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Brentwood captain West is up for Wanstead challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 June 2018

Tom Oakley of Brentwood during Hornchurch CC (bowling) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harrow Lodge Park on 2nd June 2018

Tom Oakley of Brentwood during Hornchurch CC (bowling) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harrow Lodge Park on 2nd June 2018

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Brentwood captain Aaron West says his side are looking forward to the challenge of facing National champions Wanstead & Snaresbrook this weekend.

West and his men travel to Overton Drive on Saturday as they look to continue chasing down Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division leaders Ilford.

The skipper is under no illusions of the task they face despite Joe Ellis-Grewal’s men having a mixed start to the season in all competitions.

“It will obviously be a tough game, but one we’re looking forward to and one we’re confident for as well,” West said.

“I think we can get the result we want at Wanstead, we’re obviously going into one-day cricket, so win or lose we can’t leave anything on the pitch – we’ve got to win it.”

Wanstead currently sit second just one spot above Brentwood and West wants to get a result as they look to leapfrog their opponents in the table.

“We’ve been in good form this year so we feel confident we can go there and get the result we need,” added West, who praised Wanstead’s strength and depth amongst their line-up and pinpointed captain Ellis-Grewal, Aron Nijjar and Kishen Velani as their main threats.

“We know they’ve got a lot of quality, especially in their bowling attack with Aron, Joe Ellis-Grewdal and Kishen,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of good spinners and they’ll be a real threat, but we feel we’re up for the challenge.”

Brentwood could be missing a few players, but captain West was unsure who would be unavailable early in the week.

“I think we’re actually missing a couple next week, but it is what it is,” he said.

“We just have to go there and continue our good form.”

They go into the match on the back of a disappointing draw after falling 25 runs short of a victory against Ilford at the Old County Ground.

“I think we’re probably disappointed not to win the game but the boys fought really hard and we’ve probably come away with even points so it’s not the worst result but it could have been better,” he said.

A positive was bowler Charlie Griffths taking four wickets and West added: “Charlie has been excellent all year and he looked like getting a wicket all the time. He’s in a great form and I hope it continues.”

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