TNF WEEKLY WRAP GRAND FINAL
Weekly wrap grand final
By Steven Lustig
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The 4th XI capped off their brilliant season with a nail-biting grand final win over the weekend. The win sees the side complete the double this season, after winning a White Ball premiership earlier in the season.
The 4th XI elected to bat in favourable batting conditions at Geelong Cricket Ground, looking to keep Carlton in the field for the entire day.
Branden Wagstaff (52) and Connor Andrews (15) made a positive start to the day, before Andrews was dismissed with the score on 25.
Connor Ronan (55) joined Wagstaff at the crease, as the young pair played controlled innings in their 80-run partnership, which lasted an important 20 overs.
Corey Williams (4) worked hard for little reward, and when Carlton took the crucial wicket of Ronan, the match was again in the balance at 4-147.
Aaron Cross (72 not out) and Aaron Fernando (55) came together and combined for what proved to be a match winning 99-run partnership for the 5th wicket.
The duo recognised the lack of overs remaining and lifted the scoring rate whilst giving few chances to the opposition.
The Tigers went into stumps at 5-249, with Alex Pellin (8) the not out batsman still with Cross.
The Tigers only had 9 overs to bat on Sunday before their forced declaration at 90 overs.
Despite Pellin and Saad Khattak (2) being dismissed early in the day, Cross and Paul Gilchrist (22 not out) made the most of the remaining overs.
The pair pushed the closing total to 7-304, leaving Carlton 69 overs to attempt to claim an unlikely victory.
Despite a strong start to the innings by Carlton, the Tigers were eventually able to slow the scoring rate before Aaron Fernando (3-61) broke through with the score on 52.
Despite wickets hard to come by, the Tigers ensured the runs were restricted and continued to hold the advantage in the contest.
Fernando was again able to pick up the wicket when needed, ending the 88-run partnership for the 2nd wicket.
When Fernando claimed his 3rd just after the drinks break in the final session, Carlton were needing to score at more than 7 an over for victory.
With the pressure in the match building, The Tigers retained their excellent fielding record, securing two run outs in quick succession.
When Josh Carroll (2-54) the match looked over at 7-207 with 11 overs to play.
Carlton’s lower order began a stunning fightback, scoring freely before a crucial run out and a wicket to Connor Andrews (1-36) halted the opposition’s momentum.
The total proved too big for Carlton in the end, with 11 run victory securing the 4th XI’s first ever Red Ball premiership.
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