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Betts captains women’s team

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

Samantha Betts played in a women’s exhibition match last week. PICTURE: Peter Argent Samantha Betts played in a women’s exhibition match last week. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

Broken Hill’s Samantha Betts played a small part in creating SACA country cricket history last week. 

Coinciding with the final day of 2019 Men’s Country Cricket Championships, at the Park 25, Number 2 Oval, last Thursday, the inaugural women’s country cricket exhibition match was played. 

In the game, the cream of South Australian’s country cricketing talents displayed their acumen in the sport. 

The sides included Betts and her Strikers’ teammates Bridget Patterson, Tabatha Saville, Ellie Falconer and Annie O’Neil.

The Country Red team was captained by Scorpions and Strikers keeper-batman Tegan McPharlin, while Betts skippered the Yellow side. 

Batting first, Country Red made a competitive total of 120. 

Balaklava export McPharlin made 30 (2 x 4’s) and Clare quick and developing all-rounder Ellie Falconer producing an aggressive 27, including two fours.

The best of the bowlers was Brinkworth’s Lucy Myer who collected 2/12 from four overs, while Betts and 15-year-old Australian Under 19s selection Darcie Brown from Kapunda, both took 1/21 from their four over allotments. 

Chasing that total, the Yellow team fell 18 runs short, making 102 from the allotment. 

Katie Rowe made 23 in the middle order, while Kelly Armstrong was run out for 19, opening the innings. Sadly, Betts was run out for two. 

Kensington Browns’ talent Shae Daly was the pick of the Red’s bowlers with 1/8 from three overs, former Clare girl now in Mount Barker, Emily Hinze collected 1/11 from three overs, Watervale’s Matilda Maitland claimed 1/18 from two overs, while Alice Springs girl Tabby Saville took 1/2 from her five-ball over. 

“A unanimous motion was passed at the SA country cricket committee meeting that a women’s section of the senior country cricket carnival begin in 2020,” Country Cricket SA committee chairman Ian Ravenscroft said. 

“This will give another injection of life into rural women’ s cricket development, that already supplies so many players for the SACA premier grade competition. 

“Women’s cricket is progressing at all levels and this is seen as another way of giving rural cricketers more opportunities in the game.

“In the longer term this will also help infrastructure around the state, to accommodate all cricketers.”

The SACA management plans to have a Country Women’s championship for the 2019-20 season to run concurrently with the men’s event, hoping to have at a minimum of four teams competing. 

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