Betts a key for SA
Wednesday, 15th January, 2014
By Peter Argent
Broken Hill cricketing export Sam Betts is expected to be a key component in the South Australian side to compete at the National Female Under 18 Championships in Ballarat.
Coached by former SA Scorpions coach and seven-time Walker medallist as the best keeper in SACA grade cricket, Greg Quinn, the team will play in the tournament from January 15-21.
“I am actually Sam’s satellite coach in Adelaide as well and have been undertaking that role for two-and-a-half years now,” Quinn said.
“She will have a pivotal role for us in these championships, either as an opening or first change bowler.
“We have a team of all rounders with plenty of flexibility.
“They are all athletic.
“From Sam’s perspective, she is a swing bowling all rounder, who is also good in the field and has a strong throwing arm.
“A very intelligent young lady as well, Sam is among a group of bright prospects on the South Australian women’s cricket horizon.”
Along with Betts, this team features a number of other current SA Scorpions players including Alex Price, who has been named as captain for the Championships, Tahlia McGrath and leg spinner Amanda Wellington.
South Australia - grand finalists three years ago against NSW at Park 25, number one ground - has never won the titles at this level.
Quinn believes the squad has a good chance of making history, but knows the Victorians and the Blues will be their chief rivals for the title.
Betts, who turns 18 in mid February, has been a perennial underage representative for her state at both under 15s and under 18s level.
In the Women’s National Cricket League, after debuting in the 2012-13 season Betts has now played 11 Twenty20 fixtures for the Scorpions and six 50-over one-day games.
She was a part of an Australian development squad last summer as well.