Sam ready for next test
Thursday, 17th June, 2010
Talented local cricketer Samantha Betts is among 29 girls chosen for the South Australian under 18s cricket squad.
The 14-year-old, who plays cricket locally for West and for Adelaide's Tea Tree Gully in the SA A-grade competition, learned she was picked in the youth squad late last month.
Sam, the youngest girl in the squad, said she was probably chosen for her bowling skills.
"I got marked on my A-grade season and I was mainly a bowler there," she said yesterday.
"I feel pretty confident because I've looked at all the figures of all the other girls in the squad and I'm up with them."
The all-rounder, who regularly bowls at 96 kilometres per hour, had a good season in the SA competition, despite her team losing the semi-finals to Sturt District.
In that game Sam claimed the scalp of one of her cricketing heroes, Australian women's team member and all rounder Shelley Nitschke, who this year won her second Women's International Cricketer of the Year award in a row.
Sam said it was the highlight of her career so far.
"I did an outswinger ball and it came into her because she's a left hander. Bowled her - yes, middle stump," she said.
"I jumped up in the air and ran over to my team mates.
"She's a great batsman and she's been voted the best all-rounder and that just puts my confidence up being able to get a great batter like that out."
Sam said after the game Shelley congratulated her.
"She shook my hand and told me that I bowled well."
Sam will soon begin training and has a long wait until November to see if she will make the final team.
She has also been selected in the SA under 15 youth squad.