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Slammin’ Sammy

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

Stellar performance ... century-makers Tab Saville, Sam Betts, Tegan McPharlin and Darcie Brown. PICTURE: Peter Argent Stellar performance ... century-makers Tab Saville, Sam Betts, Tegan McPharlin and Darcie Brown. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

When you first looked at the scores you thought the game must have been a two-day or a “longer form” fixture.

Broken Hill’s Scorpions all-rounder Sam Betts has been involved in one of the biggest one-day wins in South Australian SACA grade cricket history.

In an amazing performance the Northern Jets first Grade (A grade) women’s cricket team has beaten Port Adelaide on Salisbury Oval in the SACA district round two, one-day (50 over) match on Sunday by a massive 571-run margin.

Batting first the Jets made a colossal score of 3/596. 

This record-breaking team performance beat the previous best in SACA women’s grade cricket, 519 YWCA Gold v YWCA Wyverns back in 1948-49. 

The Jets averaged 11.92 runs scored an over across the entirety of the innings, just a boundary short of averaging two runs per ball faced. 

The Jets were also helped by Port conceding 88 extras, including 75 wides.

Both openers, Betts’ Scorpions team mates Tegan McPharlin and Tab Saville collected centuries in a 249-run opening stand to set an impressive platform. 

Kapunda prodigious 15-year-old all-round sporting talent Darcie Brown came in at number five and produced her first century.

She made 117 not out from just 84 deliveries faced and also dispatched 10 boundaries. 

Along with Betts, who remained undefeated on 124, the pair put on a 288-run unbroken fourth wicket stand.

Betts was just brutal on the Port Adelaide bowlers, making her 124 from just 71 balls.

She dispatched the Magpies attack to all parts of Salisbury Oval, smashing 16 boundaries and a six in her performance.

Now in her second season with the Northern Jets, this 124 not out is comfortably her highest score.

Betts also took 1/5 with the ball from three overs, as Port Adelaide was bundled out for just 25 before the rain arrived and the Magpies were also a player short.

This is Betts’ second SACA first grade century, after also making an inaugural hundred at this level against Southern District for Port Adelaide in round two of the 2014-15 campaign.

“Yes this is my second year at the Jets,” Betts confirmed. 

“I made the move because I felt there were more opportunities and chances in leadership roles. 

“I’m currently vice captain to Tegan (McPharlin) and she is a great leader to learn from. 

“I was actually considering not playing as I’ve been a bit low with the flu for the previous week, but wanted to get some time on field before we went to Perth for a couple of trial games with the ‘Scorps’.

“Once I passed 50 I became a little more aggressive. 

“I gave a couple of chances during the innings; both catches we’re dropped on the boundary.”

In that game, where Betts scored her inaugural hundred, she shared a century partnership with Australian leg spinner Amanda Wellington for the second wicket. 

Now 22, Betts has played in both the WNCL league games for the Scorpions this summer and she has now been in the state senior program for seven years.

In the Scorpions win over WA, she made a handy 21 and took 1/23 from 5.4 overs, while in the loss to the Victorians the day before she remained three not out, and finished with 1/39.

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