Betts fan of cricket path­ways

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - WAR­REN PARTLAND

WOMEN’S Big Bash League bowler Sa­man­tha Betts has ap­plauded the grow­ing path­ways for young fe­male crick­eters af­ter a highly suc­cess­ful Ade­laide Strik­ers Girls’ Cricket League spring launch at Ade­laide Oval yes­ter­day.

Betts be­lieves the ex­cite­ment of the WBBL pro­vided a tremen­dous in­cen­tive for young­sters to build a ca­reer in the sport. “Com­pared to what it was like for a lot of us girls grow­ing up, to know there is now a set path­way and ca­reers you can as­pire to is awe­some,” Betts said.

“The Big Bash is very ap­peal­ing for girls and some­thing they can pur­sue. At the clinic, it was good to see the girls putting their hand up and say­ing they would like to play for the Strik­ers one day, just hav­ing those as­pi­ra­tions.

“The girls were ex­cited to be out there at the clinic and it is all about hav­ing fun play­ing cricket.”

Betts missed last sea­son with the Strik­ers be­cause of a back in­jury, but will re­turn to the side this sum­mer. She said it had been tough on the side­lines and it had mo­ti­vated her to work harder.

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