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Brentwood captain West has mixed emotions about the weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 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 it was a weekend of mixed emotions as they sealed victory against rivals Shenfield but crashed out of the Dukes Essex League T20 in the semi-finals.

West and his side fell short in the T20 to Hornchurch by six runs to miss out on the final at Billericay’s Toby Howe ground.

“It was a good feeling Saturday to a bad feeling Sunday as to beat our rivals Shenfield was good,” West said.

“We completely dominated the game and Rishi got 139 not out set it all up and our bowlers got them out quite easily to be honest.

“It was a good day with Wanstead and Ilford losing as well so we had a bit of a high and a bit of a low so it was a mixed weekend to be honest.”

Skipper West admitted it was disappointing to lose to Billy Gordon’s men on Sunday but believes they deserved the victory.

“It was disappointing, I think Hornchurch probably out played us really and we let them get too many runs, Ronnie Saunders played a match winning innings supported by Chris Sains,” he said.

“We always knew probably 130 to 140 was par so we knew they had a good score on the board.

“We put a good fight up but it wasn’t quite good enough.

“We just said try and take it deep and into the last over so we have a good chance, which we did but just wasn’t enough.”

Brentwood moved to within nine points of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division summit with a comfortable derby win at Shenfield.

Captain Aaron West chose to bat after winning the toss and hit a six and seven fours in his 38 off 34 balls as he put on 55 with Guy Balmford.

Brentwood slipped from 76-1 to 89-5, though, as Charlie Haddon (3-45) claimed three wickets in quick succession, before James Redwood (24) helped Rishi Patel steady the ship with a 55-run stand.

Patel held firm at one end and shared 112 for the eighth wicket with Harry Hobson, who hit two sixes and three fours in his 31-ball 32.

And Patel was unbeaten on 139 from 109 balls, having hit five sixes and 19 fours, after Mitchell Edwards (4-74) mopped up the tail to dismiss Brentwood for 297 from 45 overs.

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber fell to Charlie Griffiths early in reply, with Adam Zampa having success at the other end to leave the hosts 29-2.

Tom Moore (2-12) got in on the act to reduce the hosts to 64-4 and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with Jamie Walton (20) the top scorer for Shenfield.

Griffiths finished with 5-34, while Zampa (2-25) picked up another wicket as Shenfield were dismissed for 127 in 37 overs.

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