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Cricket: Wanstead prepared for crucial National Club Championship quarter-final

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 August 2017

Skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal in bowling action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal in bowling action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons chase more national success, a week on from reaching last eight of National Club T20

Wanstead celebrate winning the ECB National Club T20 Championship Group Seven Area final on Sunday (pic: Martin Pluck/Wanstead CC)Wanstead celebrate winning the ECB National Club T20 Championship Group Seven Area final on Sunday (pic: Martin Pluck/Wanstead CC)

Wanstead host High Wycombe in the quarter-finals of the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday – a week on from reaching the last eight of another national competition.

Last weekend, the Herons won through from the Group Seven Area final to reach the quarter-finals of the National Club T20, where they will face Cannock on August 13.

It has been a remarkable run in both competitions for Wanstead, and skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal says it shows just how talented the group is at Overton Drive.

“It is amazing for the club to reach the quarter-finals of two national competitions and it shows the strength in depth we have,” he said.

“We’re still top of the Essex Premier League too, which shows how good the talent is in our squad.”

Before Sunday’s game against High Wycombe, though, Wanstead are in league action when they host Hornchurch.

The Herons will be hoping for better weather this week having had their past two Premier Division encounters abandoned because of the rain.

And Ellis-Grewal admits the last two weeks in the league have been difficult, but knows Wanstead remain in a strong position as league leaders.

“It is tough having weeks off from the league because of the weather, but nothing has changed in terms of our position,” he added.

“We’re still top, none of our title rivals have made up ground on us, so we know all we have to do is keep on winning.

“Another win against Hornchurch on Saturday will generate more momentum for us, not just in the league, but in the other competitions, and that’s the motivation we need to keep pushing across all fronts.”

Wanstead will head into the weekend buoyed their success last Sunday in the National T20, and Ellis-Grewal says there is no better feeling than playing big games on a regular basis.

“When you look back at the games we’ve played in the national competitions, you realise it’s a long journey we’ve been on, but we’re now getting to the business end,” he said.

“We’re on a roll and we know how important it is to get another win to keep ticking over.

“It’s nice going into every weekend at the minute knowing we have important games on Saturday and Sunday, which keeps us motivated.”

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