BOOKAAR captain Fraser Lucas is refusing to use inexperience as an excuse for the Pelicans’ slow start to the South West Cricket (SWC) season.
Lucas, 20, is at the helm of the youngest side in the SWC division one competition, a youthful outfit which has more players under 20 than above.
The Pelicans’ youth has become a talking point after heavy defeats to Pomborneit, by 85 runs, and Heytesbury Rebels, by 10 wickets, to open the campaign.
They have been without influential all-rounder Simon Baker, who is contesting the Camperdown Golf Club championships and will return in a fortnight.
But Lucas was adamant he and his teammates had enough exposure to the top grade to be competitive against the SWC powerhouses.
“We’re getting to that stage where we’re all getting more experience. We just have to put it together,” he said.
“I think we’re a pretty talented side. We’ve had a pretty good core for the last four or five years.
“A lot of us started playing juniors together and we’ve gone through up into division one.
“We all know what everybody brings to the table.”
Bookaar has a major chance to break its season duck when it hosts Simpson at Camperdown showgrounds today.
The contest looms as one of the closest of round three, particularly given Simspon enters the clash after upstaging Terang.
Lucas predicted 250 would be a par score at the small ground, a guess which was on the mark against Heytesbury Rebels.
“Myself and a few other boys, we learnt a lot from last weekend,” Lucas said.
“It was disappointing to lose but, playing at a new ground, you learn a few tricks that nobody else will know.”
Lucas said he was unsure what the Phil Vines-captained Tigers, contesting division one for the first time, were capable of.
“It’s the same as with Cobden last year, you don’t know what to expect from them,” he said.
“Going from division two to division one is a fair jump.
“We’ve only ever got to play the Simpson guys in the Twenty20 and the cricket is entirely different.”
In other SWC action, ladder-leader Mortlake travels to Noorat in a first-versus-second showdown.
Both sides are undefeated after two rounds and have had a spread of contributors make runs and take wickets.
Pomborneit travels to Timboon to take on Heytesbury Rebels in a clash between third and fourth.
Woorndoo will seek to bounce back from an early-season reality check when it hosts Terang.
And Boorcan or Cobden can get their first win on the board when they meet at Boorcan.