Essex League Premier Division: Joe Ellis-Grewal confident Wanstead’s youngster will learn from first-team involvement
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 June 2018
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The Overton Drive skipper praised the efforts of Mo Fayyaz Khan and Adnan Akram after Saturday’s victory at Southend-on-Sea
Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal believes the youngsters currently involved in the first-team set-up will learn a lot from this current experience.
The Herons remain second in the Essex League Premier Division after winning by four wickets away to Southend-on-Sea on Saturday.
Despite missing Arfan Akram, Hassan Chowdhury, Feroze Khushi and Jack Lord amongst others, the 2016 champions dismissed the hosts for 201 thanks to 6-31 by Mo Fayyaz Khan and chased it down with Adnan Akram hitting 70 not out.
Ellis-Grewal said: “We have full faith in our juniors, but if we are honest we probably have a few too many in our side right now, so it does put pressure on the experienced players and it was great to see two of them step up on Saturday.
“This is a great opportunity for the youngsters in the team though, and I am sure they will learn a lot from this experience.”
Southend won the toss last weekend and batted first, which seemed a good decision when they were 149-1, but Ellis-Grewal got rid of Lewis Wright for 68 and helped himself to 3-70.
With the experienced Fayyaz Khan in complete control at the other end, the hosts collapsed to just over 200.
The Wanstead captain said: “We played really well on Saturday. We have struggled for availability lately and injuries, so we have a lot of young players in the side and we lost the toss on a really good pitch.
“Southend batted first and were going well at 150-1, but credit to the bowlers because they stuck at it.
“Fayyaz, our 50-year-old spinner, showed his class with six wickets and I managed to get a few at the other end and they were quickly all out for 200, which was below par on that wicket.”
Wanstead were not so certain of victory when they suffered a collapse of their own and went from 56-1 to 97-6.
Mohammad Rizvi (3-53) impressed, but Adnan Akram showed his experience and put on 107 for the seventh wicket with his captain Ellis-Grewal.
The Herons skipper finished unbeaten on 45 with his partner there at the end on 70 off 78 balls to secure another impressive victory.
Ellis-Grewal added: “We struggled at the start of our chase, Southend bowled pretty well and we also played some poor shots.
“I am sure the young players in the team will learn from this and full credit to Adnan for his 70 not out which got us home.
“Not only was it a great innings, but he is also fasting, so hadn’t eaten since early in the morning and for him to keep his concentration for so long was excellent.”