Brentwood keen to face the challenge of Monty Panesar

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 June 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 says his side are keen to face the challenge of coming up against former England star Monty Panesar this weekend.

West and his team-mates will make the trip to Harrow Lodge Park on Saturday for a Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash against Hornchurch.

“I think the boys are really looking forward to that game and the challenge of playing against Monty Panesar who has obviously played for England in the past,” West said.

“We’ve also got our overseas Adam Zampa joining us this week, so there will be two international players playing at Hornchurch’s ground which you wouldn’t see too often, so it should be a good occasion.”

The skipper praised bowler Panesar and pin-pointed him as Hornchurch and possibly the league’s biggest threat.

“He’s played for England so he’s got to be their biggest threat not just for Hornchurch but in the whole league,” he added.

Brentwood drew their last league match against Chingford and West believes they must worry about their own performance first and foremost to get the points off Billy Gordon’s men.

“We’ve got to worry about our own performance to be honest as on Saturday we didn’t get it quite right but we know if we perform the way we can then we’re confident we can get the result,” he said.

West also wnts young Essex batsman Rishi Patel to perform throughout the entire season after his terrific performance in the Essex T20 Cup on Bank Holiday Monday where they beat Belhus and Chelmsford to progress to the semi-finals.

“We’ve got big expectations for Rishi who has been scoring runs for the Essex twos and I’ve challenged him to score 1,000 league runs, which I feel he has the ability to do,” he added.

West is also predicting the league table will start to take shape in the coming weeks, despite an average start from his own side, and believes it’s time to start getting results.

“We were looking and a lot of the teams in the top five start to play each other in the coming weeks so there are some interesting games and results ahead,” he said.

Brentwood should also be boosted by having their entire squad available for selection this weekend as Joe Buttleman is expected to return from injury.

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