ACT teenager Matt Condon took the challenge up to Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed as the Comets fell narrowly short of an amazing comeback win.

With the Comets in massive trouble at 4-24 chasing 299 for victory, Condon showed terrific patience and poise to put his side back in the contest at Chisholm Oval on Wednesday.

But his dismissal for 69 at the hands of Ahmed, who finished with the impressive figures of 4-89, helped Victoria clinch a 31-run win.

Condon's performance came in the same week the 17-year-old was named in an Australian under-18 development side that will have a training camp in April under Test great Greg Chappell.

The left-hander took his time to get used to the tricky conditions on the third-day pitch before using all of his skill to combat Ahmed, the leg-spinner who played three one-dayers and two Twenty20 matches for Australia last year.

''Getting through Ahmed was tough work early on, he's a quality spinner,'' Condon said.

''I just wanted to survive to start with, then I started to play a few shots when I started to pick his spin.''

Ahmed didn't bowl at all in the first innings, but quickly became the pivotal factor on day three.

He claimed Michael Shaw lbw for five then dismissed Michael Spaseski for 53, ending an 86-run partnership with Vele Dukoski (45).

Condon, normally an opener with club side Wests/UC, came in at No.7, putting on a 72-run stand with Beau McClintock (29) for the ninth wicket.

McClintock was the final man out to end the Comets' innings at 266.

They were always going to find the task difficult after making 123 in their first dig.

The Comets play their final Futures League game against Western Australia from February 24-27.