Wanstead aiming to turn up heat on leaders Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 August 2018

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

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

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Herons beat Hadleigh & Thundersley by 20 runs last time out

Joe Ellis-Grewal insists Wanstead & Snaresbrook are determined to turn up the heat on Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division leaders Hornchurch by beating Southend-on-Sea & EMT on Saturday.

Just two points split the Herons, who are second, from leaders Hornchurch with just five games to go this term.

After Saturday’s game at home to Southend, matches will revert to the all-day format for the final four league fixtures of the term.

The change in format could see a greater difference in points collected by the two title rivals, with draws a possibility once again.

And with that in mind, Ellis-Grewal knows it is important the Overton Drive club triumph in their final one-day league game this term.

“We know that we have to keep getting wins to keep the pressure on Hornchurch,” he said.

“We’ve got some big games to come against Southend, who’ll be fighting for every point, and Brentwood in the next couple of weeks.

“We have to make sure we keep ourselves in a position to pounce if there are any slip-ups.

“In these one-day games, you either get 20 points because you won, or four or five points because you lose, whereas you can scrape 12 points in the all-day games without ever playing well.

“We know we have to win this weekend so that we’re not playing catch up, and we’ve got some boys back who will boost us.”

Though Southend currently prop up the table, Wanstead know they may need a better batting performance this weekend compared to the one seen in a 20-run win at Hadleigh & Thundersley last Saturday.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Herons were all out for 166 despite a top score of 51 from Ellis-Grewal.

And while the skipper was happy to contribute with the bat, he was disappointed with his side’s batting performance on the whole.

“Our batting struggles as a team go on and it was disappointing last weekend to be 97-8 on a pitch that I felt was good to bat on,” he added.

“For myself, it was nice to get a half-century which got us up to a decent total and I was helped by Fayyaz Khan and Jahanshar Akbar who hung around with me at the end.”

Ellis-Grewal will hope he can deliver another strong batting performance for his side this weekend.

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