Mason Crane produced a stunning spell of leg-spin to secure a 3-0 whitewash for the South in a rain-affected climax to the North-South Series in Abu Dhabi.
The North seemed on course for victory in a game restricted to 40 overs per side by rare desert rain, with Ben Duckett providing a flying start to their pursuit of a modest South total of 228-8, and Sam Hain and Liam Livingstone sharing a mature third-wicket stand of 67 to steer the North to 146-2.
But Crane - the 20-year-old having recently become the first overseas player to represent New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield since Imran Khan - then offered further evidence of his exciting potential by taking four wickets for one run in the space of 10 balls under the floodlights at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
The game had been delayed by almost four hours by steady morning rain, and North captain Keaton Jennings chose to bowl when he won his third toss of the series.
Wickets fell steadily on a tricky pitch, but Daniel Bell-Drummond again displayed patience and skill to hold things together with his knock of 81 before Toby Roland-Jones provided some much-needed late runs, thumping an unbeaten 43 from 24 balls.
Mark Wood continued his encouraging comeback after ankle surgery by taking 2-38, and the North spinners Josh Poysden and Graeme White both impressed - Poysden taking 3-55, and White claiming James Vince and Bell-Drummond as classic slow-left-arm victims.
Duckett responded by whacking 37 from 17 balls with seven fours and a six, but Roland-Jones prevented him from inflicting any further damage, and Liam Dawson produced another tidy spell of left-arm spin before Crane's match-winning burst.
Hain was bowled for 44 from 97 balls, Joe Clarke was also bowled for a golden duck, and Crane went close to a hat-trick as Jack Leaning's edge fell short of second slip.
Leaning was out in the next over, also bowled and bemused, and finally Crane claimed the key wicket of Livingstone, the Lancashire all-rounder who excelled on the recent England Lions tour of Sri Lanka, and had just reached his first half century of the series.
He was lured down the pitch and smartly stumped by Ben Foakes, and despite another battling innings from Tim Bresnan, Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Curran polished of the North tail.