Middlesex survive ten Doeschate ton
Middlesex Panthers beat Essex Eagles by five runs in a thrilling Friends Provident t20 match at Lord’s to record their second win of the season in the competition.
The Panthers had posted a substantial total of 200 for six from their allotted overs, with captain-elect Neil Dexter top-scoring with 43, but Essex mounted a brave pursuit thanks to a stunning effort from Ryan ten Doeschate.
The Netherlands all-rounder scored 102 from 54 deliveries, clearing the ropes on seven occasions and also adding five fours to keep his side in the hunt.
When he eventually holed out to Eoin Morgan at cover off Pedro Collins, the Eagles required a further 23 runs.
But the initiative had been regained by Middlesex and, when the final over commenced, 15 runs were needed.
Tim Murtagh held his nerve, removing Tim Phillips with his first delivery and, although Danish Kaneria plundered a six off the next ball, the following two deliveries yielded just one run before Kaneria was run out to ensure the Middlesex victory.
At the halfway stage of their reply, Essex had reached 91 for two but the arrival of ten Doeschate set the game alight.
His efforts proved in vain as the Eagles finished on 195 for eight and with their third defeat in four matches.
Dexter had anchored the Middlesex innings after Australian opening pair Adam Gilchrist and David Warner had fallen to New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris.
Gilchrist hit 13 and his junior partner 25 from 15 balls, with two sixes.
Owais Shah chipped in with 35 and Gareth Berg an unbeaten 24, but Essex were left to rue sending down 18 wides.