Essex Premier Division: Wanstead can take step closer to league and cup double with win at South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 July 2016

Heron skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal says team are determined to cap important year with trophies

Wanstead make the trip to South Woodford in the Essex Premier Division this weekend, knowing they can take another step to crowning their 150th anniversary year in the perfect way.

The Herons are currently top of the league by 14 points from title rivals Hornchurch, while they progressed to the semi-finals of the Essex League Cup after beating Hainault by 86 runs.

Wanstead will now face Division One side Hadleigh in the final four, while there are just seven games left in the Premier Division, starting with the trip to South Woodford.

And with a league and cup double becoming an ever-increasing possibility for Wanstead in such an important year, captain Joe Ellis-Grewal says the team are more determined than ever.

“We’re focussed on achieving the double and I think the disappointing losses we suffered in the Essex T20 and the National Club Championship have helped spur us on,” he said.

“We played well in both matches last week and we’re now looking forward to our semi-final in August. Hopefully it will be a great end to the season for us.”

When Wanstead beat South Woodford by 64 runs in April, they were aided by four half centuries.

Arfan Akram opened with a top score of 97, while Lesbourne Edwards smacked 10 boundaries on his way to 63 from 67 deliveries.

Their efforts were followed by explosive displays from Hassan Chowdhury, who smashed 60 off 51, and Kishen Velani, who blasted 57 from just 37 balls.

And Ellis-Grewal knows similar fireworks from the batting line-up again this weekend will set Wanstead well on their way to success at Highfield Road.

“The plan is if we bat first to be able to get off to a fast start and give the bowlers a good enough target to be able to defend,” added the all-rounder.

“All our batters are currently in form, and so are our bowlers so it is a good position to be in.

“It’s nice to play for the club at the moment because there is a really positive atmosphere around the squad.”

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