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Brentwood captain West pleased with double victory weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 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 was pleased to see his side get back to winning ways against Southend in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division with a solid all-round display at the Old County Ground.

Guy Balmford hit eight fours in his 51 from 60 balls, while Essex youngster Will Buttleman (40) put on 79 for the third wicket with Tom Oakley.

Oakley hit eight fours in his 66 from 74 balls, with Joe Buttleman (24) also chipping in as the home side closed on 251-8.

“It was good to get back to winning ways,” West said.

“We had a chat after the match and we said we weren’t really 100 per cent but everyone contributed.

“The bowlers were excellent again though, like they have been all season.”

Anthony Giles struck early with the ball in Southend’s reply and picked up a second wicket with the score on 22.

Oakley got in on the act to leave the visitors 35-3, before Tom Philippe and Lewis Wright steadied the ship.

Charlie Griffiths (2-26) ended their stand to dismiss Philippe, with Tom Wingrove dismissing Wright to make it 71-5.

Will Buttleman (2-23) claimed the next two wickets to fall, with Southend still to reach three figures, before Ash Casey picked up a scalp.

Griffiths (2-26) grabbed his second wicket to leave Southend nine down, with Giles (3-42) ending the innings on 165 in the 42nd over.

Skipper West praised the return of brothers Joe and Will Buttleman to the line-up after both missing out for majority of the season so far.

“It’s a big boost to have two players with big quality come back in and gives us a lot more balance in our line-up.”

The captain was also pleased with his side’s 79 run victory against Peterborough Town in the ECB National Club Championships the following day.

“We’re having a great run in the National Cup and we’re now into the last eight of the competition so anything could happen yet.

“We’ve got a home tie and have brought a real buzz to the club.

“It was also great for Joe to come back from injury and top score, it’s great for his confidence.”

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