Youngsters en­joy clinic with for­mer cricket star

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WESTERN sub­urbs young crick­eters have learnt from one of Aus­tralia’s best, for­mer Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional and Big Bash League player Travis Birt.

Birt, who is now re­tired and play­ing for the Clare­mont-Ned­lands Cricket Club, ran a free cricket clinic in Swan­bourne last week for chil­dren aged 6 to 14.

Birt said the clinic was about get­ting kids out­side and away from the TV and iPads.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for kids to have fun, spend time out­side and learn from pro­fes­sion­als,” he said.

“It’s some­thing free for kids to take part in over the hol­i­days and a chance for us to give back to the com­mu­nity.” Al­most 100 chil­dren took part in the free clinic. Birt said he saw a num­ber of lo­cal and tal­ented younger play­ers shine dur­ing the clinic.

“Out of the kids who par­tic­i­pated, there could pos­si­bly be a few who could be play­ing for the War­riors in 10 years time,” he said.

Birt said he was en­joy­ing play­ing lo­cal cricket again with top-of-the-lad­der Clare­mont-Ned­lands

“I cap­tained the side the past two years, but have taken a step back this year and am just play­ing,” he said.

Tom Scol­lay and Travis Birt (back) with Zoe Whit­ting­ton, Sam­son Birt and Joe Hooker.

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