Simmons in key role: WA Premier Cricket

THE WACA District firstgrade competition has been renamed WA Premier Cricket ahead of the upcoming season, which begins tomorrow.

The name change ensures all top district cricket competitions for males and females around Australia have a common name.

Rockingham-Mandurah head into tomorrow’s opening clash of the season against Subiaco Floreat at Floreat with a new coach and captain.

Former Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers, and current Adelaide Strikers batsman Craig Simmons takes over the captaincy from Brayden Sutton, while former Warriors allrounder and two-time Olly Cooley medallist Mark Atkinson will coach the club.

Atkinson played 21 Sheffield Shield matches and 31 domestic one-day matches for WA between 1992 and 2001, and joins the Mariners after a stint with South Metropolitan Cricket Association club Leeming Spartan.

“We are excited to have someone of Mark’s experience and knowledge for the upcoming season and look forward to him guiding the playing group,” Mariners president Bryce Steele said.

Rockingham-Mandurah’s second-grade and fourth-grade sides take on Subiaco Floreat at Lark Hill, while third-grade are away against the same opponents at Floreat.

Around the competition, former Australian and Warriors batsman Luke Pomersbach has returned from Queensland to play for Gosnells, while former Tasmanian Sheffield Shield batsman Jon Wells has made the move west and will play for Perth.

The Mariners finished 15th in both the first-grade and one-day competitions last season.

Joondalup will be aiming to go back-to-back after winning the title last summer, while Gosnells will be hoping to go one better after finishing second.