Ryan ten Doeschate
All-rounder ten Doeschate, an excellent fielder, has the ability to bat in any situation and can vary his seam bowling effectively.
Born in South Africa, ten Doeschate is of Dutch descent and qualifies to play in English domestic cricket as a European citizen.
He caught the eye of Essex when he shone with bat and ball while representing Western Province during their pre-season tour in 2003.
Ten Doeschate was playing club cricket in Holland at the time and initially joined Essex on trial in June 2003 until the end of the season, during which time he impressed enough to earn a two-year contract.
He did not play any first-team cricket in 2004 but had a key role in Essex’s title-winning National League campaign the following summer, averaging 66 with the bat.
Ten Doeschate hit his maiden first-class hundred in 2006 and helped Essex to the Pro40 Division One title.
While playing for the Netherlands in December of the same year, ten Doeschate broke an Intercontinental Cup record as he amassed a career-best unbeaten 259 against Canada.
His consistent performances for Essex continued and in 2008 he aided their Friends Provident Trophy and NatWest Pro40 Division Two titles.
He capped a fine year when he was named Associate player of the year at the International Cricket Council annual awards ceremony in September, and signed an extension to his Essex contract keeping him at Chelmsford until 2011.
The all-rounder caught the eye at the 2011 World Cup, scoring an unbeaten century in the Netherlands’ defeat to England.