Brentwood must not slip up against strugglers says West
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 July 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West insists they must make no mistakes in their next two fixtures to ensure they remain in a good position in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title race.
West and his side welcome struggling Hadleigh & Thundersley to the Old County Ground on Saturday as they look to continue their good form in the league and bounce back from their T20 semi-final defeat last weekend.
The skipper believes it’s vital to keep their league form going and not take either Hadleigh or Southend the following week lightly.
“We’re set well in the league so we’ve got to keep going and hopefully go well for the second half of the season to try winning it,” West said.
“They’re the teams we have to be beating teams like Hadleigh and Southend, who are our next two matches, and we can’t be dropping points against either of them.”
Brentwood has already come up against Hadleigh this season when they met in the second round of the Dukes Essex League Cup.
West’s side came up on top with an eight wicket victory as they bowled them out for 92 then chased it down in just 15 overs with a score of 96 for 2.
“We played them in the league cup a few weeks back and beat them quite convincingly so I’m hoping for more of the same and that we beat them again.”
They will be boosted for the clash by having their entire squad available for selection says captain West.
“In the next few weeks we should be back at full availability and should have everyone around for the run in which is good.”
He is also hoping bowler Charlie Griffths and batter Rishi Patel can pick up where they left off as they sealed a comfortable 170 run victory against rivals Shenfield last weekend.
Patel was unbeaten on 139 from 109 balls, having hit five sixes and 19 fours, to put them in a strong position and help guide them to 297 all out.
Griffiths finished with 5-34, while Zampa (2-25) picked up another wicket as Shenfield were dismissed for 127 in 37 overs.
“Charlie has been excellent all year and probably been the stand-out performer. It was good to see one of the batters (Rishi Patel) take responsibility and get a big score,” said West.
Zampa made his Vitality T20 Blast debut for Essex against Sussex Sharks on Wednesday, but could not prevent them falling to defeat at Chelmsford.
The Australian leg-spinner took 1-30 from his three overs as the visitors amassed 181-6.
But he fell for a second-ball duck to David Wiese (5-24), as Essex collapsed from 130-4 to 145 all out, with the last five wickets falling for just two runs.
Captain Ryan ten Doeschate said Essex ‘were not good enough’ and they will look to bounce back when they host Middlesex tonight (Friday, 7pm).
The Eagles also visit Surrey next Thursday.
*Shenfield will look to bounce back from their derby defeat to Brentwood when they travel to Chingford.
Jack Kliber’s men are only two points above the relegation zone following their 170-run reverse against their nearest neighbours with only one win in eight.