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Cricket: Ten Doeschate tans Derby; DIVISIONTWOREVIEW.

Ryan ten Doeschate again underlined his liking for the Derbyshire attack by leading Essex to 365 for seven on the opening day at Chelmsford.

Just 24 hours before celebrating his 28th birthday the right-hander struck an unbeaten 118 to follow the 132 he scored at Derby late last season. His Gfth championship century included 14 fours and a six while Alastair Cook failed by Five to reach a First century this summer.

Essex lost Jason Gallian and Neil Dexter, both to Charl Langeveldt, with only 10 on the board. When Ravi Bopara was magniGcently caught at third slip by a jumping Jake Needham from a Jon Clare delivery that leapt off a length Essex were 42 for three. But Cook, strong off the back foot, and captain Mark Pettini shared 81 before Pettini's entertaining 40 was cut short by off-spinner Needham when he departed leg-before. Soon afterwards the same bowler snared Cook as Clare held a Gne catch at short mid-wicket. The England opener's 95 contained 13 fours and lasted 143 deliveries.

Ten Doeschate soon lost James Foster and James Middlebrook to the persevering Needham but he and Alex Tudor, who played some eye-catching drives, added 126 in 31 overs, Tudor completing his half-century with a six over extra cover off medium paceman Wavell Hinds. He has also struck seven fours and will resume on 53. Needham has four for 81 from 25 overs.

At Uxbridge Dawid Malan's unbeaten 121 rescued Middlesex from 36 for four against Northamptonshire, allowing the hosts to close on 317 for seven. Malan hit 19 fours in a 239-ball innings.
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