Ellis-Grewal keen to stay Herons skipper

PUBLISHED: 15:30 10 September 2015

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

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

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Spinner happy to remain in post after enjoyable first season

Joe Ellis-Grewal wants to stay on as captain of Wanstead after coming so close to glory in his first year in the role.

The Herons finished just five points behind Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford, a team Ellis-Grewal admits were the best in the league this year.

But Wanstead skipper Ellis-Grewal hopes it will be his team that win the competition again next year and he wants to be the man leading them.

“If they allow me to stay on, then I’m keen to do so,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“I learnt a lot over the course of the season and I think it is the first step in what could turn out to be a successful era for the club.”

One man who will not be a part of Wanstead’s title push in 2016 is John Chambers who, after a career spanning 26 years, has retired.

Opening batsman Chambers racked up 14,436 runs in the Essex League during that time and Ellis-Grewal says he will be sad to see him go.

“John’s been fantastic over the years,” he added. “He knows there are some great players coming through and he’ll be around to help all of them hopefully.”

Another who may also be on limited duty with Wanstead next year is Kishen Velani, who signed a two-year deal with Essex on Tuesday.

Ellis-Grewal added: “I’m thrilled for Kishen. When he bats well, he’s great to watch.

“For his sake, I hope we don’t see him playing too often for Wanstead next year!”

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