NSW won the national under-19s cricket championships in Hobart with three players from the region in outstanding form for the ACT side.
Wests Illawarra junior Tylar Edwards averaged 55 with a highest score of 80 for ACT, who finished the tournament in fourth spot.
Edwards only batted three times in the tournament, making 80 off 88 balls in the two-day win over Northern Territory, and running out of partners in his seven not out against NSW, plus 23 against South Australia.
ACT beat Northern Territory and Tasmania in their two-dayers and lost to NSW, Queensland, and South Australia in the final game, which cost them a chance of a second place finish.
Bowral’s Max Moran scored 134 runs in five innings.
Shoalhaven’s Lain Beckett took 12 wickets and averaged 17 with the bat (which included a high-score of 47 not out).
NSW’s win was their first since the 2009-10 season and 17th title overall.
NSW batsman Jake Doran scored 245 runs at an average of 82 to be the tournament’s leading batsman with Daya Singh (15 wickets at 10.40) the leading bowler.
The championships are a stepping stone to junior national honours with players are watched closely by the selectors.