Tavarasa: Future looks bright for Ilford — but only if we stay up

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 August 2018

Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Valentines Park club beaten by 141 runs at home to Hornchurch last weekend

Theeban Tavarasa says the future looks bright for Ilford — but only if they remain in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

With two games to go this term, the Valentines Park outfit sit two places and 19 points above the relegation zone, with 50 points left to play for.

Ilford could make sure of their place in the division again next season with a favourable result when they host Chelmsford on Saturday.

And Tavarasa is hoping the Valentines Park side can avoid seeing their fight to stay up go down to the final game of the season next weekend,

“We know we need to get a good win as soon as possible and when we get that, I’m sure we’ll be OK,” he said.

“We’ve been in this scenario before, but we had a chat last week about the need to confirm our place in the division again next year as soon as possible.

“We have a young team and the future looks bright for the club, but only if we can hold on to our Premier Division status.

“If we can stay up, it’ll be great for the club as those young players will be another year older and another year wiser.”

Last weekend saw Ilford suffer a heavy 141-run defeat at home to current leaders Hornchurch.

The Valentines Park club bowled first after losing the toss, but a strong batting performance from the visitors saw them declare on a mammoth 323-5.

Ilford never got going in reply and though Haaris Ayub offered some resistance with 49 batting at number nine, the hosts were all out for 182.

And Tavarasa admits he was disappointed with how his side performed against Hornchurch.

“The wicket was good to bat on and the boundary was small, so we didn’t help ourselves by not bowling well,” he added.

“We made it difficult for ourselves chasing such a big score by losing both of our openers cheaply.

“We didn’t perform well in any areas of the game, but we have to make sure we learn from the loss.

“We were beaten by a good Hornchurch side who are on course for a treble this season, but we know we could have played better.”

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