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Locals lose out to county stars

PUBLISHED: 17:22 20 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:22 20 June 2013

The Essex League XI pose for a team photograph before their T20 clash with Essex Eagles (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The Essex League XI pose for a team photograph before their T20 clash with Essex Eagles (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Essex Premier XI enjoy spotlight.

A host of local club cricketers helped give Essex a good workout ahead of the new domestic T20 season at Chelmsford this week.

Wanstead’s Joe Ellis-Grewal (2-37) was the pick of the Essex Premier League XI’s bowling attack as the county side made 179-7, after being put into bat in the 20-over warm-up on Tuesday.

Left-arm spinner Ellis-Grewal dismissed opener Tom Westley, thanks to a stumping by Tom Blundell of Colchester, and all-rounder Graham Napier. after South Woodford’s Nick Browne held onto a catch in the deep.

And Browne claimed the scalp of Ryan ten Doeschate, after Ben Stephens took a catch on the boundary, while Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa bowled a couple of overs for 19 runs.

Browne fell cheaply in reply, but Wanstead captain Arfan Akram combined with Nick Prowting to take the score to 71-2 before both departed in quick succession.

Akram (27) drove ten Doeschate to Owais Shah and it was not until the 18th over that the visitors reached three figures, before closing on 118-8.

Essex travel to Leicestershire for a county championship match tomorrow (Friday), before opening their T20 campaign against Hampshire at home on June 28 (7pm).


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