Brentwood captain West pleased with fight to beat Ilford
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 August 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West pleased his side held their nerve to win by three wickets at Ilford to move back up to third in the Essex League Premier Division.
The game at Valentines Park was reduced to 45-overs per side after a delayed start due to a wet outfield.
“It was good to fight back and get a win on the board,” West said.
Skipper West won the toss and made Ilford bat first and they were quickly reduced to 28-4 with Stephen Heywood (3-32) running through the top order with West praising the second-team bowler.
“He (Stephen) stepped up from the second team and bowled really well at the start and got us off to a really good start.
“It was nice to see him bowl really well.
“He was someone at the start of the year who I was looking at to play more games but with university and holidays he’s fell a little bit down the pecking order.
“But he has had a good season bowling for the seconds and stepped up on the weekend.”
The hosts staged a slight recovery with Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi and Aditya Nair joining forces.
After scoring 27 off 43 balls, Zaidi was dismissed by Essex second-team player Rishi Patel, but Ilford continued to build partnerships.
Shane Snater joined Nair at the crease and they put on 49 for the sixth wicket before Ian Belchamber (2-30) had Netherlands international Snater out for 31.
Nair soon followed him back to the pavilion for a fine 54 off 92 balls and Ilford’s tail end helped them go from 140-7 to 175-9 from their 45 overs.
Essex’s Patel opened for Brentwood and dominated a 26-run stand for the first wicket with Guy Balmford, who was out for a second-ball duck off the bowling of Theeban Tavarasa.
Patel continued to find the boundary regularly, but Ilford picked up the wickets of Ben Sach and West to leave the visitors on 89-3.
Just as Patel seemed set for a century, Haaris Ayub (2-23) had the opener caught for an excellent 93 off 101 balls.
Ilford scent blood now and Joe Buttleman (26) and James Redwood (14) were sent back by Zaidi (2-24) and Tavarasa (3-40) respectively.
Tom Oakley and Ash Casey held their nerve though, to see Brentwood home with just 11 balls left at Valentines Park.
“It was a good team performance with the ball and then with the bat Rishi went out and dominated from ball one and made it easier for the other batters to knock it around.
“Obviously Joe has got good experience and good quality so to have someone like that is always going to benefit the side.”