Cricket: Joe Ellis-Grewal says Wanstead & Snaresbrook will learn from Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division loss at Shenfield

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 May 2018

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons were also beaten in first round of Dukes Essex T20 by Billericay

Joe Ellis-Grewal insists Wanstead & Snaresbrook will learn from their mistakes after losing by two wickets at Shenfield in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

After winning the toss, the Herons elected to bat, but were restricted to 136 despite a top score of 55 from Aron Nijjar.

Nijjar then impressed with the ball as he took 5-45, but was unable to prevent Shenfield from completing their chase inside 38 overs.

To compound a miserable day for the Overton Drive outfit, it was later confirmed opener Arfan Akram suffered a broken arm when trying to play a shot to just the second ball of the match.

But Ellis-Grewal knows there will be improvements from the Herons in the coming weeks.

“We didn’t start well, especially losing Arfan with a broken arm to the second ball,” he said.

“I’ll admit I misread the wicket and thought it was better than it was, but it proved to be tough to bat on. We lost early wickets and that put us a little on the back foot.

“With the ball, we just didn’t get the luck we needed until late on. We thought we were in a position to win, but Shenfield did just enough in the end.

“Despite the defeat, there are still some positives for us to take from the game and we’ll learn from our mistakes going forward.”

Wanstead were also beaten in the first round of the Dukes Essex T20 on Monday, losing by 35 runs against Billericay.

Kishen Velani took 4-15 as the Herons kept Billericay to 95-9, but the Overton Drive side collapsed to 60 all out in reply.

And Ellis-Grewal was sad Wanstead did not make a better defence of their title.

“It was another very tough wicket and we were also missing a few players who played for us against Shenfield,” he added.

“I thought we bowled Billericay out for a par score on that wicket, but again we didn’t have the luck with the bat.

“It was disappointing given how well we performed last year to win the competition, but the new format, being straight knockout from the start, leaves little room for error.”

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