Cricket: South Perth out for improvement on last season

THE South Perth Cricket Club is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2015-16 season.

After finishing last in First Grade and the club championship last season, the club is looking to improve when it opens its season against Melville on Saturday .

Head coach Bret Mulder said the club would rely on young players after not recruiting many players in the offseason.

“Last year was a struggle but it gave some opportunities to young players,” he said.

“We’ve brought in Rob Jones, a young player from Lancashire but we want to develop our young players. There’s no point only bringing in players from the outside when they’ll only play a season or two.”

Mulder said pre-season training had gone well, although the weather was an issue.

“I think every team wants to get outside as soon as possible to practise on the hard wickets,” he said.

“Everyone is chasing the sunlight but I think we are as prepared as anyone else.”

Mulder said he believed Brooke Guest would be among the key players for the club after playing for Lancashire during the English summer.

“I think Alex Bevilacqua adds a fair to our side and Hugh Brown is an important veteran for us,” he said.

“We’ve been talking about putting ourselves in winning positions and winning sessions rather than targeting a total number of wins.

“It’s about making good decisions.”