Wanstead enjoy big day out at Lord’s to beat MCC on a memorable occasion
PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 April 2018
Wanstead CC members enjoyed an unforgettable day at Lord’s with victory over the MCC in their champion club match last Wednesday.
Mo Fayyaz Khan (3-42), Zaid Shahzad, Kishen Velani and captain Joe Ellis-Grewal all took wickets as the MCC made 298-7 from their 50 overs.
And the Herons got home with 13 balls and five wickets to spare thanks to half-centuries from Hassan Chowdhury (75) and Robin Das (54) and contributions from Tom Cummins (47), Ellis-Grewal (45 not out) and Jonathan Das, who hit 18 off just five balls including a six over cover to complete victory.
Ellis-Grewal said: “Seeing the lads arriving to the away dressing room was an unbelievable feeling, not only reminding me of our monumental achievement last season in winning the National Cup but also the excitement of playing at Lords in front of our home support.
“I’ve never been more honoured captaining a Wanstead side than walking out first through the Long Room and down the stairs on to the pitch, turning around to look at the pavillion as we took to the field.
“Fielding first on the hottest day of the year and our first game of the season was incredibly tough, but the lads stuck to the task with a short leg-side boundary and we felt 300 was par but would be touch to chase with a strong MCC seam attack.”
Choosing lunch from a menu, and having it served on china plates, was a new experience and most indulged, as Ellis-Grewal added: “Lunch was incredible. I think most of the lads managed two mains and two desserts! Nobody could stop Tom Cummins making himself a chicken and mash potato sandwich – a first in the dining room at Lord’s!
“Hassan and ‘Arfy’ started brilliantly and settled the nerves before young Robin Das went out and put on an unbelievable partnership to set up the chase.
“Robin looked like he’d played at Lord’s all his life and smashed it to all parts, to the delight of the crowd. Kishen hit the shot of the day – a six over extra cover that almost left the stadium – and Tom batted superbly, hitting a six out of the ground before being run out just shy of his 50.
“Jonathan Das proceeded to finish the game in style, hitting three fours and finishing the game with a six. It was fantastic to hear our supporters cheering us on and even better to hear the cheers when ‘Dassy’ hit the winning runs. Walking off to the pavillion to rapturous applause and hugging team-mates having chased down 298 at Lords is a memory I will never forget.
“It was an absolute honour to captain my childhood club to victory at Lords against the MCC and set us up the best way for further success in 2018. I’m looking forward to hopefully returning again in the future!”
Chairman Martin Pluck added: “It was an unforgettable day for players and members. To be the first National Club champions to play the MCC at Lord’s was a great honour and to beat them in such a great game made the day even more memorable.”
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