Six Great Southern Cricket Association players snapped up in WA’s best regional T20 tournament

Taj StubberGreat Southern Herald
Arc Infrastructure Aces’ Jack Taylor last year.
Camera IconArc Infrastructure Aces’ Jack Taylor last year. Credit: Laurie Benson

Six players from the Great Southern Cricket Association have been selected for the third edition of the Southern Smash to be played next month.

The draft for this year’s T20 tournament, to be held in Albany on December 28 and 29, was held at Inswing Sports Bar on November 15, and six out of the seven GSCA players who nominated went to a franchise.

Former Ireland international Jacob Mulder was snapped up as the No.1 pick by Elders Avengers in the draft.

Mulder, who played eight international T20 games and four one-day games before moving back to Australia, headlines a strong first round of draft picks.

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Wanderers’ Ricky Marris was retained by Camtrans Bulldogs along with Tambellup’s Jack Taylor (Aces), Tambellup’s Guy Taylor (Ignition) and Kendenup’s Keegan Berry (Warriors).

Broomehill’s Ethan Caldwell was picked up by Elders Avengers and Wanderers’ Kyle Sinclair made his way to Albany Finance Fury.

A total of 104 players nominated for regional WA’s premier T20 competition, and 42 of those players were selected across the six franchises — Inswing Ignition, Camtrans Bulldogs, Retravision Warriors, Arc Infrastructure Aces, Albany Finance Fury, and Elders Avengers.

The Fury had pick No.2 and drafted hard-hitting opening batter Garrick Morgan.

Halls Head batter Josh Rudge went to the Aces at No.3 and he was followed by Willeton all-rounder Oliver Arkinstall, who was snared by the Warriors.

The first round of picks was rounded out by spinner Ben Payne going to the Bulldogs and all-rounder Brayden Clarke, who was taken by reigning champions Ignition with their first selection at six.

Borden’s Mitch Smith was drafted by Aces.

The Southern Smash is regional WA’s premier T20 competition.

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