Essex ‘under-performed’ at Kent says coach Silverwood

PUBLISHED: 18:55 09 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:55 09 July 2017

Ryan ten Doeschate hits four runs for Essex against Kent Spitfires (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ryan ten Doeschate hits four runs for Essex against Kent Spitfires (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Eagles suffer second successive Natwest T20 Blast defeat

Essex coach Chris Silverwood conceded that his side under performed with both bat and ball in their Natwest T20 Blast defeat at Kent.

The Eagles made 166-8 at Beckenham, with Varun Chopra (47), Ravi Bopara (45) and captain Ryan ten Doeschate (38) their top run-getters.

But the Spitfires eased to their target with seven wickets and nine balls to spare, condemning Essex to a second successive defeat in the competition.

Silverwood said: “This game has moved on, batsmen are braver and hit the ball harder and further, and there are fewer hiding places for the bowlers.

“That said, I felt we were well short in terms of setting a target as it proved, but equally we didn’t bowl that well either.

“We saw with (Daniel) Bell-Drummond in the Kent innings that if one guy goes on well past 50 you can score runs on that pitch, but our guys didn’t do that, two or three made starts and then got out.

“That’s something we can look at but from the bowling perspective we fed them a little too much, too easily. That’s something to work on and we’ll get back on the training field and get on with it.”

Bell-Drummond hit an unbeaten 90 from 55 balls, including four sixes and eight fours, as the Essex bowlers struggled to stem the flow.

Spinner Simon Harmer (2-21) escaped the carnage in his four-over spell, but man-of-the-match Bell-Drummond, he said: “This Blast T20 is a format where you have to hit the ground running and we’re really happy to day that, especially against Essex who are a good side and a team we’ve found tough in the past.

“There are a lot of good teams in this south group, any one team is capable of winning the group, so you really need to start well and put your foot down from the off.

“We were happy to bowl first and did a really good job of it. For a period it looked through Bopara and ten Doeschate that they might have reached 180-plus, but we restricted them well.

“The two new guys, Neesham and Milne, did brilliantly and Tredwell was excellent. He sometimes goes under the radar but was awesome. He went for six from his first ball but only conceded 18 from his four overs, which was a brilliant performance.”

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