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Brentwood captain Buttleman ‘delighted’ with Colchester win

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 July 2017

Brentwood cricket club (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Brentwood cricket club (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman is ‘absolutely delighted’ with his side’s nine wicket win over Essex Premier Division outfit Colchester and East Essex this weekend.

The skipper was pleased to keep putting pressure on league leaders Wanstead win another win at home, but was also disappointed to suffer Twenty20 semi-final defeat to there title rivals on Sunday.

“I’m absolutely delighted with Saturday’s performance,” Buttleman said.

“We got on top of them early and with the strength we have we know if we do that, we can come away with a win.”

The hosts were put into the field after losing the toss, but Ian Belchamber took 5-32 as the visitors were bowled out for just 148.

“Ian was fantastic with five wickets, he managed to get some spin and bounce on the ball.

“He proved too much for them on the day.”

Brentwood saw off the chase with relative ease, though Guy Balmford agonisingly finished unbeaten on 99, with fellow opener Aaron West the only wicket to fall.

“Guy was absolutely exceptional, falling just one short of his century,” he said.

“I have never seen anything like it before he went from 92 to 99 with a seven ball.

“He has been superb for us all season.”

The day after Buttleman and his side suffered heartbreak as they missed out on the T20 regional final after losing by two runs in the semi-final to Wanstead.

“It was a brilliant game and we came out the wrong end of the result

“I felt we were on top of a lot of game and we were winning the game for 39 overs out of the 40.

“We felt we were the better side, but they won on the day.”

Buttleman also admitted they played in the stronger semi-final and wasn’t surprised to see Wanstead crowned champions.

“I think it was clear that our semi-final was the stronger of the competition.”

Next up for Joe Buttleman’s men is a trip to local rivals Shenfield, who will also head into that match on the back of a win after beating Hornchurch by seven wickets away from home.

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