Ten Doeschate hails 'amazing' Essex players
PUBLISHED: 07:51 14 May 2018
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Essex captain Ryan Ten Doeschate hailed his side's character after their 32-run win over Worcestershire at New Road.
The defending county champions had set the home side a target of 215 for victory, after Daniel Lawrence (71) had top scored in their second innings total of 275.
And Australian seamer Peter Siddle (5-37) made early inroads into the Worcestershire line-up on his last appearance for Essex, before South African spinner Simon Harmer (5-43) helped clinch victory.
Ten Doeschate said: “It was an amazing win from an amazing group of players. We were behind in the game for most of the time and after the morning session today (Sunday), we felt we were ahead for the first time.
“We felt 200 would be tough to chase and then the two bowlers who put in a shift to win the game (Siddle and Harmer) is the sort of thing that has been happening with this team for years.
“I think we got the toss wrong. I don’t think anyone saw that wicket nibbling throughout like it did. It was drier than what we thought and our thinking was for Harmy to win us the game in the last innings.
“We scrapped our way to a score and once we got over 200 it looked a good score.
“We thought the longer we stayed out there were enough good balls (in the wicket) to get the job done and it seemed to work.
“Siddle has had an outstanding stint here and he has showed that passion and commitment for the team.”
Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp added: “It is a difficult one to take. I’m not sure we’ve really done a lot wrong throughout the game.
“Since the poor performance here against Notts, we went to Surrey and played particularly well and we’ve played some fabulous cricket in this game on a pitch that has done a bit all match.
“It could have gone either way. We fought hard and we just weren’t able to do it. At one point it looked like we could and everyone is really, really disappointed.
“There are lots of good things to take from it. We’ve gone toe to toe with the champions and finished just short.
“It’s not the same feeling as when losing against Notts. We were under par and outplayed in that game but this has been a different kettle of fish.”