Focus on National Cup semi-finals insists Brentwood skipper West
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Brentwood's focus is on their National Cup semi-final although they want to use their next Essex League fixture as a building block insists captain Aaron West.
They make the short trip to Billericay on Saturday in the league before going to Bath the following day for a semi-final clash in the National Cup.
And the skipper is hoping they can pick up back-to-back wins and bag themselves a spot in the final of the prestigious competition.
“We can’t win the league any more, but we want to just keep winning games of cricket to help us going forward, and keep some momentum going for the National Cup and League Cup semi-finals,” said West.
“We go into every game trying to win, but we’ve got to use it as a platform for our National Cup game on Sunday.”
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Brentwood head into the busy weekend on the back of a 39-run league victory over Wanstead and a five-wicket triumph over Three Bridges in the National Cup quarter-finals.
After losing two early wickets, Jack Hebron (54), Christopher Green (39) and Guy Balmford (37) led the way with the bat to help Brentwood finish on a respectable 173-9.
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Wanstead struggled to gain a foothold in the game due to the loss of regular wickets. Seamers Tom Moore (2-19) and Harry Phillips (3-22) did the early damage before spinner Green claimed the remaining wickets to finish with excellent figures of 5-34.
The following day, Three Bridges batted first and scored 237-3 from 40 overs but Brentwood chased it with three balls to spare, thanks to Will Buttleman (82*), West (59), Eddie Ballard (45) and Richard Horswill (45).
"It was a really good weekend, obviously playing Wanstead they’re always one of our biggest rivals, and we’ve had some really good results against them this year so it was good to continue that run against them," added West.
“It gave us confidence going into Sunday where we knew we had a real tough game in the National Cup quarter-finals and we followed it up with a great win to get through to the semi-finals.”
Green has now departed Brentwood, with the captain, saying: “Chris has been exceptional for us in his time here, it’s just a shame that Saturday was his last game.
"A lot of clubs have been giving us a bit of stick calling us a one man team or Chris Green CC. We proved on Sunday that we’ve got plenty of match winners.
"Three Bridges are a good side and posted a real competitive total, but our batters did extremely well to see us home.”