SA slow off mark
Thursday, 26th September, 2019
By Peter Argent
Despite a strong bowling performance by Sam Betts, especially in game two of her side’s 2019-2020 Women’s National Cricket League competition and some good top order batting, the South Australian Scorpions have recorded two losses from their opening games.
Both played that Karen Rolton Oval in the heart of the central business district in Adelaide, the opening game against New South Wales Breakers last Sunday was reduced due to inclement weather early in the day.
South Australia batted well courtesy of Scorpions acting captain Tahlia McGrath and 78 not out by Kangaroo Island export Bridget Patterson, making 8-195 from their 37 overs.
Betts bowled well in this game without luck, finishing with the figures of none for 37 from 7.1 overs.
In the Tuesday fixture, she played in brilliant sunny conditions against the ACT Comets. After a 129-run opening stand, the Scorpions were bundled out for 203 in 48.4 overs, with Betts enduring a first ball duck, being one of second gamer Amy Yates’ six dismissals.
She made up for her modest performance with willow with an impressive display at the bowling crease.
After nine runs were taken from her first over, Betts conceded just 22 runs of her next seven and finished with the outstanding figures of two for 36 from nine overs.
She bowled for the majority of the innings with great control and patience, building pressure and creating false strokes.
Both her victims, former Australian cap Erin Osborne and all-rounder Nicola Hancock were bowled.
She also was involved in an impressive run out to dismiss Claire Koski, the first wicket of the Comets innings in the 21st over.
The WNCL competition now goes into a break and Betts travels to Perth to prepare for her initial Women’s Big Bash League season with the Perth Scorchers.