Victoria denied NSW a National Indigenous Championship title double with an 18-run win over Harrison Kelly’s NSW side in Monday’s men’s final in Alice Springs.
After reaching 8-228 from their 50 overs the Victorians bowled the Jeff Cook-coached side out for 210 to claim the men’s title for the first time.
The Blues enjoyed the early momentum and had Victoria reeling at 5-74 midway through their innings.
Clayton McCartney and Nick Boland started the fightback with a 73-run partnership, McCartney and Joshua Eaton then adding 51 to take them to 198 before man of the match McCartney was stumped for 114 off 109.
Kelly was the last bowler used and bowled only the one over for 17, although he did take the catch to dismiss Eaton.
The West Tamworth allrounder didn’t fare much better with the bat managing just three as NSW lost 3-10 after a carefully-crafted 64-run partnership between Nathan Price and Jonte Pattison had rebuilt the innings from 3-65 in the 14th over.