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Essex ‘not good enough’ says ten Doeschate

PUBLISHED: 08:17 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:17 05 July 2018

Varun Chopra of Essex is bowled out by Sussex's Rashid Khan in the Vitality T20 Blast (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Varun Chopra of Essex is bowled out by Sussex's Rashid Khan in the Vitality T20 Blast (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate admitted his side were not good enough after losing their opening match of the Vitality T20 Blast to Sussex last night.

Jamie Porter of Essex celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of of Luke Wright (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Jamie Porter of Essex celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of of Luke Wright (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Michael Burgess and Laurie Evans smashed 81 in a six-and-a-half-over stand for the fourth wicket to set up Sussex with a 36-run win in the Vitality T20 Blast opener at Chelmsford.

Burgess, having his first T20 knock for Sussex, finished with five sixes in a 23-ball 56, while Evans’s 61 took 45 balls. The Sharks’ 181 for six, after electing to bat, looked slightly under-par, but David Wiese ripped the heart out of the Eagles batting with five for 24, including three wickets in five balls in his fourth over.

Varun Chopra led the chase with 64 from 48 balls, including three sixes, but his exit sparked a late collapse with the last five wickets falling for two runs in eight balls as Essex finished 36 runs short.

Ten Doeschate said: “We weren’t good enough. They probably got 20 more than we’d like, and we fell 20 short. 170 or so and we might have put in a better batting display. But it wasn’t to be.

Adam Zampa of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Tom Bruce (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Adam Zampa of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Tom Bruce (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

“I’ve just spoken to the team up there. I don’t think we were bad, in fact I thought we were very good for the majority, or big parts of our bowling innings. We let ourselves down when we had them on the ropes. They only played five batters and I thought that was a gamble.

“When you have them three down, and if you get one more then I think they only get 150-160 which was about right on that wicket. They had two world-class bowlers there and we always knew it was going to be tough. The pressure was always on.”

Luke Wright counts Chelmsford as one of his lucky grounds – having hit 153 not out four years ago – but lasted just two balls this time, cutting the first backward of square for four before being beaten for pace by Jamie Porter.

The seamer had a second when Phil Salt pulled him to the mid-wicket boundary where Matt Coles took the catch above his head.

Michael Burgess and Laurie Evans enjoy a useful partnership for Sussex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Michael Burgess and Laurie Evans enjoy a useful partnership for Sussex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex’s overseas signing, Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, was down on one knee imploring for lbw against Tom Bruce with his second delivery, but nailed the New Zealander two balls later when his next appeal was successful.

The Sharks were 36-3, but Burgess joined Evans and the pair had advanced the score by fifty inside four overs.

Burgess reached his half-century from just 20 balls, with three fours and five sixes, the majority of them straight down the ground. Coles bore the brunt of Burgess’s assault, his first two overs going for 32, as the middle overs cost the Eagles dear.

But on 56, Burgess landed a full-toss from Sam Cook into the hands of sub fielder Dan Lawrence at wide mid-on.

Tom Westley of Essex is bowled out by David Wiese (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Tom Westley of Essex is bowled out by David Wiese (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Evans was less demonstrative, but reached his fifty from 36 balls before lifting Coles to Simon Harmer just inside the rope at extra cover.

Jofra Archer played an entertaining 18-ball cameo at the end for 24, hitting Ravi Bopara for six over long-leg, and falling on his back as he turned Coles from outside off-stump for four to fine leg.

He found himself lying on his back again but with partner Wiese staring down at him, and was run out by Bopara’s spin and direct hit to the non-striker’s end.

Archer made amends in his first over, having Adam Wheater caught pulling at deep mid-wicket, but in his second over was dumped over point for six by Chopra.

Ashar Zaidi in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Ashar Zaidi in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex had just passed 50 when Wiese claimed two wickets in four balls with Tom Westley bowled and ten Doeschate caught behind without scoring.

Rashid Khan accounted for Bopara when Phil Salt took the catch at mid-wicket, but Chopra punished him next ball with his third six of the night over long-off. His fourth four, caressed through the covers, took Chopra to his fifty from 36 balls and Essex past 100 in the 14th over.

However, the rate was rising. It started at just over nine, was 11 at halfway and 13 with five overs left. When Chopra went, playing on to Khan, the situation looked terminal. Ashar Zaidi showed some resistance, hitting Will Beer for six to cow corner, but became Wiese’s third victim to Ollie Robinson’s third catch.

Two more wickets in his last over gave Wiese his five-wicket haul. Coles went first ball when he pulled the ball to Bruce on the mid-wicket fence, and then Zampa played over one and was bowled. Archer sent Harmer on his way with his stumps splattered before bowling Cook with two balls left.

Essex return to host Middlesex on Friday and ten Doeschate added: “There are a lot of things to work on before we come back on Friday.

“There’s not much we can do in that time. We have to place a lot of trust in the players. We know they are very good players and we just review it and point out where we think it went wrong and where we need to be stronger, tactically as well.

“When we had them three down I thought we could have bowled a lot smarter. We’ve got to ask guys to come back on Friday and try and put it right.

“Tactically we might need to change the team a little bit. I think we had too many bowlers there, we might need to be brave and play another batter. But I certainly don’t feel we had all the bases covered.

“I know we’ve been beaten convincingly, but for a first run-out I’m not overly disappointed about how the guys went about it. The fact we don’t know what our best team is, that’s never a good sign.”

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