Green light for win

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - Dustin Ed­wards

SU­BI­ACO-FLOREAT has cat­a­pulted it­self into the top six af­ter a com­mand­ing seven-wicket win over Wan­neroo on Satur­day at Kingsway Sports Ground.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Wan­neroo found the go­ing tough early, crum­bling to 453 thanks to some crafty bowl­ing from Lions’ pair Lu­cas Mar­tin and Michael Hart.

How­ever, Travis Birt joined Kyle Mil­lar at the crease and im­me­di­ately made an im­pact. The pair scored a hard-fought 51 dur­ing their fifth-wicket part­ner­ship, boost­ing the to­tal to 5-104 be­fore Mil­lar was re­moved by Lions’ skip­per Chris Hans­berry.

The loss of Mil­lar did lit­tle to slow Birt down, as he teamed up with Bai­ley Nylan­der to add 51 to the to­tal.

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 through­out the fi­nal overs, fin­ish­ing on 108 not out from 96 de­liv­er­ies.

With a rea­son­ably small tar­get to chase down, the Lions got them­selves off to a rocky start, los­ing open­ers Calum How and Tim Mon­teleone to be sit­ting awk­wardly on 2-40.

How­ever, Hamish Mcken­zie and Cameron Green nav­i­gated through a few ner­vous de­liv­er­ies to pro­duce a stun­ning fight­back, scor­ing 95 in a bril­liant third-wicket part­ner­ship.

Green was un­be­liev­able with the bat, fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 117 from 119 balls, with six fours and six sixes.

In other matches, Clare­mont-ned­lands dom­i­nated Mt Law­ley with the bat, chas­ing down the Hawks’ to­tal with ease to se­cure a seven-wicket win at Breck­ler Park, while Melville con­tin­ued its climb up the lad­der with a nail-bit­ing one-wicket win over Univer­sity.

Fed­erer aimed to win points from vol­leys.

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