Essex League Premier Division: Joe Ellis-Grewal hails Wanstead’s strength in depth

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 July 2017

Wanstead’s Zain Shahzad (left) and Hassan Chowdhury come together against Upminster (pic: Christian Pickering).

Wanstead’s Zain Shahzad (left) and Hassan Chowdhury come together against Upminster (pic: Christian Pickering).


Jack Lord, Robin Das and Adnan Akram all impressed for the Overton Drive club last weekend

Joe Ellis-Grewal felt Wanstead’s three wins last weekend highlighted the strength in depth at the Overton Drive club.

The Herons defeated Southend in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday despite missing Arfan Akram and Aron Nijjar.

Ex-captain Akram also missed Sunday’s Essex T20 Cup finals day, but Wanstead still managed to defeat Brentwood and Upminster to seal success.

Young bowler Jack Lord failed to bowl a single ball in the semi-final, though got his chance in the final and claimed 5-14.

Ellis-Grewal said: “We bowled and fielded really well in the first game and then in the second game as well.

“I think Jack’s performance just shows our depth because he didn’t bowl in the semi-final, but came on against Upminster and has taken five wickets.

“It is fantastic for him and he is a real good talent. He is also a really good person to have in the side, so it was nice for him to get that reward.”

The Herons highlighted their quality on Saturday with Robin Das and Adnan Akram stepping up to the plate.

Das, 14, hit his highest score for the first-team with 54 at number seven while Adnan Akram ended a poor run of form with 68.

Wanstead scored 329-8 from their 50 overs as a result and bowled the hosts all out for 275 with three balls of their innings left.

Mohammad Fayyaz Khan claimed 3-48, while Herons skipper picked up 3-57 from his 10 overs.

Ellis-Grewal added: “We were missing a couple of players on Saturday and again we really showed our strength in depth.

“Young Robin Das came out and is only 14, but scored a fifty under pressure, so that was brilliant to see.

“Adnan has also had a bit of a tough time lately, but to come out and get 68 was great and well backed up in the field. It was a great performance and it was nice to stay top of the league.”

Wanstead are 10 points clear of nearest challengers Brentwood with eight more Premier Division games left to play this season.

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