Betts shines for Port Adelaide
Tuesday, 30th April, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
Sam Betts has furthered her credentials as a rising star of cricket with a commanding display in the SACA AGrade women's competition.
The 17-year-old capped a fine season with Port Adelaide with an outstanding performance in the team's semi-final clash with Tea Tree Gully.
Betts took 5/16 from 10 overs, before finishing not-out 33 with the bat.
Although Port suffered a 31-run defeat, Betts was named Player of the Match for her efforts.
"It was my best bowling all season, I got a few bowled, a few caught behind," she said.
"And I batted pretty well, I probably just needed a few people to stick around with me."
There was more glory to come after the season with Betts receiving a trophy for taking the most wickets for the club (third most wickets in the competition) and the Coaches Award.
"It was a really good season for me personally, I had a lot of improvement with my batting and bowling.
"We have a lot of new players, but it's a fun group an we're finally starting to climb the ladder."
Betts now looks set to take her career to the next level with the SA Scorpions, who are set to add the fast bowler to their primary list after two years as a rookie.
"Being a rookie with the Scorpions was a great experience... being able to work with the senior players.
"I've made great friends with the girls and it's made me a bit more confident."
Betts will now work on her fitness and Year 12 studies during the offseason, before resuming with the Scorpions in mid-July.
"I hope once I'm living in Adelaide next year I'll be able to get a few more games with the Scorpions," she said.
"But (I understand) I'm still a young player, and I'm still developing my game."