Cricket: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal delights in remarkable season

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 September 2016

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Herons all-rounder believes success across all teams was the perfect way to mark 150th anniversary

Wanstead first-team captain Joe Ellis-Grewal admits the level of success across all teams at Overton Drive this season has been nothing short of extraordinary.

The firsts finished 30 points clear at the top of the Essex League Premier Division, with their success emulated by the seconds and thirds as they were also crowned top-flight champions in their competitions.

Meanwhile, Wanstead’s women also won the North London League Division A title to continue the success for the Herons.

And with the Overton Drive outfit celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, Ellis-Grewal believes all teams have honoured the club in the perfect way with silverware.

“For the firsts, seconds, thirds and women’s team to all triumph in their leagues, it’s been a remarkable year for the club in our 150th anniversary season,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“You could not have asked for much more than that at the start of the season.”

First-team openers Arfan Akram and Hassan Chowdhury have been in impressive form all season long, both scoring over 1,000 runs in all formats of the game this year.

And Ellis-Grewal was only too happy to praise the first-wicket pair for continually getting Wanstead off to strong starts in matches this season.

He added: “Arfan and Hassan have been brilliant and when you are so strong at the top of the order, sometimes you can win the game before you have gone out to field, or at least put yourself in a good position.

“Credit to both of them and the rest of our batting line-up. Hopefully they continue to work hard through the winter and keep their form going next season.”

Ellis-Grewal has overseen great success in just his second year as skipper at the club, with the club winning the League Cup in addition to their Premier Division success, while also reaching the final of the Bertie Joel Cup on Monday.

Sadly, a young Herons side was unable to overcome an experienced West Indies United outfit, but Ellis-Grewal praised the youngsters for their displays.

And the captain is keen to continue leading the squad out for another season at least, believing this season will only be the start of something special at Wanstead.

“I’d like to stay on, as long as the club still want me to!” he added. “Most of the squad is still quite young so we can stick together as a team for a while and become the big side in Essex.”

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