Cricket: Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate knows Natwest T20 Blast form must improve quickly

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2017

Ryan ten Doeschate in batting action for Essex against Kent as Sam Billings looks on from behind the stumps (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ryan ten Doeschate in batting action for Essex against Kent as Sam Billings looks on from behind the stumps (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Eagles have lost opening two, but face important run of matches, starting against Somerset on Thursday

Ryan ten Doeschate recognises how important it is for Essex to kick-start their ailing NatWest T20 Blast campaign in the back-to-back fixtures at Chelmsford over the next four days.

Essex have lost their two opening games, against Surrey and Kent, but have the opportunity to redress the balance when they face Somerset under the lights on Thursday and in broad daylight against Glamorgan on Sunday afternoon.

Ten Doeschate remembers last season’s group stage when Essex came back from losing four of their first five games, before putting together a run that carried them into the quarter-finals. The captain would rather take a less fraught route this time.

“We need to win games,” he admitted. “We don’t want to be behind in the early stages.

“We’ve done it before and the pressure you put on yourself then from the halfway stage is quite intense.

“It is important we learn quickly and get a win very soon.”

The dip in form in the short format of the game is in sharp contrast to Essex’s record in the Specsavers County Championship, where they are unbeaten and top Division One.

Ten Doeschate said: “Even if you do get well beaten it’s no train smash — we’ve beaten a lot of sides. It’s important to lose like men, there is no point moaning or finger-pointing.

“If you do well you stick together and if you do badly you stick together and work to sort it out any way you can.”

Essex coach Chris Silverwood acknowledged that Essex were well beaten in all departments at Beckenham. “The game has moved on and batsmen are braver and hit the ball harder and further. There are fewer hiding places for the bowlers.

“I felt we were well short in terms of setting a target against Kent — as it proved — but equally we didn’t bowl that well either. We fed them a little too much, too easily.

“We saw with Daniel Bell-Drummond in their innings that if one guy goes on well past fifty you can score runs on that sort of pitch, but our guys didn’t do that. Two or three made starts – and then got out. That’s something to work on.”

Ten Doeschate added: “We’re delighted with the way the young bowlers are coming on, Paul Walter and Jamie Porter, who’s only played two T20 games. There is a lot of learning to do and a lot of falling over, but that is part of the learning process, unfortunately.

“There might be a case of bringing them in and leaving them out every now and then, so we can get a momentum going.

“On the batting front we need someone to go big. But we maybe need to try and tweak the balance of the side.

“There are plenty of games to go. We never ask more from the boys than to give absolutely everything – and they have done that. We have to take these defeats on the chest and move on to the next one.”

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