Essex Premier Division: Wanstead ‘can on focus on their games’ as title race heats up

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 July 2016

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal deep in thought (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal deep in thought (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Herons skipper not worried about how title rivals get on as long as Wanstead keep winning

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal says winnable games this weekend for Essex League Premier Division title rivals Chelmsford and Hornchurch does not increase the pressue on his side to beat Chingford.

The Herons top the table by 14 points from Hornchurch, with Chelmsford a point further back after 10 games so far this season.

While Wanstead welcome second-bottom Chingford to Overton Drive on Saturday, Hornchurch host a Colchester side who have won just once on the road this season and Chelmsford entertain mid-table Shenfield.

But even if the worst does happen and the Herons are knocked off the top this weekend, Ellis-Grewal knows there is still enough time for the team to turn things around,

“It’s no good looking at the table now, although of course I know that we are currently top. We’ll take each game as it comes and our focus remains on what we do, not what our rivals do,” said the all-rounder.

“As long as we keep winning, hopefully a few results will go in our favour which will help us. We know we have to keep going until the end of the season.”

Wanstead will no doubt be boosted ahead of the weekend’s fixture by the knowledge that Chingford’s bowling attack have been particularly expensive so far this year.

In the four matches where they have bowled first, Chingford have conceded 1,035 runs – an average of just over 250.

The Herons have had plenty of batsmen in good form this season, including Arfan Akram, who extended his advantage as the club’s leading run scorer in the league this year with a century against Shenfield last weekend.

But even with signs favouring batting first if Wanstead win the toss, Ellis-Grewal says there are still many factors to take into consideration other than how many runs a bowling attack has conceded.

“If we win the toss, the decision will depend on how the wicket is looking and what the conditions are like on the day,” he added.

“Regardless of the decision we make, or if Chingford win the toss, we want to be positive whether we bat or bowl. We want another solid performance, knowing that’s the best way to get another win.”

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