Aces reshuffled for do-or-die Bandits series

The Melbourne Aces return to Melbourne Ballpark this weekend for what is a do-or-die series against the Brisbane Bandits.

It will be a rejuvenated Aces outfit, with several new faces gracing the side who came within a game of the championship last season.

James Beresford (Minnesota Twins), James Brookes (Washington Nationals), Mitch Hodge (formerly Kansas City Royals), Adam Rowe and Adrian Berka have been added to the roster for this weekend.

Adam Bright, the son of former Test cricketer Ray Bright, has forged a successful career overseas, most notably spending time in the Colorado Rockies organisation before signing with Japanese superpower the Yomiuri Giants in 2011.

James Beresford is a name which is familiar to Aces fans after playing for the side in the inaugural 2010-11 season. During his 12-game stint with the Aces he hit .404, bringing six runs across the plate.

Most recently Beresford has been playing for the AA New Britain Rock Cats where, during the American summer in 2012, he had a batting average of .266 with 25 runs batted in and three stolen bases.

The home side will be out for revenge after dropping three of four games against the Bandits in Brisbane last weekend.

Despite the results suggesting a blowout, the Aces were competitive in every game, with the Bandits needing clutch hitting at the tail-end of games to secure victory. The Aces look to stay in the playoff hunt this weekend and this series will determine the fate of the team for the 2012-2013 season.

Scott Wearne was one of the shining lights in Brisbane where, despite only hitting .230 (3-13), he came up with a crucial home run to secure the Aces' lone victory of the series.

Not only will the new faces on the roster look to give the Aces the vital boost they need for a late run to the playoffs, but fans will also be looking to former Major League players Brad Harman and Justin Huber to come through in clutch situations.

In a special offer, the Aces will give a half-price general admission ticket to any fan who brings this article to the ballpark across the series this weekend (limit four per person).

Games are on Thursday and Friday 7.35pm, Saturday 5.05pm and Sunday 1.05pm.

This story Aces reshuffled for do-or-die Bandits series first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.