Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

AM­MAN­FORD re­turned to win­ning form in the South Wales Premier league with an em­phatic seven-wicket vic­tory at Mum­bles.

Stand­out per­for­mances by two of their play­ers – Matthew Fisher with the ball and An­drew Sal­ter with the bat – guided Am­man­ford back to within strik­ing dis­tance of the first di­vi­sion ti­tle and en­sured their fo­cus will be sharply re­tained for the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

Mum­bles were un­able to cope with Fisher’s bowl­ing and his fig­ures of 6-18 con­trib­uted hand­somely to­wards cur­tail­ing the home side to 172-9 in their 50 overs.

The ex­cel­lence of Am­man­ford’s ground field­ing was once again wor­thy of com­ment and saved a sub­stan­tial num­ber of runs.

For Mum­bles, opener James Palmer got 42 while Chris Cooke stayed around for 36. Aneurin Nor­man was un­beaten at the end on 49.

Am­man­ford’s re­sponse was dom­i­nated by an ex­cel­lent cen­tury from Sal­ter, who departed for 101 when Am­man­ford were just five runs short of their tar­get.

Sal­ter and fel­low opener Rhys Cul­ley shat­tered any hope Mum­bles might have har­boured about de­fend­ing their to­tal with an open­ing stand of 115.

When Cul­ley was bowled for 33, his sup­port­ing role was taken up by Daniel Roberts (23no), and de­spite los­ing a fur­ther wicket, Am­man­ford cruised com­fort­ably to vic­tory with seven wick­ets and five overs in hand.

Ly­ing in fifth place, Am­man­ford will be only too aware that, with only 22 points sep­a­rat­ing the top five clubs, an as­sault on the sum­mit is very much within their grasp.

Their next two matches, against third-placed Neath at home this Satur­day and lead­ers St Fa­gans away the fol­low­ing week, could be in­stru­men­tal in de­cid­ing the des­ti­na­tion of this sea­son’s first di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Am­man­ford Sec­onds, mean­while, suf­fered a com­pre­hen­sive 116-run de­feat at the hands of Mum­bles at the Park in the Premier League West 2nd XI cham­pi­onship.

Mum­bles reached 231-8 in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to Luke Ed­wards (47) and Will Turner (48).

For Am­man­ford, To­mos Roach, Cal­lum Croft and Jamie Evans bagged a couple of wick­ets each.

In re­ply, Am­man­ford were dis­missed for 115 in 20 overs.

Only Cal­lum Croft with a fight­ing un­beaten 47 pro­vided any real re­sis­tance.

And in di­vi­sion six of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, Am­man­ford Thirds won a low-scor­ing thriller by two wick­ets against Lan­dore Sec­onds.

They dis­missed Lan­dore for 67 in 34 overs. Llyr Mor­gan, Iestyn Jones and Rhys Hope took two wick­ets each.

Am­man­ford reached their tar­get within 20 overs but not be­fore los­ing eight wick­ets in the process.

Their top scorer was opener Rhys Hope with 19.

Car­marthen Wan­der­ers bats­man Steve In­ward hits out against Gor­seinon. Pic: Phil Davies

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