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Wanstead primed for crunch clash at rivals Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 August 2018

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons beat Chingford by 120 runs last weekend to keep pressure on leaders Hornchurch

Joe Ellis-Grewal says both Wanstead & Snaresbrook and Hornchurch are under equal amounts of pressure ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash between the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division rivals.

The Herons, currently second, are away from home on Saturday as they visit leaders Hornchurch, who have a 14-point lead at the top of the standings.

A win for the Overton Drive side on Saturday would take the title fight down to the final day of the season, but a defeat would see Hornchurch crowned champions.

It looks set to be a nail-biting day for both title rivals this weekend and skipper Ellis-Grewal knows the stakes are high for Wanstead.

“Both teams are probably under equal amounts of pressure,” he said.

“Hornchurch have not been in this position before, but they could lose this week and still win the title next week, whereas we know we have to win on Saturday.

“We’ve played in plenty of high-pressure games in recent seasons, so hopefully we can use that experience on Saturday.

“We want to deliver another good display in the hope it takes the title race down to the final game.

“It’s always nice to be playing in high-pressure games at this stage of the season and we’re all looking forward to Saturday.”

If Wanstead are to get the better of Hornchurch on Saturday, they will look for Aron Nijjar to deliver another fine display of bowling.

The 23-year-old finished with figures of 6-38 as the Herons recorded a 120-run victory away to Chingford last weekend.

It was the fourth time in the league this season that the left-arm spinner has taken five wickets or more in an innings.

And Ellis-Grewal was delighted with the latest brilliant bowling performance from Nijjar.

“It’s never easy in this league to get a five-wicket haul, so it was a terrific display from Aron,” he added.

“Zain Shahzad set the tempo with a good display early on, and it’s great to have a spinner of Aron’s quality to call upon.

“I felt it was a very professional bowling display from us last weekend.”

Ellis-Grewal will hope to see another professional bowling performance on Saturday.

And if Wanstead can produce that, it could well set them up for a victory that will take the battle for the title down to the final game of the season.

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