Ilford keen to record another “shock” win

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 July 2015

Shaz Hafeez of Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Shaz Hafeez of Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hafeez wants to derail Chelmsford’s title bid on Saturday

Ilford skipper Shaz Hafeez says the team must perform close to their best if they are to pull off a second successive shock when they visit Essex League Premier Division leaders Chelmsford on Saturday.

Having beaten title hopefuls and local rivals Wanstead in their last match, the Valentines Park club will be looking to make it two wins in a row for the first time since August last year.

Victory over the Herons helped Ilford move to within three points of safety and success this weekend at Chelmsford could see them move out of the drop zone.

“In the home game against Chelmsford, it was a tight game and we made them work hard for the win. We have to play like that again,” said Hafeez.

“Winning against a team as good as Wanstead would give anyone a boost. We’re confident of beating another title challenger again.”

In the previous fixture against Chelmsford, Ilford were beaten by seven wickets at their Valentines Park base.

The hosts could only put 120 runs on the board that day and Hafeez believes that is an area the team must improve in if they are to get the better of the leaders.

“If we’re batting first then we need to get more runs on the board than last time, but it’s a more fielder friendly pitch at their place so a lot will depend on the wicket.

“We might have Aron Nijjar back playing for us this weekend which will be a huge boost to our chances if he does.

“They’ve got a good leg spinner in their squad who has been doing well for them, but we have plans in place to ensure we get the right result.”

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