Tucabia the real deal

GI Tucabia-Copmanhurst proved it is the real deal this season, handing out a cricketing lesson to Coutts Crossing Tavern on Saturday.

Led superbly with the bat by Matt Dougherty, who fell just seven runs short of a century, last year's semi-finalist appears to have its hunger back.

In reply to Coutts' first innings of 94, Tucabia piled on the runs before captain Bob McKenzie declared at 8-231.

Coutts didn't fare much better in the second dig, and when bad light stopped play they were reeling at 8-121.

The Tucabia skipper described Dougherty's match-winning innings as controlled aggression.

"It was a good win, although everyone was a bit rusty," McKenzie said.

"The two Cootes boys, Dan and Tom, got us off to a solid start, then we lost a couple of quick wickets before Piggy (Matt Pigg) got 30.

"Matt Dougherty came in and just spanked the ball everywhere. It was good, controlled aggressive batting. It wasn't cowboy stuff."

In his first game back after a season out of the game, Pigg showed he had lost none of his touch, scoring 31 and snaring six wickets for the match.

"It's not only the batting Matt strengthens up in the team, it's everything," McKenzie said.

"It's also the fielding, bowling, everywhere."

Coutts captain Ken Willis said his side's inability to show patience with the bat let it down.

"It was pretty ordinary batting on our behalf. We'll have a talk about it at training on Tuesday," Willis said.

"We've got to be able to bat out 30 overs and save the game. The pitch didn't help us last week but we had no excuses today.

"We deserved to get beaten outright after our batting performance. We had a few key bowlers missing but the guys bowled well today. Young Mitch Henwood deserves a wrap."

Coutts was missing the services of Australian under-19 pace bowler Brad Chard, who was suffering from shin splints, as well as strike bowlers Geoff Kaminski and Dan Collings.

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