Cricket: Brentwood captain Aaron West pleased with dominant victory over Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 June 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West says it was pleasing to see his side brush aside Hornchurch with such dominance in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash.
West and his side cruised to a 146 run victory against Billy Gordon’s men after being put in to bat first at Harrow Lodge.
“It was really pleasing, I think we did really well with the bat and worked hard to put a score on the board and then a great bowling performance from us sort of dominated them.
“We got put into bat on a wet wicket so it was quite difficult but we always felt if we could get to 200 that would be a good score.
“Some of the boys had to work hard to get a score on the board and it worked out that it was enough.”
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa had a debut to remember as Brentwood beat Hornchurch.
Zampa, signed as an overseas player by county champions Essex, claimed six wickets as the home side were skittled 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 Aaron West (44), James Redwood (37 not out) and Rishi Patel (25) in helping Brentwood reach 210-8 declared.
“I think he has settled into the team really well, everyone gets on with him, he’s a great lad.
“We all knew he was good but I think he was better than everyone even expected.”
Former England Test spinner Monty Panesar maintained his own good form with a 5-60 haul, as Mehad Khan (2-57) nabbed a brace from a 21-over spell.
“I think obviously Monty’s a quality bowler and he got me out with probably the best ball I’ve faced all season,” West said.
“I think the boys played him really well and we were able to get on top of him and that meant we dominated them quite a bit.”
But Hornchurch lost early wickets in reply as Anthony Giles and Ben Allison struck, before Zampa began to turn the screw.
Young opener Frankie Jacobs was the only home batsman to reach double figures as Zampa picked up 6-25, with Charlie Griffiths (2-12) helping to secure a convincing 146-run victory.