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Ilford face Colchester in ‘must win’ match

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 August 2017

Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: TGS Photo)

Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: TGS Photo)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa admits it’s a ‘must-win’ game against Essex League Premier Division strugglers Colchester this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

Tavarasa and his side travel to Castle Park on Saturday and he admitted they’re ‘confident’ going into the match.

“This Saturday is kind of a must-win game for us,” he said. “We’re about 36 points ahead of them so if we lose they will get closer to us.

“If we beat Colchester we will be further away from the relegation zone and we don’t want to be anywhere near that.”

Tavarasa praised the Colchester side and believes although they are bottom of the league they will not be walkovers by any stretch.

“In this league this year no one can say we will walk all over this team,” he said.

“They’ve got a couple of Essex Academy lads in the line-up who are good. And Ben Allison as well, who has been picked for the England under-19s recently.

“They’ve got a very strong bowling attack.”

Tavarasa will return to the line-up after missing a few weeks through injury to face the side he picked up five wickets against earlier this season.

“It’s not about me it’s about the team,” he added.

“We have got other people who have done that before.

“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself and we just need to be on top of our game for this one.”

Ilford’s home match against Chingford last weekend was abandoned after the visitors innings, which saw them reach 179-8 in 50 overs, before the rain came down.

Skipper Shahzad Hafeez returned to the line-up and Tavarasa believes although it was called off it was a positive performance.

“Although the Chingford match was rained off we were pleased with how we bowled,” he said. “Hussnain Kazmi and Haaris Ayub were good.”

Ilford will be hoping for better luck with the weather as they make their longest journey of the season to Colchester this weekend.

“We’re pretty confident, but we haven’t played a full game of cricket in the last two weeks,” he admitted.

“Hopefully the bad weather stays away.”

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