Wanstead see off Shenfield to hold firm at top of Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 12:06 10 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 10 July 2016

Arfan Akram in batting action for Wanstead at Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Arfan Akram in batting action for Wanstead at Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ellis-Grewal’s leaders get back to winning ways

Kishen Velani in batting action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Kishen Velani in batting action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead got back to winning ways to maintain their hold on top spot in the Essex League Premier Division table.

The Herons had lost at Colchester a week earlier, then exited the Royal London Club Championship at Norfolk’s Swardeston.

But the Overton Drive club, celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2016, proved too strong for hosts Shenfield after a fine century from long-serving Arfan Akram and won by 73 runs.

Captain Joe-Ellis Grewal chose to bat first, but saw Hasan Chowdhury fall cheaply in the sixth over.

Arfan Akram dominated a 54-run stand for the second wicket with Saurav Prabhakar, then played the lead role in a 67-run partnership with Essex academy youngster Feroze Khushi (21) as the Herons reached 155-3 in 26 overs.

Akram fell soon after for 104 off just 91 balls, having hit three sixes and 16 fours, but Essex’s Kishen Velani smashed 49 off 27 balls, including four fours and three sixes to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Three wickets fell for four runs, but Adnan Akram held firm and finished two runs short of an unbeaten half-century as the visitors were eventually dismissed for 298 in the 47th over.

Arshad Ali (3-33) took the bowling honours for Shenfield, as Jack Plom (2-58) nabbed a brace, but Zain Shahzad removed Jack Potticary and Jack Kliber (21) in the space of three balls to leave Shenfield 42-2.

Jamie Walton put on 53 with Ryan Plom, who held firm as wickets began to fall at the other end.

Velani and Lesbourne Edwards struck in tandem to dismiss the dangerous Haris Mahmood and Arshad Ali, before Ellis-Grewal (3-49) accounted for Matt Salisbury and Tom Austin in quick succession, thanks to a stumping and catch from Jonathan Das.

Suhaib Sarwar was the eighth Shenfield wicket to fall, to Velani (2-46), and Plom’s defiance finally came to an end as Shahzad returned for his second spell.

Plom his seven fours in his 87 from 109 balls, before edging Shahzad behind, and Aron Nijjar wrapped up victory as last man Richard Abson-Bennett was stumped by Das, who claimed his fifth dismissal of the innings.

A seventh league win of the campaign for the Herons keeps them 14 points clear of Hornchurch in pole position, with eight matches remaining.

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