LOSS SPARKS FEARS OF DROP

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

A SEC­OND con­sec­u­tive de­feat by a crush­ing seven wick­ets at St Fa­gans saw Am­man­ford drop to sev­enth in the South Wales Premier League.

They are level on points with Brid­gend but only nine points ahead of ninth-placed Mum­bles with seven games to go.

Invit­ing Am­man­ford to bat, St Fa­gans bowlers made good use of the favourable con­di­tions and the vis­i­tors’ wick­ets fell reg­u­larly.

The only half-de­cent part­ner­ship was 40 be­tween Craig Maloney (26) and cap­tain Alun Evans, who was mak­ing a welcome re­turn to the team af­ter a knee op­er­a­tion.

He was run out for 25. Am­man­ford were all out for a mis­er­able 130 in just 36 overs.

St Fa­gans open­ing bowler An­drew Gorvin did most of the dam­age with 4-34.

In con­trast, the St Fa­gans open­ing pair com­bined to put on an un­trou­bled cen­tury part­ner­ship.

Spin­ner Josef Davies had Glam­or­gan player Jeremy Lawlor caught for 51, but at 102-1 the game was al­ready done and dusted.

Mitchell Ed­wards car­ried his bat for an un­beaten 68 to see the league lead­ers home at a can­ter with seven wick­ets and 19 overs to spare.

St Fa­gans re­main top of the league with Neath in hot pur­suit.

In­stead of look­ing to join them at the top, Am­man­ford now glance un­easily over their shoul­ders at the three teams be­low them in the stand­ings. They will need a sharp up­turn in form to avoid spend­ing the re­main­der of the sea­son bat­tling to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

That up­turn needs to be­gin on Satur­day when they visit Port Talbot.

Mean­while, Am­man­ford Sec­onds went down by four wick­ets at home to Swansea Sec­onds. The hosts were all out for 135, with Rhys Cul­ley mak­ing 30 and Owen Davies 25. Ed­ward Brad­bury took 4-34.

Opener Rafique Swin­scoe made a crucial 67 not out in Swansea’s re­ply, with Rohit Ku­mar Singh un­beaten on 22 at the close. Matthew Davies and Matthew Warnes both picked up two wick­ets.

Am­man­ford’s third XI took their sev­enth scalp of the sea­son with an ex­cel­lent five-wicket vic­tory over GWR Brid­gend in di­vi­sion six.

GWR were all out for 199 in their fi­nal over, with Kris Wil­liams top­scor­ing with 70.

Llyr Morgan and Ti­aan Evans took three wick­ets each for Am­man­ford.

A tremen­dous un­beaten 81 from opener Adam Lyons pro­vided the ce­ment which en­abled Am­man­ford to over­take the GWR to­tal with five overs to spare.

Jac Isaac sup­ported well with 36. The win en­abled Am­man­ford to main­tain their po­si­tion in the top half of the ta­ble.

Pic­ture: Phil Davies

Ynys­tawe bats­man Morgan Hodges goes on the at­tack against Car­marthen Wan­der­ers as Wan­der­ers wick­et­keeper Owain Davies looks on.

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