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Wanstead 1st XI v Chelmsford 1st XI

Saturday 11th May

Essex League Premier Division


The 1st XI got their season off to a disappointing start with a 4 wicket defeat at Chelmsford. After being put into bat on a bowler-friendly green wicket, Wanstead struggled to post a score against a strong Chelmsford bowling unit. Hassan (36) and Tom (23) were top scorers in a total of 126 all out.


Chelmsford began steadily, and it took a great piece of fielding by Hassan to break the opening partnership via a run out. Joe took 2 wickets in 2 deliveries and 4 in total, but Chelmsford were able to reach the target with 4 wickets remaining.


Wanstead 1st XI v North Middlesex 1st XI

Sunday 12th May

National Club Cup


The Wanstead 1st XI put on a strong batting performance in their National Club Cup game against North Middlesex on Sunday. Tom set things up with a quick fire 41, then Kishen and Haaris shared a partnership of 134, scoring 86 and 75 respectively. Hassan also continued his good form from Saturday with 23 in a total of 286 for 7, which included two spectacular catches by North Mids players.


North Middlesex started well until Joe came on to bowl and took the first three wickets. Yuvraj also took two wickets and got a sharp run out. The opposition fought hard to try to get close to our challenging total, with Luke Hollman top scoring on 63. They were eventually dismissed for 226, so giving us a 60 run win. 

Wanstead Women v Colchester Women
Sunday 12th May


A first loss of the season as Wanstead Women’s XI played their first away game against Colchester and East Essex CC. We won the toss and elected to bat first as it looked to be a batting friendly pitch, however, we lost the top three batters, and at 40 for 3 in 9 overs, it required two good partnerships to get ourselves going and still give ourselves a chance to be very much in the game. Noor continued her great form from the last game, scoring 37 off 67 balls and building a partnership with Momina of 42 runs, where Momina scored 23 off 53 balls. We lost Momina in the 21st over to an unlucky stumping, but another 37 run partnership with Nana looked good, with Nana scoring 20 runs off 49 balls. We lost Noor in the 30th over and Nafeesa coming in meant quick runs. Nafeesa scored 17 off 28 balls in a 30 run partnership, with Wanstead finishing on 149 for 7 from 40 overs.


We knew that we were about 40 to 50 runs short, which meant going for early wickets in the game. With Nelly and Zainab taking 1 wicket each, with mind blowing catches in the field by Madiha and Serena, Colchester were 43 for 2 after 9 overs. Unfortunately, we couldn’t break down an amazing partnership of 109 runs by Bella and Lucy with both scoring 50s. Astonishing fielding by Anjali and Mubashra helped us save 25-30 odd runs in the field and the ladies showed positive character in the field, despite the fact things weren’t looking easy in the end.


Wanstead 2nd XI v Ilford 2nd XI

Saturday 11th May


Wanstead’s Super 2s lost the toss and were sent into field. Marley and Jack set the tone, restricting Ilford to 28 for 3 as Hamza replaced Marley. After a tight spell with little reward from Hamza, with back-up from league debutant George Davies, Ilford were 109 for 6. As their tail wagged a little, Marley and Abhay came on and polished the tail off for a total of 168 all out - Marley picking up 4 for 49 & Faheem taking 3 catches and 1 stumping.

After tea, Zoraiz and Aryan got us off to a flier with us sitting on 41 off 6 overs. Ilford struck back with two quick wickets and suddenly we were 53 for 2. In came Rod & Faheem, and their partnership ended up being a winning one with a score of 109 together taking our total to 162 for 3. Faheem ended on 52 and Rod on 56 not out. A thoroughly good performance from all involved and a great start to the Super 2s season!

Wanstead Ladies 2nd XI v High Roding
Sensational start to the season for the Women’s Division 2 Team v High Roding. In the blazing heat of the hottest day of the year, we lost the toss and High Roding elected to bat. This was a considerable blow as 2 of our players had been called up for Essex and were racing to get back to Nutter Lane in time. With just 8 fielders, Wanstead set out with our heads high ready to take on the task.

It was a dream start. Clem took out the opener for just 1 run via an LBW. A run out from Kiah’s bowling followed shortly. Just 5 balls later Clem took her second wicket, a rocket smashing middle stump. Roding dug in for a long spell despite a couple of quality overs from Farah before we managed to finish them off with wickets from Iqra, Safa (2) a stumping and a run out. Roding invoked law 24.2 to prevent Keya and Deetya from bowling but they made a huge impact in the field in the short time while they were there.

