Ten Doeschate fires Essex to final
Ryan ten Doeschate scored his third half-century of the Pro ARCH Trophy as Essex defeated Sussex by 46 runs in Abu Dhabi to qualify for the final at their opponents’ expense.
Essex will face Middlesex in the final, and Sussex will take on Surrey to decide fifth and sixth place. Both matches will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Captain Mike Yardy did his best for Sussex, holding together the middle order in company with wicketkeeper Ben Brown.
But they could manage only 239 in response to Essex's 285 for seven, as seamer Maurice Chambers ran through the Sussex innings with figures of 5-42.
Jason Gallian and Matthew Walker had earlier showed the youngsters how it should be done, contributing 70 and 53 respectively as Essex got off to a flying start after choosing to bat.
Captain Mark Pettini hit Ragheb Aga for six at the end of the third over, but the medium-pacer swapped ends shortly afterwards and struck with his second ball - which Pettini smacked straight to backward point, where Carl Hopkinson took a comfortable catch.
Jaik Mickleburgh did not last long, becoming Aga's second victim when he was caught by Rory Hamilton-Brown at second slip two overs later.
That gave Walker a chance to forge an 80-run partnership with Gallian, who was dropped twice before finally holing out to Ed Joyce at wide long-off.
Walker and ten Doeschate combined in another half-century partnership, before the former was bowled round his legs - trying to sweep Robin Martin-Jenkins.
Yardy rotated his change bowlers, and Chris Nash had Tom Westley very well-caught by Chris Liddle at long-on.
James Middlebrook then joined in with some late-order hitting but lost ten Doeschate for 84 off 73 balls with three overs remaining when he was lbw to Liddle.
After the early loss of Joyce and Hopkinson in the Sussex innings, Chris Nash carried on from where he left off against Fly Emirates in Sharjah last week.
He scored 40 before but was run out by a direct hit from mid-off, attempting a quick single, as Sussex stumbled to 95 for four.
Hamilton-Brown hit two huge blows over long-on off Chambers and David Masters but then sliced a drive straight to Pettini at cover.
Yardy and Brown managed to rebuild, putting on 98 for the fifth wicket, before the captain was caught by Walker off of Chambers.
The same bowler had Martin-Jenkins caught behind for a golden duck, with Brown and Aga falling to ten Doeschate in quick succession to put Essex in control.
Sussex never looked likely to reach their target, with wickets falling far too regularly, and they were all out inside 46 overs.