Cricket: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal frustrated by field display after Brentwood loss
PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 August 2016
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Herons skipper believes team did not perform to standards in defeat
Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal was disappointed with his side’s display in the field during a 34-run loss away to title rivals Brentwood in the Essex Premier Division.
The hosts won the toss and elected to put the Herons into the field, and though there were wickets for all but one of the six bowlers used, the visitors saw Brentwood reach 263-6 from their 50 overs.
Despite Hassan Chowdhury hitting 88 in reply for Wanstead, it always looked like the chase would prove too much and so it did as the away side were bowled out for 229 in the 48th over.
It was just a third loss of the season for Ellis-Grewal’s side, and the skipper knows it was just one of those days that happens during a season when nothing seems to work.
“We didn’t field or bowl very well, but we started well in the chase. It’s always difficult trying to chase 260 on a pitch full of spin,” admitted the all-rounder.
“Credit to Brentwood, they played well and it was one of those days for us.”
Chowdhury’s latest half century was one of few positives Wanstead in the defeat, smacking 13 fours and a six in another enterprising innings and has now smacked more than 300 runs in his last three matches.
Another positive is that the Herons are still top of the standings, though have had their advantage cut to just 31 points, and Ellis-Grewal is keen to move on after the setback.
“Hassan was outstanding again, but once you lose wickets regularly, you fall behind the run rate and it’s hard to get in without the run rate getting higher and higher,” he added.
“Hopefully the loss might give us a bit of a kick after the loss. We know now we have to play well and hopefully that can drive us on to better performances.”