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.
 
CLAREMONT NEDLANDS

Ins:

Outs: Keagan Africa, Travis Birt, Jack Cattrall

Last Year: 1st (13 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw)

Strength: Mix of youth and senior experience. No reliance on one player.

Challenge: Taking the next step, standing up in clutch moments.

Summary
There is plenty to be excited about for Claremont Nedlands, if last season is anything to go by. The ladder leaders won the One Day competition, but lost in the semi finals and the preliminary finals of the Two Day and T20 competitions, respectively. If the club wants a clean sweep this year, it will need its young brigade of players such as reigning Olly Cooley Medallist Tim David and Nick Hobson to improve further on their break-out 2016-17 and to stand up in the big finals moments.

 

MIDLAND GUILDFORD

Ins: Dom Sibley, Julian Crudeli, Kyle Christie

Outs: Nil 

Last Year: 16th (3 wins, 11 losses, 1 draw)

Strength: Good balance of youth and experience.

Challenge: Consistency from the younger squad members, maintaining standards.

Summary
Midland Guildford would not have been even the slightest bit happy with its last-place finish last season, recording just three wins, but there are still reasons to get excited for the upcoming campaign. A number big inclusions, with Dom Sibley returning from overseas, Julian Crudeli and Kyle Christie adding to a squad in which the main focus will be on youth. The younger players must maintain consistency to help improve Midland Guildford's fortunes.

 

PERTH

Ins: Kyle Gardiner, Lauchlan Pratt, Hugh Sando

Outs: Dom Sibley

Last Year: 3rd (9 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws)

Strength: United core group of 8-10 players that have played together for four years.

Challenge: Creating depth. Key players must perform well for the team to succeed.

Summary
Although Perth lost three to four senior players at the beginning of last season, it still managed to finish third, with a couple of close losses in the finals. In order for the club to take the next step from preliminary final heartache to glory, it needs its best players out of the medical room and on the park playing well, leading from the front.

 

ROCKINGHAM MANDURAH

Ins: Ed Pollock

Outs: Kyle Gardiner, Lauchlan Pratt, Keiran Ball

Last Year: 15th (1 win, 11 Losses, 3 draws)

Strength: Aggressive batting line up with young, talented bowlers.

Challenge: Creating depth with such a young group.

Summary
It was a tough season for Rockingham Mandurah, with just one win on the board as a result of losing key players. Things went from bad to worse as it continued to lose players through injury and retirement throughout the season, and while it will be little solace, there is the positive that the club did not take the wooden spoon. Rockingham Mandurah will be looking to improve dramatically by throwing its youngsters in the deep-end to give them a taste of A-Grade cricket to improve its depth and continue to attack the short form matches.