Essex Premier Division: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal confident Aron Nijjar can cope against former side Ilford

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 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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Herons captain believes all-rounder will deal well with pressure

Wanstead host Ilford in the Essex Premier Division this Saturday in a match that will mean a lot to current Herons all-rounder Aron Nijjar.

Last season, the Essex staffer impressed for the Valentines Park club and helped them retain their spot in the top flight.

During the winter, however, Nijjar made the switch to Overton Drive and to Wanstead, returning to the club for whom he had played under-age cricket.

The weekend’s clash between the sides will see Nijjar come up against some familiar faces, but Herons skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal believes the 21-year-old is mature enough to deal with the occasion and continue his solid form.

“Aron left Ilford on good terms last season, but it’s nice that he’s playing for us and doing well for us this year,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“I’m sure Aron has enough about him to deal with the occasion and will certainly help us if we are to get another win this weekend.”

Just five games stand between Wanstead and their aim of crowning their 150th anniversary celebrations with a title success.

Last weekend, they beat local rivals South Woodford by eight wickets to extend their lead at the top of the standings to 27 points.

Nijjar was among those to impress in the field, taking 3-39, while Ellis-Grewal himself ended with 3-20.

Their effots helped the visitors bowl their hosts out for 217, and their reply was led by a superb 88 not out from Hassan Chowdhury which supplemented fellow opener Arfan Akram’s 73.

It was a win that took Wanstead a step closer to the title, and Ellis-Grewal believes the team have enough about them to make another stride to success at home to Ilford.

“They are a tricky side and we know it is another game in this league where we have to make sure we put in a good display.” added the captain.

“At the start of the season, the end seems so far away, but we’re ticking off each week as it goes and every win takes us a step closer to the title.”

Sunday is also an important day for Wansead as they host Lords’ Taverners in an exhibition match.

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