Brentwood captain Buttleman ‘looking forward’ to big weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 July 2017

Brentwood's Aaron West (left) and Joe Buttleman (centre)  (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Brentwood's Aaron West (left) and Joe Buttleman (centre) (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman says he is looking forward to a massive weekend of cricket for his club.

Buttleman and his side host Colchester in the Essex League Premier Division tomorrow (Saturday) and face a ‘tricky test’ against Wanstead in the Essex T20 semi-finals on Sunday.

And the skipper believes his side will be boosted by being at full strength for both of their matches this weekend.

“I’m absolutely full strength all weekend,” Buttleman said.

“We have got a squad of 12 to 13, which is a nice place for me to be in, as I can pick the side.”

The captain is keen to carry on their form from last weekend, when they beat Southend comfortably, against league strugglers Colchester and has set high aims in their bid to become league champions.

“We will be looking to win every game we have for the rest of the season,” he added.

“It’s always nice to beat Colchester and we’re hoping to continue that run this weekend.

“Colchester have some very strong individual players, so we will be wary about them, but I think they will be more worried about us.”

Brentwood are currently chasing defending champions Wanstead in the race for the Essex League Premier Division title, but will have to put that aside as they face them in the T20 finals weekend at Billericay.

“Wanstead will be a tricky test,” he said.

“It’s always a brilliant challenge playing Wanstead, they’re a top side and it’s always nice to get on the right side of the result as well.

“We will just go to enjoy it on Sunday.”

Buttleman and his team-mates will go into the test high on confidence from their previous success in the competition.

“We have been in the finals for the last seven or eight years and have won three of those, he said.

“We have a pretty good record, but we’re hoping to win these regional finals and go on to bigger things.”

He also believes the majority of his team-mates have found their form just in time for the big weekend and that showed against Southend last weekend.

“Aaron (West), Guy (Balmford) and Anthony (Alleyne) are playing well right now, but we have solid performers through the middle and lower order as well, so we are not worried if we do lose early wickets, but it’s always nice to start out strong.”

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