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2017-04-11 06:02

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The National baseball championships will be played at Marks Park in Johannesburg from tomorrow and will conclude on Saturday.

Western Province will be sending three teams to the senior tournament (WP-A, WP-B and WP u.23).

All three teams are scheduled to participate in the top division of the competition after finishing first, third and fourth respectively last year. Other teams in the top Division are Gauteng-A, Gauteng u.23 and KwaZulu-Natal.

WP-A will be hoping to secure their 17th consecutive National Baseball Championship title. Coach Neil Adonis will have his work cut out as the home team and arch rivals Gauteng are always more venomous in their home town.

The pitching will be lead by Bertus Mostert, Dean Jacobs and Jaydee Thorne. Jonathan Phillips, Benji Smith and Jaydee Thorne will be hoping to drive in the runs.

WP-A have six players from the league winning team of Bellville, three from Bothasig and Durbanville, two from Athlone and one each from Maitland Giants and Westridge Yankees.

WP-B and WP u.23, although having a few withdrawals, should still be good enough to qualify for the semi-finals.

Junior update

After two days of play in the u.12 division, WP-A and WP-B are second and third placed respectively, both on six points after each losing one game out of the four they played. WP-B narrowly lost 7-6 to WP-A, and WP-A lost 6-4 to Gauteng-A after leading by four runs.

This division is decided on a straight round robin with all teams playing each other.

Gauteng-A are leading the log with eight points after four games in the u.15 division beating WP-A 13-3 and WP-B 19-0. WP-A are second placed on six points and WP-B are third placed on four points. The top two positions progress to semi-finals, with position three to six playing off for the other two semi-finals spots.

In the u.18 division WP-A and Gauteng-A are joint leaders on seven points after their 11-11 tie on Sunday afternoon. Gauteng-B and WP-B are also level on five points. Gauteng-B were held 12-12 by OR Tambo and WP-B tied 7-7 with KZN. The top four teams play semi-finals this morning for a spot on the finals the afternoon.

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