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