Cricket: Essex to return to Valentines Park to face East London XI
PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 May 2017
Special match will take place on Bank Holiday Monday
Ilford’s Valentines Park will host Essex CCC for the first time since 2002 in a special match on Bank Holiday Monday (May 29).
Essex’s second team will take on an East London representative XI in a T20 match starting at 3pm.
The game will form part of the ongoing East London Festival of Cricket, which showcases the game in this part of the capital.
The festival itself starts at Valentines Park at 9am, with Ilford taking on Walthamstow in an Under-13 Peters Cup clash.
Following that game, there will be a women’s and girls’ festival, a junior boys’ festival, street cricket, ability table cricket, the All Stars festival and tape ball.
The main event will be the T20 clash, though, with the East London side selected from a number of the non-traditional leagues, mainly Sunday divisions from across the area.
The match itself will be an opportunity for those picked to showcase their talent in the hope of progressing in the sport.
“It’s great to be back at Valentines Park, a venue that has much history and some of the great of the game having played there,” said event co-ordinator Arfan Akram.
“This is yet again another opportunity for talented individuals to show their ability in front of profession coaches, the ‘X Factor’ of cricket if you like.
“Also pleasing is the opportunity to showcase all the different cricketing pathways within the region and hopefully engage, excite and enhance new participants to the game we all love.”
• Ilford go in search of a first away win of the season in the Essex Premier Division on Saturday when they visit Shenfield.
The Valentines Park club will look to build on their success from the previous week, when they beat Upminster by 119 runs.
After losing the toss, Ilford were put into bat, but a top score of 90 from Essex staffer Ashar Zaidi, as well as an unbeaten 51 from Saf Imtiaz, saw the hosts close on 196-4.
Zaidi then impressed with the ball as he both he and Theeban Tavarasa recorded five-wicket hauls as Upminster were skittled out for 77 in reply to secure a comfortable win for Ilford.