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Natwest T20 Blast: Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate says Hampshire clash at home is a ‘must-win’

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 July 2017

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate (pic: Nigel French/PA)

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate (pic: Nigel French/PA)

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Essex have struggled so far in T20 competition, winning just one of their first five

Captain Ryan ten Doeschate has described Essex’s Natwest T20 Blast clash at home to Hampshire on Friday as a must-win fixture.

Essex currently sit eighth in the South Group with just one win so far and are three points outside of the top four, who will qualify for the knockout stages.

Starting with the game at, there are nine games left in the group stages for Essex, but ten Doeschate feels time is running out if his team want to make the quarter-finals.

“Friday’s game is probably a must-win now for us,” admitted ten Doeschate.

“It’s been frustrating so far because we have lost three games out of four from winning positions.

“We are trying to give youngsters like Paul Walter experience and hope that they learn from it in the long term and develop as cricketers in this form of the game.”

Essex suffered their fourth defeat of the competition on Wednesday night, going down by 10 runs at Surrey.

Former England international Kevin Pietersen plundered 52 runs off 35 balls for the hosts as they posted a score of 150-9, despite Walter taking 3-24.

In reply, Essex could only reach 140-7 from their 20 overs, with ten Doeschate’s unbeaten 28 the top score for the visitors.

But the Essex captain was left to rue what might have been, believing the visitors were on course for victory at times in their chase.

“It’s disappointing because in our chase it looked for a while as if we had come to terms with the conditions,” said ten Doeschate.

“It was probably a 130-pitch and they bowled well on it, particularly Gareth Batty.”

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