Falcons and Mets to meet on opening day

Abel Salas has signed for the Herts Falcons
Abel Salas has signed for the Herts Falcons

The Herts Falcons have been handed a mouthwatering clash on the first day of the 2014 NBL season as they go head-to-head with London Mets at Grovehill Ballpark.

The first and second seeds from 2013 played out several nail-biting contests in a closely-fought battle for the league title last season and will resume their rivalry on Sunday, April 6.

The Mets were propelled by a league-leading seven wins on the mound for Pietro Sollecito last season, but the Falcons held off their charge to claim a first-ever NBL pennant.

The Falcons retain Ryan Bird, the league’s Most Valuable Batter from last season, but have lost Robbie Unsell, winner of the Most Valuable Pitcher award, who has returned to the United States.

However, their roster is substantially strengthened by the recently-announced addition of Abel Salas, a left-handed hitter from Mexico who previously played for the Mildenhall Bulldogs.

Elsewhere, another top-notch opening day NBL clash sees the Southern Nationals and Southampton Mustangs continuing where they left off last season, with the national finalists from 2013 squaring off in a double-header at Farnham Park.