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Essex captain ten Doeschate happy with hundred

PUBLISHED: 21:25 10 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:25 10 June 2017

Ryan ten Doeschate captains Essex in all formats (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ryan ten Doeschate captains Essex in all formats (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Skipper sets sights on surpassing Surrey score

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate admitted it was a relief to score his first century of the season on day two of their Specsavers County Championship clash at Surrey.

Ten Doeschate finished unbeaten on 120 as his side closed on 367-7 in reply to Surrey’s 399 and he is hoping to help his side into a position of strength at Guildford on Sunday.

He said: “To get my first hundred of the season is a monkey off my back. It’s a good wicket to bat on with no margin for error and it was important for me to help us get in a decent position with a lot of time left in the game still.

“Hopefully I can kick on tomorrow and we can get past Surrey and get a decent lead.

“It took us a bit of time to find our feet in Division One but we have been competitive in our last few games and we’re trying to be positive and win games and here will be no different.”

Mark Stoneman fell three runs short of a double century for the home side, edging Neil Wagner (3-110) behind to James Foster, who took five catches in the innings.

Jamie Porter (4-102) was the pick of the Essex bowling and Stoneman said: “It’s a touch frustrating that I got out so close to my first double hundred but I’m delighted with the way I’m playing.

“I challenged myself when I came down to play for Surrey to score consistent runs and that was my third hundred of the season. It’s helped that I have been playing on better wickets and I have been pretty consistent.

“Everyone dreams of playing for England and I’m the same but I’m not worrying about that. I just want to keep scoring consistent runs and help Surrey win matches.

“It’s a good wicket here and hopefully we can get the last three Essex wickets early and get some sort of lead. The game is pretty even at the moment but it will turn in the last two days I’m sure.”

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