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Follow Ryan ten Doeschate on our unofficial match reports, as we chart the success and rise of the first Dutchman to play Australian domestic cricket.

Orange Report V - vs. South Australia
With a return to form in the loss to NSW, ten Doeschate and Tasmania were greeted with a good conditions and the same wicket used for the ODI as they were paired up in a top of the table clash with south Australia. Tasmania won the toss, and of course chose to bat.

It was an early walk to the wicket for ten Doeschate, as Tasmania lost quick wickets 3/31 at the end of the 5th. Starting slowly the Dutchman worked the ball to fielders, finding his batting cramped by the South Australian spinners. After 10 overs Ryan ten Doeschate had 7 runs from 18 balls, not exactly lighting it up. Tasmania and found themselves in deep trouble at this point 55/5 after 10 overs.

The Dutchman seeing the need for runs before he ran out of partners started to play his shots against Christian, taking 6 from his over and a further 5 from Borgas. The big hitting would be his undoing in the end as he tried to sweep Rashid, hitting him hard and flat into the hands of Aiden Blizzard, scoring 22 from 30 balls. Not his biggest score, but he would be Tasmania’s leading runs scorer as they were strangled by SA, never getting a partnership going Tasmania had left South Australia a poultry 110 to chase.

It was all too easy for South Australia; they chased the score losing only the single wicket of Klinger, as Blizzard & Harris raced to the total in 11.3 overs, finishing the Tigers off with a 6 over long on. South Australia was clinical and ruthless in the chase, showing why they are top of the Big Bash table. Tigers are still in the play-off spots, but will have to recover quickly for Thursdays match against Western Australia.

Despite not bowling again, Ryan ten Doeschate walked away as the best of a bad match for Tasmania, and now seems to have settled his batting into the line-up. While not lighting it up as of yet, there is more confidence in his strokes.

Orange Report IV vs. NSW
The Ryan ten Doeschate roadshow made its way into Sydney, with Tasmania taking on a star studded NSW line-up including Dave Warner, Khawaja & Hughes. It has been a horror run for Ryan ten Doeschate of late, struggling with both ball & bat, had a few of us thinking we may have to leave this journey early.
The sun was out, George Bailey winning toss did what all good captains do and chose to bat first. And the choice was a good one as Tasmania keeping the runs ticking in the early over’s. Debutant Cummins had a great first day in NSW colours collecting both Lockyear and Wells in his first over. Bailey and Birt didn’t allow this set back to slow the run rate. Tasmania reaching 50/2 and the end of 6 over’s, this pace continued until the loss of Bailey for 27 leaving Tasmania 83/3, and Ryan ten Doeschate coming to make amends for his recent lack of form.

The Cricket Observer held its breath as he took a rising ball to the body, working a leg bye out of the situation, and he was off the mark. Taking a back seat to Birt, Doeschate worked singles down to third man. Building confidence with each ball ten Doeschate had enough of the little stuff, picking up a wide half volley from Coyte he square drove though backward point for a blistering 4. The Dutchman continued the next few over’s to build a partnership with Birt as the two of them worked the strike, Birt gaining a life when Warner dropped him at long off.

Moving into the 15th over Tasmania 109/3 and looking to add more, Ryan came alive, pouncing on a length ball from Copeland to dispatch him over the sight screen for 6, proving it wasn’t a fluke he sliced Copeland just missing out and settling for 4 runs. Henriques would in the end get the better of him, as he tried swinging for mid wicket, only to balloon and edge for a simple catch. A much improved innings from our Dutch superstar 25 from 19 balls, a few boundaries, and a middle order partnership with Birt of 49 runs. The Tigers finish 6 for 152. The Blues bowled well to restrict Tasmania to just 69 runs off the last 10 overs. Pat Cummins, a 17-year-old on debut, took 3 for 29. But the veteran Stuart Clark was also brilliant taking 1 for 23 from 4, and Scott Coyte bounced back from a hammering against WA to finish with 0 for 22. Travis Birt top scored with 47 on a tough wicket. Leaving NSW with a tricky target to chase.
NSW with its strong batting line-up are a tough task, and they showed why 41/0 at the end of 5 overs. ten Doeschate was thrown the ball to try and break the partnership of Warner & Khawaja. His luck with the bat may have improved with the break, but his bowling was a gift to the batsman, Warner hitting him for a 4 & 6 on consecutive balls, Khawaja didn’t hold back either adding to his pain with a no ball slapped for 4. He finished 1-0-16-0, and that again was his night, Bailey going with Naved to help close out the game.

