Cricket: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal urges young team to learn from loss in Bertie Joel Cup final

PUBLISHED: 13:30 07 September 2016

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal leads the side out against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal leads the side out against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Herons all-rounder says youthful squad can be proud of efforts

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal says Monday’s loss in the final of the Bertie Joel Cup against West Indies United will serve as a good learning curve for the club’s young members.

The Herons named a youthful side for the match at Sutton CC and elected to field after winning the toss,with Zain Shahzad taking three wickets as United reached 256-5 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Jack Lord top scored for Wanstead with 53, but the Overton Drive club fell 33 runs short of their target, but Ellis-Grewal knows success in the cup would have been a bonus.

“We treated the Bertie Joel Cup as a development competition for our younger players and they came up against a very experienced West Indies United side in the final,” said the skipper.

“It was one of those days where we dropped a few catches and a few other things didn’t go our way, but it was a great experience for the young players and will stand them in good stead in the future.

“It was important for them to get a chance because sides change quickly and if we ever need them to slip in to the first-team, this will help.”

The final was Wanstead’s second in two days, having ended their Essex Premier Division campaign at home to Colchester in a match that was curtailed by the weather.

Thankfully, Wanstead had wrapped the title a week before, and Ellis-Grewal was happy the weather did not have a chance to wreck things for the Herons.

“Lots of matches were affected by the rain, so it was nice that we had wrapped the title up a week before and didn’t have to worry,” he added.

“It’s nice playing when you’ve won the title because you can enjoy it a lot more and it’s a nice way to finish off the season.”

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