Wanstead captain hails ‘fantastic’ Akram’
PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 July 2015
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Ton-up Adnan was different class, says Ellis-Grewal
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.
“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.
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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