Captain West delighted to see Brentwood batsmen lay foundations for big Chingford win
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 August 2018
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Will Buttleman, Guy Balmford and Aaron West all passed fifty as Brentwood defeated Chingford by 103 runs last weekend
Aaron West praised the work of Brentwood batsmen Will Buttleman and Guy Balmford after Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division win at Chingford.
The duo both went past fifty and nearly reached three figures, but although they didn’t make a century, their scores of 92 and 88 respectively still allowed the away side to post 288-5 from their 50 overs.
In reply, hosts’ Chingford were dismissed for 185 despite Alfie Taylor’s 69, but West was full of praise for two members of Brentwood’s top-three.
He said: “Our batting hasn’t been as good as it could be lately, so it was good to see Will and Guy both get big scores.
“They laid the foundations for the rest of us to come in and score quickly and get us up to a big score.”
Brentwood lost opener Harry Hobson for 10, but Buttleman joined Balmford at the crease and the pair put on 182 for the second wicket.
Buttleman was unfortunately run out eight short of a deserved hundred after scoring 10 fours in his 119-ball innings, but Balmford stuck around and put on a fifty partnership for the third wicket with captain West.
When Brentwood’s opener was caught for 88, the skipper had already reached his half century and eventually ended with a rapid 66 off 32 deliveries.
The captain added: “We spoke about someone getting in and getting a hundred, so to have two guys get close was really good.”
Although Brentwood went on to win by 103 runs, West insisted it was closer than the scorecard suggests.
Chingford captain Taylor got to 69 in quick time, but Ash Casey (2-21) picked up his scalp and Anthony Giles (2-20), Ian Belchamber (2-49) and the skipper (2-22) helped clean up the tail.
“It was probably a little more difficult than the scorecard suggests because they went hard at it,” said West.
“They were going at eight an over at one point and Taylor really took the game to us, but Ash Casey bowled an important spell.
“He was able to get the wicket of Taylor and that really put us in a position to go on and win the game.”