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Brentwood captain West is keen to knock Ilford down

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 June 2018

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

Adam Zampa 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 wants his side to move top of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division table this weekend.

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

West and his side host current leaders Ilford on Saturday at the Old County Ground and are hoping to knock them off top spot with a victory.

The skipper knows it will be a tough challenge but he has set his players the target of moving into pole position.

“Ilford are top and they’ve got Ashar Zaidi and Shane Snater who play for Essex, so that will be a challenge, we know that,” West said.

“We’re looking to beat them and try to go top of the table.”

West says his side know exactly what Theeban Tavarasa’s side are about and how dangerous they can be on their day.

“We’ve always known Ilford are quite a dangerous side, they’ve got a lot of good players, and we know we’ll have to perform well on the day to beat them,” he added.

The captain wants his team to worry about themselves and continue their recent run of form as he want to keep building more momentum as they look to bring the title home for the first time since 2011.

“We’re in some good form at the minute and we just need to carry on,” West said.

“We’re in good spirits and want to keep the momentum rolling. We also know if you can beat your challengers early and get on top of them that always helps.”

West will also be hoping Australian International leg-spinner Adam Zampa can build on his impressive debut in their 146-run against Hornchurch last weekend.

Zampa, who was signed as an overseas player by county champions Essex for their T20 campaign, claimed six wickets as the home side were skittled out for 64 in pursuit of a victory target of 211.

And his heroics with the ball came after he had scored 35 with the bat to support captain West (44), James Redwood (37 not out) and Rishi Patel (25) in helping Brentwood reach a useful 210-8 declared.

“I think he has settled into the team really well, everyone gets on with him, he’s a great lad,” West said.

“We all knew he was good, but I think he was better than everyone even expected.”

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