AMMANFORD saw off Pontarddulais by 19 runs in a high-scoring 35 over contest at the Park on Saturday.

Ammanford won the toss and batted first, getting off to a poor start with the loss of two wickets by the time they reached 43.

Elis Richards and Rhys Davies then put together a consolidating partnership of 93 in 15 overs for the third wicket before Davies was out for 45.

These friendlies have been a chance to blood youngsters though and sure enough, 14-year-old Tiaan Sparrow then joined Richards and this pair really hit the throttle with a sizzling 90 from the final 11 overs.

Sparrow was unbeaten for 27 whilst star of the show Elis Richards carried his bat for 109, an unbeaten century which included nine fours and six sixes.

Bont got off to a terrific start as openers Iestyn Rees and Matthew Williams posted an opening stand of 142 in 21 overs.

Had the pair stayed together Bont would have coasted to victory but Williams lost patience and was out to spinner Rhys Davies for 53.

Iestyn Rees was batting well but nobody was able to stay with him for long enough to keep the momentum going.

Bont reached 218 for 6 in their 35 overs, 19 runs short of their target despite an excellent ton from Rees (105).

For Ammanford, Rhys Davies, Owen Davies and Jo Davies each took a couple of wickets.

Next week, Ammanford continue to exploit the Indian summer with a fixture against Llangennech at the Park. Wickets pitched 1pm.

The game was watched by none other than Robert Croft who said afterwards: "It was a terrific game of local club cricket.

"To see the effort made to make this happen is a huge credit to groundstaff, both clubs and supporters."