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Wanstead captain hails ‘fantastic’ Akram’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 July 2015

Adnan Akram hits out on his way to a century for Wanstead against Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Adnan Akram hits out on his way to a century for Wanstead against Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ton-up Adnan was different class, says Ellis-Grewal

Adnan Akram celebrates reaching his hundred for Wanstead against Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Adnan Akram celebrates reaching his hundred for Wanstead against Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal labelled team-mate Adnan Akram “fantastic” after his century guided the Essex League Premier Division side to a second consecutive victory against Harold Wood.

Akram chipped in with 101 off as many balls, which included nine fours and two sixes, as Wanstead reached an impressive 300 from 50 overs after electing to bat first at Overton Drive.

Skipper Ellis-Grewal then claimed five wickets while Zain Shahzad, Mohammed Fayyaz Khan and Misem Ali Syed Zaidi also contributed with the ball as lowly Harold Wood were bowled out for 220, losing their last three wickets for just 19 runs.

“Adnan was a different class really,” said Ellis-Grewal.

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“He came in at a tough time and took the game away from the opposition.

“The bowlers and batters both did their jobs well. It was a very good performance.”

In the weeks leading up to their victories over Wood and local rivals South Woodford the previous Saturday, Wanstead were on somewhat of a bad run.

They had lost three games on the trot, including a Dukes Essex T20 quarter-final against Hornchurch, and were in danger of fading away from the Premier Division title race.

Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke directs his field at Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Harold Wood captain Tom Clarke directs his field at Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

But Ellis-Grewal believes his side has enough to stay in the hunt for the title that eluded them last year when they finished runners-up to Chingford.

“I think so,” added Ellis-Grewal. “We’ve turned a corner now and once you get on a bit of a roll it makes you even harder to beat.

“We really want to push for that top place in the next few weeks.”

Wanstead will now take on basement side Ilford at Valentines Park this Saturday, after they were edged out by Loughton in a high-scoring contest in their last outing.


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