Brentwood captain Buttleman pleased with 'dominant' victory
PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:48 12 July 2017
Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman pleased with his side's 'dominant' performance against Essex League Premier Division strugglers Southend.
The skipper was in high spirits as they brushed aside eighth place Southend with a eight wicket win at home this weekend.
“As I said last week, we didn’t know much about them, but we just didn’t really let them get into the game,” Buttleman said.
“We just dominated them from ball one and we bowled really well.
“We restricted them to 223 on a pretty flat wicket, which was pleasing.”
Southend captain Matthew Wagstaff chose to bat after winning the toss but former Essex staffer Thomas Moore dismissed Joe Sibbons for a fourth-ball duck to make an early breakthrough.
Joe Robbins (59) and Tom Phillippe (79) shared a notable second-wicket stand, but Moore (2-42) struck again, with Max Osborne (2-28), Ian Belchamber (2-43) and Anthony Alleyne (2-38) also nabbing braces to dismiss the visitors for 223.
“Tom was brilliant out front for us and the spinners all done their part as well,” he said.
Brentwood raced to their target in 38 overs thanks to half-centuries from openers Aaron West (59 off 45 balls) and Guy Balmford (86 off 92), with Alleyne unbeaten on 63 as the hosts secured an eight-wicket triumph and Buttleman had nothing but praise for his top order.
“Aaron got us off to a great start, Guy and Anthony also done the business for us,” he admitted.
“That’s what I have asked of them really as in weeks before we haven’t won games as convincing as we should have.
“We need to be beating the lower side comfortably and it was nice to see that happen.”
Victory leaves Brentwood in second place at the midway point of the season, 10 points adrift of leaders and defending champions Wanstead, with a home match against struggling Colchester this weekend.
“It’s pleasing we’ve got some people coming into form at the right time in the season.”