Cricket: Ten Doeschate delighted with Essex finish
PUBLISHED: 09:45 28 September 2018
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Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate was delighted to lead his side to a tense one-wicket win over county champions Surrey on a dramatic final day of the season.
After dismissing the home side for vastly contrasting scores of 67 and 541, either side of their own 477-8 declared, the 2017 champions were left needing 132 for victory at The Oval.
But they slumped to 55-5, before ten Doeschate shared 42 for the sixth wicket with Adam Wheater.
The game was in the balance, though, when the ninth Essex wicket went down at 124, before ten Doeschate kept his composure to hit the winning runs and finish 53 not out, as Surrey lost their unbeaten record.
And he told Essex’s official website: “I’m delighted. It’s a satisfying feeling finishing the season in that fashion.
We made hard work of the chase but at the end of the day to beat the champions in the last game of the season is hard work.
“It probably wasn’t our best day but we deserved the win for the work we put in on day one and day two.
“The first-day wicket was tricky but the areas we bowled and the performance of the three bowlers was phenomenal. It was a wicket if you could’ve got to lunch three or four down it would’ve changed the complexion of the game.”
Jamie Porter (4-26), Sam Cook (4-27) and Matt Quinn (2-10) skittled Surrey inside a session, before Tom Westley (134) and Murali Vijay (80) put on 146 in reply for Essex.
Adam Wheater (68) and Simon Harmer (102 not out) added another big partnership as Essex took a 410-run lead into the second innings, before Surrey hit back.
Ten Doeschate added; “tt’s more of a mindset about the wicket when you bowl a team out for 67, it’s quite easy to say ‘if we get 150 we’re on our way, if we get 200 it’s very good and 250 we’re flying.
“Particularly Tommy, Harmer and Wheats at the end to be hungry for runs, you wouldn’t want to chase too many in the final innings.
“The process and what we did on day one and day two got us the result.”
Jason Roy (128) and Ollie Pope (114) led the way in Surrey’s second innings, with Matt Coles (5-123) the pick of the beleaguered Essex attack.
And ten Doeschate admitted ending Surrey’s unbeaten record was a clear target as they set about their small run chase on the final day, addinng: “The unbeaten streak was a goal of ours, we’re quite proud of being unbeaten last year, but the way we finished the last four games has been really good and five of the last six very good as well and a marker for next season.
“The way Surrey are recruiting players with the resources they have, is quite intimidating, and to come here and beat them at their own place after they’ve been champions I think is very important for next season as a group so we know there is nothing there to fear.”
As for his own matchwinning innings, which encompassed 62 balls and included six fours, ten Doeschate was happy to take some credit but quick to praise the efforts of his team-mates in victory.
He said; “It’s only a fifty but it was quite important in the scheme of things.
“I think it’s important to reflect on Harmy’s hundred, his first championship hundred, and Colesy getting a five-for after being subbed into the game, and Tommy’s hundred in the first innings.
“After bowling a team out for 67 he walked to the crease at 12-1 and the mental strength that is needed for that, I think that was the key to take from this game.
“The way the boys fought, particularly after we didn’t bowl very well on day three, is testament to how much the guys wanted to win this game.”