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The team from the University of Sydney have won two of their three pool matches at the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals qualifying for the semi-final. This is the first time an Australian team has made it to the semi-finals in this tournament. The team will now face the home team, Sri Lanka, on September 15th at Galle International Stadium. The grand final will be the following day.
The University of Sydney team had a tough start to tournament with a loss to South Africa but big performances from Dugald Holloway and Charles Litchfield helped the Australians defeat Pakistan in a nail-biting second match and have gone on to beat India securing their place in the semi-finals.
“We have a much stronger squad this year and we enter the competition feeling confident,” says Jack Holloway, the team captain.
The team includes two externally contracted players, Devlin Malone with the Melbourne Stars and Henry Hunt in the Australian international U19s. The team spans seven different faculties within the university and their ages range between 19 and 23.
The Red Bull Campus Cricket is an annual international T20 (20-over) tournament for college cricket teams, providing a platform for young talent to play on a world stage and make their way into professional cricket without having to give up on college education. Last year’s global winner was South Africa after defeating England in the finals. The competition launched in 2012 and is now in its sixth year. The respective teams have each won national qualifiers to represent their countries at the World Finals.
To find out more about the event, visit https://www.redbull.com/au-en/events/red-bull-campus-cricket-world-final