Wanstead ‘keen’ to bolster title assault

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 July 2015

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

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

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Ellis-Grewal wants team to get championships challenge back on track

Wanstead will be keen to get back to winning ways when they make the short trip to South Woodford on Saturday.

The Herons have slipped off the top of the Essex League Premier Division table after suffering successive defeats.

Captained by Joe Ellis-Grewal, they were beaten by seven wickets by fellow title hopefuls Colchester at Castle Park last weekend.

That followed a nine-wicket loss at home the week before to Chelmsford, who have since taken over at the top of the standings.

Wanstead were also knocked out of the Essex League Dukes T20 at the quarter-final stage by Hornchurch on Sunday.

It is a run of results that will have almost certainly knocked the team’s confidence midway through the season and something which Ellis-Grewal believes has made the team more determined to beat South Woodford.

“They are a good side and we know it will be a tough place to go and get a win at,” said all-rounder Ellis-Grewal.

“But everyone at the club is confident that we can get back on that winning run and remain in the title challenge.

“We’re only seven points off top. We know that with a couple of wins and losses for the teams above us, we can go back on top.”

This weekend marks the start of the second half of the Essex League season, with Wanstead visiting South Woodford having hosted them on the opening day.

Wanstead’s bowlers shone in that derby match, skittling South Woodford out for 114, having at one point had them squirming on 6-4 as Mehad Khan recorded a five-wicket haul.

But Wanstead’s chase was not without difficulty, as they were struggling at one stage on 35-6, before eventually squeaking home by one wicket.

The Overton Drive club were left indebted to a knock of 42 from Saurav Prabhakar, who has since impressed throughout the season.

Having played out a thriller earlier in the season, Ellis-Grewal knows his team will have to be at their best to complete the double over their local rivals.

He added: “They will have a couple of key players back for them this weekend, so we know we’re going to have to play well.

“It’s a local derby, which should add a little more to the match, but they will be looking to beat us like everyone else in this league.”

Should results go their way this weekend, a win may be all that is required for Ellis-Grewal and his team to regain top spot.

And if they do, then it is likely teams will be even more fired up to beat them as the season begins to turn for home with nine games remaining in the campaign.

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