2016 Season Review | August


Essex v Sussex | Specsavers County Championship

Essex welcomed Sussex for the Colchester Festival for a Specsavers County Championship clash.

Essex won the toss and elected to bat and quickly racked up 358 all out. Ryan ten Doeschate scored 83 while Dan Lawrence continued his good form with 65.

In response Sussex racked up a monster score of 448 all out thanks to the lower order defiance of Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer. Jordan scored 131 while Archer scored 73. Ed Joyce was the mainstay of the top order with a score of 92.

Two good first innings had taken large amounts of time out of the game and Essex secured the draw with 470-8 declared. Ryan ten Doeschate backed up his first innings score with 109 and Graham Napier produced the perfect farewell to his home ground by scoring a memorable 124.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws v Essex Eagles | NatWest T20 Blast

Essex reached the NatWest T20 Blast quarter finals after finishing fourth in the group stage. That meant a tough trip to North group winners Nottinghamshire and unfortunately Essex could not achieve the desired result.

Batting first Notts set a target of 162 for 7 thanks to 50 from Greg Smith and 36 from Riki Wessels. Ryan ten Doeschate was excellent with the ball taking 3 for 19 off four overs.

Essex started like a train in response with Jesse Ryder scoring 47 off 30 balls but nobody could support him and Chris Silverwood’s men crumbled to a disappointing 123 all out and crashed out of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Essex v Derbyshire | Specsavers County Championship

Nick Browne scored his second double hundred against Derbyshire of the season as Essex dominated the game at The 3aaa County Ground from start to finish.

He was ably supported by Tom Westley’s 72 and Ryan ten Doeschate’s 60 as Essex scored a gargantuan 530 for 9 declared.

The dominance continued as Derbyshire were then skittled for 165 thanks to four wickets from leading wicket-taker Graham Napier.

The home side followed on and were reaped in further misery as they were bowled out for 303 and Essex won by an innings and 62 runs. Only Captain Billy Godleman could contributed with a significant score as he scored 100 exactly before being trapped lbw to Napier. Napier picked up another four wickets to take his match tally to eight.

Warwickshire v Essex Eagles | Royal London One-Day Cup

Essex Eagles traveled to Edgbaston for their Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final to take on an in-form Warwickshire team.

The home side prepared a spin-friendly pitch and made the most of batting first setting a substantial target of 283. This was largely thanks to 101 from Jonathan Trott, whilst Laurie Evans and Tim Ambrose scored 70 and 60 apiece.

Warwickshire’s spinners dominated during the chase as Ateeq Javid, Jeetan Patel an Josh Poysden took eight of the 10 wickets between them.

Tom Westley scored 61 and Ryan ten Doeschate 53 but Essex crashed out of another quarter-final as they could only muster 213 all out in response.

Leicestershire v Essex | Specsavers County Championship 

Essex traveled to the Fischer County Ground looking to cement their position at the top of the pile and boost their promotion hopes.

Leicestershire were put into bat and were bowled out for 238 with only Mark Cosgrove and Angus Robson making significant contributions.

Essex were indebted to Dan Lawrence in response as he helped the team recover from 68-5 with a stunning knock of 154. Captain Ryan ten Doeschate continued his excellent form with 86 as Essex somehow scored 423 all out.

The veteran David Masters led from the front in the hosts second innings taking four wickets whilst youngster Jamie Porter also took four as Essex skittled Leicestershire for 175 and won the game by an innings and 10 runs.

Many saw this victory as the point in the season Essex would put their foot on the throat and go on and win the title.

Essex v Worcestershire | Specsavers County Championship

Chris Silverwood’s men welcomed Worcestershire to The Essex County Ground looking to cement their position at the top of the table.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and posted a first innings score of 230. Ben Cox scored 63 and George Rhodes 59 while David Masters tore the Pears apart taking 7-52.

In response the hosts scored a mammoth 601 for 5 largely thanks to 254 from Tom Westley. Ryan ten Doeschate also scored another 100 while Ravi Bopara fell agonizingly short of a Championship hundred snicking off for 99.

Worcestershire could not save the game as they were all out for 210 in the second innings with Rhodes top-scoring with 41. Graham Napier picked up another five-wicket haul to sit top of the Division bowling charts.