Travis Birt passes skills onto next generation of cricketers


Future stars: Top, left to right: Tom Scollay and Travis Birt.
Bottom, left to right: Zoe Whittington, Samson Birt and Joe Hooker.
Future stars: Top, left to right: Tom Scollay and Travis Birt. Bottom, left to right: Zoe Whittington, Samson Birt and Joe Hooker.

WESTERN suburbs young cricketers have learned 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 6 to 14 to teach them the benefits of the sport.

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

He 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.

“We’ve got a good blend of experience, with a lot of older experienced players and some talented younger players coming through.”