Ellis-Grewal happy with season finale

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 September 2015

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

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

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Colchester win “fitting way” to end year and career of Wanstead icon

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal believes the win over Colchester was a fitting way to end the season and the career of a Wanstead legend.

After 26 years playing for the Herons first team and over 14,000 runs in the Essex Senior League, John Chambers has called time on his career.

In his final innings at home to Colchester, it was fitting that Chambers top scored with 61 as the hosts closed on 215-8.

Colchester were bowled out for 191 in reply and Ellis-Grewal was happy to end his first season as captain in style before paying tribute to the departing Chambers.

“It was a good win, a good way to end the season and the lads played well,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“It was fantastic for John to be able to score so many runs, it was probably his best knock of the season. He was nervous before going out, which was funny to see from a man of his experience.”

Ellis-Grewal himself hardly had a terrible end to the season as he ripped through Colchester’s batting line-up.

The spinner finished with figures of 7-70 to lead the Herons to victory and third in the table but admits there was every chance for the team to have achieved more this season.

“The ball came out nicely and I was able to pick up wickets,” he added. “We’ve probably played our best two games of the season in our last two weeks and it has us thinking ‘what if?’.”

“Chelmsford deserved to win the title and we rang their captain to congratulate the club on their success.

“But it’s a good time to be involved with Wanstead and we know we have some good players coming through that will help us challenge for the title again next year.”

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