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Wanstead “need to win” for title hopes

PUBLISHED: 11:15 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:15 02 July 2015

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal defends against South Woodford (pic; Sandra Rowse)

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal defends against South Woodford (pic; Sandra Rowse)

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Herons skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal knows team must rebound after defeat in last game

After seeing Wanstead lose for the first time this season in the Essex League Premier Division last weekend, Joe Ellis-Grewal knows the team must recover quickly for the sake of their title hopes.

The Herons were beaten by nine wickets at home by Chelmsford to end their unbeaten record.

It was a result that allowed Brentwood to close to within seven points of top spot, with fellow title rivals Chelmsford a further two points back.

A second successive loss this weekend would see Wanstead displaced from their leading position, which has left captain Ellis-Grewal in no doubt that the team must rebound quickly.

That may be a little easier said than done, though, as the Overton Drive club face the tricky trip up the A12 to face Colchester, who sit fourth, this weekend.

“It’s a huge game and one that the whole team are looking forward to. We want to show it’s not all doom and gloom after losing to Chelmsford,” said slow left-armer Ellis-Grewal.

“We want to start another run like we had before and show that it was one bad result and we are a good team.”

Colchester have impressed since earning promotion from Division One last season and have already claimed some impressive scalps.

Reigning champions Chingford and Premier Division stalwarts Ilford have both tasted defeat on visits to Castle Park this season.

And Ellis-Grewal is wary of seeing Wanstead join that growing list, adding: “They’re a really good all-around team.

“They’re a tight unit and a feisty bunch who never give up, but if we play to our potential it should be enough to get the win and keep us top of the table.”

Ahead of the crunch clash, the weather this week has been brutally warm, with temperatures up over 30 degrees for the first time this year.

The heat could dry out the wicket at Castle Park, which will be used by the Essex team in August, but Ellis-Grewal does not appear overly concerned.

“It should be a good wicket. We think it will be pretty flat, but with some spin which should suit us. If it isn’t, then it should suit our 
batsmen,” he added.

“It’s always been a good wicket and a match we look forward to playing, even if there is a long commute to get there!”

Wanstead will be hoping it’s not a wasted journey deep into Essex as they look for an immediate return to winning ways.


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