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Brentwood's West is looking forward to a new challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 June 2018

Adam Zampa of Brentwood celebrates taking the wicket of K Velani during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC (batting) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 16th June 2018

Adam Zampa of Brentwood celebrates taking the wicket of K Velani during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC (batting) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 16th June 2018

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Brentwood captain Aaron West is looking forward to a new challenge when his side meet neighbours Billericay for the first time in years on Saturday.

Adam Zampa in bowling action for Brentwood during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC (batting) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 16th June 2018Adam Zampa in bowling action for Brentwood during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC (batting) vs Brentwood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 16th June 2018

West and his side welcome Lee Knight’s men to the Old County Ground as they both look to climb into the top spots in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division table.

“I don’t think we’ve played against Billericay much for a very long time, so it will be a fresh challenge for us,” West said.

“It is definitely one we’re looking forward to as well.”

Skipper West knows his side will have to be strong and has pin-pointed Billericay’s tall left-arm seamer Paul Walter as a major threat that they must be wary of.

“They’ve got Paul Walter, who is a big threat, he plays for Essex and is always hitting big runs so we’ll have to be strong against him,” he added.

West also admits although Billericay are new to the top flight they know enough about their opponents to put together a game plan, adding: “We know about a few of their players and exactly what they can do, but we’re looking forward to the new challenge, and seeing what it brings.”

Brentwood will be keen to bounce back after falling seven runs short against league leaders Wanstead last weekend.

“We’ve got to bounce back as quick as possible and put a run of wins together to put the pressure back on the leaders,” said West, who will be without Will Buttleman once again this weekend, but should seem him available more regularly in the coming weeks.

“Will is missing again this weekend, but it’s his last weekend of schools’ cricket and then he should be back with us from next weekend on,” he said.

Captain West is also hoping his bowlers continue their excellent start to the season and wants his batsmen to start performing more consistently.

“Our bowling has been excellent all season so hopefully they can do the business again for us like they have been throughout,” he said.

“We need our batsmen to show up as well and then hopefully we can get the result we want.”

Brentwood will also face Swardeston in the fourth round of the ECB National Club Championship Cup as they look to progress through.

“We’re really looking forward to that match as well,” said West.

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