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Cricket: Joe Ellis-Grewal thanks Wanstead support after reaching National Club T20 quarter-finals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 August 2017

Wanstead celebrate winning the ECB National Club T20 Championship Group Seven Area final on Sunday (pic: Martin Pluck/Wanstead CC)

Wanstead celebrate winning the ECB National Club T20 Championship Group Seven Area final on Sunday (pic: Martin Pluck/Wanstead CC)

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Herons triumphed in the Group Seven Area final on Sunday and face Cannock & Rugeley Hawks in the next round on August 13

Captain Joe Ellis-Grewal was thankful for the support Wanstead received as they won through from the Group Seven Area final of the ECB National Club T20 Championship on Sunday.

The Herons hosted the regional final and beat Bishop’s Stortford by 31 runs in the semi-finals thanks to a knock of 51 from Hassasn Chowdhury and figures of 4-7 from Aron Nijjar.

In the final, Wanstead defeated North Middlesex by six wickets, with Feroze Khushi smashing an unbeaten 52 off just 30 deliveries.

Wanstead now face Cannock & Rugeley Hawks in the national quarter-finals on August 13, and Ellis-Grewal was keen to thank those in attendance at Overton Drive for giving the Herons the support they needed to progress.

“Sunday was an amazing day for the club. We did well in both matches and both the batting line-up and the bowlers performed brilliantly,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“It’s always nice playing at home, whatever competition you’re in, but we feel it’s a fair ground for any team who plays here.

“We did have a lot of support on the day, which probably helped more than us playing at home as it gave us an extra boost.”

A day earlier, Wanstead hosted Shenfield in the Essex Premier Division, but were 192-5 when rain forced an abandonment.

The wet weather continued well into the night, putting the Group Seven Area final on Sunday in doubt.

A group of hardy souls, though, arrived early at Overton Drive on Sunday to ensure the event went ahead, and Ellis-Grewal was equally grateful in their efforts in helping to get the matches played.

“The weather has been horrendous the past few weeks, so it was a great effort from all involved to get the game on,” he added.

“There were a few of us down there pretty early on trying to clear the pitch as it was flooded, and by the end there were about 20 helping out.”

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