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Wanstead search for a swift return to winning ways to avoid losing spot at summit

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 July 2018

Bilal Patel (R) and Aron Nijjar enjoy a useful partnership for Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Bilal Patel (R) and Aron Nijjar enjoy a useful partnership for 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 beaten by four wickets at home to Hornchurch last weekend

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

Wanstead & Snaresbrook skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal hopes Saturday’s trip to Ilford brings about a swift return to winning ways to avoid losing the initiative in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title race.

The Herons suffered a four-wicket defeat at home to Hornchurch last weekend, but remain top of the standings ahead of the next round of fixtures.

However, the Overton Drive outfit did see their lead at the top cut with the likes of Brentwood and Chingford beginning to close in.

Wanstead could well slip from top spot should they suffer defeat again this weekend, but Ellis-Grewal is positive that will not be the case.

“We know we have to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible as there are lots of good teams in this division looking to put pressure on us,” said the captain.

“If we do beat Ilford on Saturday, we’re aware that we need to keep winning to maintain our position at the top.

“We play a lot of the teams that are just behind us over the run-in to the end of the season, so it would be nice if we built up a good cushion before then.”

At home to Hornchurch last weekend, the Herons won the toss and chose to bat, but that decision backfired as they were all out for just 131.

Defending such a small total was always going to be tough for the Herons and so it proved.

Though Ellis-Grewal and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan each took three wickets apiece, Hornchurch completed their chase for the loss of only six wickets.

Wanstead’s batting struggles saw them continue a worrying trend recent weeks, having also stuttered in their victories against Brentwood and Chingford.

Ellis-Grewal says the team are all too aware they must improve with the bat, and is confident that will be the case in the coming weeks.

He added: “It’s frustrating as we’re missing some key players, especially at the top of the order.

“That said, we still have plenty of quality in the batting line-up we have at the minute.

“We spoke after the game against Hornchurch last weekend and everyone is aware we need to do better collectively with the bat in the coming weeks.”


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