Cricket: Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal chases success at Essex League T20 Finals Day, but first wants to get back to winning ways in Essex Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 17:30 14 July 2017

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

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

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Herons face Brentwood in Essex League T20 semi-finals on Sunday, but first visit Southend in league on Saturday

Wanstead have a chance to claim their first trophy of the season on Sunday when they take part in the Essex League T20 Finals Day.

The Herons will travel to Billericay’s Blunts Wall Road ground to face Essex Premier Division rivals Brentwood in the semis, with the final against either Upminster or Hornchurch later that day.

It promises to be a thrilling day of action for all sides involved, and Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal is confident his team have what it takes to triumph.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been to finals day, so we’re all keen to enjoy the day,” he said.

“We know if we play as well as we know we can, then there is every chance we can win the trophy.

“We have Brentwood in the semi-finals, which is always a big game, and we know we need to play well to win because it will be a big test.

“If we come through that, then I’m sure we’ll recover in time for the final and playing for silverware in mid-July will be great motivation for the squad.”

A day earlier, Wanstead will look to return to winning ways in the Essex Premier Division when they visit Southend.

Last weekend, the league leaders went down by 32 runs away to Chingford, which ended a five-game winning run for the Herons.

And Ellis-Grewal knows the team must return to winning ways fast if they do not want to derail their efforts to defend their title.

“If you start to build up a big lead, you can start to ease up a little, but we know that another loss will see us lose top spot too, so we’re taking nothing for granted,” he added.

“We know we need to get back to winning ways fast, but we’re still in five competitions, so we know there is a lot to look forward to.”

Despite the loss at Chingford, one positive to emerge from the game was another half century for Feroze Khushi, who hit 77.

The teenager has passed 50 in each of his last five league innings, including two centuries, and Ellis-Grewal is delighted with Khushi’s form.

The skipper added: “Feroze batted brilliantly against Chingford and he was gutted not to go on and get a really big score to see us home, which is a sign of a good player. He’s still young and he’s still learning, but he’s playing well.”

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