Cricket: Brentwood captain Aaron West pleased with performance despite draw with Southend

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 May 2018

Aaron West of Brentwood hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Aaron West of Brentwood hits out (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Brentwood captain Aaron West is pleased to see his side pick up 14 points from a rain-affected draw at Southend on the first day of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season.

Put into bat, the visitors saw captain Aaron West (81) and Guy Balmford combine in a notable first-wicket stand, with Essex youngster Rishi Patel (20) also making a start.

Balmford was unbeaten on 104 after an unbroken stand with Tom Oakley (63) as Brentwood declared on 283-2 after 44 overs.

That left Southend to face 53 overs in reply, but more rain before tea saw that number reduced.

“I think it was a really positive game for us and the only reason it was a draw was because of the rain,” skipper West said.

“We dominated the game scoring 283 in 40 odd overs and if we had the extras I believe we would have won the game quite comfortably.”

Captain West heaped praise on batsmen Guy Balmford for his strong performance and the impact he has on the batting line-up.

“I think for myself and Guy being captain and vice-captain we both wanted to lead by example,” he said.

“Guy did what he does best and set the tone and lets myself and Tom Oakley play around him with less pressure.”

Charlie Griffiths (3-59) had the most success with the ball for Brentwood, as slow left-armer Ian Belchamber (2-39), Ryan Tobin and Ash Casey also got in on the act to reduce the home side to 151-7.

But Joe Robbins held firm to score an unbeaten 55 as another five overs were lost to the weather late on, as Southend took four points.

“Charlie and Ian are our main two spinners and were very consistent for us last season and were straight back to their best.”

Brentwood will hope for better when they entertain Chelmsford this weekend.

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