Cricket: Wanstead on verge of defending Essex Premier Division title

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 September 2017

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

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

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Herons host Chingford on Saturday, knowing a win will see them retain crown

Wanstead know a victory this Saturday in their final Essex Premier Division game of the season at home to Chingford will see the Herons successfully defend their title.

With a maximum of 25 points available, the Overton Drive club are currently 13 points clear at the top from Chelmsford in second.

Even a ‘winning’ draw for Wanstead would be enough for them to claim the title, and skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal is happy the Herons control their own destiny, rather than needing other results to go in their favour.

“When you’re going for the title, you want it in your hands. If we win, we know we’ve won the title; if we don’t execute our plan, then it’s our fault,” he said.

“The fact we’re very close to defending our title shows what a great base we are for cricketers coming through.

“I feel we deserve to win the league because of how well we have done without players some weekends, with guys stepping up from the seconds brilliantly.”

With the title coming down to the final day, there could be a fair amount of pressure on Wanstead as they look to retain their crown.

The Herons, though, have plenty of big game experience, with even some of the younger members of their squad having played in important matches already.

And Ellis-Grewal knows that will count in the Overton Drive club’s favour over a crucial weekend.

“We’re lucky because we’ve been together as a group for the past four or five years and that will help us this weekend,” he added.

“Over that time, we’ve experienced a lot of important games, and even recently like the National T20 quarter-final and the National Club Championship semi-final.

“Because we’ve been in this kind of situation before, pressure is not something we are worried about on Saturday.”

Wanstead head into the final game off the back of a 74-run success at Upminster.

Ellis-Grewal top scored with 91 for the Herons, before taking six wickets with the ball, and he was thrilled with how the game went.

“It was a wet wicket after a delayed start, but we made a team decision to bat first and got a good total, before the bowlers came on and did their job,” he said.

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