Cricket: Brentwood captain Aaron West feels they should have got more from Ilford draw
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 June 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West is disappointed his side fell 25 runs short of a victory against Ilford.
Honours finished even between Brentwood and leaders Ilford in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash at the Old County Ground.
“I think we’re probably disappointed not to win the game but the boys fought really hard and we’ve probably come away with even points so it’s not the worst result but it could have been better.”
Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa chose to bat after winning the toss but Haaris Ayub fell cheaply to Ben Allison.
Hamza Muhammad followed soon after, edging Thomas Moore behind, to leave the visitors 27-2, before Mohammad Ahktar (45) steadied the ship with Akhil Anil and Ashar Zaidi.
Charlie Griffiths (4-64) claimed the next four wickets to fall, while Essex new boy Shane Snater fell to Allison (2-38) without scoring.
Skipper West praised Griffths who continued his great form to start the 2018 season and he is hoping it can continue.
“Charlie has been excellent all year and he looked like getting a wicket all the time.
“He’s in a great form and I hope it continues.”
Zaidi was trapped lbw by Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-61), after hitting two sixes and 10 fours in his 85 from 103 balls, but Shahzad Hafeez and Tavarasa lifted the total to 235 before Moore (2-59) wrapped up the innings.
Brentwood captain Aaron West (40) and Guy Balmford (34) put on 64 for the first wicket in reply, before Zaidi dismissed West and Rishi Patel in the space of four balls.
Tavarasa took the wicket of Zampa, while Allison fell cheaply to Snater to leave the hosts 127-5.
Zaidi (4-60) got rid of Richard Horswill, but Tom Oakley and James Redwood (20 not out) put on an unbroken 50 for the seventh wicket as Brentwood closed on 213-6.
Oakley was unbeaten on 88 at the end, having his eight fours in his 129-ball innings.
“Tom finished 85 not out but it’s just a shame one of us couldn’t stay with him, support him and get a big score, as I think if someone else does that then we end up chasing that score.
“Falling 20 odd runs short is disappointing.”
West also was disappointed that Ilford played it safe instead of making a real match of it.
“It was a bit disappointing, I thought they may have brought one or two in and tried to get a wicket and make the game a bit interesting, but they’re ahead of us at the minute so for them a draw probably suited them.”