Ellis-Grewal hopes ‘superb wicket’ helps Wanstead win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 July 2018

Kishen Velani scored a century for Wanstead agianst Chelmsford last weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Kishen Velani scored a century for Wanstead agianst Chelmsford last weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wanstead & Snaresbrook captain Joe Ellis-Grewal hopes the good facilities at Billericay will help his team play to the best of their abilities in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash on Saturday.

This weekend sees the Herons head for Billericay’s Toby Rowe Ground, which is regarded as one of the best venues in the league and regularly hosts matches for Essex’s second XI.

After winning promotion last term, Billericay took their time to adapt to life in the top flight.

And though they currently sit eighth in the standings with just a 26-point cushion over the drop zone, Ellis-Grewal is aware his Wanstead side, who currently lead the way from Hornchurch, will be tested this weekend.

“Billericay struggled in the early part of the season, but seem to have hit form of late,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“It’s always a good ground to play at and that is something we’re really looking forward too.

“The wickets have been tough to play on recently because the weather has dried them out, but the wicket at Billericay is always top notch.

“Hopefully our batters can play with the freedom of playing on a good wicket, which will also offer a good challenge for the bowlers.”

Wanstead head into the match off the back of a narrow 12-run victory at home to Chelmsford last weekend.

The Herons were all out for 228 after winning the toss and electing to bat, with Kishen Velani’s 110 the cornerstone of their innings.

And Ellis-Grewal was full of praise for the centurion, adding: “Kishen played a phenomenal innings against Chelmsford.

“It wasn’t an easy pitch to bat on, but Kishen looked like he was batting on another wicket to everyone else. It was great to watch.”

Jahansher Akbar then shone with the ball, taking 4-39 as Chelmsford were dismissed for 216 and a delighted Ellis-Grewal added: “Jahansher just gets better with every passing week. He had a great spell in the middle of the innings when he kept it really tight.

“It’s pleasing to see him performing so well and hopefully his form continues in the coming weeks.”

Ellis-Grewal will want Akbar to get among the wickets again this weekend at Billericay.

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