'Doug' is back in Tuggeranong.
The moment Shane Devoy lifted the Cricket ACT Douglas Cup trophy, 13 years of heartache were lifted off the shoulders of the Tuggeranong Valley cricket club.
After Tuggeranong's one-day final win in December, Devoy said he wanted nothing more than a two-day premiership. It was fitting then, that he took the wicket to complete a five-wicket haul (5-39) and end the drought.
Tuggeranong rolled Weston Creek Molonglo for just 98 on the final day to win the club's first two-day premiership since the 2003-04 season and continue their opposition's run of grand final pain.
Devoy's dismissal of Creek's Joe Slater ended the Vikings' search for 'Doug', a search that fell at the final hurdle five times since their last title.
Set 272 for victory, Creek fell well short after a spate of early wickets undid all their good work from day one at Chisholm Oval.
"It's a pretty surreal feeling," Devoy said.
"A few of us in this side have been waiting in excess of 10 years to win the the two-day competition. To get 'Doug', I'm just lost for words.
"I think I made my debut in maybe 2006-07. Ten years on, I've lost three grand finals in the two-day comp in that time. To be lucky enough to be the one that lifts it, it's a pretty special feeling."
Devoy returned to Tuggeranong this season after a stint in Sydney grade cricket, and has steered the Vikings from the doldrums to the pinnacle of Canberra cricket.
The classy all-rounder says his squad has come "absolute miles" this season on the road to one-day and two-day success.
"A number of players in this group have really arrived at a first grade level," Devoy said.
A quick check of the scorecard shows exactly who he is talking about - the likes of Benji Floros, John Stankovic and Kevin Chapman all stood up when it counted most.
Tuggeranong were rolled for just 136 on day one, which makes for ugly reading considering Creek boast three of the competition's four highest run scorers.
But young gun Floros inspired a fightback with the ball, and Creek only managed a slender 36-run first innings lead - meaning Tuggeranong needed an outright win to claim the premiership.
Chapman produced a hearty 65 in the second dig as Tuggeranong set Creek 272 with less than a day remaining.
"The message that we had in the group was about playing good cricket, making good decisions and making sure we competed for long periods," Devoy said.
"I know that seems cliche, but for us this year that's worked. I couldn't be happier that we managed to get one.
"Today was all about trying to set up a situation where we could make them very uncomfortable. We knew that we needed a number of overs to be able to bowl them out and chase a high enough run rate."
Creek's focus quickly switched to playing for the draw after they slumped to 4-27 with Jono Dean back in the sheds. John Rogers (24) and Corey Ryan (9) faced a combined 180 balls, but ultimately it wasn't enough.
AT A GLANCE
Cricket ACT Douglas Cup final: TUGGERANONG VALLEY 136 (M Barringotn-Smith 37; H Medhurst 4-36) and 307 (K Chapman 65; J Rogers 3-28) bt WESTON CREEK MOLONGLO 172 (S Taylor 82; B Floros 4-31) and 98 (J Rogers 24; S Devoy 5-39)