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Ryan ten Doeschate ton in vain as Middlesex beat Essex

Middlesex 200-6 (20 ovs) beat Essex 195-8 (20 ovs) by five runs
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Ryan ten Doeschate
Ten Doeschate's 102 was his first century in Twenty20 cricket

Ryan ten Doeschate hit 102 but finished on the losing side as Middlesex beat Essex in an FP t20 thriller at Lord's.

Middlesex looked firm favourites after racking up 200-6, in which every batsman made double figures.

But Essex stayed in the game as Ten Doeschate smashed seven sixes and five fours in his 54-ball effort, before falling with 23 needed off eight balls.

With six needed off the last ball for a tie, Chris Wright only grabbed a single as Essex lost by five runs on 195-8.

It was Middlesex's second successive win under short-term captain Adam Gilchrist, while Essex have now lost three of their four games in the South Group.

Having reached 200 for just the third time in Twenty20 cricket, captain-elect Neil Dexter top scoring with 43, Middlesex would have understandably fancied their chances of closing out victory.

But they reckoned without Ten Doeschate, whose efforts helped Essex from 91-2 at the half-way point to within sight of an improbable victory.

Even after his departure, Essex had a sniff as they were left needing 15 off the final over.

But Tim Murtagh held his nerve for the home side, claiming the wicket of Tim Phillips with his first ball before responding to being hit for six by Danish Kaneira by limiting the spinner to one run off the next two balls.

Kaneria was then run out coming back for a second to leave Wright with the task of hitting the last ball for six - one that he proved not up to.

Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate told BBC Essex:
"There's no use moaning about it. We're a team when we win and we're as team when we go down.

"There's always going to be one guy putting his hand up, that's the nature of sport.

"There's no point whinging about it, maybe somebody else will put their hand up next time."

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