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Wanstead skipper Ellis-Grewal disappointed to see batting struggles continue against Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 July 2018

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

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Herons lost by four wickets after being dismissed ofr just 131

Wanstead & Snaresbrook captain Joe Ellis-Grewal was disappointed to see his team’s batting struggles continue in their four-wicket defeat at home to Hornchurch in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

In recent weeks, the Herons were bowled out for 140 at home to Brentwood and struggled when chasing 211 at Chingford, but crucially won both matches.

Against Hornchurch, though, the Overton Drive outfit were all out for 131 with a knock of 34 from Bilal Patel the top score.

Wanstead made a good fist of it with the ball and at one stage had the visitors 85-6 in reply.

Though both Ellis-Grewal (3-31) and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan (3-34) finished with three wickets apiece, Hornchurch got over the line without any further losses.

Despite the defeat, the Herons remain top of the standings, but Ellis-Grewal knows their batting must improve if that is to remain the case in the coming weeks.

“We’d spoken about how in recent weeks we had struggled with the bat and we knew that if we didn’t improve, we’d get bitten sooner rather than later,” he said.

“That proved to be the case on Saturday. Players at the top of the order seemed to get themselves in, then got out and we collapsed from the middle order down.

“Our bowlers did their best and to have them six down for less than 90 in reply, but we just gave ourselves too much to do with the ball.”

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