Tasmania has let a certain victory slip against Northern Territory in a one-wicket loss.
Following the euphoria of thumping tournament hosts Western Australia, the Tigers bowlers had been in control defending 172 to reduce the Territorians to just 9-140.
Tassie's legbreak bowler Caedence Kuepper took 4-31 early on Tuesday to already capture eight wickets in his two under-19 state matches.
Northern Territory broke the shackles after Kuepper's spell ended, allowing skipper Adi Dave (30) and tailender Brendan Haylett (14) to deliver an unbroken 33-run partnership to clinch a win with 11 balls to spare.
Tasmanian skipper Lewis Drury had been forced to reintroduce Sam O'Mahony (1-17) in the final overs.
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The promising Greater Northern Raiders all-rounder needed a wicket maiden to secure a tie, but conceded a single off his fifth ball.
Cricket Tasmania teammate Brett Spinks finished with 1-18 off five overs.
Tasmania's top-order had struggled to 4-58 before Nick Davis (28) and Will Collins (22) combined together for a rearguard 56-run stand.
But when the pair were dismissed nine deliveries apart, Tasmania splattered its way to just 9-141 and onto a below-par score.
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