Sammy set for big summer
Wednesday, 25th September, 2019
By Peter Argent
All-rounder Sam Betts took three wickets at a cost of just nine runs from fours overs, including a maiden at the start of the final SA Scorpions trial game against Victoria on Friday at the Park 25 oval in the centre of Adelaide.
With a full program of Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL|05), Betts has plenty on over the summer months, including new challenges.
She spent eight weeks during the Australian winter playing for Hampshire in the English Twenty20 competition and has signed for the Perth Scorchers for the fifth edition of the WBBL.
The Strikers 2019/20 WNCL season started on Sunday with the clash against New South Wales at Karen Rolton Oval.
They follow this up with a second game on Tuesday, against the ACT at the same venue.
New senior coach of the SA Scorpions this summer, triple Bradman Medal winning batsman Luke Williams explained there is a new energy and vibrancy around the squad this season.
“It is a bit of a changing of the guard and we’re bringing a young group through at the moment,” Williams said.
“We looking forward to Sam to play a role as an all-rounder for us - having an impact in all three disciplines.
“While she is still just 23, she is developing into a young leader of the squad.
After 15 WBBL games across three seasons with the Strikers Betts made the bold decision to move west and be a part of the Perth Scorchers WBBL program this summer.
“’Beep’ (former Scorpions captain and Scorchers cricketer - Lauren Ebsary) was involved with me getting in discussions with the Scorchers,” Betts explained
“The opportunity then developed from there.
“I’ll move across to Perth in a few weeks but once the season starts there’s a lot of traveling so you really are moving all around the country.
“It’s an exciting new challenge and I’m sure it will test me.
“Playing in England this year I batted at number three and bowled during the power play overs for Hampshire, which added a further string to my bow.
“It’s a pretty exciting time at the Scorpions at the moment and it’s a bit of a new era with Luke Williams coming in as senior coach.
“We’re looking for a strong year ahead in the national women’s competition.”
Betts currently plays SACA first grade women’s district cricket for the Northern Jets.
She turns 24 in February next year and made her WNCL debut on Adelaide Oval back in the summer of 2012-13 as a teenager.
Betts was a member of the SA Scorpions historic 2015-16 Women’s National Cricket League Championship win under Andrea McCauley.
In her Big Bash career Betts has played 15 matches so far with the best figures of 2/7, and she is also a capable batter.
Interestingly the Women’s Big Bash League will go standalone for the first time this summer, illustrating the strength and growth of the competition.
WBBL|05 starts in October, and wrapping up before the men’s competition begins.
The Scorchers first game is at the Junction Oval, in Melbourne on October 23, before a pair of fixtures at Alan Border Field in Queensland.
Perth will get its first taste of WBBL on the first weekend of November, with the WACA Ground hosting a festival weekend of four matches, two of them Scorchers fixtures, starting Friday November 1.