New captain West says nothing but a title for Brentwood is enough this year
PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 May 2018
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Brentwood newly appointed captain Aaron West is eager to bring silverware back to the club after failing to win the league since 2011.
West and his side finished third in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division last season with Joe Buttleman at the reins.
The club has opted to change the skipper this year, but they’ve kept a very similar side together in hope of improving their chances and pushing for honours this campaign.
“That is the aim for the season – to win the league and it would probably be seen as a disappointment if we didn’t win, that’s the standards we’re trying to set,” West said.
“Our main aim will be to win the league, as it has sort of evaded us since 2011 now, so I think we’re all keen to put that right and try to win a league title.”
West revealed the league title will not be the only piece of silverware they will be aiming for, though, as they look for some cup success as well.
They narrowly missed out last season when they crashed out in the semi-final stage of the Essex T20 competition to Wanstead & Snaresbrook who went on to be crowned champions.
“We expect to compete in all the competitions, the T20, the league cup and we’ve already had one round of the National Cup which we won, and obviously we’ll be looking to progress in that as well,” added West.
The talented batsman expects it to be a tough challenge with Wanstead, Chelmsford, Shenfield and Hornchurch competing with them at the top of the table again this time round.
“I think Wanstead and Chelmsford are always the teams to look out for as they’re always up there,” said West.
“But from what I’m hearing Shenfield and Hornchurch have both strengthened quite a lot over the winter so I’m sure they will be gunning for a few sides as well.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty competitive league this year, but our aim is to come out on top.”
Brentwood have confirmed the departure of all-rounder and former Essex staffer Max Osborne who is joining Division One outfit Belhus and he will come up against his former club in the first round of the T20 cup competition.
Meanwhile, West also revealed they will have a few new faces in the line-up, including Ben Allison and youngster Ryan Tobin.
“We’ve had one leave from last year and then we’ve picked up Ben Allison from Colchester, who is in the Essex Academy and is part of the England under-19s squad, so he will be quite a big addition,” he said.
“We had a 16-year-old (Ryan Tobin) making his debut in the first round of the National Cup – he joined from Orsett and is a big tall, fast opening bowler, so it will be interesting to see how he can progress over the year as well.”
West also feels it’s vital for his side to get off to a strong start as he feels the lack of availability in the opening weeks has cost them in previous seasons.
But his side did manage to progress into the second round of the Dukes Essex League Cup with a victory against Division Three side Ardleigh Green.
They won that tie by eight wickets at Central Park to kick off their campaign in emphatic style and will be hoping to build on that result.
“There was a great buzz, the boys are all really excited, and we’re now just looking forward to the season,” said West.
“Our issue has always been in previous years that we struggle for availability for the first six weeks with a few school boys and a few teachers as they’re not always available due to work and study commitments.
“Getting off to a good start is always handy to us as we don’t want to have to be trying to claw back points later on in the season.”
Despite his high standards, West is looking forward to taking the reins and attempting to bring success back to the Old County Ground club.
“It’s really exciting, one that I’ve been looking forward to for a while and just looking forward to taking over the reins and trying to have a successful season as a side,” he said.