Cricket: Wanstead hope Essex Premier Division and Essex League Cup double is just the start of a dominant era
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 September 2016
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Herons want national success next season after conquering county scene
Skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal is targeting success in national competitions after Wanstead clinched both the Essex League Premier Division title and Essex League Cup over the Bank Holiday weekend.
There is still one round of fixtures remaining in the league, but a 149-run win at Buckhurst Hill on Saturday saw the Herons extend their lead at the top of the standings over Brentwood to 30 points, with a maximum of 25 on offer.
The Overton Drive side then followed that with a 57-run success against Chelmsford in the final of the League Cup on Monday.
Having swept all before them in Essex, Wanstead are now after success on a national scale and Ellis-Grewal is confident that will be in the not too distant future.
“We have the squad to win a national competition, be it the T20 or the 45-overs, but you need luck in the cups and unfortunately we didn’t have that this year,” he said.
“We always want to win a national competition, but for us the league is always going to be the priority, as it was this season.
“Swardeston knocked us out of the National Club Championship, and now they are in the final of both that and the T20 which shows how good a team they are.
“We’re looking to enjoy the weekend and our title success, but know that there is hard work that lies ahead during the close season.
“You look at the strength of the club too and the seconds, thirds, fourths and women’s team have all done well this year too, which shows the club is strong throughout.”
There is also the chance for the club to make their 150th anniversary season even better, with Ellis-Grewal’s men due to face West Indies United in the final of the Bertie Joel Cup at Sutton CC on Monday.
And Ellis-Grewal is confident that the success of the past week will set the Herons up perfectly for another shot at silverware.
“The Bertie Joel Cup has been a good competition for us and it’s allowed us to bring through some of the younger members of our squad, and we’re going to stick with them for the final,” added the all-rounder.
“It’s a nice chance for them to play in a final and we know they are good enough to get more success for the club in the final.”
Before all that, though, Wanstead face their final game of the Premier Division season when they host Colchester on Saturday.
And Ellis-Grewal wants the club to go out in style rather than a whimper and once again demonstrate why they are league champions this season.
“We’ll go out looking to enjoy the game on Saturday because it’s nice to play when the pressure is off, but we still want to win,” he added.
“We’ve still got plenty of players who are chasing personal milestones, so there is still lots for us to play for.”
It seems the title success could just be the start of a special era at Wanstead.