Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate: ''If you had told
me six or seven years ago I'd play 100 games, I wouldn't
have believed you and I don't think many people would
have.'' Photo by Adrian Seconi.
Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate could have played
his 100th first-class game for Essex when he rejoins his county
for the English summer.
Instead, he will forgo all the pomp and pageantry and raise
the milestone playing for Otago against Central Districts in
a Plunket Shield match at the University Oval.
It is a huge achievement in a player's career but ten
Doeschate would prefer the celebrations were low-key.
Still, the South African-born all-rounder is thrilled to have
reached the mark.
''I'm not one for stats, really,'' he told the Otago Daily
''But if you had told me six or seven years ago I'd play 100
games, I wouldn't have believed you and I don't think many
people would have.
''I was aware I was on 99 and was looking forward to playing
at Essex. But because I'm not so sentimental, I'm just
looking forward to having another crack here [today].''
The 32-year-old all-rounder signed with Otago to play in the
domestic twenty/20 tournament and made an immediate impact
with a fine innings of 65 from 45 deliveries. He could have
sat out the next week waiting for that competition to resume
but is keen to contribute.
''I like to go under the radar and just get on with my thing,
so I hope they haven't got anything planned.''
For a player of his calibre, that would be a great shame. Ten
Doeschate has a quite remarkable first-class record. He has
scored 5863 runs at an average of 46.90, including 18
hundreds, and has taken 173 wickets at 33.87.
His one-day record is even more impressive. In 147 games, he
has scored 3840 runs at 45.17 and taken 135 wickets at 29.39.
Arguably, though, it is as a twenty/20 player he has really
found his niche. His ability to win games with either the
ball or the bat make him a highly sought-after player.
Two years ago, he played for Canterbury and was rightly named
MVP. He scored 284 runs at 40.57 and took 12 wickets at
It might come as a surprise to anyone who saw some of those
performances, but ten Doeschate felt like he was not on top
of his game.
''It was very different, coming from the very professional
environment [at Essex] to seeing the reality of New Zealand
''I don't mean that in a derogatory way. It is just a fact of
life that the resources and facilities are not available here
like they are in England.
''It was a bit of a struggle. The game is not all about stats
and I just felt I didn't play very well in that series.
''As a player, you know when you are playing well and I think
it is important to feel like you are playing well. I actually
feel like I'm playing well at the moment, so that is a good
sign for me.''
And for Otago. Ten Doeschate's record suggests he will make a
positive impact of some kind during the next four days.
His decision to throw his kit bag in with the Dutch team in
2006 means he will never get to play test cricket. But it is
not a decision he regrets.
''I bloomed quite late as a cricketer and I wasn't getting a
crack in South Africa, for no reason other than I wasn't good
enough at the time. The chance came up to go to England. I
could use my Dutch passport to play and from there it was
just a natural step.
''I wanted to play in world cups and get the chance to travel
to countries and Dutch cricket supported me in that
''I don't feel hard done by and am delighted with what I've
been able to achieve in first-class cricket.''
Central Districts has made one change to the team that lost
to Wellington by seven wickets last week. Bevan Small comes
into the 12 for Ben Smith.
University Oval, starts today
Otago: Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom,
Ryan ten Doeschate, Sam Wells, Michael Bracewell, Mark Craig,
Ian Butler, Neil Wagner, Nick Beard, Jacob Duffy, Iain
Central Districts: Jamie How, Jeet Raval, Carl
Cachopa, Mathew Sinclair, Will Young, Kruger van Wyk, Peter
Trego, Roald Badenhorst, Ajaz Patel, Andrew Lamb, Andrew
Mathieson, Bevan Small.