AM­MAN­FORD IN FIRST VIC­TORY

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

AM­MAN­FORD recorded their first South Wales Premier Cricket League win of 2019 with a re­sound­ing 64-run vic­tory at Brid­gend.

Put in to bat, Am­man­ford started badly as they lost opener Rho­dri Davies first ball to a catch at slip.

A half-cen­tury stand for the sec­ond wicket be­tween Dan Roberts (35) and Elis Richards (42) stead­ied the nerves, be­fore skipper Matthew Fisher started to work him­self back to form with 36.

At 131-4 the stage was set for the first ap­pear­ance in Am­man­ford colours for Glam­or­gan’s Marchant de Lange. And what an im­pact he made.

His first four scor­ing shots were all huge sixes, and his half-cen­tury stand with Josef Davies (9) took all of 26 balls.

De Lange departed, caught on the boundary for 41, with Am­man­ford on 189-6, and it was left to the ever-re­li­able Matthew Roberts (25) and Gareth Slade (14no) to push the fi­nal score up to a healthy 227-8.

For Brid­gend, To­mos Jones, Varun Sharma and Nick Sel­man took a cou­ple of wick­ets each.

De Lange main­tained the im­pe­tus of his whirl­wind de­but when he took the new ball, bowl­ing Glam­or­gan col­league Nick Sel­man for five.

He then clean bowled a fur­ther two from the top or­der to leave the home side strug­gling on 15-4.

Fel­low open­ing bowler Dan Roberts was a will­ing ac­com­plice with 2-8.

Brid­gend ral­lied with a half-cen­tury stand be­tween skipper Tom Baker (29) and Thomas Cog­bill, the lat­ter go­ing on to score 69 be­fore be­ing even­tu­ally bowled by Matthew Roberts, who ended up with 3-50.

To­mos Jones pro­vided some stub­born tail-end re­sis­tance with 37, but Brid­gend even­tu­ally suc­cumbed on 163 with seven overs to spare.

As May comes to an end, Am­man­ford re­main third from bot­tom, with last year’s cham­pi­ons New­port in last place.

In be­tween the two come Cardiff, who visit the Park on Satur­day.

Am­man­ford Sec­onds lost at home to Ynys­tawe in the Premier League West 2nd XI Cham­pi­onship.

Ynys­tawe racked up a huge 285-7 in their 50 overs and Am­man­ford were then all out for 147 in 32 overs.

Mean­while, sec­ond-placed Am­man­ford Thirds suf­fered a heavy eight-wicket de­feat at the hands of South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion divi­sion six lead­ers Maesteg Celtic Sec­onds.

Bat­ting first, Am­man­ford reached 164-5 in their 40 overs thanks to an un­beaten 65 by St­ef­fan Wil­liams. Opener Ar­fon Davies also bat­ted well for 43.

It was to no avail, how­ever, as Maesteg opener Paul Mor­ris raced to an un­beaten 105 to se­cure vic­tory with eight overs to spare.

Pic: Phil Davies

Cimla opener Neil Hornby loses his wicket against Kid­welly Sec­onds in divi­sion seven of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. Kid­welly won by six wick­ets.

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