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Birt goes berserk in WACA
Travis Birt, pictured here playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in this year's BBL. Pic: Getty Images

Not many people get along to watch district cricket in Perth but those few at Fletcher Park in Carlisle on Saturday saw a rare batting feat.

Former Tasmania, WA and Australia Twenty20 batsman Travis Birt, playing for Claremont Nedlands against home team Perth, belted six sixes in what turned out to be the final over of the innings.

Birt, resuming for Claremont Nedlands after playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, was on 35 at the start of the over, to be delivered by experienced Perth seamer Mick Grzinic.

He had already hit two sixes, one a stunning cover drive, and proceeded to belt six more in the over, ranging from mid-off to backward square-leg. The ball landed more than 20m over the boundary on some shots.

Birt, 32, had an impressive career for Tasmania before moving to WA in 2011, including playing in Tasmania's 2006-07 Sheffield Shield-winning team. He also played for Australia in four Twenty20 internationals in 2010 and 2012 and for two franchises in the Indian Premier League.

He finished on 71 on Saturday as Claremont declared on 7-311, a lead of 198. They then bowled out Perth for 92 to win outright.

Promising left-arm fast bowler Joel Paris took 6-31 but couldn't complete his 13th over because of a thigh strain.

The West Australian

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