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Wanstead chase victories to keep dream of double alive

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 August 2018

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

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Herons visit Hadleigh in league on Saturday and head for Brentwood in Dukes Essex League Cup on Sunday

Wanstead & Snaresbrook captain Joe Ellis-Grewal knows the pressure is on his team to get a victory at Hadleigh & Thundersley in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

While the Herons make the trip to Hadleigh, current leaders Hornchurch visit third-placed Brentwood.

The Overton Drive outfit head into the weekend just two points adrift of Hornchurch, but could end weekend on top should the leaders lose and Wanstead win.

Conversely, the Herons could lose further ground in the race for the title should they slip up and Hornchurch triumph.

With that in mind, it seems vitally important that the Overton Drive outfit collect a positive result this Saturday and that is something Ellis-Grewal fully acknowledges.

“We know we have to stay in touch with the other teams around us and we don’t want to be chasing results going into the final few weeks of the season as that brings added pressure,” he said.

“We know we have to keep performing to a high standard if we are to stay among the teams at the top.

“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t checking the results of our rivals, but all we can do is our own job.

“Hadleigh seem to have hit form, so that makes them that little bit tougher, but regardless of what happens elsewhere, we’re going there chasing the win.”

Wanstead are also in action on Sunday this weekend as they visit Brentwood in the quarter-finals of the Dukes League Cup.

With the divisional rivals challenging for the title in the league this year, the cup tie looks set to be a close affair.

And Ellis-Grewal is looking forward to what should be another enthralling encounter on Sunday.

“Playing against Brentwood is something we always look forward to and it will be good to play them in the cup as that hasn’t happened for a few years,” he added.

“We’re looking for another solid display from the team on Sunday, which will hopefully see us progress as we want to go all the way in the competition.”

Wanstead head into the weekend off the back of a five-wicket win at home to Shenfield in the league last weekend.

The Herons impressed in the field in that game as they produced three run-outs.


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