Birt, Thompson put Roos on course to win

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - Dustin Ed­wards

WAN­NEROO has jumped to 11th on the lad­der, fol­low­ing its sec­ond win in as many matches af­ter a bril­liant bat­ting per­for­mance against Joon­dalup on Satur­day at Kingsway Sports Ground.

Re­sum­ing bat­tle at 133, the Roos lost heart and soul bats­man Matthew Spoors early on in the in­nings to be floun­der­ing on 2-47.

How­ever, Travis Birt and Stu­art Thompson en­tered the fray and im­me­di­ately turned the match on its head.

The dy­namic duo blasted a spec­tac­u­lar 169run third-wicket part­ner­ship to zoom past Joon­dalup’s to­tal and se­cure the first-in­nings vic­tory.

Birt was even­tu­ally dis­missed at 3-216 af­ter pro­duc­ing a mas­ter­ful century, which com­prised 12 fours and four sixes in his to­tal of 113.

Haydn Slodecki and Thompson fell soon af­ter as the Roos pushed the to­tal to 5-236, with Thompson scor­ing 87 from 130 and pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent foil to Birt’s in­nings.

Chris­tian Smith and Caiden Ea­ton added some late-in­nings fire­works help­ing boost the score to

303 be­fore the Roos de­clared.

Connor Chad­wick tried his best for the Cen­tu­ri­ons with the ball, tak­ing a re­spectable 3-93 amongst the car­nage.

Joon­dalup man­aged to stave off an out­right de­feat, nav­i­gat­ing through

34 overs and fin­ish­ing with 4-73.

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