WA young gun Copper Connolly was the star for the Cricket Australia XI, with his performances earning the youngster a call up to Australia’s U19 World Cup squad.

At just 16 years old, the WA Under 17’s captain scored three half centuries and top scored with 93, as well as claiming eight wickets.

Sam Fanning capped off his solid tournament with a century in WA’s final game, as well as selection in the World Cup squad travelling to the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa next month.

Yesterday’s Grand Final saw NSW Metro defeat VIC Metro by 48 runs at the WACA Ground and secure the Kookaburra Shield.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, NSW Metro made a horror start, losing three wickets in the first six overs.

Lachlan Hearne (100) and Zeeshaan Ahmed (83) steadied the ship and helped guide their side to 8-246 from their 50 overs.

Despite a promising start from VIC Country’s Emerson White (78), NSW Metro’s bowlers reigned supreme and restricted the Victorians to 198 in reply.

Western Australia didn’t have the tournament they would have liked, finishing with three wins from their eight games. However, they finished their campaign on a high, defeating Queensland by 25 runs in their final match of the tournament.

Cricket Australia’s Pathways and Talent Manager Graham Manou said there was no shortage of talent on display.

“The Championships went really well, we were extremely pleased with the quality of the wickets and facilities, as well as the length the volunteers went to,” Manou said.

“It certainly enabled the quality of the cricket to be as good as I’ve seen for a number of years.

“This has made selecting the under 19 squad really difficult, which in turn means Australian cricket and the talent coming through is in a healthy space.”

2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, South Africa
17 January – 9 February, 2020

Australia fixtures:
- v West Indies, 18 January, Diamond Oval, Kimberley
- v Nigeria, 20 January, Country Club B Field, Kimberley
- v England, 23 January, Diamond Oval, Kimberley

Plate League quarter-finals starting 27 January.

Super League quarter-finals starting 28 January.

Australia 15-player 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup Squad

Cooper Connolly (Western Australia)
Oliver Davies (NSW Metro)
Sam Fanning (Western Australia)
Jake Fraser-McGurk (Victoria Metro)
Mackenzie Harvey (Victoria Metro)
Lachlan Hearne (NSW Metro)
Corey Kelly (South Australia)
Liam Marshall (NSW Metro)
Todd Murphy (Victoria Country)
Patrick Rowe (Victoria Country)
Tanveer Sangha (NSW Metro)
Liam Scott (South Australia)
Bradley Simpson (NSW Metro)
Connor Sully (Queensland)
Matthew Willans (Queensland)