On Sunday 7 February 2010,
The following presents a pictorial display of the day as it unfolded and ultimately as it concluded.
Winning the toss, Carlton duly elected to bat. Pleasing the team's top three batsmen (Eamon Mc Kenna, James Nolan and Lachlan Mc Kenna) made a fantastic start managed to build a very strong foundation. This culminated in James achieving a fantastic century in the powerful style we have become accustomed to (bottom right).
With a formidable base laid by the early batsmen, the middle-order (Tom Peter-Budge, Broderick Foxwell, Ben Leed, Cameron Foxwell and Matthew Wilson) continued to build an advantage, either by their individual scores, or by maintaining a strong scoring rate or by their contribution to valuable partnerships. Once the passage of 45 overs had come, Carlton had, for the loss of six wickets, compiled a total of 294 runs.
Following the close of innings and a break for lunch, Carlton assumed the field with a high level of enthusiasm. However, Frankston Peninsula's opening pair also went to the crease with an enthusiastic intent and soon had some fo the Carlton players wondering how their run-feast might be stemmed. At a point about twelve overs in to the innings Frankston Peninsula had ammounted a lead of some twenty runs to the same point in the Carlton innings. However with some variations to the bowling line-up, Carlton progressively began to count more 'dot' balls. This change in the balance of the game gained further momentum when Carlton's 'spin trio' (Brad Smith, Michael Paradisis and Tom Peter-Budge) concluded their bowling spells. By now the comparative over-to-over score was strongly to the favour of Carlton. In addition the comparative position regarding available wickets was also in Carlton's favour. So the quest was to bring the game home as was duly achieved.
The Final overs and the final ball!
And so the time to celebrate, to share with the club and supporters and to receive the 'laurels' now followed.
The presentations commenced with James Nolan (above left) being awarded 'Player of the Final' for his scintillating 119 runs. Following this 'Pants received the Pennant on behalf of the team and the club and then in turn the players received their medallions (below).
Eamon Mc Kenna
Lachlan Mc Kenna