Essex Premier Division: Wanstead primed for crucial run in race for title

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 August 2016

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal deep in thought (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal deep in thought (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Herons tackle all their title rivals in next three matches

Wanstead’s Joe Ellis-Grewal knows Saturday’s trip to Brentwood marks the start of a crucial run of fixtures in the team’s quest to win the Essex League Premier Division title.

Following this weekend’s game, the Herons tackle Chelmsford and Hornchurch on consecutive weekends, with all of their next three opponents still harbouring hopes of being crowned themselves.

But with his side 42 points clear, captain Ellis-Grewal knows the club can take big strides towards clinching top spot in the next few weeks.

“We know over the next few games we face a really big challenge. If we win all three matches, no one can say we don’t deserve to be champions,” said the spinner.

“We’re focused one week to the next and just on our own games. If any other results go our way, that’s an added bonus.

“It’s nice to be at the top of the table, but it would be good if we can get a couple more wins in the next couple of weeks.”

Although normally considered an all-rounder, Ellis-Grewal has not had many chances to display his batting prowess this year.

With Wanstead’s top order performing well, the skipper has only needed to get padded up just three times in 13 matches.

The race to be the club’s top scorer in the league is also hotting up, with Hassan Chowdhury having smacked an unbeaten 245 runs in his last two matches to close within 10 of leader Arfan Akram.

Impressive displays like that have prevented Ellis-Grewal from batting as often as he has in previous seasons, but the Herons skipper is not too upset, knowing if that trend continues, it is likely to mean another positive result for the club.

“We’re batting well at the minute and if we were able to go the rest of the season without me batting, then that would be ideal!” he joked.

“We know that us men lower down the order will be called upon sooner rather than later. We know we’re either going to have to get us over the line, or we’re going to have to get us up to a good total. Either way, we’re all still focused.”

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