The 2017-18 Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket competition is upon us, beginning with Round 1's one-dayers this weekend, and the WACA looks at the 16 clubs going for glory.
Ins: Oliver Stone, Travis Keys
Outs: Nathan Rimmington, Josh Phillipe
Last Year: 10th (6 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw)
Strength: A core group of young players beginning to take the next step.
Challenge: Inexperience from young group occasionally leads to inconsistency.
Although they finished 10th on the ladder, there is plenty of upside for this young talented group. A strong T20 competition, culminating in a semi-final loss, showed that Bayswater has the firepower to do some damage, but it will be looking to its young core group of players. Those youngsters will be a year older and wiser, and Bayswater needs them to excel in the One Day and Two Day competitions to push up the ladder. The club will also benefit from an injection of experienced players such as Oliver Stone and Travis Keys.
Ins: Brett Dorey
Outs: Chris Wood, Joel Croswell, Chris Chellew, Tom Abell
Last Year: 2nd (11 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws)
Strength: Well-balanced squad skill-wise.
Challenge: Young group of cricketers coming through.
Fremantle had a strong season last year, winning the T20 competition and finishing runner-up in the One Day competition to claim second on the ladder. While Fremantle has undeniable talent in all aspects of the game, it will need to expose its young core group of players to the rigours of first grade cricket so they can learn and grow with their older teammates.
Ins: Ben Green, Matt Coles
Outs: David Thomason, Lewis Reece
Last Year: 11th (5 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws)
Strength: Blend of youth and experience, more suited to shorter form.
Challenge: Among youngest lists in competition, exposing lack of experience.
Gosnells had a somewhat up and down season last year. It made the T20 Grand Final, but lost on the last ball of the match and, while the club’s short form was positive, it couldn’t quite make the leap from challenger to contender in the longer form. Gosnells must look to a new leadership group of Matthew Leopold (captain) and Alistair Bivens (vice captain) to focus the group and help the players improve in the longer form of the game.
Outs: Angus Robson, Daniel Roots, Fraser Hay
Last Year: 7th (9 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw)
Strength: Very balanced between batting and bowling, experienced squad, settled line up.
Challenge: Taking the next step to finish top 6
Melville had a solid season, finishing seventh on the ladder. However, it could have been better had Melville made the most of its opportunities earlier on in the season, as it missed the top six by four points. Melville won't be looking to bring in any major names and instead will focus on developing players already within its system. The club will be hoping to elevate some youth into the squad this season to put pressure on its settled line up and create a winning culture in the hope of taking the next step.