Brentwood facing season defining games says captain Aaron West

Charlie Griffiths of Brentwood celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Shahbaz Kha

Charlie Griffiths of Brentwood celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Shahbaz Khan during Brentwood CC (bowling) vs Harold Wood CC, Hamro Foundation Essex League Cricket at The Old County Ground on 12th June 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Brentwood captain Aaron West feels his side’s season is riding on the next few weeks as they face title chasing teams including Wanstead & Snaresbrook. 

The Old County Ground outfit will make the trip to Overton Drive on Saturday to take on Joe Ellis-Grewal's Herons. 

They will be eager to cause an upset as they bid to start climbing up the Hamro Foundation Essex League Premier Division table. 

“We had to win (against Harold Wood), so it was good just to get the job done, and we’ve now got a really interesting run of games as we play Wanstead and Chelmsford in the next three weeks who are obviously right at the top,” West said. 

“We need to try getting results to get ourselves right back amongst it. In football terms I guess they’re like six-pointers and a lot of our season will probably ride on the next few weeks. 


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“We remain confident that we can get the job done.” 

Ian Belchamber in bowling action for Brentwood during Brentwood CC (bowling) vs Harold Wood CC, Hamr

Ian Belchamber in bowling action for Brentwood during Brentwood CC (bowling) vs Harold Wood CC, Hamro Foundation Essex League Cricket at The Old County Ground on 12th June 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Brentwood head into this period on the back of a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Harold Wood. 

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Craig Perrin’s men won the toss and elected to bat first but were bowled out for 95 thanks to Harry Phillips (3-19), Ash Casey (2-20), Charlie Griffiths (2-26), and Ian Belchamber (3-24). 

Brentwood then eased to their target thanks to captain West (18), Eddie Ballard (64 not out) and Guy Balmford (17 not out).

“It was a proper team performance with the ball, Harry Phillips set the tone up the top, and got five maidens in seven overs and he was well supported by Ash Casey," added West.

“The two spinners, Charlie and 'Belly' (Belchamber) bowled really well, and the four of them were just first-class to restrict Harold Wood to 95.” 

Ash Casey of Brentwood claims the second Harold Wood wicket during Brentwood CC (bowling) vs Harold

Ash Casey of Brentwood claims the second Harold Wood wicket during Brentwood CC (bowling) vs Harold Wood CC, Hamro Foundation Essex League Cricket at The Old County Ground on 12th June 2021 - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

He added: “We took a bit of stick when we went out after last week’s result (defeat at Hadleigh), giving us 'they’re going to get bowled out for 41 again', but we were just really positive with the bat. 

“Eddie was top quality and saw it home for us.” 

Brentwood face Wanstead, Billericay and Chelmsford in their next three league fixtures as they bid to get their season back on track after a slow start.

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