Llanelli Star - - LOCAL CRICKET -

AM­MAN­FORD con­tin­ued their dis­mal start to the South Wales Premier League sea­son with a third con­sec­u­tive de­feat, los­ing by 43 runs to Port Tal­bot Town in a low-scor­ing match at the Park.

It is par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing since Am­man­ford could eas­ily have won all three with a lit­tle more ap­pli­ca­tion and con­sis­tency.

Port Tal­bot won the toss and elected to bat. They were soon in trou­ble when Matthew Fisher dis­missed opener An­thony Thomas with the score on 17.

The day-long cloud cover was firmly in favour of the bowlers, and young seamer Matthew Davies took full ad­van­tage with 3-25.

Spin­ner Matthew Roberts also took three wick­ets, while An­drew Sal­ter picked up a cou­ple.

Port Tal­bot were in deep trou­ble on 83-8, but their skipper Josh Tobin (37no) de­cided the best form of de­fence was at­tack and the last two wick­ets put on a fur­ther 43 runs, which ul­ti­mately made all the dif­fer­ence.

Am­man­ford’s bats­men were even less ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with the con­di­tions and only three of them, Sal­ter (13), Rhys Davies (16) and Matthew Roberts (15), man­aged to reach dou­ble fig­ures.

They closed mis­er­ably on 83 all out in just 26 overs.

Port Tal­bot’s main de­stroy­ers were open­ing bowlers Lewis Jones (4-42) and Richard Edwards (3-24).

This Satur­day Am­man­ford are away to Brid­gend.

Am­man­ford’s sec­ond XI, mean­while, suf­fered a four-wicket de­feat away to Gor­seinon.

Put in to bat, Am­man­ford could only muster 117 in 45 overs, with just three of their bats­men — Osian Jones (27), Jeff Evans (16) and Robert Croft (19) — reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures. Tom Clarke was Gor­seinon’s chief wick­et­taker with 3-17.

Gor­seinon in re­ply also lost some cheap wick­ets, but Chris Richards (43) and Rhys Matthews (25) did enough to get them through with 10 overs to spare.

There was bet­ter news from Am­man­ford’s third XI, how­ever, as they main­tained their po­si­tion at the top of divi­sion six of the South Wales As­so­ci­a­tion by beat­ing Llan­darcy 2nds by five wick­ets.

Oliver Pal­lot (4-2) was Am­man­ford’s killer bowler as Llan­darcy were held to 99-9 in their 40 overs.

An un­beaten 41 from Josh Davies then en­sured that Am­man­ford made short work of reach­ing their tar­get in­side 18 overs, a vic­tory which puts them 11 points clear at the top.

Kid­welly opener John Ogilvie in ac­tion dur­ing the five-wicket win over Llan­gen­nech Sec­onds. Pic: Phil Davies.

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