Ilford’s Tavarasa admits team should have been better this season

PUBLISHED: 08:38 14 September 2017

Ilford's Theeban Tavarasa appeals for a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Ilford's Theeban Tavarasa appeals for a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa admits the team should have been better throughout the 2017 season.

Tavarasa and his team-mates lost to Shenfield on the last day of the season to finish seventh in the Essex League Premier Division.

“I think on the whole there is a lot of improvement needed,” he admitted.

“On paper we’re a very strong side and I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish in the top five.

“I’m hoping to do a lot better next season as the team we have is not a seventh-place side by any stretch.”

The bowler, who stood in as captain for a lot of games this season, believes the club have let themselves down in the limited-overs games in the last four years and need to address the problem.

“We’ve only won nine games out of about 30 games in the last four years and that is something we need to look at in the winter and address,” he added.

“We have a strong core of youth and experience, but we need everyone to start stepping up and performing as a group every week.”

Tavarasa didn’t want to single out any specific problem with their performances and just wanted to focus on making sure they improve all round during this off-season.

“I don’t want to pin-point bad displays on our batting or bowling, as we lose as a team and win as a team, but we know as a whole group we need to be better and perform well,” he said.

Ilford capped off their season with a four-run loss to Shenfield but Tavarasa said although frustrating it was a good chance to give some youngsters an outing.

“It was one of those things that it’s frustrating to lose, but great for our youngsters to get a game and experience what the Premier Division is about and I’m sure they enjoyed it,” he said.

“It was a perfect game for the whole group to get involved in the game as well and it was really pleasing to see Haaris Ayub get 50.”

Tavarasa took five wickets himself and was pleased with the way his side bowled against the fourth-place outfit.

“I’m happy with the way we bowled,” he concluded.

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