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Brentwood captain West says they must not take Southend lightly

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 July 2018

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

Aaron West 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 says his side must not take Southend lightly after slipping up against strugglers Hadleigh last weekend.

West’s men welcome Southend to the Old County Ground as they look to bounce back from two defeats in a row.

They are now down to fourth in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division and are 26 points behind leaders Wanstead & Snaresbrook.

“I think everyone has seen this league is really tight this year and anyone can beat anyone,” West said.

“Southend have picked up a few wins in the last few weeks so we will not be taking them lightly after last weekend.”

West believes they need one of their top batsmen to step up after their batting let them down last weekend, adding: “We need one of our top five batsmen to stand up and lead from the front this week.

“We have played against them a few times and we know what they’re threats are.

“Their captain Thomas Phillippe used to play for Brentwood and is a good player, but we just need to concentrate on our own performance.”

Brentwood should have almost a full squad to select from apart from Australian bowler Adam Zampa due to Essex T20 commitments.

“We should have fairly good availability but will be waiting on a couple who have had injuries or knocks,” sid West.

“We know we’ll be without Adam as he’ll be playing for Essex. We will obviously miss him as he is so effective. With the ball Zampa is the x-factor but it wasn’t with the ball we under-performed last week.”

West and his side will be keen to bounce back after his side lost by six wickets to Hadleigh.

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