Cricket: Brentwood captain Aaron West pleased to progress through to T20 semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 May 2018
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Brentwood progressed through to the semi-final of the Dukes Essex T20 with a 17 run victory over Chelmsford in their quarter-final tie.
The hosts lost the toss to Chelmsford and were put into bat first at the Old County Ground on bank holiday Monday after beating Belhus by 10 wickets in the group stage game earlier in the day.
Captain Aaron West was pleased to progress and with his side’s response after being held to a draw against Chingford in the league on Saturday.
“It was a great comeback from the boys after the disappointment from Saturday,” West said.
“We beat Belhus fairly convincingly in the first game and then had a tough game against Chelmsford in the quarter-final.”
Brentwood held Belhus to 117-3 at the Old County Ground, with Ian Belchamber (2-17) bagging a brace.
Rishi Patel clubbed an unbeaten 81 off just 30 balls in reply, smashing five sixes and 10 fours in an unbroken 118-run stand with captain Aaron West (33 not out) as Brentwood eased to their target inside 10 overs.
“It was probably more Rishi than myself, he was hitting the ball to all parts of the ground, so I just tried to give him the stride to take on the bowling.
“We’ve got big expectations from Rishi who has been scoring runs for the Essex 2’s and I’ve challenged him to score 1,000 league runs which I feel he has the ability to do.”
That set up a meeting with Premier Division rivals Chelmsford, with West (50) and James Redwood (31) top scoring in a total of 120-7.
Charlie Griffiths (3-29), Ben Allison (2-11) and Belchamber (2-16) then combined with the ball to hold Chelmsford to 103-8.
“We always felt the way the wicket was going throughout the day it was always going to be hard to chase so we feel if we could get a half decent score on the board so it would also be difficult.
“I just tried to bat through while others batted around me and Redders put in a little cameo at the end to get us over a run of balls and get us to a competitive total.
“They’re one of our main competitors so to be beating them is always good.”
West and his side will now face Hornchurch in the semi-final at Billericay Cricket Club on Sunday, July 1.