Essex Premier Division: Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal happy Jack Lord made a big impression against Chingford
PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 July 2016
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Herons all-rounder praises bowler for display after coming into side
Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal was delighted with the impact of bowler Jack Lord in a six-wicket win at home to Chingford that kept the hosts top of the Essex Premier Division.
Lord came into the side against the 2014 champions and was able to get among the wickets, finishing with figures of 4-23 as the visitors were dismissed for 154.
Those wickets were the first that Lord had taken at first-team level, and Ellis-Grewal was pleased the Herons were able to demonstrate their strength in depth.
“It was great to see Jack bowling well on what was one of the best wickets we’ve played on all year,” said Ellis-Grewal.
“Jack was able to do something with the ball. He was able to get some swing and bowled really well. He was our most threatening bowler.
“We started the match thinking bowling Chingford out for 220 to 230 would be a good effort, so to bowl them out for less was great. All the bowlers did really well.”
Bowling the visitors out for such a low total in batsman-friendly conditions played into the hands of Wanstead, who knew they did not have to take too many risks in their chase.
While Lesbourne Edwards and Arfan Akram hit 37 and 35 respectively in quick-fire fashion, others were more patient, such as Saurav Prabhakar, whose 26 came from 64 deliveries.
The Herons were able to get home in the 36th over for the loss of just four wickets with a run rate of just over four, and Ellis-Grewal admits having time on their side helped Wanstead.
“The run rate was never going to be a problem, it was always going to be about making sure we did not lose too many wickets,” he added.
“Arfan and Hassan Chowdhury got us off to a good start, but we lost a few quick wickets which made it important for us to soak up some of the pressure before kicking on again.”
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