Roller-coaster season takes a dip as Ammanford suffer defeat
AMMANFORD'S roller- coaster Swalec Premier League season took a steep downward dip when they lost by nine wickets at Bridgend on Saturday.
With the start delayed by rain which reduced the match to 34 overs, the toss was — not for the first time this season — a crucial one to win.
Ammanford lost it and were put in to bat.
Opener Matthew Fisher was the only one able to deal with the conditions early on, and when he was dismissed for 24 Ammanford were in deep trouble on 34-3.
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Wickets continued to fall regularly, Andrew Salter providing the only resistance.
When he was out for 45 with the score on 100-8, Mike Reed (24no) together with Gareth Slade (11no) gave the score a whiff of respectability as Ammanford ended on 127-8.
Bridgend's left-arm spinner Nick Davies did the main damage with 4-30. Former Glamorgan paceman Andrew Davies picked up 2-7.
Ammanford started the defence of their total well, dismissing Glamorgan's Will Bragg with 25 on the board.
Bradley Waldon rode his early luck to lead the response, supported by Ben Wright.
When Wright was dismissed for 26, the scores were equal, and Waldon carried his bat with 83 to pass the Ammanford total for the loss of two wickets.
The defeat tumbled Ammanford down to sixth. This week they entertain second-placed Sully.