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Sam set to lead

Friday, 23rd December, 2011

STEPPING UP: BH’s Sam Betts will take on a leadership role in the Under 18 girls’ SACA team which will compete in next month’s national championships. STEPPING UP: BH’s Sam Betts will take on a leadership role in the Under 18 girls’ SACA team which will compete in next month’s national championships.

 By Peter Argent

Broken Hill teenager Samantha Betts has been selected as vice captain of the SA Cricket Association’s Under 18s girls’ team for the national championships.

The championships will be held in Ballarat from January 18 to 24.

Coach of the SA under 18s and former Australian test cricketer, Andrea McCauley, said Betts was an opening bowler who had developed in her batting.

“Samantha has moved across to Port Adelaide from Tea Tree Gully this year and developed a strong relationship with my assistant Karen Rolton,” Ms McCauley said. 

“Rolts has been working with Samantha on her batting. She has worked hard on her batting and technically is pretty sound. I see her as a seam up bowler that has good lines and control,” she said. 

“This group has been training since August and it is a credit to Samantha that she has come down every fortnight to be a part of the group. 

“We have given her the vice captaincy. While she is shy, Sam is a smart cricketer who is looking to get into personal training. 

“I’d expect she will lead the group in warm ups and preparation.” 

McCauley said she thought Samantha could become a senior Scorpions’ cricketer but, like all players, needed to put the score on the board to get the opportunity. 

At last season’s under 18s nationals held in suburban Adelaide, Samantha collected 10 wickets opening the bowling at an average of 19.20 for a young Scorpions side that was beaten in the Grand Final. 

This included a best of three wickets for four runs in the last round robin game, and a very respectable 2/16 against NSW in the final.    

She also went away with the SACA Scorpions as captain of the under 15s team to NSW during the preceding December. 

Her best effort for the Magpies this summer was in the SACA A grade season opener when she took 2/42 against Sturt. 

Betts also played for the Barrier side in the Under 16s country cup boys’ competition this month, getting a best of 2/31 against Fleurieu South at Price Memorial Oval. 

The National Underage Cricket Championships are a cornerstone of the Cricket Australia High Performance pathway and has seen the likes of stars such as Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson, Ellyse Perry, Lisa Sthalekar and Meg Lanning all come through.

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