NSW Metro have won the 2017-18 CA Under 19 National Championships title, defeating the Cricket Australia XI by 120 runs in a day-night final at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena.
Skipper Param Uppal won the toss and NSW Metro elected to bat first.
His side piled on 6-296 on the back of a stunning performance from opener Jack Edwards, who was named Player of the Final.
The Sydney Sixers rookie smashed 147 off 125 deliveries, finding support from Baxter Holt (44), Joel Foster (26 not out) and Ryan Hackney (21).
Hackney’s knock saw him surpass Australia and Tasmania cricketer Matthew Wade’s record total of 1091 runs at Under 19 National Championships. Hackney achieved the feat across three Under 19s carnivals.
In reply, CA XI captain Damien Burrage top-scored with 42, while openers Kyle Brazell (27) and Patrick Rowe (24) also made strong contributions.
But NSW Metro were too strong, dismissing the CA XI for 176, as Uppal (3-26) and Austin Waugh (2-37) featured among the wickets.
In the championship awards, Param Uppal was named Player of the Championships.
Uppal (23 votes) edged out Western Australia captain Aaron Hardie (15 votes), while three players were tied on 14 votes - South Australia’s Lloyd Pope, Victoria Country’s Thomas Rogers and ACT/NSW Country captain Jason Sangha.
Rogers was the tournament’s leading run scorer with 410 runs at 68.33, while his Victoria Country teammate Wilson McGillivray was the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets at 12.13 - including two hat-tricks.
NSW Metro gloveman Baxter Holt led the dismissals with 13 catches and two stumpings, while Tasmania won the Spirit of Cricket Award.
Champions: NSW Metro
Player of the Final: Jack Edwards (NSW Metro)
Player of the Championships: Param Uppal (NSW Metro, 23 votes)
Leading Run Scorer: Thomas Rogers (VIC Country)
Leading Wicket-Taker: Wilson McGillivray (VIC Country)
Spirit of Cricket: Tasmania