Ilford captain Tavarasa slams batting display after defeat to Billericay
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 July 2018
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Valentines Park outfit lost by five wickets despite century from Ashar Zaidi
Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa admits his team’s batting performance in a five-wicket loss at home to Billericay in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division was not up to standard.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Valentines Park outfit were dismissed for just 196 inside 41 overs.
Almost two-thirds of Ilford’s runs came from Ashar Zaidi, who plundered a brilliant 128 off just 114, but Harsh Kumar (12) was the only other home batsman to reach double figures.
Despite Haaris Ayub taking 2-25 with the ball for the Valentines Park outfit, Billericay completed their chase with 10 balls to spare.
And Tavarasa knows Ilford’s struggles with the bat on the whole contributed to their third league loss in a row.
“Defeats are always disappointing, but we deserved to be beaten because of the way we batted,” he said.
“To have one player score a century, and then to have your next top scorer as ‘extras’ with 28 isn’t good enough.
“With a team as young as we have, days like that are to be expected, but we have to learn from it.
“We’re still fifth in the table, but we have some important games to come in the next few weeks.”
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