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Buttleman: Brentwood must bounce back at Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 June 2017

Feroze Khushi (left) and Kishen Velani both hit centuries for Wanstead against Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Feroze Khushi (left) and Kishen Velani both hit centuries for Wanstead against Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman is backing his men to bounce back from their big defeat against Wanstead when they visit Hornchurch this weekend.

Stunning centuries by Essex youngsters Kishen Velani (122 off 92 balls) and Feroze Khushi (114 off 82) led the Herons to 326 at the Old County Ground.

And Brentwood were never in the hunt as they were dismissed for 148 in 35 overs by left-arm spinners Aron Nijjar (4-44), Joe Ellis-Grewal (3-23) and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan (2-18).

Buttleman was realistic about the defeat, but looking forward to facing their fierce rivals at Harrow Lodge Park, saying: “We were confident going into the Wanstead match but on the day they were the better side.

“It was a very special innings by Feroze, who backed himself from ball one. We didn’t bowl terribly, but they batted exceptionally well.

“We thought if we could keep it below 300 we would be in with a chance, but we never got out of first gear. Psychologically chasing 326 is tough. We’re capable of doing it and we’ve done it to other teams before, but it’s now all about how we bounce back.”

Stephan Heywood (3-59) and Aaron West (3-45) had some cheer with the ball in the face of Wanstead’s onslaught, but Guy Balmford’s 35 was Brentwood’s top score in reply.

And they are set to visit a Hornchurch side who are now hitting some good form of their own, with Buttleman adding: “We’ve got a strong squad, will be at full strength and we’re looking forward to playing Hornchurch.

“They’re improving and look a strong side this year so we won’t take them lightly.

“We’ve got a lot of respcct for the way they play their cricket and it should be a good game between two strong sides.

“We’ve got to take our medicine and start again. There’s still only one game in it so we’ve got to make sure we keep winning games.

“We always want to finish the season strong and mount a challenge so we’ve got to make sure we’re not too far behind going into the last few games.”

Adam Marchant (3-44) and David Hinnigan (53) were the leading performers as Billericay scrambled to a one-wicket win over Harlow, with tailenders Robert Rayner and Gary Hynes scrambling the winning run from the last ball.

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