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Betts hits first-class 50

Monday, 13th January, 2020

Sam Betts bowling against Tasmania last week. PICTURE: Peter Argent Sam Betts bowling against Tasmania last week. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

Batting brilliantly, Samantha Betts displayed her all-round cricket skills making 59 and propelling the SA Scorpions to a score of 242 in Thursday’s Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) match against the Tasmanian Tigers at Karen Rolton Oval.

The SA Scorpions still remain win-less after the heartbreaking loss to Tasmania on Thursday, despite the standout performances from Betts and with the ball, skipper Megan Schutt.

Betts (59 from 49 balls) starred with the bat for South Australia, posting a maiden WNCL half-century.

In an entertaining and enterprising knock, Betts struck seven fours and a six, and produced a 93-run sixth wicket partnership with another all-rounder, Alex Price (25 not out). 

She was finally run out from the second ball to the final over of the innings and this effort was achieved with an impressive strike rate of 120.40.  

After the Scorpions top order produced a number of starts, but didn’t go on with it, Betts innings ensured they reached a competitive score of 7/242 from their 50 overs.

“It was an important innings in the context of the match and giving us a competitive total to bowl at,” Scorpions coach Luke Williams said.

“Sam came to the wicket after the loss of a couple of quick dismissals, which adds to the performance as well. 

“She batted with composure and common sense at the start of her stay, and hit the ball really well. 

“Later in her innings, she was able to find and clear the boundary. 

“Her innings and partnership with Alex was certainly the catalyst to our competitive total.

“We’ve known that Sam has got some real skills with a bat and we’re delighted she could produce her first 50 for the Scorps.

“We’re hoping this is the catalyst for some more consistent performances with a willow in hand for Sam.”

The Scorpions, who were in the field during in the middle of the heat of a 41-degree afternoon, used eight different bowling options, but couldn’t garner the vital wickets at critical times.

Tasmania went on to grab a second victory in three days, six wickets down, with six balls to spare.

Betts sent down two wicket-less overs at a close of 13 runs. 

On Tuesday, January 7, the Scorpions made 172 all out, going down to the Tasmanians, who achieved this total for the loss of five wickets in 38 overs.

Betts and the Scorpions now travel to Perth for the next round of WNCL cricket, having two games against the Western Fury on January 21 and 23 at the WACA Ground.

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