Thunder Scorch rivals to Kappture star in inaugural WBBL Draft

SOUTH African star Marizanne Kapp made history on the weekend as the first ever number one pick in the WBBL Draft, after the Sydney Thunder were able to snatch her from the Perth Scorchers.

Already in a tough spot deciding who they were going to keep with their one retention pick, the Scorchers ultimately chose to retain Kiwi star Sophie Devine with the very next pick after the Renegades tried to pinch her.

The Renegades ultimately decided to go with someone they know, picking up West Indian Hayley Matthews.

Their cross town rivals the Stars liked that strategy so much they did the same thing, drafting Alice Capsey with pick four.

Some clubs went with the strategy of getting the band back together, while others took the opportunity to grab some extra talent.

Only the Thunder took the maximum three players, while others passing and leaving room on their lists for potentially signing one of the players available under the ‘direct nomination’ rule.

The six players – Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee and Suzie Bates – opted to not nominate for the draft and instead nominate for this special category, which meant that they could bypass the draft and nominate with a club directly after the draft is concluded.

2023 WBBL Draft Pick by Pick

Pick 1 (Sydney Thunder) – Marizanne Kapp
Pick 2 (Perth Scorchers – Retention Pick) – Sophie Devine
Pick 3 (Melbourne Renegades) – Hayley Matthews
Pick 4 (Melbourne Stars) – Alice Capsey
Pick 5 (Hobart Hurricanes) – Shabnim Ismail
Pick 6 (Brisbane Heat) – Amelia Kerr
Pick 7 (Sydney Sixers) – Chloe Tryon
Pick 8 (Adelaide Strikers) – Pass
Pick 9 (Sydney Thunder) – Heather Knight
Pick 10 (Melbourne Renegades) – Harmanpreet Kaur
Pick 11 (Perth Scorchers) – Danni Wyatt
Pick 12 (Adelaide Strikers – Retention Pick) – Laura Wolvaardt
Pick 13 (Melbourne Stars) – Maia Bouchier
Pick 14 (Hobart Hurricanes) – Bryony Smith
Pick 15 (Brisbane Heat) – Pass
Pick 16 (Sydney Sixers) – Pass
Pick 17 (Adelaide Strikers) –
Pick 18 (Sydney Thunder) – Lauren Bell
Pick 19 (Brisbane Heat) – Bess Heath
Pick 20 (Hobart Hurricanes) – Pass
Pick 21 (Melbourne Stars) – Pass
Pick 22 (Perth Scorchers) – Pass
Pick 23 (Melbourne Renegades) – Pass
Pick 24 (Sydney Sixers) – Pass
Pick 25 (Sydney Sixers) – Jess Kerr
Picks 26 to 32 – Pass

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