Brentwood hoping for better weather against basement boys

Aaron West in batting action for Brentwood

Aaron West in batting action for Brentwood - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Brentwood will hope for better weather when they head to basement boys Harold Wood this weekend.

Aaron West's men saw their Hamro Foundation Essex League Premier Division clash with Hadleigh abandoned last weekend, as heavy rain caused havoc across the county.

They remain in third place in the table, but are some 51 points behind leaders Chelmsford with only four matches remaining this season.

Relegation-threatened Billericay are due to visit Hornchurch after their home game against Colchester was abandoned.

Brentwood seconds saw their trip to Wanstead washed out, while the third-team derby at neighbours Shenfield was also cancelled.

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The fourths home fixture with Loughton also fell victim to the conditions, as did the fifth-team game with Oakfield Parkonian fourths, but the sixths conceded their fixture to Old Brentwood thirds.

Brentwood did manage to complete a fixture on Sunday, though, as they met Hutton in the Sam Pountney memorial match.

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The home side posted 180-9 in 23 overs at the Polo Field Ground, led by Dave Hammond's 80 off 53 balls, including four sixes and 10 fours.

Max Osborne took 3-27 for Brentwood, who came up short on 143 in reply, with Ben Cocklin (27) their top scorer.

Tom Patterson (2-18), Danny Cocklin (2-28), Connor Whetstone (2-29) and Anthony Hill (2-35) nabbed braces in their four-over spells for Hutton.

Hutton's Division One trip to Ilford was wiped out on Saturday, as was Shenfield's home match with Buckhurst Hill, but the two clubs are due to meet this weekend with Hutton holding a 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Division Three leaders Old Brentwoods had a home game against struggling Goresbrook washed out, but will hope to host South Woodford.

They sit 19 points clear of second-placed Epping as the 2021 season heads into the final few weeks.

Bentley are due to visit Barking, after their home game against Springfield at Coxtie Green Road also fell victim to the downpours.

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