhys Cul­ley saw Am­man­ford 2nds to their first vic­tory of the sea­son as they beat Swansea by five wick­ets at St He­len’s in the Premier League West 2nd XI Cham­pi­onship.

Swansea reached a for­mi­da­ble 277-4, 105 not out from Sami­han Ghanekar sup­ported by good knocks from Rafique Swin­scoe (60) and Thomas Haden (47).

For the vis­i­tors, An­drew Jef­fries, Cal­lum Croft, Matthew Warnes and St­ef­fan Phillips took a wicket each.

But the re­ply from Am­man­ford was all about Cul­ley. An im­pe­ri­ous dis­play saw him al­most sin­gle-hand­edly beat Swansea as he scored an un­beaten 183 out of the vic­to­ri­ous 279-5, a knock that fea­tured 20 fours and three sixes.

To add salt to the wound, he did it with four overs to spare.

Mean­while, an as­ton­ish­ing one­man show from Josh Davies saw Am­man­ford 3rds beat Brid­gend GWR 2nds by four wick­ets at South­ern­down in divi­sion six of the SWCA.

Chasing GWR’s 180, Davies scored an un­beaten 148 off 107 balls and blasted 16 fours and 10 sixes as he chased down the tar­get with five overs to spare. The near­est bats­man’s score to Davies was six, though ex­tras helped him out with 22.

Car­marthen Wan­der­ers’ Steven In­ward in ac­tion against vis­i­tors Ynys­tawe. Pic­ture: Phil Davies

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