Bairstow leads the way for EPP

A century from Jonny Bairstow helped the England Performance Programme to a four-wicket win over a Western Australia XI at Perth's James Oval.

Bairstow, a member of England's Ashes squad, gave a timely reminder of his batting abilities with 123 from the top of the order.

Tafter the hosts finally declared on 248-8 - with Tim Armstrong (99) a thorn in the side of the England attack.

The Western Australia XI had resumed on 167-6, but James Harris removed Armstrong and Tom Triffitt (68) before the hosts declared.


Bairstow and fellow Yorkshireman Alex Lees (26) put on 70 for the opening wicket before the latter was removed by James Boyland.

Bairstow brought up his century off 119 before his brilliant knock was brought to an end as he was stumped off former Australia spinner Michael Beer.

Bairstow had shared a stand of 144 for the second wicket with James Vince (69) to provide the platform for England's chase.

However Vince fell to Armstrong, Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes were dismissed by Nathan Rimmington and Moeen Ali was removed by Beer as the hosts rallied.

Bairstow's fellow Ashes hopeful Gary Ballance (48no) and Varun Chopra (46no) steadied the ship, though, as they saw the EPP side to victory with two overs to spare.