Brentwood's West is quietly confident for Chelmsford tie
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 May 2018
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Brentwood Cricket Club captain Aaron West is confident ahead of their clash against reigning Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford this weekend.
Skipper West and his side will welcome Jack Sterland’s men to Brentwood Sports Ground on Saturday as they look to continue putting points on the board.
They claimed 14 points from a rain-affected draw against Southend-on-Sea on the opening day of the campaign and West said: “Playing at home we’re definitely confident that we can get the result and that would put us two games clear of them at this early stage.
“They were champions last year so it will be a good test for us and a chance to see where we’re at early on.”
West is under no illusions of the tough task they face against Chelmsford, despite their opponents losing a few key players in the off-season.
“We know they will be strong and they have a lot of strong players in their line-up,” he added.
“They’ve lost a couple of bowlers, but are still a very dangerous side. They’ve lost Sam Cook who has been called up to the Essex squad and is a superb bowler and will be a big loss for them this season.
“Aaron Beard, who has a lot of Essex experience, has left them for Shenfield – he will be a loss to them as well.”
Brentwood could be without former captain Joe Buttleman for the clash after he was ruled out ahead of their season opener against Southend.
Buttleman could be missing but the club are expecting to welcome former Essex staffer Tom Moore back into the line-up as he was unavailable for the first league fixture of 2018.
“It was unfortunate but before last weekend’s game Joe Buttleman picked up an injury so he will be a late fitness test,” said West.
“But we should be getting Tom Moore back, which will strengthen our bowling line-up.”
Despite their opening match against one of last season’s strugglers Southend, captain West was pleased with the performance and to pick up 14 points in the match.
“I think it was a really positive game for us and the only reason it was a draw was because of the rain,” he added.
“We dominated the game and if we had the extras I believe we would have won the game.”