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Tavarasa: Ilford will treat Wanstead game like a cup tie

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 September 2018

Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Valentines Park outfit lost by six wickets at home to Chelmsford last weekend

Theeban Tavarasa says Ilford will treat their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division match at Wanstead & Snaresbrook on Saturday as if it were a cup tie.

The Valentines Park outfit visit the Herons for their final league game of the season this weekend.

While the home team have little to play for, Ilford are still in a battle to remain in the top flight.

Heading into the final round of matches, the Valentines Park side are eighth in the table, but just 13 points above the relegation zone.

A defeat on Saturday for Ilford and a win for Shenfield in their game at home to Chingford would likely result in relegation for Tavarasa’s men.

And with that win-or-bust mentality in mind, the skipper of the Valentines Park outfit says they will approach the game as if it were one in a knockout competition.

“We’ll treat the Wanstead game like a cup tie because we know the win is the result we want,” he said.

“We don’t want to have to be relying on Shenfield getting a bad result in their game, so we know we have to bat and bowl well.

“The boys are hungry for Saturday. We’re a young team, but this is a great chance for us to demonstrate our potential.

Ilford go into the crunch clash at Wanstead off the back of a six-wicket loss at home to Chelmsford last weekend.

After electing to bat first, the Valentines Park outfit suffered another collapse as they were all out for just 98.

Chelmsford wasted little time in completing their chase, finishing the job off in the 33rd over.

Had Ilford triumphed last weekend, their survival mission would have already been complete.

But after last weekend’s disappointing display, Tavarasa is looking for everyone to stand up and be counted this weekend.

“We need a collective effort on Saturday and everyone has to play for the badge,” he added.

“We all have a responsibility to perform to a good level and to do our jobs on Saturday.”

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