Joe Ellis-Grewal gutted by Wanstead’s National Club T20 loss to Cannock & Rugeley Hawks
PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 August 2017
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Essex League Premier Division champions failed to chase down a score of 117 despite Arfan Akram hitting 44
Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal was left ‘appalled’ by his side’s batting display as they bowed out of the National Club T20 quarter-finals by just two runs to Cannock & Rugeley Hawks in Walsall.
A coach load of Herons supporters made the journey to support the team, and were pleased to see the Essex League Premier Division leaders restrict the opposition to 117-9 from their 20 overs thanks to Kishen Velani (3-13) and Jack Lord (2-13).
But only Arfan Akram (44) provided any resistance until some late hitting from Tom Cummins (23) and Aron Nijjar (13 not out) got them close, but not close enough as they were left to rue what may have been.
“To restrict the other team to 117 was a brilliant effort and we were pleased with what we did with the ball,” said Ellis-Grewal.
“Arfan played really well up top. He stuck around and got a good score but we went about it appallingly and no-one really put up much of a fight apart from Arfan.
“We didn’t rotate the strike well enough in the middle overs and it was only until there were three overs to go that Tom and Aron both had a go that it looked so easy for us, but we didn’t deserve to get that close.
“We needed 36 off three overs and managed to take 27 off the two overs before so it was just really disappointing. We would back ourselves to chase that nine times out of 10 and I was pretty stern with the lads afterwards.
“We have such a long batting line-up, but if everyone leaves it to the next bloke then suddenly no-one does it and that’s what caught us out.”
They had gone into the match in good form, having maintained their lead in the Premier Division with a 109-run win against Colchester on Saturday.
Batting first, all the Herons made contributions, and though no-one went on to make a half century, a quickfire 40 from Velani and 41 from Feroze Khushi helped steer them to a very handy 254-9.
In reply, Julian Russell (37) and Joe MacGregor (34) got Colchester off to a good start, before it was Velani’s turn to star with the ball along with skipper Ellis-Grewal, as they took 6-25 and 3-5 respectively as they sealed a comprehensive victory.
“Kishen, Feroze and Arfan played well at the top and it was disappointing that none of them could go on and get a big score, but it was a difficult wicket to bat on and we did well to get to 250 on what was probably a 200 wicket,” added Herons skipper.
“Colchester got off to a really good start, but I picked up a few and then Kishen was absolutely phenomenal.
“He didn’t bowl a bad ball and they couldn’t get him off the square so to pick up six wickets was good work.”