LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Essex 251-6
Lancs 2pts, Essex 2pts
Ten Doeschate has played 26 one-day internationals for the Netherlands
Ryan ten Doeschate's 85 helped Essex to 251-6 on an even first day with Lancashire at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international hit 13 fours before falling lbw to Glen Chapple (2-41) just before the close.
Earlier, Billy Godleman and Jaik Mickleburgh (both 39) shared 79 for the first wicket before both fell to left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan (2-71).
Matt Walker (42) also chipped in before ten Doeschate took over, but his exit leaves the match finely balanced.
After Lancashire captain Chapple won the toss and decided to field, Godleman and Mickelburgh made good progress but fell either side of lunch.
First Godleman chipped to Stephen Moore at mid-wicket then Mickleburgh was trapped lbw before Walker and Mark Pettini added 44 for the third wicket.
When Pettini was caught at gully off Kyle Hogg, Walker and ten Doeschate were united to add 66 in 17 overs, the Dutchman reaching his half-century from just 52 balls.
Even when Walker was bowled trying cut Saj Mahmood, ten Doeschate forged on, but both he and wicketkeeper James Foster fell lbw to Chapple before the close as Lancashire dragged themselves back into the game.
Ravi Bopara, who had been with England's victorious ICC World Twenty20 squad at Downing Street on Monday, will replace the unbeaten Grant Flower in the Essex line-up on day two.
BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read:
"A tough day for Lancashire's bowlers, who deserve a great deal of credit for toiling away on a pitch which looked like it would do plenty and in the end did little.
"The green wicket looked set up for Lancashire's quick bowlers, but it offered little in the end and to have taken six wickets by the close is a fine effort.
"It's hard to pick out a stand-out bowler, but Simon Kerrigan was excellent.
"Lancashire need three wickets for maximum bowling points - that must be the first priority on day two."