Cricket: Brentwood captain Aaron West pleased with victory against reigning champions Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 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 Cricket Club captain Aaron West admits their nine wicket victory against reigning champions Chelmsford went better than expected.

Charlie Griffiths claimed a superb six-wicket haul to help guide his side to victory at the Old County Ground last weekend.

“It went really well, actually it went better than we expected,” West said.

“We’ve played five games in the league and cup now and have won all five so we have a lot of confidence around the group right now.”

The visitors chose to bat after winning the toss, but Thomas Moore (2-25) removed both openers to leave them 32-2.

Ian Belchamber picked up the next wicket, before Griffiths ran through the middle order to dismiss the next five batsmen to fall.

Belchamber (2-42) grabbed his second scalp, before Griffiths completed stunning figures of 9.1-6-4-6 to end the innings on 106.

“I think all the bowlers were really good,” he said.

“The seemers set it up well and got us off to a good start then Charlie stepped forward and really put their line-up under the sword.

“Charlie had been saying over the winter he wanted to change a few things and it’s working really well for him so far this season.”

Brentwood captain Aaron West fell for eight in reply, after hitting two boundaries, but Guy Balmford and Rishi Patel put on an unbroken 99 to see the hosts to a nine-wicket win.

Balmford was unbeaten on 30 from 49 balls, having hit four fours, while Essex youngster Patel closed on 69 from 54 deliveries after hitting six sixes and four fours.

“Guy done what he always does and got us off to a strong start.”

The skipper West then heaped praise on Rishi Patel for his batting display in the match.

“Rishi done great and got six 6s and really took the game away for us.”

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