AMMANFORD ended their 2022 league campaign with a disappointing 88 run defeat at St Fagans, a result which crowned the home team as Premier League champions.
Taking first knock, St Fagans were all out for 227, thanks in the main to their middle order of AJ Hinkley (78) and former Ammanford player Jack Murphy (51).
Their total could have easily been 30 runs more were it not for some tight bowling and excellent fielding from the young Ammanford team who managed to keep a lid on the final ten over chase for runs.
Ammanford’s commitment was characterised by two superb diving catches on the boundary by Owen Davies and Kurtis Marsh, both from the bowling of Xavier Clarke who took 3 for 43. Billy Root and Owen Davies picked up a couple of wickets each.
The total felt well within reach of Ammanford’s batsmen, but when in-form Kurtis Marsh was superbly caught first ball by a diving catch from Ollie Sherwood off a full-blooded cut hurtling its way to the boundary, the writing seemed on the wall.
Daniel Roberts (32) and Xavier Clarke (26) looked their usual polished selves in the middle order, but some injudicious shot selections ended their innings before they could make a decisive impact.
Despite some tail end resistance from Benjamin Thomas (17no) and Iestyn Jones (16), Ammanford fell well short of their target, being all out for 139 in just 30 overs.
St Fagans captain Owen Morgan took 5 wickets for 38.
It was a worthy champions’ finish for St Fagans who have won 12 and lost just 2 of their completed matches this season. They finished 8 points clear of Swansea who beat Bridgend. Ammanford ended in 6th place, though they will reflect on a summer where so many defeats could easily have been victories.
This young team has plenty to look forward to next season.
Ammanford seconds beat Swansea
Ammanford seconds enjoyed a satisfying end to their season when they beat Swansea by 78 runs at the Park.
Ammanford’s total of 246 was indebted to a 138 partnership between the evergreen Carl Griffiths, who batted throughout for an unbeaten 95, and Tomos Roach (67). Tiaan Sparrow (27) was the only other Ammanford batsman to reach double figures.
Azrin Azmy (4-47) and Mohammed Aazim (3-48) were the pick of the Swansea bowlers.
Despite a fighting 62 from opener Haroon Ali, Swansea could offer little resistance to the bowling of man-of-the-match Tomos Roach who took 4 for 54.
They were all out for 168 in the 41st over. Ammanford finished their season in 8th position.
Ammanford thirds finish with fine win
Ammanford’s third XI finished the summer of 2022 with a fine 71 run victory at Pontardawe.
Batting first, Ammanford reached 141 for 7, nearly half of which were scored by skipper Josh Davies (67).
Pontardawe in reply had no answer to the bowling of Aron Matthews (3-12) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (3-30), who took three wickets each. Paul Hicks took a creditable 2 for 6.
The home team collapsed to 70 all out in 30 overs. Ammanford finished 4th in Division 6 of the SWCA.