Premier League Cricket Ammanford beat Cardiff by six wickets
7:20am Wednesday 16th May 2012 in Sport
Ammanford returned to winning ways on Saturday, beating last year’s champions Cardiff convincingly by six wickets at the Park.
Winning the toss, Ammanford captain Alun Evans invited the visitors to bat, and opening bowlers Mike Reed and Matthew Donohue made life difficult for the Cardiff batsmen.
They took a wicket each before Andrew Salter took a third with the first ball of his spell leaving Cardiff reeling on 30 for three.
Further inroads weremade when Rhydian Harris took an astonishing catch off the bowling of new signing MatthewRoberts, formerly of Pontarddulais.
With four wickets down for 58, Cardiff’s Alun Thomas decided that attack was the best form of defence and took the game to the Ammanford bowlers, hitting three fours and five sixes in a whirlwind 55 before being bowled by Mike Reed who was back for his second spell.
Cardiff were pinned back to 176 for nine thanks to some tight bowling supported by fine fielding. Fisher and Reed bagged two each while Salter took three. Roberts and Donohue picked up the others.
Ammanford’s reply began less than auspiciously, losing Rhys Davies with the score on 20. Captain Evans joined Matthew Fisher and they took the total past the fifty when Fisher was adjudged lbwfor 19.
Salter provided a fine all round performance with four boundaries and a six in his 26, and despite losing Rhydian Harris c h e a p l y , Matthew Roberts (15no) stayed with his captain to pass the Cardiff total for the loss of four wickets.
Evans scored an extremely competent and unbeaten 86, including 10 fours.
Despite this victory, Ammanford remain at the foot of the Premier League.
On Saturday, Ammanford travel to Ynysygerwn for their next Premier League fixture, while on Sunday they entertain St Fagans in the first round of the Welsh Cup.