Cricket: Wanstead back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 19:39 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:39 25 August 2018

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Wanstead returned to winning ways in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division with a comfortable success over Chingford.

Aron Nijjar in bowling action for Wanstead (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Aron Nijjar in bowling action for Wanstead (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Beaten by Brentwood a week earlier, the Herons scored 219-8 declared in 58 overs after captain Joe Ellis-Grewal wonn the toss and chose to bat.

They had to overcome a slow start, though, as Kishen Velani fell cheaply, with Feroze Khushi failing to trouble the scorers and Arfan Akram (27) departing next to leave the hosts 62-3.

Aron Nijjar and Suminda Balage Don soon followed to make it 79-5, but Adnan Akram and Ellis-Grewal recovered the situation as they combined in a 136-run stand.

Akram hit a six and six fours in his 59 from 94 balls, with Ellis-Grewal going on to make 67 from 109 deliveries, hitting nine fours, before his dismissal promoted the declaration.

Zain Shahzad struck twice in the space of three balls to reduce the visitors to 24-2, with Nijjar then nabbing a brace with only one more run added to the total.

Shahzad (3-21) claimed another scalp to make it 28-5, with Nijjar then picking up two more wickets with successive deliveries to leave Chingford in disarray at 29-7.

Ben MacGregor got some support from Essex staffer Matt Quinn (25), who became Nijjar’s next victim but Alex Stokoe lasted only two balls before falling to the left-arm spinner, who finished with 6-38 from his 13-over spell.

Velani ran out last man Alexander Shortt after a 36-run stand for the 10th wicket, with MacGregor left unbeaten on 32 as Chingford were dismissed for 99 in the 31st over.

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