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Yesterday, the open boys cricket team visited the scenic Burgess Oval to compete against Heathfield High in the 20-20 State Knock-Out competition, which marked round three of the tournament. Prior to this match, Investigator had triumphed over Brighton Secondary School and Tatachilla Lutheran College.

Opting to bat after winning the toss, Investigator struggled to score and managed to reach a total of 98 runs while losing five wickets. Finn Magor was the standout player, scoring an unbeaten 53 runs. In response, Heathfield made a solid start, reaching 2 for 55 after ten overs. However, the runs dried up when Kieran Garrett and Finn Magor came on to bowl, leaving Heathfield requiring only three runs to win with two overs remaining.

At a crucial juncture, Jackson Gillespie stepped up to bowl an outstanding wicket maiden and secured a run-out. This left Heathfield with just three runs to win and Investigator needing one more wicket to seal the victory. Kieran Garrett kept his composure and claimed the winning wicket by bowling the batsman with the very first ball of the final over.

The boys had secured an impressive win, and all those involved in the effort deserve commendation. Investigator will now face Tenison Woods College next Wednesday morning, and the winner of that match will go on to play in the state final that afternoon.

Special thanks go to Mount Compass Cricket Club for providing the venue, Bob Martin for umpiring, and Audrey Lim for scoring.

The team:

Donlan, Hamish
Donlan, Lucas
Fyfe, Thomas (Tom)
Garrett, Kieran
Garrett, Zane
Gillespie, Jackson
Hamblin, James (Jimmy)
Hayden, Finn
Hayden, Lenny
Magor, Finn
McCombe, Jarred
Whitbourne, Makai
White, Samuel


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