Cricket: Joe Ellis-Grewal confident Wanstead can maintain unbeaten start to Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season at Shenfield
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 May 2018
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Herons beat Billericay by 148 runs last weekend
Joe Ellis-Grewal is confident Wanstead & Snaresbrook can extend their unbeaten start to the season by avoiding defeat away to Shenfield in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division this Saturday.
The Herons recorded a 148-run win at home to Billericay last Saturday to go with their draw at Chelmsford the previous week.
Heading into the weekend, the Overton Drive outfit are second and just seven points adrift of early pacesetters Chingford.
Ellis-Grewal believes Wanstead can avoid defeat once again this weekend, but knows they will have to be on top of their game against talented opposition.
“Shenfield are always a strong team and they’ve made some good additions this season,” he said.
“It’s another game of cricket, so we have to play well again, but we feel we’ve started the season in good form.”
Wanstead will be hoping for more heroics with the bat from Kishen Velani at Shenfield after he scored a ton against Billericay last time out.
The 23-year-old smashed 106 off just 97 balls as the Herons declared on 298-7 in their innings.
And Ellis-Grewal believe Velani’s inning was a huge factor in Wanstead posting such an imposing total.
“It was a great knock from Kishen and he looked at ease throughout his innings,” he added.
“It set the foundation for our innings and really helped us kick on to post a good score.”
This weekend also sees the start of the Dukes Essex T20, with Wanstead the defending champions.
The Herons begin their defence against Billericay on Bank Holiday Monday, with the winners playing either hosts Upminster or Hadleight & Thundersley in the second round later that day.
And Ellis-Grewal says the Overton Drive club are looking to go all the way again in the competition this year.
“We’re the reigning champions in the Essex T20, so we’re looking to defend our title,” he said.
“If we do, we’re into the nationals again and we were gutted to lose in the semi-finals of that competition last year.
“Now that it’s straight knockout from round one, rather than a group stage, it makes it a little tougher as we can’t afford any bad games.”
Wanstead will hope it proves to be a winning weekend in both league and cup.
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