Ten out of ten for Doeschate; makes a case for minnows in World Cup

Ryan ten Doeschate against England

 

By Suneer Chowdhary
Nagpur: Feb 22, 2011
Ryan ten Doeschate provided an answer to most Indian fans on the reasons for his $150,000-worth contract for the next couple of editions of the Indian Premier League. As if to prove that his 96-ball 98 in the warm-up game against Kenya was no flash in the pan, ten Doeschate smacked one of the more matured centuries in international cricket to guide the Dutch side to a healthy-looking 292 for six in their 50 overs. 
And the other thing that he did do was to add further fuel to the raging fire in the form of the ICC-decision to go in with a ten-team World Cup for 2015.
Apart from a dropped catch, or more specifically a skier that should have been caught but was not even attempted by those hovering below it, ten Doeschate’s was a flawless innings. He stuck to his end like glue, ran like he had been taking tips from Jonty Rhodes and bludgeoned the spinners as if he was bred in the subcontinent.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, Netherlands proved to be a whiff of fresh air after three poor batting displays from the likes of Kenya, Canada and Zimbabwe. There was nothing Associate-like in their batting and Alexei Kervezee and Wesley Berresi found the ball to be coming on to the bat. They were off to a 36-run stand off six overs with Kervezee’s intentions were clear – see ball, hit ball. Unfortunately, that was too good to last forever.
After only a couple of overs from James Anderson, who found it difficult to swing the ball around, Tim Bresnan was called up and he sent Kervezee back. Berresi’s 29 came off 25 with his six boundaries giving an account of how easy the Dutch found the batting.
It was after his dismissal, second of at least the four soft dismissals in the innings that ten Doeschate got to the crease and struggled to get going immediately. He took 12 balls to get off the mark but once he had got off for his first international run in India, there was hardly any looking back.
At the other end, first Tom Cooper (47) and the Tom de Grooth (28) guided the Dutch innings even as ten Doeschate slammed three sixes off the shell-shocked English bowlers. Graeme Swann troubled him a little but he overcame the dropped catch, got his focus back and ensured that he had carried on to get to his century.
The Batting Powerplay was taken in the 43rd over and lost de Grooth immediately, but captain Peter Borren held up his innings as well and came up with a cameo. Ten Doeschate got to his century off an overthrow that went for five, richly deserving the applause from smattering of crowd that had decided to get to the stadium. By the time Stuart Broad had picked him as his second wicket for the innings, ten Doeschate had got 119 (110) and Netherlands were 275 for five with a couple of overs to spare.
Even after his dismissal, Borren carried on the good work to ensure that 18 came off the last two overs and Netherlands had got to 292 for six in their 50. He remained unbeaten on 32 that had come off just 21 deliveries.
While the Dutch batting was of the top draw, the same cannot be said about the English fielding. There were at least three dropped chances and numerous others which were misfielded apart from two overthrows that went for extra runs. Anderson dropped one off the bowling of Swann and some overs later in the game, Swann seemed to have returned the compliment by doing the same off Anderson.
And lesser said the better about the bowling in the death overs which were conspicuous by the absence of the yorkers.
The track at the VCA is one of the better ones in the country for the batsmen. With the Dutch bowling expectedly inexperienced, they will have a decent chance of going for the target. And yet, a couple of early could spell trouble for the more-fancied English side.
Brief scores: Netherlands 292 for 6 in 50 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 119, Tom Cooper 47; Graeme Swann 2 for 35, Stuart Broad 2 for 65) vs England
(Suneer is a Mumbai-based cricket writer and can be contacted at suneerchowdhary@gmail.com and Tweets here @suneerchowdhary)

By Suneer Chowdhary

Nagpur: Feb 22, 2011

Ryan ten Doeschate provided an answer to most Indian fans on the reasons for his $150,000-worth contract for the next couple of editions of the Indian Premier League. As if to prove that his 96-ball 98 in the warm-up game against Kenya was no flash in the pan, ten Doeschate smacked one of the more matured centuries in international cricket to guide the Dutch side to a healthy-looking 292 for six in their 50 overs. 

And the other thing that he did do was to add further fuel to the raging fire in the form of the ICC-decision to go in with a ten-team World Cup for 2015.

Apart from a dropped catch, or more specifically a skier that should have been caught but was not even attempted by those hovering below it, ten Doeschate’s was a flawless innings. He stuck to his end like glue, ran like he had been taking tips from Jonty Rhodes and bludgeoned the spinners as if he was bred in the subcontinent.

Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, Netherlands proved to be a whiff of fresh air after three poor batting displays from the likes of Kenya, Canada and Zimbabwe. There was nothing Associate-like in their batting and Alexei Kervezee and Wesley Berresi found the ball to be coming on to the bat. They were off to a 36-run stand off six overs with Kervezee’s intentions were clear – see ball, hit ball. Unfortunately, that was too good to last forever.

After only a couple of overs from James Anderson, who found it difficult to swing the ball around, Tim Bresnan was called up and he sent Kervezee back. Berresi’s 29 came off 25 with his six boundaries giving an account of how easy the Dutch found the batting.

It was after his dismissal, second of at least the four soft dismissals in the innings that ten Doeschate got to the crease and struggled to get going immediately. He took 12 balls to get off the mark but once he had got off for his first international run in India, there was hardly any looking back.

At the other end, first Tom Cooper (47) and the Tom de Grooth (28) guided the Dutch innings even as ten Doeschate slammed three sixes off the shell-shocked English bowlers. Graeme Swann troubled him a little but he overcame the dropped catch, got his focus back and ensured that he had carried on to get to his century.

The Batting Powerplay was taken in the 43rd over and lost de Grooth immediately, but captain Peter Borren held up his innings as well and came up with a cameo. Ten Doeschate got to his century off an overthrow that went for five, richly deserving the applause from smattering of crowd that had decided to get to the stadium. By the time Stuart Broad had picked him as his second wicket for the innings, ten Doeschate had got 119 (110) and Netherlands were 275 for five with a couple of overs to spare.

Even after his dismissal, Borren carried on the good work to ensure that 18 came off the last two overs and Netherlands had got to 292 for six in their 50. He remained unbeaten on 32 that had come off just 21 deliveries.

While the Dutch batting was of the top draw, the same cannot be said about the English fielding. There were at least three dropped chances and numerous others which were misfielded apart from two overthrows that went for extra runs. Anderson dropped one off the bowling of Swann and some overs later in the game, Swann seemed to have returned the compliment by doing the same off Anderson.

And lesser said the better about the bowling in the death overs which were conspicuous by the absence of the yorkers.

The track at the VCA is one of the better ones in the country for the batsmen. With the Dutch bowling expectedly inexperienced, they will have a decent chance of going for the target. And yet, a couple of early could spell trouble for the more-fancied English side.

Brief scores: Netherlands 292 for 6 in 50 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 119, Tom Cooper 47; Graeme Swann 2 for 35, Stuart Broad 2 for 65) vs England

(Suneer is a Mumbai-based cricket writer and can be contacted at suneerchowdhary@gmail.com and Tweets here @suneerchowdhary)