Brentwood captain West pleased to get back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 June 2018
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Brentwood captain Aaron West pleased to get back to winning ways as they came away comfortable winners over Billericay in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division derby at the Old County Ground.
Visiting captain Lee Knight chose to bat after winning the toss and Saurav Prabhakar and Aaron Curtis (30) put on 47 for the first wicket.
Charlie Griffiths (2-17) and Adam Zampa (4-32) struck in quick succession, then shared four more wickets to leave the visitors 72-6.
Darren Ironside held firm at one end as wickets were tumbling, with Rob Lee and Oliver Sarkar reaching double figures in support.
Ian Belchamber (3-21) kept Brentwood on top, though, and Ben Allison wrapped up the innings on 157 after 41 overs, with Ironside unbeaten on 51 from 89 balls.
“It was good to get back to winning ways, they can out the block quite hard, so we were up against it and our bowlers did the job again,” West said.
“Belly, Charlie and Adam Zampa were excellent and kept them to 157, a score which we knocked off quite comfortably.”
He admits after bowling them out for 157 they were always confident of pulling off a result.
“We were fairly confident, they gave us a little bit of chirp because we obviously messed up last week chasing a low score, but we made sure we put it right this week.”
Brentwood captain Aaron West led the way in reply with a superb century, putting on 122 for the first wicket with Guy Balmford (31).
West fell for 101, having hit two sixes and 15 fours in a 109-ball innings, with his side just short of their target, before Tom Oakley sealed a seven-wicket win in the 32nd over.
“I was very happy, as I’ve been staying from the start of the season I want to try and lead from the front with the bat so it was nice to put that performance in.
“It was very pleasing and it was a good team performance throughout.”