Essex Premier Division: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal delighted with stand-in captain Hassan Chowdhury

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 August 2016

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Herons all-rounder happy as team beat Hornchurch in his absence

Regular Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal has praised the dispaly of Hassan Chowdhury, who stepped in to lead the Herons to another Essex Premier Division success against Hornchurch.

Chowdhury stepped up to the leadership role with aplomb and continued his scintillating form with the bat, top scoring with 79 as the hosts successfully chased down 204 with three wickets to spare.

Fayyaz Khan also provided Wanstead with an important contribution, taking 4-54 with the ball during the Hornchurch innings to restrict them to a moderate total.

But as so often has been the case in recent weeks, it was Chowdhury who stole the headlines and Ellis-Grewal was more than happy to talk up the in-form batsman once more.

“Hassan did a really good job skippering the squad in my absence,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“He led from the front and took on the responsibility, which was great to hear.”

The victory has left Wanstead on the cusp of the title in their 150th anniversary season and, barring any disaster, need just one moe win from their final two games to confirm that.

And Ellis-Grewal was happy the squad took another big step to the title in his absence.

“The boys knew exactly what they had to do against Hornchurch and they did exactly that,” he added.

“For the past few weeks, we have been taking it game-by-game, knowing each win takes us closer to the title. It’s nice to know we’re almost there.”

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