West and Brentwood ready for huge National Cup game
PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 August 2018
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The Old County Ground club will host Roffey in the quarter-finals of the competition on Sunday
Brentwood are preparing for a big weekend and captain Aaron West is excited to see his team do battle again in the National Club Championship on Sunday.
A defeat to rivals Hornchurch last Saturday has made winning the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division this season a tall order.
The Old County Ground club have plenty to play for, however, after reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup recently.
In addition to this, on Sunday they will host West Sussex side Roffey looking to qualify for the last-four of the National Cup.
West said: “It is a huge game for the club and 40-over cricket probably suits us.
“We have some aggressive players who like playing in the shorter game, so hopefully we can put a performance in and get through to the semi-final.”
Brentwood triumphed away to Peterborough Town on July 15 in the previous round to continue their excellent 2018 cup form.
Last Sunday they were at it once again – beating Premier Division rivals Wanstead in the League Cup quarter-finals.
The Herons batted first at the Old County Ground and were all out for 201 inside 45 overs after Brentwood spinner Tom Oakley claimed 3-37.
West’s team had few troubles in reply with the skipper hitting 51 and young Will Buttleman top scoring with 71 to get them over the line with five balls to spare.
It was a different story a day earlier though, on Saturday, at home to leaders Hornchurch as the visitors won by 91 runs.
“Obviously the league is not looking great at the minute, but we have still got plenty to play for,” insisted West.
“We are in the semi-finals of the League Cup and the National quarter-finals, so we will get up for them games.”
Before Brentwood can focus on Sunday’s home tie against Roffey, they must travel to Ilford in the Premier Division.
After losing their last league outing, West wants his team to get back on track and turn the heat up on leaders Hornchurch and second-placed Wanstead.
He added: “It is always tricky away to Ilford, but we will back ourselves to go there and get back to winning ways and hopefully put a bit of pressure on Wanstead and Hornchurch.
“On Saturday we felt chasing 240 was probably about par, but we didn’t batted well enough. I think Hornchurch’s Monty (Panesar) and Muhammad Irfan probably made the difference, so fair play to them.”