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Ellis-Grewal: Wanstead not worried by change in format

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 August 2018

Kishen Velani scored a century for Wanstead & Snaresbrook against Southend-on-Sea & EMT last weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Kishen Velani scored a century for Wanstead & Snaresbrook against Southend-on-Sea & EMT last weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons beat Southend-on-Sea & EMT by six wickets last time out

Wanstead & Snaresbrook skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal is confident a change in formats will not harm his side’s chances of success at Brentwood in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

All divisions across the Shepherd Neame Essex League are reverting back to the all-day format of matches for the final four matches of the campaign.

It means that games can now end in draws again, with sides having spent the past nine weeks playing 50-overs-a-side knowing it was win or bust.

The change in formats could have a huge bearing on the title race, with the Herons currently two points adrift of leaders Hornchurch.

But Ellis-Grewal believes a change in format will not be a distraction to Wanstead in their title challenge.

“Playing at Brentwood is always a huge game for us, but we’re confident in the knowledge that we’ve played well against them in the past,” he said.

“It’s a big game and it’s important that we get as many points as we can now that we’re playing timed matches again.

“We feel the change won’t affect us much as we’ve got plenty of options with both bat and ball.

“We’re looking forward to the match being a different format again, but we know we have to keep the wins coming.”

Ellis-Grewal will hope Jahanshar Akbar can shine with the ball this weekend after he recorded his first five-wicket haul for the Wanstead first team in a six-wicket win at home to Southend-on-Sea & EMT last weekend.

Akbar finished with figures of 5-33 as Southend were all out 181, before opener Kishen Velani smacked an unbeaten 100 in a successful chase for the Herons.

Akbar now has 18 wickets in just eight league appearances for the first team this term, and Ellis-Grewal says the youngster has been a revelation.

“Jahansher has been superb for us this season and his spell on Saturday was brilliant – he didn’t bowl a bad ball,” added the skipper.

“He was thrilled to get his first five-wicket haul for the first team, and we were all equally pleased for him.

“He’s improving with every game and he’s stepping up for us on a weekly basis.”

More wickets for Akbar will certainly go down a treat for Wanstead away to Brentwood on Saturday.

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