Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal talks up importance of ‘little percentages’ following National Club Championship glory
PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 September 2017
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Low scores from Jack Lord and Jon Das proved crucial, while excellent fielding by the likes of Adnan Arfan also made a difference on Sunday
While the likes of Jack Lord, Mo Fayyaz Khan and Aron Nijjar took the plaudits after Wanstead’s stunning win in the final of the National Club Championship on Sunday, captain Joe Ellis-Grewal also praised the contribution of his batsmen.
The Herons only scored 159 at Essex’s County Ground, which was a below-par total, but several small knocks at the end made a big difference.
Openers Arfan Akram (38) and Hassan Chowdhury (25) hit invaluable scores, while Ellis-Grewal’s 25 was integral in the contest of the match.
But it was contributions down the order by Aron Nijjar (11) and more crucially from Jon Das (10) and Lord (10) – when the Herons didn’t look like passing 150 – which were huge come the conclusion of the final.
“It is a graft and I always talk about that and we have people who can do it. When you get a 10 or a 15 it can be important,” said Ellis-Grewal.
“You look at our fielding at the end with Adnan (Akram) diving and saving two runs and Arfan doing the same.
“The blokes savings runs make such a difference and cricket is all about the little percentages, especially when it comes down to a game like this one, and it was fantastic to see.”
After Wanstead won a close contest with Ormskirk, Ellis-Grewal was able to reflect on the mistakes they made which didn’t prove too costly.
Arfan Akram and Chowdhury batted wonderfully to reach 46-0 off eight overs, but both failed to kick on and get the Herons up to what would have been a more respectable score.
Of course it didn’t matter in the end, but Ellis-Grewal added: “We lost the toss on a green wicket, which is the story of my season, but the openers went out and were brilliant.
“To be critical, it was disappointing they couldn’t get more runs because at one stage we looked set to score a lot more than 200.
“But to be fair to Ormskirk they came back and bowled really well at us and took wickets at good times and put us under pressure.
“From being 80-2, to finish with 159 was disappointing and they went out on top at the end of the first half.”
Ormskirk certainly did, but a mixture of outstanding bowling and fielding ensured it was Wanstead celebrating at the end.
Herons should have done better with the bat, but in the end, every run they etched out made a big difference.
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