Brentwood captain West is expecting a big few weeks
PUBLISHED: 13:41 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 19 July 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West says it’s a big few weeks coming up for his side as they look to remain in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title race.
West and his men travel to Chelmsford on Saturday as they look to put a run of wins together and chase down the league leaders.
They currently sit third in the table but are 26 points behind current pacesetters Wanstead & Snaresbrook.
“In the next five weeks we have to play all of the teams in and around us in the league so it’s a really period for the club,” said West.
The skipper wants his side to take confidence from their recent Dukes League Cup third round cup victory against their opponents.
They sealed a 14-run victory two weeks ago at Chelmsford with captain West top-scoring with 57.
“We played there in the league cup a few weeks ago and we just won a really close game against them,” he said.
“Hopefully we can build off that and take that experience of that game into this one.”
West is also keen for his side to concentrate on themselves and not worry about the reigning league champions, adding: “We just need to worry about our own form again this week. It’s a game we must win to keep our title hopes alive.”
Brentwood will be without bowlers Ben Allison (injured) and Thomas Moore (unavailable) for the clash but did welcome back former skipper Joe Buttleman and his brother Will – after a maiden century for Essex seconds – last weekend.
“We’re just missing a couple seemers in Ben Allison and Tom Moore, but we have all of our batsmen and spin bowlers available,” said West.
“It’s a big boost to have two players with big quality come back in and gives us a lot more balance in our line-up.”
The captain also feels the squad have a real buzz after a 79-run victory against Peterborough Town in the ECB National Club Championships on Sunday.
“We’re having a great run in the National Cup and we’re now into the last eight of the competition so anything could happen,” said West.
“We’ve got a home tie and have brought a real buzz to the club.
“It was also great for Joe to come back from injury and top score, it’s great for his confidence.”
*Brentwood host the PCA Masters at the Old County Ground today (Friday).