London: Dutch international Ryan Ten Doeschate smashed 164 off 174 balls as Essex battled back against Sri Lanka at Chelmsford on Saturday while the tourists' off-spinner Surjav Randiv claimed a hat-trick.
Ten Doeschate hit 24 fours and a six as the English county reached 351 all out in reply to the tourists' 337 for nine declared.He had to share some of the limelight, though, with Randiv taking a hat-trick after he had dismissed Ten Doeschate.
When ten Doeschate arrived at the crease Essex were in serious trouble at 24 for three. But he and 21-year-old Tom Westley revived them with a partnership of 195 in 43 overs.
That was broken when Westley was caught behind off paceman Dilhara Fernando for 99, an innings that included 17 boundaries.
Ten Doeschate continued to dominate until he was bowled around his legs by off-spinner Randiv.
Randiv landed his hat-trick by bowling Maurice Chambers and removing Reece Topley and Tom Craddock lbw. He finished with four for 76, those wickets arriving in the space of 16 deliveries at a cost of five runs.