Birt makes an impact
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.