ESSEX star Ryan ten Doeschate was left frustrated following tonight's T20 defeat to Kent.

The Eagles lost by 22 runs.

And ten Doeschate - who top scored for Essex with 58 not out - was disappointed by the setback.

 "It was disappointing without being a complete train smash as I felt Kent had one or two more options and maybe a better balance to their team," said ten Doeschate.

"The last over of Kent's innings, scoring 21, was vital to them.

"Had we kept them to 160 we'd have been pretty happy with that.

"But with a set batsman in there and all the skills that Heino (Kuhn) possesses made it difficult for us to contain him.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't muster a couple of those big overs when we batted.

"I really struggled to hit it today.

"I tried to go for it from 14 overs out but the wicket was a little sticky and I never really found my timing."