Wanstead went in to bat chasing 111. Clem wasted no time putting on 21 runs for just 10 balls. Kiah helped up the total with an impressive 25. Iqra showed herself to be a true middle order batter with a ferocious 32. A few balls later and Keya scored the winning runs with a beautiful 4. Special shout out to Clare and Jamee who played their first ever hardball games. The team showed true character and grit today and I am immensely proud.

Wanstead 3rd XI vs Harlow

Saturday 11th May


After losing the toss and breaking our opening stand early on, the top and middle order grafted intelligently, building a platform to accelerate during the middle to latter stages of the innings. Leading the way was our valiant vice captain, Antony Smith (pictured below), who showcased a masterclass of drives, pulls and clean hitting to bring up his maiden 3rd XI hundred. Coupled with captivating cameos from Pavan Patel (35), Zafar Saiyed (27), Ahmadullah Jan (20) and Stephen Ramdial (33), the Herons steered their way to a very competitive 261 for 8.


An expensive start with the ball sent a few nerves jangling but up stepped our wiley campaigner Paul Richardson, who revelled in the pressure and began to wreak havoc in the Harlow top and middle order taking 3 for 27 in 9 overs. On debut, Abdur Barry (9-1-1-32) showed his promise as he bowled with clever control and helped to magnify the pressure from the opposite end. Credit must also be given to our remaining bowlers who stuck to the task and were supported in the field by some incredible catches to help us bowl out Harlow for 185 to win by an emphatic 77 runs.



Wanstead 5th XI v Oakfield

Saturday 11th May


The 5th XI had a great win by 139 runs with some terrific performances by the juniors both with bat and ball, ably supported by three adult players. Oakfield won the toss and asked Wanstead to bat first. On a tricky early season Fairlop pitch, Rajesh (78 runs) and Pranav (51 runs) batted watchfully but also put the bad balls away in their opening stand of 83. This was followed by a 111 run partnership between Rajesh and Nikhil (53). Wanstead put on a total of 212 in 40 overs.


Jaden (3 wickets) and Rajesh (1 wicket) in their opening spell crushed any hope Oakfield had in challenging our score. All other bowlers then chipped in with regular wickets and notably Oakfield had 8 of their batters clean bowled, evidencing the quality of our bowling. 

Wanstead 6th XI v Newham

Saturday 11th May


The Wanstead 6th XI made it to the ground at Newham on time, which was a great start following some poor instructions from the skipper. Father, son (and Mum watching) for the Bhatterjee boys.


Winning the toss and choosing to bat, some fierce bowling from Newham’s rockstar bowler Khan did the early damage, although Dan had a few lives and Callum did enjoy himself before mis-timing one to mid-off. Mo, Mital and Tariq did a great job of steadying the ship, with the latter top scoring with a dogged 34 playing some terrific shots on the way. We found ourselves all out for 122.


Still feeling positive in the May sunshine, the new ball went to the man Tariq whose pace troubled the openers and stung the keepers’ hands (who kept in a rather unorthodox but effective fashion). From the other end, Callum got a ripper and took their opener. Alas, that’s almost as good as if got before Riyyan took his first senior wicket for Wanstead, getting one to turn late and take their other opener shortly before the winning runs were scored (cue plane celebration and match ball)!

Junior Match Reports from last week
Wanstead U13 girls v Orsett
Wednesday 8th May
The Wanstead U13 girls travelled to Orsett in the opener for the hardball league. After a few false starts the season finally got under way. A long drive for all and as always the effort to get the girls to the venue is greatly appreciated. Wanstead lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a very green wicket (ok it was Astro). A very big change in the team from last season and huge shoes to fill. Kiah and Saanvi opened the batting and set a solid base in the first few overs. The second wicket stand then really kicked on with Lucinda joining Kiah in middle and accelerating the run rate. Kiah retired with her first ever 50 with a ball left in the innings. Lucinda hit 37 not out with some big shots in between the quick singles. Wanstead closed the innings for 138-1 of 16 overs.

