Ilford skipper Tavarasa wants rotten form to end against Hadleigh
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 July 2018
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Valentines Park outfit beaten by just four runs at Shenfield last time out
Ilford welcome Hadleigh & Thundersley in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday and skipper Theeban Tavarasa hopes his team can finally end their rotten run of form.
The Valentines Park outfit have lost each of their last four in the league and five of their six matches since the format switched to 50-overs-a-side.
That run of form has seen Ilford drop down the table, with Tavarasa’s men now sixth having led the way earlier in the season.
Just 35 points separate the Valentines Park outfit from the relegation zone, and the skipper is hoping Ilford’s fortunes change soon to avoid being dragged into a battle to survive.
“This format is difficult when you’re on a run of bad form, but we have three games left before we return to the all-day matches and if we can win one, it eases the pressure,” said Tavarasa.
“We’re in a good position, but we hope we don’t take our battle to stay up down to the wire again.
“That’s happened in the last couple of seasons and I thought we were past that given the way we started this season.”
Ilford suffered a narrow four-run defeat against Shenfield last weekend, despite a superb ton from Mohammad Ahktar.
The Valentines Park outfit were set 241 to win and Ahktar plundered 111 off 103, but his effort ultimately proved in vain as he side came up just short.
Tavarasa was pleased with the display from Akhtar, but was gutted no one else could follow his lead.
“If someone at the top of your innings gets a century, you hope that everyone else can bat round them,” added the skipper.
“It’s a shame that wasn’t the case on Saturday as it could have been different if it had been.”
Shane Snater (3-55) also impressed for Ilford, but is set to miss the Hadleigh game after being called up for international duty by the Netherlands.
Tavarasa is confident the Valentines Park outfit can cope in Snater’s absence, but the skipper is still gutted nonetheless to be without one of his key players.
“We seem to keep losing players at the wrong time. We were without Ashar Zaidi last week after a good display from him the week before,” he said.
“I’m happy with our strength in depth, but I’m want our senior players to put their hands up when the young players come in.”
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