Win is great for title charge says Essex skipper
PUBLISHED: 19:43 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:43 07 August 2017
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Captain Ryan ten Doeschate hailed his Essex team-mates after their eight-wicket win over Yorkshire inside two days at Scarborough.
Mohammad Amir finished with match figures of 10-72 after a second successive five-wicket haul saw the hosts dismissed for 150, leaving Essex needing just 33 for victory.
Jamie Porter weighed in with 7-85 as Essex extended their lead at the top of the County Championship Division One table and ten Doeschate said: “To pick up points so emphatically inside two days and what it means for the title charge is fantastic for us. It’s so important not to focus too much on the title. “There’s still five games to go, which is a long way to go. That Lancashire v Hampshire game this week is very important.
“But if we keep our heads and worry more about the cricket we play, it’s ours to win.”
Amir and Porter had blown Yorkshire away on the first morning, reducing them to 74-9 before a last-wicket stand lifted the total to 113.
Essex slipped to 81-4 in reply, but ten Doeschate played a captain’s innings for the visitors, hitting 12 fours in his 88 from 130 balls as they eventually reached 231.
Yorkshire were 0-2 after eight balls of their second innings, as Amir and Porter made early inroads again, and looked on course for an innings defeat at 86-8.
Jack Leaning (70) and Ryan Coad (28) forced the match into a fourth innings, though, and Essex saw openers Varun Chopra and Nick Browne fall before Dan Lawrence hit the winning runs.
Ten Doeschate added: “The scoreboard speaks for the performance. To have a team like Yorkshire in trouble over two innings on a slightly helpful pitch is fantastic.
“It was was led by Mohammad (Amir). He hardly missed there. It was nice to see Jamie Porter back it up as well. Jamie felt he didn’t bowl particularly well in the first innings, but he showed why he’s got over 40 Championship wickets this season. He let the ball do the work.”