Williams’ Rodney Ford and Pingelly’s Dylan Kirk picked up in Southern Smash draft

Taj StubberNarrogin Observer
Rodney Ford goes big.
Camera IconRodney Ford goes big. Credit: Laurie Benson

Upper Great Southern Cricket Association players Rodney Ford and Dylan Kirk have been selected for next month’s highly anticipated Southern Smash.

The Southern Smash Twenty20 draft for this year’s tournament, to be held in Albany on December 28 and 29, was held at Inswing Sports Bar on Sunday.

Ford, from Williams, took part in the inaugural tournament last year and was again picked up by Inswing Ignition.

Kirk from Pingelly-Noonebin, made his way to the reigning premiers Elders Avengers in the final round of the draft.

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Former Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades batsman Tom Beaton was snapped up as the No.1 pick, taken on by new franchise Albany Finance Fury.

Beaton headlines a star-studded first round of draft picks, which features former internationals, Big Bash league players and first-class cricketers.

New outfit the Arc Infrastructure Aces had pick No.2 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 Retravision Warriors.

The stellar first round of picks was rounded out by big-hitting former BBL batsman Travis Birt, who slipped to five for the Camtrans Bulldogs, and ex-WA bowler Ryan Duffield was taken by the Avengers with their first selection at six.

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.

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