Sam on song for SA
Thursday, 13th January, 2011
By Peter Argent
Local girl Samantha Betts played a very big part in the South Australian State Under 18 cricket team's best performance in Cricket Australia's history.
The SA Scorpions made the grand final in the Australian Under 18 Female Cricket Championships against NSW this week.
Although they lost, Samantha, a 15-year-old fast bowler, took two wickets to have NSW 4-41 early in the game and put SA back in the contest.
NSW went on to win by six wickets. SA had bundled out Tasmania for 49 runs after making 209 to ensure a berth in the final. While captain SA eganSchutt claimed a five-wicket haul, Samantha Betts was equally as important with three.
The Broken Hill export finished with outstanding figures. In five overs she claimed 3/4, including three maidens. Samantha finished the under 18 championship in the top handful of bowlers and was the equal best South Australian with 10 wickets at just under 14 runs per scalp.
She also collected a pair of victims in the wins against Queensland and Western Australia. "Sam was outstanding for an under 15 girl at this level," said SA State under 18 coach Andrew Costello.
"She had a fantastic championships and should be considered unlucky to miss out on team of the carnival selection in a bowlerdominated titles," he said.
"It is fair to say she was as potent as any bowler at the event and not that far away from an opportunity with the senior Scorpions side.
"Playing for Tea Tree Gully in SACA A grade competition, travelling from Broken Hill, Sam has been really good and barely missed a training session.
"They were a strong cohesive unit and while we lost the final, it was a good reward for the girls that they made it to the decider."Many of this group knoweach other from grade cricket and a number had played in previous underage championships.
"The strength of the side was definitely our bowling. This attack was good throughout and easily the best bowling attack at the carnival.
"Our fielding was generally good and even in the final we had a crack right to the end."
Interestingly, along with another under 15 in the U18 side, Tahlia McGrath, Samantha Betts performed better at the higher level.
Samantha was also the captain of the SA under 15 team in that grade's championships in Sydney.
She failed to get a wicket and her highest score with the willow was 13 in the opening game against the Australian Capital Territory.
However, she led the under 15s to three victories in six matches.