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Thursday, 12th July, 2012

Samantha Betts has been selected as a rookie in the 2012/13 SA Scorpions team. Samantha Betts has been selected as a rookie in the 2012/13 SA Scorpions team.

By Ben Sheffield

Broken Hill cricketer, Samantha Betts, has been selected in South Australia's women's cricket team, the Scorpions, for the upcoming
season.

The 17 year old all-rounder, who has been given a spot on the state rookie list, is thrilled with her selection in the squad.

"It's been a goal of mine that I've been working towards for a long time, it's really exciting," she said.

Despite women's cricket not yet taking off in Broken Hill, Sam has still managed to develop her game.

"I've been playing in a women's competition in Adelaide.

"Here I do a fair bit of training and stuff with the guys at the West Broken Hill Cricket Club," she said.

Already a frequent traveller to Adelaide to play, Sam will continue clocking up the kilometres, travelling to Adelaide each week to train with the Scorpions.

"The side trains twice a week, which I can't really do because of school, but I'll be going to one session a week.

Sam says now that she has been selected in the squad, her next aim is to get a game for South Australia.

"I have been picked as a rookie, I've mainly been picked for my bowling I think, so I will be training and trying to impress.

"Hopefully I might be able to get a game this season, or maybe next season," she said.

She also thinks being selected in the state squad will allow her to take her cricket to the next level.

"The coaching staff all have a lot of experience and knowledge. A lot of the coaches are former players, people like Karen Rolton.

"Even just being able to train with older, senior players, will be good experience."

Sam says that her ultimate goal is to one day represent Australia.

"It would be great to work my way up to playing regularly for the Scorpions and hopefully make the under 21s Australian team.

"By doing that, I would be definitely working toward Australian selection," she said.

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