Tavarasa bowls Ilford to success

Ruthless Ilford gained their second victory of the season, as Theeban Tavarasa grabbed a stunning six-wicket haul to cruise past Loughton.

Ilford lost the toss and were made to bowl first, but they did the job well, bowling Loughton out for just 119 in 29.1 overs.

Loughton’s highest scorer was opener Faisal Shah who scored a respectable 37 after being caught behind the wicket by Ilford skipper Maz Malik.

In reply Ilford reached the victory total with ease and 20 overs to spare.

The victory charge was built round an impressive partnership between opener Gagan Bhogal, who hit 53 from 82 balls and number five Sohail Idrees, who finished unbeaten on 41.

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The pair came together with Ilford stuttering on 31 for 3 and put on 80 for the fourth wicket, before Bhogal went with the score on 111 and victory in sight.

The Ilford skipper heaped praise on the bowlers and Theeban Tavarasa inparticular, after his outstanding performance.

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“He’s a very talented and experienced player and every year we expect him to get better and gain more experience,” said Malik.

“Theeban made the game much easier picking up those wickets.”

After such an impressive win, Malik hopes to name an unchaged side for the game with Woodford Wells at the weekend.

“I still have to confirm availability, but seeing as the same team has won the last two games, I hope I will not have to make any changes, said Malik.

Ilford made a disappointing start to the season when they lost their first league fixture against Colchester & East Essex, but since then have won their next two and are just one behind behind second-placed Wanstead.

“We were well beaten in the first game, but although we have won twice since then it is too early to get carried away and start thinking about second place in the table,” said Malik.

“We need to concentrate on next week’s encounter with the Woodford Wells which will be another tough game.”

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