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: Nicholas Maiolo, Blake Pescud, JoshPhillippe
Outs: Andrew Cameron, Edward Barnard, Kade Walter
Last Year: 8th (7 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws)
Strength: Bowling attack and squad depth.
Challenge: Inexperienced segment of players could lead to inconsistency.
It was an up and down season last year for Scarborough, culminating in it finishing eighth. The young group only just missed finals through inconsistent performances, which is something head coach Wes Robinson will be looking to rectify. Although it was a young squad, Scarborough still managed to beat three of the top six sides last season and it will be looking to give its younger players more responsibility and opportunity to step up when the game is on the line.
Ins: Chris Chellew
Outs: Sam Birchall
Last Year: 6th (9 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw)
Strength: Strong bowling line up.
Challenge: Young batting group.
After finishing sixth last season, South Perth probably performed above its own expectations. It made things happen by taking big wickets at crucial times and, although the campaign didn’t result in any silverware, it was definitely a good development year. South Perth will be looking to improve on last season by giving more opportunities to its young batting line up and injecting a number of new faces into the starting XI.
Outs: Alex Malcolm, Glen Stockden,
Last Year: 5th (9 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws)
Strength: Strong batting line-up and depth.
Challenge: Bowling depth challenged through injuries.
It was a stunning finish to the season for the Lions last year as they took all before them, beating second-placed Fremantle and first-placed Claremont-Nedlands on the way to claiming the Two Day title. This season, Subiaco Floreat will be looking to develop its younger players as the Lions have lost a number of senior players through retirement and could also be without Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors' paceman Cam Green through either injury or selection. Blooding youngsters into its bowling attack will be a high priority early for Subiaco Floreat to maintain its dominance towards the end of the year.
Ins: Jack Cattrall, Max Holden
Outs: Tristan Hobley , Baily Richards
Last Year: 12th (4 wins, 9 losses, 2 draws)
Strength: Bowling attack.
Challenge: Struggling to bat the full 90 overs consistently over the season.
It was a tough season for Wanneroo as it underperformed by its own expectations. The batting line up will be an area of concern for head coach Joel Charles for the upcoming season, as it struggled to bat out the full 90 overs throughout the previous campaign. This season, the Roos will be looking to their young brigade to step up in effort and intensity in a bid to play finals, as well as looking to expose a number of its under-17 players to the intensity of finals cricket.