Ilford’s Tavarasa confident of securing another victory against rivals Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 August 2017

Ashar Zaidi in bowling action for Ilford (pic TGS Photo)

Ashar Zaidi in bowling action for Ilford (pic TGS Photo)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa is confident ahead of their clash with Essex League Premier Division Hornchurch this weekend.

Tavarasa and his team-mates travel to Harrow Lodge to face the fourth-placed outfit on Saturday and will be hoping to continue their current form after beating leaders Wanstead last weekend.

“To beat a team like Wanstead, who are the team to beat in this league, we now know we can beat anyone,” he said.

“These are the games we need to win, especially as they beat us by five runs last time we played each other.”

Tavarasa believes Ilford cannot be too confident as he praised the Hornchurch team for their efforts and talked up skipper Roy Smith and talented Billy Gordon ahead of the match.

“They’re winning games and they’re sitting fourth in the table,” he admitted.

“Every team is a hard game in this league, though.

“They have some solid cricket players like Roy Smith and Billy Gordon in their line-up. They rely on them two to do well, but they also have good spinners as well.”

Ilford will be without Saf Imtiaz, but are hoping Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi will be in the line-up, after taking seven wickets to inspire them to victory against fierce rivals Wanstead.

“Zaidi should be with us again this week,” Tavarasa said.

“Saf Imtiaz is missing, but it will be an opportunity for one of the youngsters from the twos to step up and show what they’ve got.”

Tavarasa and his Ilford side picked up their first win in nine weeks and it happened to be against the league leaders.

They were inspired by Essex staffer Zaidi who ran through the visiting line-up to finish with stunning figures of 13.2-4-18-7 and Tavarasa was delighted with the five-wicket victory.

“We’re so happy that we won a game of cricket after so long!” he added.

“To beat a team like Wanstead is amazing as they’re the team to beat. They’re one of the top four teams in the country, so to beat them was great for us, as we needed the points.

“If someone told me we were going to bowl them out for 59 I would have said it was never going to happen.”

Ilford will be looking to extend the distance between themselves and the drop zone this weekend.

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