Brentwood captain West disappointed to fall short against Wanstead
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 June 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West was very disappointed his side fell seven runs short against Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead at Overton Drive.
Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal chose to bat first in the 50-over contest, but saw his top three of Zain Shahzad, Bilal Patel and Aron Nijjar (28) removed by Ben Allison (3-16).
Adnan Akram and Kishen Velani were dismissed by Charlie Griffiths and Adam Zampa respectively to make it 57-5, before Ellis-Grewal and Naail Dar dug in to share 41 for the sixth wicket.
Ellis-Grewal offered a return catch to Ian Belchamber, before Dar was trapped lbw by Zampa to make it 98-7, but Jonathan Das and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan eked out more valuable runs to lift the total to 140, as Australian leg-spinner Zampa finished with 4-22 from his 10-over spell.
“It was very disappointing not to win it to be honest,” West said.
“To lose the toss and bowl Wanstead out for 140 was excellent and from there we should have dominated.
“We were 70-1 in reply and in that position we should be going on to win the game comfortably.”
The skipper praised his bowlers for their performance and shutting down the National Champions batting unit.
“Adam ended up with four wickets and was great again, but so was our whole bowling attack of Ben Allison, Charlie Griffths and Ian Belchambers.
“They bowled really well.”
Brentwood lost Griffiths early in reply, but reached 69-1 as Aaron West and Guy Balmford (22) combined well.
Brentwood captain West fell to Fayyaz Khan for 38 off 33 balls, with Nijjar dismissing Balmford.
And both bowlers struck again to dismiss Rishi Patel and Zampa cheaply and leave Brentwood 91-5 as Wanstead fought back.
Tom Oakley held firm at one end for Brentwood, but Jahansher Akbar got in on the act to dismiss Richard Horswill, with Nijjar running out Allison and then dismissing Kieran Emmanuel to make it 123-8.
Belchamber fell to Velani and Oakley was last man out for 33, having faced 72 deliveries, as Nijjar (4-33) clinched victory for the home side.