Ellis-Grewal “disappointed” after tough weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 July 2015

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Wanstead skipper sad to see team lose twice in two days

After seeing Wanstead lose twice in 24 hours at the weekend, captain Joe Ellis-Grewal revealed the team were gutted with the results.

On Saturday, the Herons lost away to Colchester, a result that saw them slip off the top of the Premier Division, while on Sunday they were eliminated from Essex League Dukes T20 by Wanstead.

And while admitting both results were far from ideal, Ellis-Grewal knows there were positive signs for the team from each performance.

“It was a disappointing weekend. We didn’t get enough runs on the board Saturday and we were a little bit unlucky with the ball,” he said

“Then on Sunday it was a really close game against Hornchurch that could have gone either way.”

In the league at Colchester, Wanstead were put into bat and made 221-8 thanks to a brilliant 55 from Hassan Chowdhury.

But despite Zain Shahzad dismissing opener Kemsley Robb for a golden duck, the hosts successfully chased down the target with more than 10 overs remaining.

Ellis-Grewal, though, says things may have been different had Wanstead won the toss, adding: “I was a little bit surprised but probably would have bowled as well. They bowled well and our batters battled bravely. I can’t be disappointed with their efforts.

“I thought we were in with a shout after a good start but we just couldn’t pick up the wickets. We were unlucky and had we been the team to bowl first, we probably would have won.”

At home to Wanstead in the T20 quarter-finals on Sunday, Wanstead recovered from seeing opener Arfan Akram depart in the first over to reach 147-7 thanks to another brilliant half century from Chowdhury.

Again, though, the Herons came up just short, losing by four wickets with an over left but Ellis-Grewal says there were pleasing aspects despite the end result.

“It was a tough crease to bat on. We lost wickets early but recovered well. Hassan was brilliant again and he is in fantastic form at the minute. I thought our score was a good total

“We took wickets regularly but they kep up with the run rate. It was a good 50 from Max Osborne and that set up the win for them.

“But we had 10 players in action that had come through the club’s junior ranks. Not many other teams can say that. I was really proud with their efforts and it’s not often after two disappointing losses you can be proud.”

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