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Ten Doeschate delighted to lead from front for Essex

PUBLISHED: 09:30 27 June 2018

Ryan ten Doeschate hits out for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ryan ten Doeschate hits out for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate was delighted to lead from the front with his highest Championship score of 173 not out to set up a declaration against Somerset at Chelmsford on Tuesday.

Ten Doeschate put on a record 294 with Ravi Bopara, who made 118, to help the defending champions reach 517-5, before Somerset reached 140-2 in reply in the day-night fixture.

And he said: “It was a good wicket to bat on, but you still have to get the runs. I really enjoyed batting with Ravi. We had a clear plan out there: we wanted to wear them down, and to accelerate towards the back end.

“We would have liked a few more runs, but actually we didn’t think runscoring was that easy against good defensive fields.

“350 was a key number for us. Everyone knows we haven’t been good enough [with the bat], but conditions have been tough. We still back everyone.

“I still think looking at the team-sheet that we’ve got the best batting line-up, but I know we haven’t shown it consistently over the last two or three years.”

Neil Wagner made the breakthrough with the ball in Somerset’s reply, with Sam Cook dismissing George Bartlett from the last ball of the day.

And ten Doeschate, returning from a two-match suspension, said: “It was a crucial wicket. If we can get something in the morning it could open the game up. We’ve just got to hang in there.

“We’ve shown in the past that games change quickly when there is pressure on a team. The least we have done is given ourselves a chance. But it’s going to be a tough slog for the next two days.”

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