NSW needing 18 off the last over and could only manage 15. Rana Naved kept his nerve when all around him were losing theirs. A dropped catch, missed run out, and tough wide call saw five needed off the last ball. But Ben Rohrer could only manage two and the Tigers go to the top of the table. They weathered the early storm and held their nerve at the end. Tasmania moved to top the Big Bash table with one game remaining against SA.

Orange Report III vs. Victoria

It was again a rain soaked evening to meet Ryan ten Doeschate at Bellerive in Hobart . And with the match delayed for 30minutes as the ground staff cleared the water logged pitch, the out field was looking slow and neither team looked interested in batting first. Tasmania had a welcome boost in the bowling department with Ben Hilfenhaus returning from National duty and his swinging ball would be handy in these uncertain conditions. Even in these conditions you still had favour the champions of this format Victoria , also with Peter Siddle on return and Dwayne Bravo in the ranks.

Winning the toss Tasmania sent Victoria in to taste the wet conditions, having lost time at the start the match would be reduced to15 over’s. With Victoria thrown in it was up Tasmania to make the decision count, and with Xavier ‘remember me’ Doherty taking a wicket in the first over, and Hilfenhaus followed up with another in 2nd, Victoria 7/2 and Maxwell and Hodge in the warmth it was now left up to new recruit Prior to build something with Wade. This didn’t last long as 2 over’s later Naved-ul-Hasan got another breakthrough getting Wade to feather an edge. The English Patient and Calypso King started again to get the Vic’s on track as they had dropped to 22/3.


Ryan ten Doeschate had been given the night off at The Gabba, not seeing the ball and struggling with the bat. A chance for redemption as he was handed the ball in the 8th over, but bowling to a strong veteran in Prior was not going to be easy. The English keeper cut his first ball for 2, and then smashed his next for 6, before rubbing it in as he nudged him for 4. Finally a slower ball got Prior off strike only to leave the Dutchman with 2 balls to Bravo. A great 5th ball had Bravo defending strong, yet it didn’t end well another 4 struck by Bravo left ten Doeschate licking his wounds with a 17 run over, and the ball given back to Hilfenhaus.

The 11th over saw Jason ‘the other spinner’ Krejza finally stopping Prior on 51 with a caught and bowled. Krejza also was able to dislodge Calypso King Bravo for 22 and Quiney in the same over to suddenly swing the power back in Tasmania ’s favour, Victoria now into the tail at 103/6 with 3 over’s remaining. A great last couple of over’s by Naved, herald two wickets as the Victorians are restricted to 8 for 107. Matt Prior was a great signing getting 51 from 29. Krejza and Naved bowled well to take three wickets each at the death. Ryan ten Doeschate 17 run over saw him again as spectator in the field as he continues to struggle in the wet conditions Australia has had since the start of the Big Bash.


Tasmania started the chase well, Lockyear and Wells moving to 49 before the loss of Lockyear. With Tassie well ahead of the required run rate it all looked a bit of a formality as they batted well to finish Victoria off with 4 over’s to spare. Great win for the Tigers. They bowled and fielded brilliantly to restrict the Bushrangers to 8 for 107 and then Wells and Bailey have raced to the victory target in just 11.3 over’s. Wells played really well as a stand-in opener for the absent Tim Paine. His 51no off 33 balls featured some outstanding stroke play and he was supported firstly by Rhett Lockyear and then by the skipper George Bailey.

Tasmania find themselves top of the league with 2 wins from 3. Ryan ten Doeschate has only featured heavily in the first match against WA. The conditions it must say have not been favourable for the overseas professional, with an 8 day break now until the next match against NSW on the 19th, we here at the Cricket Observer hope he starts to get some much needed form back. Having spent the last few months travelling from England to Zimbabwe , New Zealand and now Australia plying his trade you know that the big scores are only just around the corner.

Kolkata Knight Riders
No of players bought: 12 (5 Indian, 7 overseas)
Money spent: $8.57m
Big-ticket signing: Gautam Gambhir ($2.4m) and Yusuf Pathan ($2.1m)
Bargain buy: Brad Haddin ($325,000) and Shakib Al Hasan ($425,000)

Eyebrow-raiser: Manoj Tiwary ($475,000). Kolkata hadn't chased any of the players they previously had in their squad over the past three years, but towards the end of the first day they decided to go after Tiwary.

One that got away: With two major buys in the first hour, Kolkata didn't have the money to raise the stakes high on too many other players.

