Cricket: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal knows Upmisnter also in need of points from Essex Premier Division clash

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 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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Leaders Herons visit league’s bottom club this weekend, but both need win for different reasons

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal knows Upminster need the points as much as the Herons do when Essex Premier Division leaders visit the league’s bottom club on Saturday.

With a maximum of 50 points left to play for this season, the Overton Drive are 13 points clear at the top of the table, while their hosts this weekend are 38 points from safety.

Both teams, then, are in desperate need of a victory on Saturday for contrasting reasons.

And Ellis-Grewal knows that will make for a close-fought match, regardless of where they are in the table.

“Upminster’s struggles this season have surprised me as they have some very good players,” he said.

“You only have to look at how they did against the likes of Brentwood and Chelmsford in beating them this season.

“Like us, they will be fighting for every point this weekend and the match is important for both of us.”

On a personal level, Ellis-Grewal will hope to continue his good form having taken 12 wickets across two matches last weekend.

In the league against title rivals Brentwood, the all-rounder finished with figures of 7-36 as Wanstead triumphed by 107 runs.

On Sunday, Ellis-Grewal also starred with the ball, taking 5-21 as the Herons reached the final of the National Club Championship with a 43-run success at East Grinstead.

It was a highly impressive weekend for the captain, but he says it is important he plays to those levels every time he takes to the pitch.

“I don’t know how good I am as a skipper! Every week I try to lead by example and hopefully the boys feed off that,” he added.

“It’s nice to take wickets when I can, and hopefully that helps instil confidence in the other players. It’s also nice to take wickets when you win.”

With the win against East Grinstead last Sunday, Wanstead set up a final date with Ormskirk at the Chelmsford’s County Ground on September 19.

And Ellis-Grewal was ecstatic the team were able to reach a second final in the National Club Championship in the past six seasons.

“East Grinstead have a few ex-pros in their team and won the Sussex title the day before, but it was another fine display from us and we grafted hard,” he said.

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