Wanstead kings ready for Lord’s

PUBLISHED: 10:45 29 September 2016

Arfan Akram (left) and Joe Ellis-Grewal (right), with junior award winners Robin Das and Brandon Lord

Arfan Akram (left) and Joe Ellis-Grewal (right), with junior award winners Robin Das and Brandon Lord


Club to play at home of cricket

Wanstead's Arfan Akram with Cross Arrows team-mates at Windsor CastleWanstead's Arfan Akram with Cross Arrows team-mates at Windsor Castle

Wanstead Cricket Club will bring the curtain down on their 150th anniversary season with a special match at Lord’s on Saturday.

The Overton Drive club has enjoyed plenty of success in 2016, with the men winning the Essex League Premier Division title and cup final for a memorable double.

The second and third teams were also crowned league champions, along with the Wanstead women, and the under-19s were Essex and South East T20 champions.

Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal will lead his side out on the Nursery Ground at the home of cricket, as they take on the Cross Arrows, who will be skippered by his clubmate Arfan Akram.

The Cross Arrows were set up for members of MCC staff who worked at Lord’s the chance to play at the end of the season and Wanstead old boy Chris Stone took 10-92 for them against the Met Police in 1974.

Legendary Wanstead opening batsman John Chambers is set to come out of retirement to feature one last time, with Mohammaed Fayyaz Khan also in the side and 70-something Len Enoch taking on 12th man duties.

Akram said: “We’re expecting a number of our members to come along and it’s a thank you to them for their on-field and off-field support.”

The 50-over match is set to begin at 10.45am and both teams will enjoy a special lunch and Akram is hoping to end the summer on a high.

Akram scored more than 1,000 runs for Wanstead this season, raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research, and played for the Cross Arrows against the Royal Household at Windsor Castle recently.

“The whole experienced of playing with Windsor Castle in the background was phenomenal, truly amazing,” he said.

“It’s the third time I’ve played in the fixture and Her Majesty the Queen was actually there at one of the previous matches, but at Balmoral this time.”

Akram scored 74, with Wanstead team-mate Hassan Chowdhury also hitting a half-century as the Cross Arrows made 215 and then held their rivals to 200-9.

“It was nice that we both contributed and a proper game of cricket,” added Akram, who was also joined in the side by Wanstead’s Nabil Aziz.

Wanstead hold their senior presentation evening tomorrow (Friday, 7pm).

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