AMMANFORD’S THIRD REVERSE
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.