Essex boosted by return of ten Doeschate and Browne for Somerset clash
PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 June 2018
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The captain has missed the last two games through suspension while opener Browne hasn't played since the start of May against Yorkshire
Essex welcome back captain Ryan ten Doeschate and opener Nick Browne for the match against Somerset in the Specsavers County Championship at The Cloudfm County Ground starting later today.
The Netherlands all-rounder has missed the last two fixtures after suspension, with vice-captain Tom Westley taking over the role.
South Woodford’s Browne, meanwhile, has not featured since May when he broke a finger, but got some cricket on Saturday.
He took 3-32 from eight overs as his club side dismissed visiting Wickford for 163 at Highfield Road.
Browne then carried his bat to get South Woodford home in the 35th over by scoring an unbeaten 80 not out from 99 balls.
He will hope to feature in today’s match and captain ten Doeschate definitely will after he was forced to sit out the last two due to suspension.
Both matches ended in defeats; the first to Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final and then a heavy defeat to Nottinghamshire by 301 runs in the Specsavers County Championship.
Vice-captain Westley offered no excuses for the defeat to Nottinghamshire and is looking for a response from the team.
Essex have now completed half of the Specsavers County Championship fixtures having won three, lost two and drawn two, including a match against Yorkshire when not a single ball was bowled.
The County’s stand-in skipper offered his thoughts on the red-ball season so far that has left the county in fourth place of the eight Division One sides.
“I think it’s been a mixed season, if I’m being honest,” Westley stated. “We’ve done fantastically well to win three games but obviously we know that we are not playing as well as we did last year.
“But it’s a long season and there is a lot to play for. We do need our batters, myself included, to start scoring big runs and hopefully, that will start in the next game.
“Obviously we do have an issue with our batting at the moment but if you look at the personnel in the changing room, you probably wouldn’t want a better top six or seven in the country.
“We’ve been consistent for a number of years, it’s just that we’ve gone through a couple of months of not scoring runs. Hopefully, we can turn the corner in this next game.
“I must say that I think our bowlers have bowled fantastically well this year and hopefully as a batting unit, we can start to back them up.
“I do believe though that in this division, you are only a couple of wins away from being around the top and that is our mindset as a club. It’s never taking a step-up backwards but always what do we need to do to move forwards again.”
Essex squad to face Somerset;
Ryan ten Doeschate (27) Captain
Ravi Bopara (25)
Nick Browne (10)
Matt Coles (1)
Alastair Cook (26)
Sam Cook (16)
Simon Harmer (13)
Michael Pepper (19)
Jamie Porter (44)
Neil Wagner (13)
Tom Westley (21)
Adam Wheater (31) Wicket-Keeper