Cricket: Opener Hassan Chowdhury believes form of Feroze Khushi has set the tone for other Wanstead batsmen in Essex Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 July 2017
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Khushi in fine form with the bat ahead of trip to Chingford
Wanstead opener Hassan Chowdhury says the recent form of Essex youngster Feroze Khushi has inspired others in the squad of the Essex Premier Division leaders.
In his past four league innings, Khushi has scored 361 runs at an average of 120.33, the type of form which has seen the teenager called up to the England under-19 squad.
In last weekend’s win over Upminster, Khushi racked up 60, but was outscored by Chowdhury (101) and fellow opener Arfan Akram (109).
The Herons will hope for more big scores across the team this weekend when they visit Chingford, and Chowdhury knows everyone is keen to follow Khushi’s lead.
“We spoke about the need for big scores individually, especially with Feroze setting the tone the past few weeks,” said Chowdhury.
“Thankfully Arfan and I were able to followe Feroze’s lead and it was the first time we’ve ever put on over 200 for the first wicket in the lead.
“I was a little lucky in my innings, but Arfan batted superbly and then with Feroze coming in at number three, he smashed some quick runs.”
Last weekend saw Chowdhury stand in as captain with regular skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal away.
The all-rounder, though, is due back for the clash at Chingford on Saturday, and Chowdhury believes the short break will have done Ellis-Grewal good.
“Joe has played a lot of cricket this year, both for us and Essex seconds, so the little break will have been nice for him and I’m sure he’ll come back refreshed.”
Ellis-Grewal has been a regular wicket-taker for Wanstead this season, but against Upminster, Kishen Velani ensured the skipper’s absence was not felt.
Velani finished with figures of 5-30 to help the Herons bowl Upminster out inside 40 overs, but Chowdhury was pleased with all the efforts of the bowling attack.
“Before Kishen came on, Suminda Don, Aron Nijjar and Zain Shahzad kept it tight with their bowling up top,” said Chowdhury.
“That meant Upminster had to chase the game and take a few more risks, and Kishen was able to take full advantage.”
Last weekend also saw the Herons reach the semi-finals of the League Cup thanks to a nine-wicket win at Hainault, where Chowdhury also racked up another ton.
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