Cricket: In-form Ashar Zaidi helping others perform well according to Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa ahead of Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division trip to Hadleigh & Thundersley

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 May 2018

Ashar Zaidi in action for Ilford (pic: Ilford CC)

Ashar Zaidi in action for Ilford (pic: Ilford CC)


Essex staffer already has two half-centuries in the league this term

Ilford will look for Ashar Zaidi to continue his majestic start with the bat to the new Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season at Hadleigh & Thundersley on Saturday.

The 36-year-old top scored with 92 in an 88-run win at home to Shenfield last Saturday, having smashed 70 off just 56 balls the previous week at Billericay.

It has been a typically explosive start to the new term for the Essex staffer, and Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa believes Zaidi’s form is helping others play well too.

“Ashar is playing in a way that allows other batsman to also go out and play well,” he said.

“Against Shenfield, we looked a little in trouble at 87-5, but Ashar helped to kick us on.

“When he was dismissed, we were 155-7 and that allowed players lower down the order, like Haaris Ayub and Vikrant Venkathesan, to play with a little more freedom.”

While Zaidi impressed with the bat last time out for Ilford, Tavarasa was the star bowler against Shenfield.

The skipper finished with figures of 4-27 as the Valentines Park outfit collected their first league win of the season.

Tavarasa was pleased to lead by example, but had praise for the entire bowling attack for their display against Shenfield.

“It’s always nice to contribute as skipper. Last weekend, all of our spinners could have taken lots of wickets and luckily it was me who made the most of it,” added the Ilford skipper.

“Mohammad Ahktar and Ashar both performed well with the ball too against Shenfield.”

While Ilford’s primary focus this weekend will be the trip to Hadleigh, the Valentines Park side also have the start of the Dukes Essex T20 to look forward to on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hosts Buckhurst Hill are Ilford’s opponents in the first round at Roding Lane, with the victors playing the winners of Colchester & East Essex against Shenfield later that day.

And Tavarasa is looking forward to getting started in cricket’s shortest format.”

“We hope to go well in all of the cup competitions this season. The T20 hasn’t been our strongest event down the years, but we’re all excited for Monday,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to playing Buckhurst Hill and hopefully we can do something in one of the cups this season.”

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