Previously at the Cricket Observer we brought you a story about the first Dutch player to play in Australian domestic cricket. Ryan ten Doeschate signed with Tasmania mid 2010 and the arrival of the 6ft All-Rounder brought some attention to the game in Holland .
So we are all on “Dutch Watch” as the Big Bash T20 kicked off, I shall be bringing you an update of how his progress is going. If you happen to miss our earlier reports about the Dutch Legend , we shall be setting up in the next few days a dedicated page to our unofficial man Ryan ten Doeschate.
Tasmania’s opening match was against Western Australia , who has star quality themselves within the import ranks with the return of Chris Gayle to team up with Shaun Marsh at the top of the order, and former England paceman Sajid Mahmood. Tasmania won the toss and chose to bat first at the WACA, and found themselves in a bit of a hole after 5 overs losing Cosgrove and Lockyear cheaply. Birt  steady the ship with Paine. Paine also lost his new partner Bailey  on his way to 71 runs, even teaming up with Ryan ten Doeschate to put on a 17 run partnership before the Flying Dutchman was brought down in the 19th over for 12 runs, which also included a SIX off Coulter-Nile before being undone by a full toss the next ball.
Tasmania were 6/189 a respectable score line, considering they would have the evening bowling conditions and score board pressure with them. It was with the ball in his hands that Ryan ten Doeschate made his mark snaring the prize scalp of Chris Gayle in the 7th over bowling a full ball outside off, Gayle chased it only to put it straight in the hands of the waiting Birt at backward point. A game changing moment and more was to come from the same over, as he also wrapped up local star Pomersbach for 7 runs as he too tried to punish the Dutchman, dancing after his ball only to spear it to Xavier Doherty (remember him) at long on. The Orange Machine was unlucky not to have run out Voges in the same over missing from 10 feet. All this in his ONLY action packed over for the match finishing, with figures 1-0-3-2
With Gayle joining Marsh in the sheds early, it was Tasmania in early control as their other import Naved ul-Husan wrapped up the middle order, while Australia’s lost spinning sensation Krejza picked up a couple, to see WA dropping the first home round match by 63 runs, all out after 19 over’s for 126.
A small appearance from Cricket Observers Dutchman with ball and bat, should have the Tasmanian’s looking to give him more a run in their next match - 7th of Jan. against Queensland at The Gabba. Login soon for your next Orange Report, Cricket Observer is the unofficial home of Ryan ten Doeschate.