Victoria Metro have claimed this year’s SSA 15 & Under Boys National Championship, winning the 50-over final in Brisbane on Sunday.
The Victorian side defeated New South Wales Magenta by just five runs in a nail-biting decider, batting first and posting 152 all out, before dismissing the New South Wales side for 147.
It was the team’s first Ricky Ponting Cup triumph since 2005.
Shobit Singh (41) starred at the top of the order for Victoria Metro, while Marcus Jackman (26) was one of three other players to pass 20.
The Victorians had started strongly but stumbled from 1-82 to 5-82, before Jackman's lower order innings helped take them past 150.
Flynn Farquharson picked up 3-23 off his 10 overs, while Angus McTaggart and Joshua Seward each claimed two wickets.
In reply, New South Wales Magenta started in strong fashion, passing 70 without loss as openers Mitchell Crayn (39) and Corey Miller (31) kept the scoreboard ticking over.
But from there, the Victorians took control, claiming New South Wales Magenta’s last eight wickets for just 35 runs.
Harrish Kannan claimed 4-37 off 10 overs, while Michael Ingram and Chris Jackson claimed two wickets apiece.
The end of the tournament also saw an Australian Under 16s squad picked by Cricket Australia’s (CA) Youth Selection Panel in consultation with State and Territory Talent Managers.
The squad will represent the CA XI at next summer’s CA Under 17 National Championships.
It features four players from Queensland, three each from Victoria and New South Wales, two from South Australia, one from Western Australia and one from the ACT.
Australia Under 16s: Connor Cook (New South Wales), Keegan De Koker (Western Australia), Felix Ford (ACT), Campbell Kellaway (Victoria), Dylan McAteer (Queensland), Noah McFadyen (Queensland), Jamieson Murphy (South Australia), Nivethan Radhakrishnan (New South Wales), Sam Rahaley (South Australia), Shobit Singh (Victoria), Ryley Smith (New South Wales), Tobias Snell (Queensland), Aubrey Stockdale (Queensland), Devlin Webb (Victoria Country).