Ryan ten Doeschate wants Essex to show everybody how good they are in today’s Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final
PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 June 2017
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Eagles skipper looking forward to big match at Chelmsford and confident of doing enough to defeat dangerous Nottinghamshire
Ryan ten Doeschate has challenged his Essex team-mates to show everybody how good they really are in today’s Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final clash with Nottinghamshire.
It has been a fantastic year for the Chelmsford club so far and they stand on the verge of a Lord’s final.
Nottinghamshire are in the way, but Eagles have plenty of confidence and also sit top of the County Championship Division One table too.
“We have played really nicely this year and we have only lost that one game against Glamorgan,” said ten Doeschate.
“The County Championship stuff, which is very important to us, has gone well too, so the feeling around the club is great.
“We are looking forward to a showpiece match and a home semi-final is always a good occasion for the club.
“It is going to be sold out and it is another opportunity to show people how good we are and how much we have moved forward.”
A tough decision for ten Doeschate and head coach Chris Silverwood is picking 11 players to face Notts.
There will be some disappointment in the Eagles squad, but the captain knows the people who miss out will react well.
“We have made a few changes over the last two weeks or so and it is great to have such a small disparity in how we rate players,” added ten Doeschate.
“It is not an obvious choice for us which is great and guys will miss out and they have done well.
“But the squad is in a great space and everyone is mucking in together, so the disappointment of missing out will not be shown.
“Everyone will be together doing everything they can to try and push the team forward against Notts.”
After losing in the quarter-finals of this competition in 2016, 2015 and 2014, the Essex captain was happy to automatically progress to the last four.
He watched Nottinghamshire and Somerset produce a thriller on Tuesday with the Outlaws just about defending a score of 429-9.
And after such an exciting climax at Taunton, ten Doeschate is hoping it may help Essex’s cause today.
“It is great we were through to the semi-finals and we have had some issues with quarter-finals over the years, so I guess having one game is better than two,” joked the Netherlands all-rounder.
“But if we turn up and play some really good cricket and face up to the challenge then we have a chance to play at Lord’s again.
“It is not easy to achieve that as a county cricketer, but it is one of the finest things you can achieve, so I am delighted to at least have a chance to have a crack at Notts.”
He continued: “I will not read too much into the quarter-final match and I think it is important to focus on what we have done well.
“We feel we know what a good score is here at Chelmsford, but Notts are a very dangerous side and we need to combat that too.
“They have plenty of fast scoring players and we need to stop that, but it is going to be an exciting game and hopefully they are tired after that thriller of defending 429.”
It should be a fine spectacle at Chelmsford, but Essex and ten Doeschate are ready to come out on the right side of it.