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Brentwood ready for key battles with Hornchurch and Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 August 2018

Wanstead's Kishen Velani in batting action against Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Wanstead's Kishen Velani in batting action against Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Aaron West has backed his team to pick up two more important results over their rivals this weekend

Brentwood are aware of what they have to do on Saturday at home to Essex League Premier Division pace-setters Hornchurch – win or the title is over for them, according to captain Aaron West.

After a fine victory by 103 runs last weekend at Chingford, the Old County Ground club are 25 points off the leaders with six fixtures still to play.

The last league meeting at the start of June saw Brentwood claim an impressive 146-run win after Hornchurch were all out for 64 chasing their 210-8 total.

Billy Gordon’s team were able to get the better of West’s boys in the Essex T20 Cup last month and there is a lot of respect between the sides.

West said: “If we want to win the title, we know we need to beat Hornchurch on Saturday. We are all aware of that, but everyone is looking forward to the game and hopefully getting a good result.

“Hornchurch are in good form and they beat us in the T20 Cup and are on a good run right now in the 50-over format.

“But hopefully the win we got against them earlier in the year can give us the confidence to do it again.”

Belief in the Brentwood camp is high after an excellent success at Chingford last time out with the hosts previously involved in the title race before the loss.

Captain West won the toss and batted first and saw opener Guy Balmford hit 88 with number three Will Buttleman top scoring with 92 before the skipper fired a rapid 66 off 32 balls.

It helped Brentwood post 288-5 from their 50 overs and although Chingford captain Alfie Taylor made a solid start, when Ash Casey (2-21) dismissed him for 69, a collapse occurred.

West picked up 2-22 while Ian Belchamber (2-49) and Anthony Giles (2-30) also played a part to help dismiss the home side for only 185.

Brentwood now go into their contest with Hornchurch hoping for another victory and it isn’t the only big game they have this weekend.

On Sunday, they play host to title rivals Wanstead in the last-eight of the Essex League Cup and it is another competition West is out to win.

He said: “It’s a huge weekend. Us, Hornchurch and Wanstead are all in a lot of competitions, so there is a lot of competition between us.

“We all want to win and it will be really interesting to see what happens come the end of the weekend.”

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