By the time the Wanstead girls had come out to bowl temperatures had dropped and the crowd was looking cold. But the girls didn’t blink. Tight bowling from Emily and Sienna to start and contributions from all the girls resulted in Orsett making 44 for 5 off their 16 overs. Wickets for Violet (2), Sienna, Saanvi and Kiah. Fielding was also excellent with all the girls backing up well and attacking the ball and great stops from behind the stumps.
The one thing that hasn’t changed from last season is the volume and support the girls bring both supporting the batters from the side and each other on the field. Win or lose you know the Wanstead girls are about. So a great start to the season. Well done to all the girls and again a huge thanks to all the parents for getting the girls to the match.
Wanstead U15 girls v Frenford
Thursday 9th May
On a sunny evening at Overton, the U15’s Girls got the season underway against a formidable Frenford side. After losing the toss unsurprisingly we found ourselves in the field as the opposition opening partnership racked up a healthy 59 runs. Containment was the order of the day and the younger members namely Sienna, Kia, Emily & Aggie all delivered economical spells, ably assisted by an excellent fielding performance.
Frenford ended up posting 94 for 3 in their allotted 16 overs. With a softer ball, a softish wicket and a lush outfield this was always going to a big ask. After losing a wicket in the first over of our reply, Deetya & Clementine batted with gusto to put on a partnership of 35. Keya then found an ally in Sienna (partnership 39) but with some canny pace off bowling the run rate kept creeping up. With a couple of boundaries in the penultimate over, an unlikely victory was suddenly possible. Alas though after a crazy final over comprising of three run outs, Wanstead fell 4 runs short and 90 all out. All said and done though this was a terrifically exciting game, fun for both players and spectators alike.

Wanstead U13a v Aztecs
A good win for Wanstead's U13a team against a potentially dangerous Aztecs side. We bowled them out for 68 in 16 overs, with 2 wickets apiece for Joseph & Jack and some excellent fielding resulting in 5 run outs! We knocked off the target in 10 overs for the loss of 1 wicket, with Anay scoring 23.

Wanstead U13G v Woodford Wells
Sunday 12th May
The Wanstead U13G hosted our friends at Woodford Wells for a friendly at Nutter Lane. Absolutely gorgeous morning for a match. Wanstead batted first. Nice to see some new and old faces stepping up into key roles. Openers Kiah (21 retired) and Elsie (19 retired) gave a great start. All other girls contributed through the innings with a nice 10 retired from Sienna as well, taking Wanstead to a total of 107 for 4 off the 20 overs.

Matches with Wells have historically always gone to the wire and today was no different. They batted well and kept pace with the run rate. Wanstead managed to pick up key wickets at important times. Violet started by removing one of the openers. Other wickets for Anushka and Arya (welcome to the group). All the girls contributed so a proper team effort. As always the drama came in the last over. Wells needed 3 to win or 2 to draw. Step up Elsie - 4 dot balls then a single. So last ball 2 to win and 1 to draw. Great ball, Wells run out going for the run.
A perfect way to end a great game and a few cookies to enjoy in the sun. Well done to all the girls and again a huge thanks to Chris for the warm up and umpiring and all the parents in supporting the girls.

Wanstead U13B v Frenford U13A
The U13Bs had a tough start to their Len Stentiford campaign this morning. Playing away to Frenford A, who have 4-5 county or district players and likely to be group winners, we lost the toss and were asked to field. Despite some decent bowling at times there were also quite a few wide deliveries, and the opposition batters were also in form, posting 190 for 4 off their 20 overs.

Our innings got off to a shaky start with a wicket off the first ball and another by the end of the first over. Soon after we were 10 for 4 but then commenced a very resilient and determined rearguard action, led by Shaurya (12) and Hari (30 retired), the latter making a very promising debut. The baton was then picked up by Sebastian, Oliver and Heath as we made Frenford work for their victory, finishing on a valiant and creditable 91 for 7.
It was this group’s first time playing together as a team and they showed some promising signs, not least with an excellent attitude in adversity. I look forward to seeing them develop in the remaining games.
Wanstead U10s v Newham

An interesting morning out in Newham for the U10s in the HD Cup. In their first match this year, we bowled first but unfortunately we had left our radar at home. Newham scored 120 for 3 in their 16 overs, however, only 28 of these came off the bat, with Hammad bowling the best with 2-11.
We then batted and were all out for 72, however, we scored 58 off the bat, with Josephine and Arnav both getting 14 and Sid coming in at 6 hitting 20 off 21 balls. Next week we will be bowling straighter!
Girls Cricket Free Taster Session
Congratulations on the birth of Samara Salman
Welcome to our newest member, Samara Salman, who arrived on 29th April. Both Saba and baby are doing fine.

