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