Armstrong, 19, has spent the last 12 months training with the senior squad, after being identified as a player with strong potential through her performance in State underage teams.

A leg-spinner and middle-order batter, Scorpions assistant coach Shelley Nitschke believes Armstrong’s wrong’un is a tough one to pick.

“Kel’s wrong’un is very good – she’s an accurate and consistent bowler and has good variations,” Nitschke said.

“She has really shown her commitment to the squad already and has trained very well with the group.”

Eighteen-year-old Daly is an off-spinner and middle to lower order batter who has come through the State underage ranks, most recently playing for South Australia in the Under 18 National Championships in Canberra.

“Shae has been involved in Cricket Australia talent camps in the past, as well as the State underage championships,” Nitschke said.

“She gets good revs and good drop when she bowls.”

With Megan Schutt and Amanda-Jade Wellington being awarded national contracts for the upcoming season, SA had 14 State contracts to allocate, 12 of which were retained by current players.

Batter Brittany Perry has been omitted from the squad, while frequent matchwinner Sophie Devine (New Zealand) will not don the red this season.

After playing one season with the Scorpions, allrounder Ashleigh Gardner will return home to Sydney and rejoin the NSW Breakers squad for 2018-19.

Head coach Andrea McCauley has added to her support team by including WBBL Adelaide Strikers’ assistant Luke Williams as a specialist batting coach.

McCauley said she was already excited to see what the young Scorpions squad can produce next summer.

“We’re developing some gifted young cricketers through our pathway programs and this gives us an opportunity to reward their effort and shows the depth in our talent pool,” McCauley said.

“While it’s disappointing to lose a few experienced players and we wish them well, it provides a great opportunity for others to step up and show what they can do.

“This group is hungry for success. We’ll look to continue our improvement and build on the foundations from last season.”

Scorpions pre-season training will commence on Monday, 4 June.

SA Scorpions 2018-19 squad
Kelly Armstrong
Samantha Betts
Shae Daly
Eliza Doddridge
Ellie Falconer
Brooke Harris
Sarah Lowe
Tahlia McGrath
Tegan McPharlin
Annie O’Neil
Bridget Patterson
Katelyn Pope
Alex Price
Tabatha Saville
Megan Schutt (CA contract)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (CA contract)

Head coach: Andrea McCauley
Assistant coaches:
Shelley Nitschke, Luke Williams