Brentwood eager to get themselves back into the title race says captain
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Brentwood captain Aaron West is eager for his side to put themselves right back in the title fight with a victory over Chelmsford.
West’s side have been in a rich vein of form which has seen them climb up to fourth in the Hamro Foundation Essex League Premier Division.
They are now determined to chase down the top three which includes Chelmsford who they face away from home on Saturday.
“That’s been the plan, win games and try getting back up there, and we’ve got another big one against Chelmsford where we could really put ourselves within touching distance,” the captain said.
“We’ve been playing some good cricket lately, so fingers crossed we can continue that, and pick up a good result against one of our title rivals.”
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Brentwood sealed a 144-run victory over Billericay and also progressed in the National Cup last weekend.
Billericay won the toss and elected to field first, but Brentwood amassed a huge score of 303-4 with skipper West (142) leading from the front with good support from Eddie Ballard (42), and Christopher Green (70).
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In reply, the Old County Ground outfit bowled their opponents out for 159 with a superb all round effort.
“It was a dramatic weekend, obviously Friday night we had the storm and our ground was like a lake, so we didn’t think we were going to play but we managed to get it dry and picked up two really good wins," added West.
“We lost the toss and got stuck in, which was always going to be difficult, but we built some good partnerships which gave us a licence to play freely towards the end, post a big score, and declare early.”
He added: “As captain and being at the top of the order, I always want to try setting the tone, so it was really nice to set it up for the team.”
Brentwood also bagged a spot in the last 16 of the National Cup with a two-wicket win over Potters Bar the following day.
Potters Bar scored 188-7 with Green (3-39) the stand-out with the ball for Brentwood before they scored 189-8 with Ballard (41) and Green (89) helping them across the line.
“It’s always a really fun competition, it’s nice to put ourselves into the last 16, and it was a real nail biter," said West.
“Adding the experience of Chris Green to our side was obviously a real bonus and he showed his qualities to get us over the line."
Brentwood have been drawn against Cambridge for their last-16 tie.