On Sunday evening the Weber Women’s Big Bash League Draft took place for the first time, with 116 players putting their name up for selection. The Sydney Thunder asked the question early, forcing the Scorchers to choose between retaining captain Sophie Devine or star bowler Marizanne Kapp.
Pick 1- Marizanne Kapp to the Sydney Thunder
With the first pick the Thunder forced the Perth Scorchers to show their hand, either they could retain her and would likely see their captain Sophie Devine depart or vice versa. The Thunder were rapt that the classy pace bowler was not retained and will suit up in lime green.
Pick 2- Sophie Devine to the Perth Scorchers
Devine was selected by the Melbourne Renegades but was retained by the Scorchers due to her leadership capability.
Pick 3- Hayley Matthews to the Melbourne Renegades
Matthews was selected by the Renegades after becoming a vital part of the squad in past iterations, she is a key contributor with both bat and ball.
Pick 4- Alice Capsey to the Melbourne Stars
She’s only 19 years old but after her first season in green, Capsey was picked to ‘strengthen the top order’ according to the Stars.
Pick 5- Shabnim Ismail to the Hobart Hurricanes
Starting out in the league at the Renegades, Ismail will bring her genuine wicket-taking ability and competitiveness to the Hurricanes.
Pick 6- Amelia Kerr to the Brisbane Heat
The best leg-spinner in the world returns to the Heat where her middle-order batting and leadership will be on show.
Pick 7- Chloe Tyron to the Sydney Sixers
The ‘powerful ball-striker’ was taken by the Sixers due to her game-winning ability, Tryon will likely pair with Perry, Gardner and Healy at Sydney.
Pick 8- Adelaide Strikers pass with their first round pick.
Pick 9- Heather Knight to the Sydney Thunder
Pick 10- Harmanpreet Kaur to the Melbourne Renegades
Pick 11- Danni Wyatt to the Perth Scorchers
Pick 12- Laura Wolvaardt- selected by the Melbourne Stars but retained by the Adelaide Strikers
Pick 13- Maia Bouchier to the Melbourne Stars
Pick 14- Bryony Smith to the Hobart Hurricanes
Pick 15- Brisbane Heat pass with their second round pick
Pick 16- Sydney Sixers pass with their second round pick
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Pick 17- Dani Gibson to the Adelaide Strikers
Pick 18- Lauren Bell to the Sydney Thunder
Pick 19- Bess Heath to the Brisbane Heat
Pick 20- Hobart Hurricanes pass with their third pick
Pick 21- Melbourne Stars pass with their third pick
Pick 22- Perth Scorchers pass with their third pick
Pick 23- Melbourne Renegades pass with their third pick
Pick 24- Sydney Sixers pass with their third pick
Pick 25- Jess Kerr to the Sydney Sixers
Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers pass and do not use their final selection.
Direct signings are an addition to the format that was included in the BBL Draft last season. This is the ability for an international player to be signed to a team directly without being taken by a rival club but without the hefty pay brackets associated with the draft.
English trio Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley and Amy Jones, as well as South Africa pair Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee, and New Zealand’s Suzie Bates form the direct signings pool.
After the Draft, all teams except for the Sydney Thunder will have the ability to select from the direct signings pool.