Ilford’s Tavarasa ‘confident’ of an upset against Shenfield

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 July 2017

Ilford openers Nishad Gabhawala (left) and Saurav Prabhakar (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford openers Nishad Gabhawala (left) and Saurav Prabhakar (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa is in confident mood ahead of their Essex League Premier Division fixture against Shenfield.

Tavarasa and his side travel to Shenfield on Saturday (12.30pm) and are looking to pull off an upset in a tough match.

“I’m pretty confident as we have had good games against them before – we just need to perform the way we can,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough test, but we have had a few good games against them in the last few years.

“They’re a tough team to play against obviously, but hopefully we can bring back those good days of beating them this weekend.”

Ilford, following their 71-run win at Southend last weekend, should have Essex star Ashar Zaidi back in the line-up but will still be without captain Shahzad Hafeez.

“Pleased to welcome back Ash, as he’s always a big boost,” added Tavarasa.

“Shaz is missing again, but this is a good chance for everyone to perform well against a good side.”

Tavarasa also spoke about stepping into the captain’s role briefly, while also praising the Shenfield team and their key players.

“This is my only club so to captain the side is great,” he added. “I’m just filling in for now and have been told he (Shaz) should be back in two or three weeks.

“Shenfield have a lot of good players, Matt Salisbury, who has been playing for Hampshire, the young lad Jack Plom as well, he is really impressing this season. They’ve got some quality cricketers.”

The stand-in skipper is now looking forward to the challenge and believes it could determine how their season pans out.

“It should be a good game and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

“The next game will tell us how far away we are from the top four teams, as we’re still only a few points off second.”

Tavarasa admits the next stint of games could make or break their campaign and their bid to finish in the top half of the table.

“The next five or six games are crucial to us as we could be in the top five if they go our way and that’s our aim,” he said.

“We obviously want to win the championship, but to finish top five and build a good core was our aim, then we can build from that and have a good few years.”

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