Ilford’s Tavarasa ‘confident’ his side can pick up victory against strong Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 July 2017

Saf Imtiaz in batting action for Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Saf Imtiaz in batting action for Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Stand-in Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa is confident his side can turn around their fortunes against Essex League Premier Division high-flyers Chelmsford this weekend.

Tavarasa’s men host Chelmsford tomorrow (Saturday) and are hoping to end their recent struggling form.

The current skipper believes the home side should be boosted by the return of wicketkeeper Saf Imtiaz to the line-up for the fixture at Valentines Park.

“I’m pretty confident we can turn it round and get a win, as losing will become a habit otherwise,” he said.

“Saf will be back in the line-up and make us stronger. Apart from that we will have the same team as our last match.

“It is one of the strongest teams we have put out this season, as we’re always missing someone you through exams, injury or other commitments.”

Tavarasa believes it is a good time to have to play one of the league favourites in Chelmsford, after their recent dip in form, despite winning last time out against Colchester.

“Chelmsford won their last game but before that they lost three or four,” added Tavarasa.

“For me they have one of the best units on the circuit. They have a couple of decent spinners, so it will be a good challenge for our young batters and it should be a good match.”

Tavarasa also admitted that Ilford need to start beating teams above them if they want to finish in the top half of the league table this season.

“To be in the top five we need to beat teams in the top three, so we have to start doing that,” he added.

“We know we have to out-bat and out-bowl them to win.

“We had a few harsh words in the changing room after the (Shenfield) game, so hopefully everyone will be ready.”

Tavarasa has been studying the current table this week and believes Ilford are still in a decent position to achieve their goals.

“We have 108 points and the top of the table is on about 150,” he said.

“It’s not much as if we can get two good wins we could be right back up there.

“If we look at the first half of the season we were outplayed by Wanstead and Brentwood, but I wouldn’t say we were by anyone else. We just need to cope with the pressure and step up to it.”

The 50-over match starts at 12.30pm.

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