Splashing the cash early meant they had a strong Indian batting core to rely on in Gautam Gambhir - their likely captain - and Yusuf Pathan. And, in a tournament where the strength of the Indian players determines team fortunes, they already have five players who should start most matches. They also supplemented that with three value-for-money foreign allrounders - Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan and Netherlands ' Ryan ten Doeschate. One of their major drawbacks in previous seasons was the lack of a potent bowling attack, a weakness that persists with the current squad. They have Brett Lee, in his prime one of the finest limited-overs bowlers, but after being repeatedly ravaged by injury, it remains to be seen whether he retains the magic of old.

Orange Report II - vs. Queensand

The second part in our ongoing series to bring you the all the news on “our” Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate, and tonight see’s him and his Tasmanian teammates taking on a strong Queensland side featuring Australian player James Hopes, with Andrews Symonds not returning this season, and Andrew Flintoff pulling out due to retirement and reality TV. The Bulls were able to recruit Michael Lumb, the Hampshire who has really stepped up in the county season in 2010.

A very soggy and wet evening met Tasmania , There has been so much rain in Queensland recently and Brisbane has not been spared. The Bulls have had to train indoors for weeks. James hopes won the toss and elected to bat, going with the theory that it will be easy to chase a rain effected target, and can adapt the batting better.

And a good choice it was to bowl first, with the ball moving around on the soggy deck, Cosgrove was dropped first ball. Queensland got Paine early on an inside edge onto the stumps in the 2nd over, and Lockyear joined him in the sheds 2 over’s later with a hint more movement off the seam. Tasmania were struggling in the conditions at 29/2 off 5 over’s, it didn’t help them trying to push the rate either as Cosgrove found his large lunch effecting his speed as he was run out, and Birt suffered the same fate.

In came our man Ryan ten Doeschate, with Tasmania 46/4 after 8, the overseas recruit needed to settle the innings and get the runs flowing. A short wide ball was guided to third man for a single and he was off the mark first ball. The following ball back of a length and edged, to his surprise and many others at the Gabba Ben Dunk dropped a peach. A life was gained from the now nervous Dutchman, it wasn’t long, and in fact it was the very next ball. A slower thigh height full toss from Neser, Doeschate tried to turn to leg, got a leading edge and James Hopes taking a captains catch flung his right arm out diving away and pulled in a screamer. The Dutchman’s short stay was only 3 balls for a single run. Bailey hung around for a little longer notching a trying 37 and Faulkner helped out with a bottom order 24. 118 were not nearly enough runs, even in the adverse conditions, and some tight bowling would be required from the Tigers.

The weather was not great, yet playable for QLD. And Ryan ten Dosechate looking to make amends with the ball much in the same manner as he did against WA. Things started well for the Tigers removing Lumb & Simpson early. Then entered Hopes, with not a big total to chase at home, the captain went about it quickly striking the often wide deliveries of Drew and Xavier Doherty (remember him) for boundaries. At one point Hopes had 5 four’s in an over against Drew, and was punishing the lack of direction of Tasmania . At the 10 over mark QLD were in control with a loss of only 2 wickets and 90 on the board, and still no sign of the Dutchman.

And for the remainder of the match the Dutchman would be a spectator, as QLD put on a clinic after losing two wickets early James Hopes and Lee Carseldine cruised to the victory target. Their partnership was 94 unbeaten off just 68 balls. Hopes was magnificent with 65 from 44.

Not a great showing from our man of the orange land, and both he and the team will be looking to put this behind them. With Victoria heading down to Tassie for the next match on the 11th of Jan. the confines of home could provide a better performance.

Orange Report I - vs. Western Australia
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 [43] steady the ship with Paine. Paine also lost his new partner Bailey [20] 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.

Ryan ten Doeschate gets HRV honour
Ryan ten Doeschate, the Netherlands allrounder who played for Canterbury in the HRV Cup in New Zealand , has been declared the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Canterbury finished third in the HRV Cup with 22 points behind Central Districts and eventual winners Auckland , and ten Doeschate was one of their most consistent performers right through the tournament. He ended the tournament as their second-highest run-scorer with 284 from nine games at an average of 40.57 with a strike-rate of nearly 122. He was also their joint fourth-highest wicket-taker, with 12 wickets in nine games at an average of 17.66 and played a key role in their wins over Wellington and Otago early in the competition.

 ten Doeschate will now play for Tasmania in the ongoing Big Bash series in Australia . He will also be the mainstay of Netherlands ' batting in next month's World Cup in the subcontinent.