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Brentwood captain Buttleman admits can't take Southend lightly

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 July 2017

Brentwood cricket club (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Brentwood cricket club (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman says they cannot take bottom of the table Southend lightly in their Essex League Premier Division match.

Buttleman and his side play host to the top-flight strugglers tomorrow (Saturday) and are expecting to pick up another win to help them keep pushing for the league title.

“It’s our first time playing them so we don’t really know what to expect and will not be going easy,” said Buttleman. following his side’s three-wicket win at Hornchurch last weekend.

“I do know a few of their players and we know they haven’t had the best start, but we will not be taking them lightly as they’re still a Premier Division side so must be good.”

The side is expected to be at full strength for the match, but Buttleman believes depth is a strong point in his squad.

“It’s something other teams are aware of. We have 14 or 15 first team guys and some young guys knocking on the door as well,” added the skipper, who has admitted his side still need to improve, especially if they want to stay in touch with defending champions and leaders Wanstead.

“We need to stay on Wanstead’s heels and keep winning games to put pressure on them,” added Buttleman.

“We’ve still got to play them yet (August 26) and we just need to hope they slip up along the way.”

Buttleman believes their bowling has been solid all season, but the batting isn’t up to scratch at present and he wants to see more consistency, especially from the top order.

“We’re hoping to get our top order firing instead of leaving it to James Redwood at the end!

“The batting has got to get better if we stand a chance of winning. If our batting starts producing like it can and of all our batters start performing we will be very hard to beat for anyone.”

In recent weeks, it has been a mixture of names in the batting line-up who have stepped up with big runs, but the skipper wants them all to start doing so.

“It’s nice to see guys stepping up each week, but I just want more consistency,” he added.

Buttleman will be hoping the likes of James Redwood, Charlie Griffiths and Anthony Alleyne can continue their form.

“Charlie Griffths bowled exceptionally well and on another day could have got six or seven wickets,” he added.

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