Tavarasa believes Ilford will benefit from format change in time for trip to Chingford

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 August 2018

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

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

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Valentines Park outfit lost by three wickets to Brentwood last weekend

Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa hopes a change in format in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division brings about a change in fortunes when they visit Chingford on Saturday.

All divisions across the Shepherd Neame Essex League are returning to the all-day format this weekend for the final four matches of the season.

The Valentines Park club will be pleased to see the back of the 50-over-a-side games, having won just two of nine matches under that format.

That compares to a favourable run in the all-day games earlier in the season, winning three and drawing one of their opening five fixtures this term.

And Tavarasa hopes Ilford can replicate that success over the closing weeks of the season, starting on Saturday.

“The all-day matches are more suited to us, so hopefully we can start picking up some more wins,” he said.

“We won three of our five matches in this format earlier in the season, so that gives us confidence.

“Chingford are a good side, but if we can win two of our last four games we could finish with them in the top half.

“If we lose our next two matches over the next couple of weeks, we could find ourselves looking over our shoulders.”

Tavarasa will hope to get among the wickets again for Ilford on Saturday after an impressive bowling display in a three-wicket loss to Brentwood last weekend.

The Valentines Park outfit were defending 175, with Aditya Nair top scoring 54 with the bat.

Ilford gave a good go of it with the ball, with Brentwood only completing their chase 44th over after losing seven wickets.

Tavarasa was the best bowler for his side, finishing with figures of 3-40 after a good display of spin bowling.

The skipper was happy with his bowling display, but says he would rather have won than take wickets.

“It’s nice as a captain that I can contribute, but I’d rather take no wickets and win than take three and lose,” he said.

“On the whole, our bowling has been our strength this season as we have a lot of variation with the types of bowler we have.”

Tavarasa will hope any wickets he or his colleagues do claim at Chingford on Saturday end up coming in a victory.

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