Ten Doeschate off plane, takes Volts to victory
Just a matter of hours after touching down in India Ryan ten Doeschate turned in a match-winning performance for the Otago Volts confirming his world-class status.
The Dutch international missed the Volts opening Champions League qualifying win against the Faisalabad Wolves but was granted a late release from county side Essex to join the Volts for their second game against Sri Lankan side the Kandurata Maroons.
The end result was a complete alround display from the 33-year-old in the six wicket Volts win.
While it is with the bat that ten Doeschate is best known for it was with the ball where this man-of-the-match showing started at least.
Ian Butler, James McMillan and Neil Wagner drilled the screws in early in the innings to restrict the Maroons to only 31 for one in the first seven overs.
However, Upul Tharanga took a liking to the bowling of spinner Nathan McCullum taking him for 30 off two overs to kick start his team's innings.
Medium-pacer Jimmy Neesham also was expensive in the Maroons revival as they got themselves to 99 for two from 12 overs before captain Brendon McCullum chucked the ball ten Doeschate's way.
He put a break on the Maroons innings bowling two tight overs with his off-cutters going for only nine runs and he also picked up two key wickets in the process.
Butler then got in on the act grabbing three wickets in the 18th over as the Sri Lankan side limped through to a competitive, but far from startling, 154 for nine from their 20 overs.
ten Doeschate's impressive deeds however just started with his bowling as he then rejoined the game with the bat at a time a few nerves were bubbling away in the Volts camp.
The score was 45 for two after 7.4 overs and the Volts had just lost premier batsman Brendon McCullum to a touch and go stumping decision.
Those nerves however were quickly quashed as ten Doeschate delivered a master-class in how to win a game with the bat.
His placement, timing, running between the wickets and power game were all first class as he struck 64 from 32 balls before he departed caught on the boundary trying to pull a ball over square-leg.
However by that stage the damage was done as Neesham - who ten Doeschate shared an important 51 run fourth wicket stand with - made sure there were not any late hiccups.
Neesham finished unbeaten with 32 from 19 balls.
McCullum praised ten Doeschate's showing after flying in at the last minute for the fixture and also gave English county Essex a big pat on the back for their decision to release him to play for the Volts at the Champions League.
"A big thanks to Essex cricket who understand the bigger picture in giving guys an opportunity on the world stage, they let him come over here and show his wears for us and what you seen today is a total professional and he was a match-winner."
The Volts' third and final qualifying fixture will be on Saturday morning (NZ time) against Indian IPL side the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Otago Volts 157/4 (Ryan ten Doeschate 63, Jimmy Nessham 32*, Neil Broom 25, Hamish Rutherford 20, Brendon McCullum 8; Dilhara Lokuhettige 4-0-20-3, Suraj Randiv 4-0-36-1) Kandurata Maroons 154/9 (Upul Tharanga 76, Dilhara Lokuhettige 15; Ian Butler 4-0-21-3, Ryan ten Doeschate 2-0-9-2, James McMillan 3-0-17-1, Neil Wagner 4-0-28-1, Jimmy Neesham 4-0-39-1).