Cricket: Joe Ellis-Grewal backs Aron Nijjar to continue good form for Wanstead in Shepherd Neame Essex League clash at home to Billericay

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 May 2018

Aron Nijjar in bowling action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Aron Nijjar in bowling action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bowler took five wickets in draw at Chelmsford last Saturday

Wanstead & Snaresbrook welcome Billericay in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday, and Joe Ellis-Grewal hopes Aron Nijjar can continue his early-season brilliance for the hosts.

Nijjar recorded figures of 5-24 as the Herons opened their league season with a rain-hit draw at Chelmsford last Saturday.

The Wanstead man then followed that up by taking 3-13 the following day in a seven-wicket win at home to Winchmore Hill in the ECB National Club Championship.

Ellis-Grewal admits he is impressed with how well Nijjar has started the new term, and is keen for him to maintain his good form for as long as possible.

“Aron played in Australia over winter and he seems to have really upped his game this season.

“He bowled well on both days last weekend and he got his rewards with the figures he recorded.

“He’s doing well for Essex seconds as well, so hopefully he can continue to keep impressing over the rest of the season.”

Against Chelmsford last weekend, Wanstead were put into bat and closed on 173-9 on a wet pitch, with 46 from Nijjar the top score.

The Herons had their hosts 151-9 in reply and looked to be on course for a win before the rain intervened, much to Ellis-Grewal’s disappointment.

“It was a frustrating start to the season, but credit has to go to the umpires and both sets of players as we stayed out there for as long as we could,” he added.

“To be so close to getting a win, and then to be pulled off because of rain and bad light was disappointing.

“There were plenty of positives to take. We batted well on a tough wicket and we also bowled and fielded very well.

“Looking at the other results, there wasn’t too much damage done in not winning and we still took 13 points from the game.”

There was better news on Sunday, though, as Wanstead eased past Winchmore Hill in the ECB National Club Championship second round, a result which pleased the Herons skipper no end.

“It was nice to play at home and it was a good performance from us in all aspects of the game,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“Kishen Velani looked to be back in form and it was a solid win against opposition who can be tough on their day.”

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