“That is one of the all-time catches!”
If ever a piece of commentary perfectly captures on-field action, then this was it.
Birkett’s blinding outfield catch against the Sydney Thunder in WBBL|02 is one that will go down in Brisbane Heat folklore.
With the Thunder having got away to a quick start, opening batter Naomi swept a full ball off Jess Jonassen towards the mid-wicket boundary.
Sensing a chance, Birkett sprints towards the ball before launching herself in full flight towards the ground.
Hanging onto what would have been the best catch she has ever taken, momentum rolls Birkett onto her back before she gathers her feet, throws the ball skyward and is embraced by her teammates.
It was one of two classics Birkett would take for the match, with her second a sharp piece of work off her own bowling.
As a cricketer who likes to take the game on, the catch in the outfield perhaps best personifies her on-field attitude.
What she said...
“It was unreal. I’m a fielder that wants to have a go at everything. I would rather come in and dive for a ball and it go for four then sit back and let it bounce.
“I didn’t think about, just launched.
“I got off the field and not thinking much of the catch as we lost the game. But I jumped on my phone and it was blown up with messages from just about everyone I knew. When I saw the video, it was a pretty good moment.” Birkett