Brentwood face 'big match' in title race away to Hornchurch
Brentwood captain Aaron West knows they face a big match in terms of the Hamro Foundation Essex League Premier Division when they travel to Hornchurch.
The Old County Ground outfit make the trip to Harrow Lodge Park on Saturday as they look to build on their recent momentum which has seen them climb up to third in the table after a slow start to the campaign.
“It’s a big match at Hornchurch, they had a disappointing result, so it’s a must-win for them if they want to get back in the title race and it’s a must-win for us if we want to keep within touch of the top two,” West said.
“There is a distinct top four of Chelmsford, Wanstead, us and Hornchurch and we’ve got all three to play, so if we can beat all three we’ll be in a good position. We have just got to keep winning.”
Brentwood sealed a 101-run victory over Chingford last weekend despite losing the toss and being put into bat.
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They posted a score of 269 thanks to Eddie Ballard (51), Jack Hebron (67), and Christopher Green (45).
And Chingford were all out for 168 in reply with superb performances from Charlie Griffiths (3-50) and Ian Belchamber (5-14).
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“It was one of those games where nobody was at their best, but everyone in the team contributed, and if you look at the scorecard five or six guys scored over 30 so it was good to see everyone chipping in with the bat," added West.
“With the ball we started really well. We had a tough period in the middle where we had to grind it out, but we stuck at it and then our spinners took the final wickets to get the win.
“We’ve only been playing one seamer lately, so Charlie has had the task of opening the bowling, and he’s done that really well. He has been setting the tone for us.
“Ian just showed his experience, bowling 5-14, every ball was on the money and he was putting batsmen under pressure so it’s good to see him doing well.”
The skipper was also full of praise for Green, adding: “Everyone knows Chris is a quality player, that’s why he travels the world playing T20 cricket for all the different franchises. He’s been a great addition to the team, with the bat, ball, in the field and off the pitch as well as he’s been great for team morale.”