Birt makes an im­pact

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

SU­BI­ACO Floreat cat­a­pulted it­self into the top six af­ter a com­mand­ing sev­en­wicket win over Wan­neroo on Satur­day at Kingsway Sports Ground.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Wan­neroo found the go­ing tough crum­bling to 4-53, thanks to some crafty bowl­ing from Lions’ pair Lu­cas Martin and Michael Hart.

How­ever, Travis Birt joined Kyle Millar at the crease and made an im­pact.

They scored a hard­fought 51 in their fifth­wicket part­ner­ship, boost­ing the to­tal to 5-104 as Millar was re­moved by Lions’ skip­per Chris Hans­berry. The loss of Millar did lit­tle to slow Birt down, as he teamed with Bai­ley Ny­lan­der to add 51.

The loss of Ny­lan­der at 6-155 saw the tail col­lapse quickly around Birt, with Hans­berry light­ing up the back end of the in­nings with the ball, fin­ish­ing with 5-53 as the Roos were bowled out for 213.

Birt re­mained an an­chor, fin­ish­ing on 108 not out from 96 de­liv­er­ies.

The Lions got them­selves off to a rocky start, los­ing open­ers Calum How and Tim Mon­teleone to be sit­ting awk­wardly on 2-40.

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