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Essex League Premier Division: Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal ready for more big games this month!

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 July 2017

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal is all smiles in the field against Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal is all smiles in the field against Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Herons travel to Chelmsford on Saturday before a big last-16 tie in the National Cup at Overton Drive on Sunday

Wanstead celebrate with the Essex T20 Cup shield after beating Upminster in the final at Billericay's Toby Howe groundWanstead celebrate with the Essex T20 Cup shield after beating Upminster in the final at Billericay's Toby Howe ground

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal is hungry for more success after Sunday’s Essex League T20 Cup triumph and ready for yet another massive weekend at the club.

The Herons visit third-placed Chelmsford in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday (12.30pm start) looking to remain in top spot.

Ellis-Grewal’s side then host Swardeston in the last-16 of the National Cup at Overton Drive on Sunday.

But Chelmsford comes first and the Wanstead skipper is determined to see his team continue winning.

“Saturday is a real big game for us because obviously they are hunting us down in the league, but you need to beat the other top teams to win the title,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“We will go there looking forward to trying to pick up another 20 points to show people what we can do to stay top of the leaderboard.”

The Wanstead captain has a nice selection headache ahead of the tricky trip to Chelmer Park this weekend.

Regular opener and former skipper Arfan Akram missed the league match with Southend last Saturday and Sunday’s T20 Cup finals day.

Bowler Zain Shahzad replaced him at the top of the order and scored a total of 118 runs in three innings (49, 15 and 54).

It was an impressive return and Ellis-Grewal also has other players trying to force their way into the first-team.

He added: “It is nice when you have got people pushing for places and we have got people who we can call up and do a job.

“If they do a job for us then they deserve to stay in the team, so it is not easy, but a nice problem to have.”

Wanstead will be confident of picking a strong XI on Sunday to face Swardeston and will be out for revenge.

The Norfolk-based club beat the Herons by 75 runs in East Anglia last year at the same stage of the National Cup.

Ellis-Grewal’s team will also play in the Area Finals of the National Cup T20 competition the following weekend, so they have plenty of big games ahead.

He added: “On Sunday we have a last-16 National Cup match at home, so that’s a massive one for us.

“We are looking forward to that and we are now in the last-16 of the country in the T20 competition, so if we can get through both of them it will just show how strong we are.”


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