Essex League Premier Division: Captain Joe Ellis-Grewal calls on Wanstead to make history at Chelmsford
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 September 2017
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Wanstead will compete in the National Club Championship final on Sunday and aim to become first Essex club to win tournament
Joe Ellis-Grewal has challenged his Wanstead players to deliver in the big moments of Sunday’s National Club Championship final with Ormskirk, as the Herons look to finish the 2017 season with a historic victory.
The Overton Drive club missed out on the Essex League Premier Division title last Saturday after losing by three wickets at home to Chingford after Chelmsford beat Colchester to move into top spot on the final day.
It was a bitterly disappointing way for Wanstead to finish the league season, but they don’t have time to dwell on it ahead of one of the biggest games in the club’s history where they can win the cup for the first time.
Ellis-Grewal said: “For them to reach the final they must have played some good cricket, so we know they will be a strong side.
“Teams from up north tend to be very competitive and they’ve won their league, but like I always say, if we play to our potential I believe we are good enough to beat anyone.
“We are disappointed about Saturday and it hurts, but I am now hoping it can drive us on and drive individuals on to score the winning runs or pick up five wickets or take the crucial catch that helps us win the final.”
If Wanstead do claim success on Sunday then they will be the first team from the Essex League to do so.
The Herons reached the final once before in 2012, but lost by eight wickets to York in Derby.
A major positive this time is the big showpiece event will be taking place a lot closer to home!
Essex’s Chelmsford venue will host the final and while the Herons have a short journey from Overton Drive, Ormskirk face at least a four hour trip to the County Ground.
Ellis-Grewal hopes it will help his players and see them finish a memorable 2017 campaign as the best club team in the country.
He added: “We know the ground, we are familiar with it and that can sometimes be a factor when you play in finals that you don’t know the venue.
“I would say the majority of our team have played at Chelmsford before and it is literally like a home game for us.
“We will be taking a lot of supporters and we will have some old playing members present, so it should be a great day regardless of whether we win or lose. Hopefully we can get the victory and cap off a great season by being national champions.”