Bella wins with Lady Outbacks

Verran’s Bella Smith has continued to show off her skills to the cricket community, playing for the SA Outbacks women’s team, who won at this year’s championship in Geraldton, WA, last month.

The 16-year-old was selected by the SA Cricket Association (SACA) to play in the team from her previous state performances.

“It was a really good experience playing with women, instead of underage teams,” Bella said.

“The knowledge they have is unreal.”

This is the first time in the competition’s three-year history that SA Outbacks have won the shield, with East Asian Pacific winning the first two.

The side defeated Queensland in the final at Wonthella oval, winning by 14 runs.

The grand final was played in oppressive 42 degree conditions especially when the SA Outbacks were batting.

“The conditions weren’t great in Geraldton,” Bella said.

“It would be really windy one end of the pitch, and nothing at the other end.”

Bella has now moved to Adelaide to focus on her sport pursuits, which include women’s AFL.

She is also a part of the state Cricket Academy this year.

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