James Foster’s first game as Essex Eagles skipper ended in defeat after the Middlesex Panthers held on to record a 5 run victory.
Set a target of 201 for victory the Eagles started off poorly with John Maunders (4) and Ravi Bopara (11) both falling early to leave the visitors with an uphill battle.
With the Eagles in trouble Ryan ten Doeschate came to the crease and to lay the foundation of an impressive century which allowed the Eagles to challenge the Panthers total.
ten Doeschate (102) marvellous innings came to an end in the 18th over as the Panthers struck back to record their second win in a row.
Earlier having been put into bat by Foster the Panthers reached 200-6 thanks to contributions from David Warner (25), Adam Gilchrist (13), Neil Dexter (43), Eion Morgan (21) and Owais Shah (35).