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Cricket: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal hails memorable day after progressing past High Wycombe in National Club Championship

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 August 2017

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

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

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Herons through to semi-finals after impressive triumph, and also remain top of Essex Premier Division

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal declared himself thrilled after his side progressed to the semi-finals of the National Club Championship after a four-wicket win against High Wycombe.

After losing the toss at home, the Herons were put into the field, but a brilliant bowling display saw them bowl the visitors out for just 182, with two wickets apiece for Ellis-Grewal, Zain Shahzad and Jack Lord.

In reply, Kishen Velani hit a brilliant unbeaten 86 for the Overton Drive club as Wanstead completed the chase inside 39 overs to secure safe passage on what Ellis-Grewal believes was a memorable occasion for the club.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to be in the semi-finals and it was a great day at home,” he said.

“We played well and it’s nice to be looking forward to a semi-final at East Grinstead on August 27.”

Velani also made a big contribution for Wanstead in their Essex Premier Division triumph over Hornchurch on Saturday as they won by eight wickets.

Having also lost the toss in this game, the Herons were put into the field, but four wickets for Ellis-Grewal saw them dismiss the visitors for 170.

In reply, Feroze Khushi hit 53 not out, while Velani’s unbeaten 62 came off just 27 balls.

Victory kept Wanstead ahead of Brentwood at the top of the table, and Ellis-Grewal was pleased with Velani’s contribution, not just in the league win, but also in the cup triumph.

“Kishen is a fantastic player and on Saturday, his batting performance was outstanding,” he added.

“On Sunday, he produced another good innings for us at a key time. It was a tough chase, but he hung in there and won it for us against High Wycombe.”

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