Rumour has it that our Ladies team, with Saba and her family cheering them on, celebrated with an exciting league win on Sunday!

Much love and mabrouk to Saba, Salman and Samara.
Adult Nets

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2024 annual membership subscriptions for playing, junior and social memberships are now due. If you have not already re-registered, Adult members (both Playing and Social) can do so by going to  https://membermojo.co.uk/wccar and for Juniors  (U18 on 1st September 2023)  go to https://membermojo.co.uk/wccjm .

New playing and social members welcome!

With a new season just around the corner, we welcome existing and new members to the Club. If you're an existing member and you haven't yet renewed your membership for this season, we'd encourage you to do so as soon as possible by following the 'Registration 2024' link in the left hand menu.

If you are not currently a member but are interested in playing for one of our men's teams this year, please contact Martin Pluck (pluckmartin@gmail.com). We currently have 6 teams that play on weekends during the summer, and we train on Wednesdays at Overton Drive.

We are proactively encouraging women to play cricket and currently have two women's teams, so if you are interested in joining them, please contact Helen Quinlan (helencquinlan@gmail.com) or Nehal Dave (Nehaldave8@hotmail.com). Training takes place on Thursday evenings each week during the summer, and matches are normally played on a Sunday.

Our girls teams train on a Thursday evening and the boys on a Friday evening at Overton Drive, although Year 1 and 2 children train together on Fridays. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jon Gritten (jongritten@gmail.com) regarding the boys teams and Helen Quinlan (helencquinlan@gmail.com) for more information on the girls teams. Matches are normally played on Sundays and some mid-week evenings. If you are a parent of a junior, you are welcome to join us at the matches and the training sessions, and we'd encourage you to take out a Social Membership too.

The bar is open from 4.30pm on Friday evenings, and anyone can take out a Social Membership (follow the 'Registration 2024' link in the left hand menu), which then gives you a discounted rate on drinks!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Congratulations to the hardy herons who completed the notorious Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge - walking 24 miles in 12 hours and climbing the three highest peaks in Yorkshire – on Saturday 16th March. Big Shout-out to Jeggsy for organising the event.

So now you can do your bit by donating at https://www.gofundme.com/f/herons3peaks

The club is raising funds for our long-term charitable partner, “The Wanstead Charity”, a local charity providing for the homeless and those in need in the local community, as well as for club funds so we can continue our capital investment into our facilities.

Any support would be much appreciated.

Many thanks!

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I am delighted to announce that the club has entered into an agreement with Bradley & Co ( https://www.bradleyandco.uk/ ), whereby with effect from 1st January 2023, the West End and City based Human Resources strategy and Management Consultancy firm will take over from Keatons as the club’s principal sponsor.

Said Bradley & Co founder Paul Bradley; “For my professional life I have taken immense pride in nurturing, cultivating, and developing relationships and talent. My career technically began at Wanstead CC where I completed my school work experience in the early nineties. With lifelong roots in Wanstead, and a long-standing personal connection to the club, I am proud to be investing in grass roots cricket, and the Wanstead community”.

Many of you will remember Paul’s late mother, Linda, who provided wonderful catering at the club for many years.

I would like to thank Keatons for the amazing support, which they have given the club over the past 8 years.

Senior Fixtures
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 1st XIChingford CCAway 12.30pm
 2nd XIEpping CCHome (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 12.30pm
 3rd XIWoodford Wells CCHome (Nutter Lane) 12.30pm
 4th XIOld Brentwoods CCAway 12.30pm
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Junior Fixtures
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 BU09sWest EssexHome (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 9.30
 BU12sSouth LoughtonHome (Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club Overton Drive) 9.30
 BU14sBancroft LionsAway 9.30
 BU15sFrenfordHome (Nutter Lane) 9.30
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 1st XINorth Middlesex Won by 60
 Women's 1st XIColchester Sun Bears Lost by 8 wickets
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 1st XIChelmsford CC Lost by 4 wickets
 2nd XIIlford CC Won by 7 wkts
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