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.

JOONDALUP

Ins: Matthew Russell

Outs: Micky Swart, James Boyland, Ty Hopes

Last Year: 4th (7 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws)

Strength: Balanced batting and bowling line-up.

Challenge: Developing inexperienced players.

Summary

Although finishing fourth, Joondalup progressed to the Grand Final last year before going down to Subiaco Floreat, despite being in what appeared to be a winning position. This season, Joondalup will be looking to develop its younger players after losing a few experienced players in Micky Swart and James Boyland. New head coach Mike Smith will look to his new captain in Michael Johnson to provide leadership around the youth and will need strong performances from his key batsmen Josh Inglis, Garrick Morgan and Jaron Morgan if they are to go one step further this season.

 

MOUNT LAWLEY

Ins: Thomas Beaton, Josh Hobley, Tristan Hobley, Matt Dixon (post Christmas)

Outs: Callum Taylor,

Last Year: 14th (3 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws)

Strength: Strong Depth, particularly with the bat.

Challenge: Mental toughness.

Summary

It was a tough 2016-17 campaign for Mount Lawley. Finishing 14th with only three wins, it struggled to find its feet in the competition after losing a number of key players before the start of the season and wasn’t able to fill the void. However, that has meant that the Hawks have been able to develop their own youngsters, which should lead to an increased output this season. Head coach David Virgo will be looking to create a winning culture amongst his squad with a tougher mental edge to grind out matches.

 

UNIVERSITY

Ins: Rex Strickland, Viv Paver, Bailey Richards, Scott Pearson, Corey Rocchiccioli

Outs: Nick Maiolo, Harry Podmore, Tim Young

Last Year: 13th (4 wins, 9 losses, 2 draws)

Strength: Good core group of young batsmen and talented spinners.

Challenge: Still very young and inexperienced.

Summary

Although University had a poor start to its 2016-17 season, it came home strongly to win five of its last eight matches (including T20 games) and made the T20 finals. University has a strong core group of players who have played 20-40 games and head coach Will Stibbs will be looking to those players to take the next step in their careers to push the club up from the bottom rungs of the ladder.

 

WILLETTON

Ins: Blake Hall

Outs:

Last Year: 9th (7 wins, 7 losses, 1 draw)

Strength:  Batting mentality and timing. Strong bowling attack.

Challenge: Starting off the season strongly.

Summary

It was an up-and-down year for Willetton in 2016-17. The team strung a number of good wins together, but often followed with two to three weeks of losses. The Dragons will look to sort out their batting line-up by getting Matt Johnson in at No.3 and developing a strong middle order by blooding some youngsters early in the season.