Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal thrilled with Essex T20 Cup success
PUBLISHED: 16:30 17 July 2017
The Herons defeated Brentwood in the last four of the competition before seeing off Upminster in the final
Joe Ellis-Grewal was delighted to see Wanstead claim their first silverware of the season on Sunday by winning the Essex League T20 Cup at Billericay’s Toby Howe ground.
The Herons started the day by defending a score of 131-9 in their semi-final with Brentwood, restricting their rivals to 129 in reply.
And the Premier Division champions then proved too strong for Upminster in the showpiece event, as they won by 102 runs.
“It is nice to get our first piece of silverware. We have worked really hard this year, but we know there is a lot more to come,” said Ellis-Grewal.
“We will keep working really hard over the next couple of weeks because we have a lot of cricket to play. We are going to have to play well to keep on doing what we have been doing, so it is an exciting time for the club.”
Ellis-Grewal’s men needed to keep their cool during a thrilling semi-final encounter with rivals Brentwood.
Hassan Chowdhury hit 31 at the top of the order and Aron Nijjar ended unbeaten on the same score, but Wanstead could only reach 131-9 off their 20 overs.
It looked like Brentwood were going to win and reach the final when Aaron West and Will Buttleman were going well.
But Tom Cummins brilliantly caught Buttleman on the boundary rope off Ellis-Grewal for 33 and it halted their momentum.
Some tight bowling from Wanstead turned the screw before West appeared to have Brentwood on the verge of reaching the final.
West was run-out for 78, however, and Zain Shahzad bowled three excellent final balls in the last over to help the Herons win by two runs.
Ellis-Grewal added: “The semi-final was a brilliant game of cricket. We obviously didn’t bat very well and Brentwood bowled and fielded brilliantly.
“We put ourselves under a little bit of pressure, but came out and bowled as well, if not better than Brentwood did and put a lot of pressure on.
“Suddenly coming into the last it was all theirs to win and we managed to pull it back, so it was a fantastic performance to get through and then nice to show our full potential in the final.”
Wanstead showed their class against Upminster, as opening bowler Zain Shahzad smashed 54 off 30 balls at the top of the order.
Feroze Khushi added an unbeaten 54 at number three, while Kishen Velani socred 41 off just 19 balls in a breezy innings.
It enabled Wanstead to score 184-5 and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan (2-3) helped restrict Upminster from the start.
And after reducing their fellow finalists to 54-5, Jack Lord took the remaining five wickets to help the Herons win emphatically.
“We put a really good score on the board. Zain got us off to a brilliant start and played really nicely,” said Ellis-Grewal.
“Kishen then came in and showed his class and turned the heat up, which put us into a strong position.
“We managed to pinch a few off the last and going out there with 180 on the board was a real confidence-booster.”
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