Cricket: Wanstead’s Ellis-Grewal disappointed to see title hopes ended by Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 September 2018

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

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

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Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal ‘very disappointed’ to see his side’s Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division title hopes ended by Hornchurch, who were crowned champions for the first time.

The Herons were dismissed for just 159 at Harrow Lodge Park, with Aron Nijjar (37) top scoring as former England Test spinner Monty Panesar took 7-54.

And half-centuries from Jamie Sorrell, who survived a drop catch first ball, and Michael Bones steered Hornchurch to a seven-wicket win and the title, as Ellis-Grewal nabbed 2-56.

He said: “We’re obviously very disappointed. We knew if we were to put in a decent performance and get a win we’d go top of the league and go into the end of the season with it in our hands.

“But having won the toss and done the first bit right we didn’t score enough runs. They bowled pretty well at us and then a couple of things didn’t go our way with the ball and a couple of their guys batted really well and got the runs.

“They probably deserved it at the end of the year. They were the most consistent team in the league and credit to them.”

Wanstead are assured of the runners-up spot with one game to go and will host local rivals Ilford at Overton Drive on the last day of the season.

But, having won an Essex League double in 2016 and lifted the ECB National Club Championship last season, Ellis-Grewal was clear about where they have struggled most this summer.

He added; “Our batting has been pretty appalling all year to be honest. When you look at the stats they don’t make very kind reading and the batters know that.

“Our bowlers got us out of a lot of trouble but you can’t keep scoring 150, 180 and win games of cricket, it’s as simple as that.

“There’s a lot of guys who didn’t do themselves justice and hopefully they can take that away, work at their games over the winter and come back stronger next year.”

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