Cricket: Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal believes touring with Essex will have helped talented pair ahead of Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division opener at Chelmsford
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 May 2018
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Feroze Khushi and Aron Nijjar travelled to the Caribbean over the winter as part of Essex team for Champions Tour
Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal hopes Feroze Khushi’s and Aron Nijjar’s experience with Essex over the winter will help the Herons in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division opener at Chelmsford on Saturday.
The Herons pair were part of the Essex squad that travelled to the Caribbean earlier this year to participate in the Champions Tour.
Both will have enjoyed their time in the warmer climes and will have learned a lot having toured with the likes of England internationals Tom Westley and James Foster.
And Ellis-Grewal hopes Khushi and Nijjar can take whatever they have learned from the tour back to Wanstead this season, starting at Chelmsford on Saturday.
“Touring with Essex will have been good for Feroze and Aron as the team have high standards,” said the all-rounder.
“Hopefully that is something they bring back to Wanstead and we can feed off that this season.
“Touring the Caribbean will have been a great experience for both of them and hopefully they can use that when they play for us this season.”
Wanstead will hope to get off to a fast start this term as they look to wrestle the Premier Division back from Chelmsford’s grasp.
The Herons suffered agony on the final day of last season when a defeat against Chingford, coupled with a win for Chelmsford, was enough for the Overton Drive to slip from the summit and finish second.
A victory away to one of their main title rivals on the opening day of the new season would be a strong statement from Wanstead.
However, the Herons have had to contend with mixed weather in recent weeks, which Ellis-Grewal admits has hampered their preparation for the new term.
“Our preparation has been tough at times because it was a little stop-start owing to the wet weather at the end of April,” he added.
“Regardless, the lads have still been doing well in training and the matches we’ve played so far They are all really keen to hit the ground running.”
Wanstead reached the third round of the Dukes Essex League Cup with an eight-wicket win at Old Southendian last Saturday.
On Sunday, the Herons begin the defence of their ECB National Club Championship title at home to Winchmore Hill.