Cricket: I got it wrong says Essex captain Ten Doeschate
PUBLISHED: 19:48 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:48 05 September 2018
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Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate admitted he made the wrong decision in opting to bowl first after winning the toss against Surrey.
Having seen the County Championship Division One leaders make 351, with Sam Cook (3-71) and Peter Siddle (3-86) the pick of his attack, ten Doeschate’s defending champions were dismissed for 126 in 37.2 overs and made to follow on.
Ten Doeschate said: “To be fair to the bowlers, maybe to ask them to bowl first on that wicket after the shift they put in against Hampshire – which only finished two days before – in hindsight was maybe too much.”
Tom Westley (49), Siddle (21 not out) and Porter were the only Essex batsmen in double figures in reply and ten Doeschate added: “We’ve had one of those horror sessions that does happen from time to time. But we certainly could have batted a lot better and bowled better as well. The boys did a great fighting job to keep them at 2.7 [an over] but it was the type of wicket where we could have made early inroads and bowled them out cheaply.
“To get bowled out in a session is disappointing. The wicket showed signs of being tough to bat on on the first day. We had rode our luck on the first day against Hampshire last week – I felt it was a mirror image of that.
“But regardless of when you bat, I don’t think it’s been easy on that wicket. We want to play on good wickets at this time when points are crucial. To get no batting points and only two bowling points we’ll have to fight really hard to get anything else out of this game.”
Essex closed on 13-0 in their second innings and face a huge battle to avoid defeat, with ten Doeschate saying: “It is clearly a new-ball wicket and we’d certainly liked to have seen more resolve from the batters through that first session at least, even if you’re five down you can come back tomorrow and fight back.
“At the same you have to give credit to them – they’re a slick unit who keep coming at you. We haven’t seen Virdi bowling in this game and I think they took advantage of some very helpful bowling conditions.”
As for Westley’s efforts, ten Doeschate added: “Tom is a quality player. I’ve actually been quite surprised by a lot of the negativity surrounding Tom. For someone who was so instrumental in us winning the title last year, I feel that he hasn’t been given the runway he deserves for someone who’s done so well for the club.
“One thing I certainly learnt from the captaincy is that you have to back the players, and to give guys like Tom the runway. And you’ve seen in tough conditions today that he looked the most comfortable of all the players.
“Now we’re going to have to bat really deeply and hopefully give the bowlers something to have a go at in their second innings.”