Brentwood face 'massive weekend' in the league and National Cup

Aaron West in batting action for Brentwood

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

Brentwood captain Aaron West knows they face a ‘massive weekend’ as they hope to get their Hamro Foundation Essex League campaign off to a winning start while also beginning their National Cup adventure.

The Old County Ground outfit will make the trip to picturesque Castle Park to take on Colchester & East Essex on Saturday for a Premier Division clash.

And it is back home when they host league rivals Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the first round the National Cup the following day. 

“We’ve got a big weekend, we obviously want to get off to winning ways in the league, and then we play Wanstead in the first round of the National Cup on Sunday,” said West.

“Two massive games in one weekend that I think everyone is looking forward to and hungry for after the disappointment of this week (match abandoned).

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“They (Colchester) obviously gave Chelmsford a good game on the weekend, so we’ll be expecting a good challenge, and it’s always nice to travel to one of the nicer grounds in the league so we’re looking forward to it.” 

West was also keen to add what a contest Sunday will be, saying: “I was talking to their captain Joe Ellis-Grewal the other day and it’s probably one of the highest standards of club cricket you can see on Sunday so both teams are really looking forward to the challenge.” 

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Brentwood will be determined to enjoy a successful weekend after witnessing their first match of the league campaign against Belhus cancelled due to a flooded wicket - meaning both sides had to settle for six points.

“It’s obviously really frustrating, not much could be done, as unfortunately the wicket got flooded by the rain,” the skipper said. 

“It’s more frustrating though that others have got a bit lucky by getting away with it and been able to get a game in. We were sitting in the pub, watching the scorecards from the other games.

“It puts a bit of pressure on us, but it just means we’ve got to beat teams both home and away, but we can’t do much about it. It is what it is, we have to get on with it, and get off to a winning start this weekend hopefully.”

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