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Wanstead have a bright future says captain Joe Ellis-Grewal after National Club Championship success

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 September 2017

Wanstead celebrate with their 'Ultras' after being crowned 2017 National Club Championship champions

Wanstead celebrate with their 'Ultras' after being crowned 2017 National Club Championship champions

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Overton Drive club created history last Sunday at the County Ground and will aim to have another season to remember in 2018

Wanstead celebrate after being crowned 2017 National Club Championship championsWanstead celebrate after being crowned 2017 National Club Championship champions

Joe Ellis-Grewal hopes Wanstead can continue to improve as a team after triumphing in the final of the National Club Championship last weekend.

The Herons defended a score of 159 at the County Ground by dismissing Ormskirk for 147 in the last over of the match.

It concluded another wonderful season for the Overton Drive club, as they finished the year as the best club cricket team in England.

“A few of us have played in some top games, but a couple haven’t, so I am sure there were a few that were nervous, especially batting first because you never know what to expect,” said Ellis-Grewal.

“It was probably the biggest match Jack Lord has ever played in and, so to take four wickets and be man of the match was fantastic.

“Mo Fayyaz Khan is seasoned and we also have a couple of professionals and I was nervous myself going in, but it was brilliant to see how the guys handled it.

“Arfan (Akram) was leading from the front and that is what it is all about. We have a great blend of youth and experience.

“I hope our youngsters take a lot of confidence from this type of match where they have played against guys who have played a bit more cricket. I hope we can just continue to grow and get better and better.”

Only three teams have ever retained the National Club Championship trophy during the 48-year history of the tournament.

Scarborough won the title in 1981 before doing so again the following year, while Old Hill were triumphant in 1984 and then again 12 months later.

The last team to win back-to-back National Club Championship trophies were Chorley in 1994 and 1995.

Ellis-Grewal is well aware of how hard it will be for Wanstead to try and retain the title next season, but knows the future is bright for the Essex club regardless of what happens in 2018.

He added: “It’s such a long journey and it’s so hard to get to the final, but next season we’ll be looking to try and have the best year we can.

“Of course, we don’t know what is going to happen over the winter with players and things like that, but all we know is we love playing with each other and produce our own players.

“If we have to promote a few of our youngsters and we have a couple of seasons where we are not as strong then so be bit, but a club like us will always be there or there abouts.

“You saw our juniors playing on the pitch during the interval on Sunday, so we know they are coming through and fingers crossed we can keep this team and keep working hard.

“But if not, the youngsters will get a chance and we start the process again, but it is positive all-round.”


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