Cricket: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal knows team must rebound against Chelmsford in race for Essex Premier Division title
PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 August 2016
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Herons captain calls on team to bounce back from disappointment of loss to Brentwood
Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal knows his team still have the fate of the Essex League Premier Division crown in their own hands, even after a loss to title rivals Brentwood.
The Herons saw their lead at the top of the table cut to just 30 points with four games to go after losing for only the third time in the league this year last weekend.
Wanstead face another of their title rivals this Saturday when they visit Chelmsford, who are currently third, ahead of hosting fourth-placed Hornchurch the following week.
And Ellis-Grewal believes those matches present the Overton Drive outfit with another chance to prove they are worthy title winners should they get over the line.
“We want to beat the top teams in the division and of course we will be looking to do exactly that in both of our next two games in the league,” said the Herons captain.
“If we win both of those games, it can also knock the wind out of the sails of those chasing us who have built up a bit of momentum recently.”
The Herons will also be keen for Hassan Chowdhury to continue his marvellous form, having notched 333 runs in his past three innings to usurp Arfan Akram as the club’s top league scorer this season.
Against Brentwood, the in-form batsman hit 88 in a losing run-chase as Wanstead were beaten by 34 runs at the Old County Ground.
And while Ellis-Grewal is pleased to have a player in such good form in his ranks, he hopes Chowdhury’s efforts can inspire others to follow suit in the closing weeks of the year.
“There are lots of other players getting good starts, but unable to kick on and are hungry to cash in soon,” added the all-rounder.
“In the all-day matches, there is more of a chance to do that and it’s still nice to head into that run of matches still at the top of the table after a loss.”
If Wanstead’s batsmen are to get good scores this weekend, they will have to contend with Chelmsford bowler Anthony Hill, who has been in good form with the ball.
Hill has already recorded one five-wicket haul this season and has 20 other scalps to his name with an economy of 3.68.
But Ellis-Grewal is confident the Herons can deal with the threat the Chelmsford bowler poses to their chances of success.
“Chelmsford are a well-drilled side who have a good attack and batting line-up, but we tend not to focus much on the oppoisition,” he added. “If we turn up and play well, I’m confident we’ll get the win.”