Essex Premier Division: Wanstead can focus all energies on league says captain Joe Ellis-Grewal

PUBLISHED: 14:30 07 July 2016

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal hopes a lack of distractions will see the club go on to claim the Essex League Premier Division title this season.

The Herons were chasing glory on four fronts, but bowed out of the Royal London Club Championship last weekend following defeat at Norfolk club Swardeston.

It was Wanstead’s second loss of the weekend, having also been beaten by Colchester in the league on Saturday.

But the Overton Drive side have the chance to right those wrongs this weekend when they visit Shenfield and, though disappointed, Ellis-Grewal believes the cup exit is not all bad news for Wanstead.

“We’re disappointed to be out of the Club Championship, but it does allow us to focus more on the other competitions,” he said.

“While it is nice to be in all of the competitions, we can now put our efforts into the league and the Essex T20 (they also play Shenfield in the quarter-finals on Tuesday).

“This weekend in the league, we have a chance to stay top and put right what went wrong against Colchester last weekend.”

The Herons will be boosted by the knowledge that Essex staffer Aron Nijjar will be available once again on Saturday, having impressed at Swardeston last weekend, taking three wickets and top scoring with 35 in a 75-run reverse.

“We’ll be at full strength and we’re hoping to show improvements in our game in order to beat Shenfield,” added Ellis-Grewal.

“We have five games left in the 50-over games, and if we can get four or five wins, then we’ll be in a good position heading into the final all-day matches.

“We’re not out of nick, but we do need batters to start kicking on after good starts and need the bowlers to be a bit luckier. We’re itching to put things right.”

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