AM­MAN­FORD IN THE TI­TLE CHASE

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

AM­MAN­FORD got their sea­son firmly back on track with a decisive eightwicke­t vic­tory over lo­cal rivals Pon­tard­du­lais at the Park in the South Wales Premier League.

It was a good toss to win for Am­man­ford, since the cov­ers had been on all week due to the ever-present show­ers.

Matthew Fisher put Bont in to bat and reaped the re­ward in the first over when opener Gary Ar­row­smith was un­luck­ily run out while back­ing up from the bowler’s end.

But from there on it was the home side’s bowl­ing and field­ing which took con­trol.

Opener Paul Rees (40) put up the only real re­sis­tance as Bont were dismissed for 137 in the fi­nal over.

Josh Davies and An­drew Sal­ter took three wick­ets each and Dan Roberts picked up a fur­ther two.

The ex­cel­lence of the field­ing was ex­em­pli­fied by Rhys Davies with three catches, the third of which was a spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort.

With 50 overs to reach a mod­est 138, Am­man­ford’s open­ers Rhys Cul­ley (27) and Elis Richards (37) pro­vided the per­fect re­sponse.

Re­fus­ing to be hur­ried in any way, they clung tightly to their re­spec­tive wick­ets and built an in­valu­able open­ing stand of 77.

When they even­tu­ally de­parted, An­drew Sal­ter (35no) and Dan Roberts (19no) were given li­cence to finish the game in dra­matic fash­ion with eight bound­aries and two sixes.

Am­man­ford eased past the Bont tar­get with eight wick­ets and 11 overs to spare.

The win takes them up to fifth in the ta­ble, only 22 points be­hind lead­ers St Fa­gans in what is turn­ing out to be a wide-open ti­tle race.

On Satur­day they are away to bot­tom side New­port. The reign­ing cham­pi­ons stopped a run of five suc­ces­sive de­feats by beat­ing Port Tal­bot Town at the week­end.

Mean­while, Am­man­ford Sec­onds crum­bled to an ig­no­min­ious 76 all out at Cly­dach. That was de­spite a half-cen­tury open­ing part­ner­ship be­tween Rhys Jones (23) and Adam Lyons (16).

Cly­dach had no dif­fi­culty knock­ing off the runs in just 21 overs, los­ing only opener Ja­son Ap­pleby (24) in the process. Jonathan Donne (16no) and McKen­zie Squires (24no) saw them past the post.

For Am­man­ford, Matthew Warnes (0-3 from five overs) and Fin­ley Jef­fries (0-12 off six) were eco­nom­i­cal. St­ef­fan Phillips took the only wicket.

And Am­man­ford’s third XI lost by seven wick­ets to their Cly­dach coun­ter­parts at Ynys­tawe.

Bat­ting first, Am­man­ford could only amass 90 and were all out in­side 39 overs.

Iestyn Jones car­ried his bat for 25. Cly­dach took just 27 overs to pass the un­de­mand­ing to­tal, thanks to a sec­ond-wicket stand of 64 be­tween Dan Rees (43) and Ioan Martin (22).

Cian Roach took 2-4.

Pic­ture: Phil Davies.

Felin­foel bats­man Ju­lian Griffiths lashes out against Skewen. Foel lost their South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion di­vi­sion two clash by three wick­ets.

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