Essex Premier Division: Wanstead gutted after double blow in league and cup

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 July 2016

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

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

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Herons skipper Ellis-Grewal frustrated after two defeats over weekend

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal admits last weekend was hard for the side as they were beaten in both the league and the cup.

On Saturday, the Herons suffered a disappointing two-wicket loss away to Colchester in the Essex Premier Division.

The following day, the Overton Drive club were eliminated from the National Club Championship having lost by 75 runs at Swardeston in Norfolk.

And while Ellis-Grewal was understandably gutted to suffer double disappointment, he believes luck was not on Wanstead’s side over the weekend.

“It was a tough weekend for us, but we weren’t helped by the weather on Saturday,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“On Sunday, we were unlucky playing at a new ground and that one of their players had a great innings which took the game away from us.”

Against Colchester, a top score of 46 from Saurav Prabhakar helped the visitors post 191 before being bowled out in the 46th over.

The hosts appeared to be on the ropes in their reply after Jack Lord took two wickets early on before a rain delay caused a switch in momentum.

Colchester recovered to ultimately triumph, and Ellis-Grewal was left to rue more bad luck with the weather at Castle Park.

“We came off for rain with the score 120-5 and we felt we were on top at the time, but the heavy shower made the ground went and didn’t help the spinners as the ball became quite slippy,” he added.

“We couldn’t execute our skills to the level we know we’re capable of, but the momentum had been with us before the rain came.

“Thankfully all over results went our way, we’re still top and the fate of the title is still in our hands.”

Away to Swardeston, Wanstead were put into the field and despite some good bowling from Aron Nijjar, who took three wickets, they saw Freddie Ruffell hit 108 for the hosts, who reached 296 from their 45 overs.

From there, it was always likely to be tough for Wanstead, who were chasing 297 to win, and even though Nijjar top scored with 35, Ellis-Grewal believes not playing at Swardeston’s ground before proved the difference.

“We were all keen to turn it around and get a better result against Swardeston, but again the ground was a little wet.

“We wanted to bat first, but we had them 70-4 and thought we were in a good position when one of their batsmen came in and started chancing his arm from the off.

“It’s a small ground, and one he get going he was hard to stop. Any top edges didn’t go to hand and it was just his day to be a hero.

“Chasing 297 was always going to be tough, but we have it a good crack, although again a few things didn’t go our way.”

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