Six players from the Great Southern Cricket Association were selected for the Southern Smash in the draft on Sunday night.
The draft for this year’s T20 tournament, to be held in Albany on December 28 and 29, was held at Inswing Sports Bar and all six GSCA players who nominated went to a franchise.
Former Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades batsman Tom Beaton was the No.1 pick, taken by new franchise Albany Finance Fury.
Tambellup’s Nathan Willmott was the first GSCA player selected in the draft, also picked up by the Fury.
Ricky Marris, from Wanderers, went to the Camtrans Bulldogs followed by Kendenup’s Clint Gilbert to Elders Avengers, Tambellup’s Jack Taylor made his way to Arc Infrastructure Aces, Guy Taylor from Tambellup was picked up by Inswing Ignition and Keegan Berry went to Retravision Warriors.
The Aces had pick two and drafted former Ireland international Sean Terry.
Australian World Cup-winning spinner and crowd favourite Brad Hogg went to Ignition at No.3 and he was followed by pace bowler Josh Nicholas, who was snared by the Warriors.
In the other first-round picks, big-hitting former BBL batsman Travis Birt went to the Bulldogs and ex-WA bowler Ryan Duffield will play for reigning champions the Avengers.
A total of 130 players nominated for the premier T20 competition in regional WA and 54 of those players were selected across the six franchises on draft night.
Four players, including the captains, were already signed with each team prior to draft night under competition rules.