Brentwood captain Buttleman pleased with ‘great win’ over Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:33 04 July 2017
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Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman says it was a ‘great win’ against Essex League Premier Division rivals Hornchurch.
The skipper still believes his side need to perform better when batting, but took the positives out of a crucial win away at Harrow Lodge Park.
“It’s good to get momentum back after a disappointing game against Wanstead,” he said.
“It was very pleasing to come away from what a tough game of cricket with a win, we may have looked like we won comfortably, but it was actually a tricky match.
“It was the experience of James Redwood and his finishing ability that saw us through.”
Hornchurch captain Roy Smith chose to bat after winning the toss, but Jamie Sorrell fell cheaply to Tom Moore (2-23), who also dismissed Ronnie Saunders (30) to leave Hornchurch 50-2.
Brian Barnard (45) put on 75 for the third wicket with Billy Gordon (37), before falling to Charlie Griffiths (2-25) and Max Osborne (3-45) had further success for the visitors to make it 151-8.
And Buttleman had nothing but praise for Griffiths in his bowling and batting performances.
“Charlie Griffths bowled exceptionally well and on another day could have got six or seven wickets.
“He’s also more than capable with the bat and showed that on Saturday.”
Hornchurch’s last man Mehad Khan (23 not out) helped lift the total to 196-9, then dismissed Aaron West early in Brentwood’s reply.
Guy Balmford (20) was run out and wickets continued to fall as Anthony Alleyne held firm at the other end.
Marc Whitlock (2-37) nabbed a brace to make it 122-6 and Alleyne fell for 63 with the total on 148.
But James Redwood (38 not out) and Griffiths (22 not out) shared an unbroken 51 to seal a three-wicket win with seven balls remaining.
“Anthony was brilliant, that was his first score over 50 for the club, which was great and I’m sure there’s more to come.”
The skipper did however admit his side still need to improve their batting game to stay in the title race.
“Our batting has not been firing as I would like it to, but we’re still winning games without really firing, which as a captain is pleasing.”
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