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Ten Doeschate disappointed at Essex defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 July 2017

Essex's Ravi Bopara hits out during the NatWest T20 Blast match against Surrey (Pic Simon Cooper/PA)

Essex's Ravi Bopara hits out during the NatWest T20 Blast match against Surrey (Pic Simon Cooper/PA)

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Captain reflects on close loss in Natwest T20 Blast opener

Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate was disappointed to see his side come up short against Surrey in their Natwest T20 Blast opener at Chelmsford.

Having seen the visitors make 188-8, Essex reduced their target to 10 from six balls thanks to a fine half-century from Ravi Bopara.

But Tom Curran held his nerve to dimiss Bopara and Ashar Zaidi as the Eagles closed on 186-6 and ten Doeschate said: “If you set a spread then 11 is probably the mark. This side of 11 you feel you can win it, the other side of 11 and it’s in the bowler’s favour.

“Two runs off the first ball and the way Rav was striking it we’d have fancied it. But it was very clever bowling from TC and that’s the reason he’s playing in the England T20 squad. He showed high skills.

“I thought the tempo of the innings was very good and we gave ourselves the best chance. But we’re looking throughout this campaign for the top four or five batters to really get stuck in and go big.”

Essex are set to visit Kent at Beckenham in their second match of the competition on Sunday (3pm) and ten Doeschate wants a quick response, adding: “We need to get the momentum going. We need to win games,

“I know it is only one defeat, but we don’t want to be behind in the early stages of the competition. “We’ve done it before and the pressure you put on yourself from the halfway stage is quite intense. It is important that we learn quickly and get a win very soon.”

Surrey matchwinner Curren, who finished with 3-28, was delighted to see his final-over exploits pay dividends.

He said: “I’ve been quite lucky, I’ve had quite a lot of experience at the death. That is what we practice, it’s my skill against the batters. It came off tonight and I’m very happy.

“Whoever is batting is irrelevant, it is my skill against his. I’m trying to be as clear as I can with my skills and make my mind up what I’m going to bowl and commit to it 100 per cent.

“If it hadn’t come off then I had committed. I just try to commit to my skill and luckily it came off.”

Curran had words of praise for team-mate Dominic Sibley after his 61 top-scored for Surrey, adding: “We’re talking about Ravi playing well, but that knock from Dom was unbelievable.

“He’s come in not having played a lot of T20 cricket and he’s made a great stake for a permanent place in the T20 side. I thought he batted beautifully.”

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