An excellent knock of 53 now not out from Ryan ten Doeschate noticed Essex earn a nerve-wracking one-wicket win over champions Surrey at the ultimate day of the County Championship season at The Oval.
Surrey’s good efficiency within the box was once spearheaded by way of Morne Morkel earlier than Essex, with regards to controlled to chase down the their 132 goal.
Jade Dernbach and Amar Virdi additionally performed their section, sharing the opposite 4 wickets, however may just now not save you Surrey dropping their unbeaten report in Department One this time period.
A stupendous end additionally integrated a loopy run-out of Matt Coles when, for some unknown explanation why, Ten Doeschate known as his spouse for a 3rd run that was once now not there.
Ten Doeschate had pushed Morkel in opposition to the extra-cover boundary however Mark Stoneman dived to tug again the ball simply ft from the ropes and Will Jacks, who had sprinted to improve his team-mate, threw to keeper Ben Foakes with Coles stranded.
, 122 for 8 had transform 124 for 9, and Ten Doeschate was once left with simply final guy Matt Quinn for corporate as he attempted to get his facet over the road.
A a very powerful leg bye, despite the fact that, received in spite of Dernbach barging into non-striker Quinn as he attempted to get to the ball, supposed Ten Doeschate stored the strike for Morkel’s 12th over and the 38-year-old took a two and a unmarried from the second one and 3rd balls to take Essex to inside of two runs of victory.
Quinn survived the final 3 balls of Morkel’s over, in spite of wanting consideration when an 88mph bouncer thudded into the grille of his helmet, and Ten Doeschate grew to become Dernbach for the successful boundary within the subsequent over.
Morkel had induced early Essex jitters by way of generating an absolute great thing about a leg-cutter which pitched on heart and hit the highest of Murali Vijay’s off stump.
Nick Browne then drove at off-spinner Virdi and was once adjudged stuck at slip by way of Rikki Clarke even supposing Sky Sports activities tv replays advised that bat had now not come into touch with the turning ball.
Dan Lawrence lifted Virdi excessive over long-on for 6 however, on 10, he was once stunned by way of the steep jump of Dernbach’s first ball and edged to Clarke in the beginning slip.
And, within the subsequent over, Ravi Bopara’s fit to fail to remember was once finished when he was once given out stuck at short-leg off Virdi for a seven-ball duck, leaving Essex 47 for 4.
Dernbach, in a pointy spell of 4-2-7-2, additionally pressured Tom Westley to edge a lifter into the secure palms of Clarke however, from 55 for 5, Ten Doeschate and Adam Wheater steadied Essex with some selective strokeplay.
Wheater, despite the fact that, was once lucky to live on on 10 when he top-edged a opposite sweep at Virdi and noticed Dernbach fail to carry directly to a shoulder-high likelihood as he dived to his left at backward level.
However, on 11, he edged a fast leg-cutter from the returning Morkel to 2d slip the place Ryan Patel held directly to a pointy catch.
3 balls later and it was once 97 for seven, with Morkel generating any other wickedly lifting ball to have Simon Harmer, a first-innings century-maker, stuck by way of keeper Foakes for nought.
Morkel struck once more to pin Jamie Porter lbw for 4 with a near-yorker earlier than Ten Doeschate in the end noticed his facet house on the loss of life.
Essex had previous taken 26.2 extra overs – and 142.2 in overall – to paintings their means thru the remainder of Surrey’s tenacious 2d innings after the Championship winners had resumed on 477 for 5.
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Surrey have been sooner or later bowled out for 541 in a while earlier than lunch, with Essex seamer Coles, an alternative choice to concussion sufferer Sam Cook dinner, taking 5 for 123.
Jacks added only one run to his in a single day ranking earlier than falling for 53 within the 3rd over of the day, edging a power at Coles to Harmer at 2d slip.
However Patel and Clarke took Surrey previous 500, including 53 for the 7th wicket when Coles angled one around the latter from across the wicket to have him stuck at the back of for 39.
Morkel lasted simply two balls, guidance a shortish ball from Coles to gully, and Patel’s close to three-hour resistance was once in the end ended when he unluckily thin-edged an tried leg look to a emerging ball from Coles thru to change keeper Michael Pepper.