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Cricket: Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa gutted to see Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division opener at Billericay curtailed by rain

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2018

Akash Raji scored a ton for Ilford against Billericay in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division (pic: Ilford CC)

Akash Raji scored a ton for Ilford against Billericay in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division (pic: Ilford CC)

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Valentines Park collected 10 points for their efforts despite wet weather interrupting game

Dutch international Shane Snater bowling for Ilford (pic: Ilford CC)Dutch international Shane Snater bowling for Ilford (pic: Ilford CC)

Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa admits he was left frustrated by the weather after his team’s rain-hit Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division opener at Billericay ended in a draw.

In a game that saw several rain delays before play was eventually halted for good, the Valentines Park club won the toss and elected to bat first.

Ilford were able to reach 221-3 from their 44 overs thanks to a brilliant unbeaten 108 from Akash Raji and a quick-fire 70 off 56 balls from Ashar Zaidi.

Zaidi then took the wickets of Aaron Curtis and former Ilford opener Saurav Prabhakar to leave Billericay 99-2 before the rain intervened again, this time forcing an early end to proceedings.

The Valentines Park outfit still collected 10 points for their efforts, but Tavarasa remained gutted that the weather hampered Ilford’s hopes of getting an opening-day win.

“The weather was frustrating on Saturday and I thought we were in a good position throughout,” he said.

“It was great to see both Akash and Ashar get among the runs, especially Akash with his maiden century.

“He’s still only a teenager, but he’s one of several good young players we have at the minute.

“The squad is looking quite young without the likes of Gurdeep Kandola and Saf Imtiaz, but they are performing well which is pleasing to see.”


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