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Cricket: Brentwood captain Aaron West says confidence is high ahead of Chingford clash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 May 2018

Aaron West of Brentwood hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Aaron West of Brentwood hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Brentwood captain Aaron West says confidence is running high but they must be on the ball for clash with in-form Chingford, writes Jacob Ranson.

West and his side welcome Alfie Taylor’s men to the Old County Ground on Saturday as they look to chase down the current Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division leaders.

“We have played five games in the league and cup and have won all five, so there is a lot of confidence going around the group right now,” West said.

“The confidence is really high in the group and we will want to get a result especially as they’re currently top of the league so we want to pull them back in and go above them.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves, though, as we have five really important fixtures coming up against the teams we expect to be battling with at the top.”

The Brentwood skipper heaped praise on their opponents Chingford and knows just how dangerous they can be.

He added: “If anything they’re the in-form team in the league as they finished last season really strong and have started this year exactly the same way.

“We know how dangerous they are and their left arm spinner Liam Lannen is vital for them.

“He is having a great start to the season and we’ll have to look out for him.”

West also revealed he knows their captain Taylor well and believes they’ll be a force this season.

“Their captain is a good friend of mine from the Essex youth teams, Alfie Taylor, so I know a fair bit about them and just how good he is as well,” he said.

“They beat Wanstead on the final day last season to stop them winning the league as well so we know they’re a big threat.”

Brentwood will once again be without Joe Buttleman who remains injured and they will also be missing Tom Moore due to him being unavailable.

But they will welcome rising young talent Will Buttleman back to the line-up for the clash.

West and his team-mates will also start their Essex T20 Cup campaign as they face Belhus on Bank Holiday Monday.

“The Belhus game will be feisty as Max Osborne left Brentwood to join Belhus in the winter and I’m sure he’ll want to prove a point and we will want to beat him as well,” said West.

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