Out with the new and in with the old for A’s?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN CAMP­BELL

ATHLONE A’S host VOB in at Van­tage Sports Com­plex to­mor­row af­ter a good Ma­jor League open­ing clash against Cru­saders last week.

Af­ter putting out a youth­ful lineup last Satur­day, one won­ders if the A’s will do the same this week­end or field a more ex­pe­ri­enced team with one or two of their youth­ful play­ers mixed in.

With their ex­tended bullpen of Dean Ja­cobs, Carl Michaels, Ricky Adams or Lloyd Stevens, Athlone have a few pos­si­ble start­ing op­tions.

Af­ter be­ing pulled early from last week’s game, VOB will likely start Grant Robert­son, with Josh Rich and Michael Scrit­ten avail­able in re­lief.

The A’s have had the up­per hand in this fix­ture over the last few sea­sons, so ex­pect the same to­mor­row.

Mean­while, Dur­banville will be hop­ing to bounce back when they host Mait­land Giants, who gave a good ac­count of them­selves on their Ma­jor League de­but, a 5-1 loss to Bothasig.

Ex­pect Jas Shergill and Jayde Thorne to share the pitch­ing du­ties for Mait­land, and Damien Perkins and Cameron For­tuin to do the same for Dur­banville.

Both teams would be hop­ing to group their hits to­gether to in­crease their scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Dur­banville will also look to keep the er­rors to a min­i­mum, though they should still tri­umph.

A buoy­ant Westridge travel to Bel­lville af­ter a 11-5 win over Dur­banville.

Bel­lville, though, will be pleased that come­back kid Bruce McClel­lan worked through the VOB lineup with­out much dif­fi­culty and will hope for more of the same to­mor­row.

Westridge will try and main­tain a pos­i­tive out­look and should they do so, ex­pect a real good game. How­ever, a lack­lus­tre ap­proach will play into Bel­lville’s hands, who would like to be more con­sis­tent with their hit­ting so they can have more than one big in­ning.

Cru­saders travel to Bothasig in search of re­demp­tion. They re­ally need a good ap­pli­ca­tion all round and Jared Wil­liams’ pitch­ing has to im­prove, with solid de­fence and a good team ef­fort in the hit­ting depart­ment.

Bothasig will be hop­ing for an im­proved hit­ting dis­play, so ex­pect Kyle Botha, Dayle Feldt­man and Benji Smith to lead the charge.

The SA Masters fi­nals take place to­day at Dur­banville.

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