South Perth keen to bounce back

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

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

Af­ter fin­ish­ing last in 1st grade and the club cham­pi­onship last sea­son, the club is look­ing to im­prove when it opens its sea­son against Melville on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

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.”

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