TOP KNOCK: Matt Dougherty is congratulated by Tom Cootes after bringing up his century for GI Hotel Tucabia in the Clarence River Cricket Association GDSC Premier League round four match against Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia-Copmanhurst on Saturday.
TOP KNOCK: Matt Dougherty is congratulated by Tom Cootes after bringing up his century for GI Hotel Tucabia in the Clarence River Cricket Association GDSC Premier League round four match against Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia-Copmanhurst on Saturday. Bill North

Century of satisfaction for Tucabia master blaster

CRCA CRICKET: Renowned power hitter Matt Dougherty has announced his re-emergence in Clarence cricket with a sensational century.

The former CRCA representative wicket-keeper missed a season and a half due to a shoulder injury before returning "keen as ever" for GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst's 2018-19 campaign.

On Saturday he was back to his best for the competition favourites with a scorching 100 paving the way for a six-wicket victory against club rivals Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia-Copmanhurst at Ulmarra Showground.

"I couldn't have had another year off, I'm too keen," Dougherty said. "There's still soreness (in the shoulder) when throwing but it's gone nearly back to normal and is a hundred per cent better than it was.

"I haven't had surgery, but watching the boys struggle for runs last year, I had to come back. I couldn't sit on the sidelines again.

"I haven't been this keen since I was 16. Having the year off has brought back the hunger.

"First grade hundreds don't come along every day, so it's bloody good to get one that's for sure, especially after the year off."

It is almost three years since Dougherty last hit triple figures with 111 off 54 balls against South Services on December 20, 2015.

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Tucabia Copmanhurst batsman Matt Dougherty scored 111 off 54 balls in the GDSC Premier League match between Tucabia Copmanhurst and South Services at Ellem Oval on Sunday, 20th of December, 2015.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Tucabia Copmanhurst batsman Matt Dougherty scored 111 off 54 balls in the GDSC Premier League match between Tucabia Copmanhurst and South Services at Ellem Oval on Sunday, 20th of December, 2015.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

However, it was the relatively circumspect 83 balls that gave the 33-year-old particular satisfaction - arguably the longest innings of his career.

"I think my first hundred against Harwood was off 50-something balls, and then 54 balls for the 111, so to others facing 80-odd balls might seem like a fast one, but to me it seemed like I was batting for a year," he said.

For the majority of his innings Dougherty forged a 130-run partnership with Tom Cootes (34).

"I batted with Tommy for 20 something overs, which is something I've always wanted to do but not something I've been able to properly do," Dougherty said.

"I'm not often involved in long partnerships. I got a lot of satisfaction out of that one on Saturday.

"This one I didn't give any chances. Some weird things for me, like blocking and leaving for a whole over without scoring any runs.

"As they say, time in the middle."

Dougherty as well supported in the runs department with Andrew Buchanan adding 66 not out and Rohan Hackett 59 at GI Hotel Tucabia successfully chased down Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia's total of 196 and then declared at 9 for 317.

However, for the second week in a row Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia's Brad Lloyd (26no) and Matt Summers (7no) denied the quicks new ball wickets to stave off any chance of an outright.

"Chasing 200 in the local derby, last year nine out of 10 times we probably wouldn't have got it," Dougherty said.

"For the last few years, we haven't lived up to the potential that lies on paper with the bat. Yesterday hopefully a kickstart for a few more runs for everybody.

"Chop (Hackett) is definiely a good score this season, and then old Buck (Buchanan) got it done like he usually does."

There was almost an embarrassing blemish for the scorers, however, as Dougherty's bat-raising boundary actually only took him to 99, with a single to long on at the end of the over bringing up the actual hundred before he then holed out to Tyson Blackadder in the deep to bring his innings to a close.

On Wednesday night Dougherty was again involved in a substantial partnership, scoring 32 not out off 21 balls in an unbeaten stand of 93 with fellow opener Blake Ryan (45 not out off 40 balls) to defeat GDSC Easts by 10 wickets in the Cleavers Mechanical Twenty20 Night Cricket clash at McKittrick Park.

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"I was actually a bit more sore from Wednesday night," Dougherty said. "Running between the wickets with Blake wasn't much fun.

"Today I'm just a bit sore in the forearms, that's about it."

SCOREBARD

TUCABIA COPMANHURST EARTHMOVING v TUCABIA COPMANHURST GI HOTEL   At Ulmarra Showground   Toss: Tucabia Copmanhurst Earthmoving   Tuc-Cop Earthmoving 1st Innings   BP Lloyd c Ryan b Buchanan 29    M Summers st Woods b Buchanan 26    JS Blanch b Hackett 7   J Yardy b Hackett 6   TR Sullivan st Woods b Buchanan 19    JP O'Hara c Cootes b Chard 19   TJ Blackadder c & b Buchanan 40   BR Blanch b Cootes 7   LC Pigg b Chard 12   JP Bultitude b Buchanan 0    JR Anderson not out 8   Extras (b 7, lb 5, w 10, nb 1) 23    Total: 196   Overs: 65.5     FoW: 1-64(M Summers) 2-76(BP Lloyd) 3-84(J Yardy) 4-85(JS Blanch) 5-113(JP O'Hara) 6-143(TR Sullivan) 7-165(BR Blanch) 8-179(TJ Blackadder) 9-186(JP Bultitude) 10-196(LC Pigg)   Bowling: B Chard 15.5-5-2-27, CA Adamson 12-3-0-28, R Hackett 12-1-2-45, DJ Cootes 9-4-1-9, AJ Buchanan 17-3-5-75   Tuc-Cop GI Hotel 1st Innings   DJ Cootes c & b Pigg 20   B Ryan c Lloyd b Pigg 19   MJ Dougherty c Blackadder b Sullivan 100   TA Cootes b Sullivan 34   AJ Buchanan not out 66   R Hackett c Summers b Yardy 59    CA Adamson c T Bultitude b Yardy 7   T Power b Riley 2   B Chard lbw b Riley 0   DW Woods c Lloyd b T Bultitude 4   Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 0, nb 2) 6   NINE wickets (dec) for 317   Overs: 63.5   FoW: 1-28(DJ Cootes) 2-49(B Ryan) 3-179(MJ Dougherty) 4-179(TA Cootes) 5-268(R Hackett) 6-282(CA Adamson) 7-312(B Chard) 8-312(T Power) 9-317(DW Woods)    Bowling: TJ Blackadder 16-3-76-0, JR Anderson 3-1-5-0, JP Bultitude 6-0-47-0, LC Pigg 10-2-34-2, T Riley 6-0-30-2, T Bultitude 6.5-1-32-1, M Summers 5-1-36-0, J Yardy 7-0-39-2, TR Sullivan 4-1-14-2.   Tuc-Cop Earthmoving 2nd Innings   BP Lloyd not out 26   M Summers not out 7   Extras (b 8, lb 5, w 0, nb 0) 13   NO wicket for 46   Overs: 14   Bowling: B Chard 4-2-10-0, CA Adamson 5-2-8-0, R Hackett 2-1-2-0, AJ Buchanan 2-0-11-0, B Ryan 1-0-2-0.   Tucabia Copmanhurst GI Hotel won first innings by six wickets.