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AM­MAN­FORD’S spi­ral of mis­ery con­tin­ued with a fee­ble 99-run de­feat at Cardiff in di­vi­sion one of the South Wales Pre­mier League.

With Cardiff elect­ing to bat, Am­man­ford got off to a good start hav­ing the home side at 19-3.

How­ever, they were un­able to get rid of the stub­born Umar Ma­lik (83), whose 78-run stand with Harry Bowles (25) proved the main­stay of the Cardiff in­nings.

Cardiff reached 179-8 in their 50 overs, with all eight wick­ets fall­ing in one way or an­other to the Roberts brothers, Daniel and Matthew.

Daniel took 3-38 and Matthew 2-34, but in ad­di­tion the two were re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­ing three run outs, Matthew get­ting two and Daniel one.

On a very de­cent wicket Cardiff’s to­tal looked well within reach, but Am­man­ford’s bat­ting of late has ap­peared ex­tremely frag­ile and their re­sponse proved no ex­cep­tion.

Both open­ers were back in the shed with just 16 on the board.

A short in­ter­rup­tion for rain pro­vided no respite, and wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall at a de­press­ingly reg­u­lar rate. Only Daniel Roberts pro­vided any real re­sis­tance, be­ing last man out on 42.

He needed one or two of his team-mates to stay with him for what could have been match-sav­ing part­ner­ships, but none were able to do so and Am­man­ford crum­bled to a dis­ap­point­ing 80 all out.

They are now next to bot­tom, just 25 points ahead of Cly­dach, who scored a mon­u­men­tal to­tal of 288 to win against Pon­tard­du­lais, in strong con­trast to Am­man­ford’s ef­fort.

These two will meet this Satur­day at Am­man­ford Park in what will be a dog­fight for sur­vival in di­vi­sion one. Am­man­ford can only hope that re­cent form is not a pointer to the out­come.

Am­man­ford Sec­onds were pipped by Ynysygerwn Sec­onds by nine runs in the Pre­mier League West 2nd XI Cham­pi­onship.

Am­man­ford were all out for 233 in 49.3 overs chas­ing the Neath Val­ley vis­i­tors’ 242-8.

The de­feat leaves Am­man­ford 17 points adrift of Swansea Sec­onds at the foot of the ta­ble.

Am­man­ford Thirds played their sec­ond match against a Llynfi Val­ley side in as many weeks in di­vi­sion six of the South Wales As­so­ci­a­tion and suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate, los­ing by 57 runs to sec­ond-placed Maesteg.

Maesteg bat­ted first and scored 193-9, Lloyd Wilk­shire top-scor­ing with 63.

Sion Lloyd Evans bowled well with 4-15, while Iestyn Jones and Jac Davies picked up a cou­ple of wick­ets each.

An open­ing stand of 44 be­tween Guto Llewe­lyn and Dafydd Llewe­lyn (22) looked promis­ing for Am­man­ford, but sub­se­quent bats­men were un­able to build on it.

Llewe­lyn was able to re­sist un­til the eighth wicket with 54, but Am­man­ford even­tu­ally fell well short of their target and were all out for 136 in the penul­ti­mate over.

Pic: Phil Davies

Dafen bats­man Chris Ran­dell is bowled by Bron­wydd’s Tom Glee­son for a duck dur­ing Satur­day’s South Wales As­so­ci­a­tion di­vi­sion one game at Dafen Park.

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