Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014
By Peter Argent
On an emotive weekend across the entire cricket community, teenage Broken Hill export Sam Betts lead the attack for the SA Scorpions on their way to a clean sweep.
Due to the injury to the team’s Australian bowler Megan Schutt, Betts was required to step up against an ACT Comets side in the Women’s National Cricket League.
In the first T20 on Friday, after a minute’s silence was held at the beginning of proceedings, Betts finished with 1/16 from two overs.
The 50-over Saturday fixture, Betts opened the bowling and secured the figures of 1/24 for 5.2 overs.
On Sunday, Betts finished with 1/18 from a couple of overs.
“I put a tick next to Sam’s name at the weekend,” Scorpions coach Andrea McCauley said.
“We have done a lot of work through the pre-season building her confidence to perform at this level.
“It is satisfying for her to deliver, in an important role in a game day situation.
“She really bowled, and batted well in the 50-over game.
“For her longer term future, it was good that Sam produced a strong performance in front of national selector Avril Fahey.”
Coach McCauley confirmed it was a poignant weekend, but also explained that Cricket Australia wanted the round of matches to go ahead, as long as the girls were up to it.
“Now working with a number of the SACA staff, I understood the pain they were going through,” McCauley, a women’s test cricketer, said.
“A number of our team were still in shock, but it was cathartic in a way to play cricket.
“There were a few of the ACT girls who had a personal connection with Phillip Hughes.
“Reflecting on the result, I was happy with the entire weekend’s performances
“Different members of our squad stood up at times over the three days.”
On Friday, the Scorpions won by 26 runs, bowling the Comets out for 104 in their run chase.
The WNCL 50-over game saw the host enjoy a 40-run triumph, with skipper Lauren Ebsary the star, making an aggressive 94 from 96 deliveries including 13 boundaries and a six.
On Sunday, the T20 victory was emphatic, getting up by eight wickets with 27 balls still remaining.
English import Sarah Taylor produced a brilliant 81 not out.