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Herons “must do basics right”

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 July 2015

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal defends against South Woodford (pic; Sandra Rowse)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal defends against South Woodford (pic; Sandra Rowse)

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Ellis-Grewal confident Wanstead will feel benefits of home advantage against Buckhurst Hill

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal is hoping home comforts prove the difference as his team look to get their Essex League Premier Division title challenge back on track against Buckhurst Hill on Saturday.

In their last outing, the Herons lost to local rivals Ilford and in turn slipped 22 points behind leaders Chelmsford.

But with Wanstead returning to their Overton Drive base this weekend, Ellis-Grewal is confident the team can move on quickly from the disappointment of last weekend.

“It was disappointing against Ilford, but we’re confident that if we can still win our remaining games we will be up there

challenging,” he said.

“We’ll think about the Ilford loss for a bit before putting it to the back of our minds and moving on from there.”

When Wanstead last played Buckhurst Hill, they ran out comfortable 114-run winners at Roding Lane.

Hassan Chowdhury was key in that victory as he hit a century, while Ellis-Grewal himself impressed with the ball.

And the Wanstead skipper is hoping for a similarly dominant display this time around.

“Our bowlers have been doing well recently and our batsmen must keep giving themselves the chance to get big scores,” he added.

“It will be nice to be back at home too. We’re expecting a good atmosphere and we know how to play on that track.

“We just need to ensure that we keep doing the basics well. If we do, I have full confidence that we will win.”

With a third of the season remaining, it is still all to play for at the top of the standings in the race for the title.

Ellis-Grewal’s men still have to play the other sides currently in the top four before the season is out, giving them the perfect opportunity to cut the gap at the top.

A win this weekend would also ensure Wanstead keep the pressure on Chelmsford and Brentwood, who are currently second, but Ellis-Grewal insists the team are only focusing on themselves.

“If anything, it’s more a case of giving ourselves a chance of the title going into the final few games of the season,” he said.

“We’ve been top ourselves and know what it’s like. Sometimes it puts you under pressure to stay there.

“We can only focus on ourselves at the minute. If that also means that we put more pressure on those above us, then it’s even better.”


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