AM­MAN­FORD’S FEARS DEEPEN

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET -

AM­MAN­FORD are now fac­ing a bat­tle for sur­vival af­ter they crashed to an 111-run de­feat at the hands of Brid­gend at the Park in the South Wales Pre­mier League.

Home skip­per Alun Evans won the toss and in­vited Brid­gend to bat, think­ing the green­ish pitch would help his bowlers.

Ap­pear­ances, how­ever, can be de­cep­tive, and Brid­gend built a solid start mainly thanks to opener Sam Wood (51).

Ini­tial progress for Brid­gend was quite se­date thanks to some accurate bowl­ing from Sean Coaker (3-45) un­til Glam­or­gan’s Craig Meschede dra­mat­i­cally changed the course of the match with a half-cen­tury from just 30 de­liv­er­ies.

The rest of the Brid­gend mid­dle order cashed in on an ever-im­prov­ing pitch, with Thomas Cog­bill also reach­ing 50 as they raced to an im­pres­sive 266-7.

It could have been much more but for Daniel Roberts’s sec­ond spell in which he took 3-40.

Am­man­ford have had lit­tle suc­cess in re­cent sea­sons in chas­ing large to­tals, and this was to prove no ex­cep­tion.

De­spite a half-cen­tury open­ing stand be­tween Matthew Roberts (30) and Elis Richards (24), some care­less bat­ting cost Am­man­ford wick­ets, and none of their re­main­ing bats­men could man­age to get out of the teens.

They folded mis­er­ably on 155 with eight overs left.

This de­feat drops Am­man­ford pre­car­i­ously into the bot­tom three, above Mum­bles and Cly­dach, with Au­gust now look­ing like a strug­gle for sur­vival.

There is an­other tough test loom­ing on Satur­day when they travel to the cap­i­tal to play third-placed Cardiff.

Am­man­ford Sec­onds also suf­fered a heavy de­feat, go­ing down by 105 runs at Ynys­tawe.

The Swansea Valley side stormed to 346-6 in their 50 overs, with Am­man­ford clos­ing well short on 241-6.

And on what turned into a dis­mal week­end for the club, Am­man­ford Thirds found out why Maesteg Celtic Sec­onds are top of di­vi­sion six of the South Wales Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

Maesteg bat­ted first and scored 233-3, with their top three bats­men — Paul Morris (88no), Elis Bird (52) and Matthew Rogers (49) — all in fine form.

In re­ply, Am­man­ford were able to of­fer lit­tle re­sis­tance and only Sam Pot­ter with an un­de­feated 22 could keep out home bowlers Alun Richards (4-10) and El­liot Coul­ston (314).

Am­man­ford were all out for 50 in just 16 overs.

The de­feat leaves them fourth in the ta­ble ahead of this week­end’s game at home to Maesteg Sec­onds.

Am­man­ford Sec­onds’ Adam Lyons looks for runs dur­ing his side’s visit to Ynys­tawe. Pic­ture: Phil Davies

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