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Ilford’s Tavarasa delighted to upset Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 August 2017

Theeban Tavarasa in bowling action for Ilford (pic TGS Photo)

Theeban Tavarasa in bowling action for Ilford (pic TGS Photo)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa is in high spirits after his side caused a massive upset by beating the Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead at Valentines Park.

The club were inspired by a superb bowling display from Ashar Zaidi and Tavarasa believes the win gives them confidence.

The Essex all-rounder, having played in the Natwest T20 Blast at Sussex the night before, ran through the visiting line-up to finish with figures of 13.2-4-18-7 as the Herons were skittled for 59.

“We’re so happy that we won a game of cricket after so long,” Tavarasa said.

“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.”

The left-arm spinner’s haul included a hat-trick, as he removed Mohammed Fayyaz Khan, Adnan Akram and Jonathan Das with successive deliveries.

Hussnain Kazmi (2-10) had struck early with the new ball, after Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal won the toss and chose to bat.

Zaidi’s haul reduced the visitors to 38-8, before tailenders Zain Shahzad and Jack Lord reached double figures.

“If Zaidi bowls well, he bowls exceptionally well and he didn’t give away anything,” Tavarasa added.

“He helps us all round batting and bowling.

“I personally think he is our top signing at Ilford for the last 20 years.”

Fayyaz Khan (4-23) and Ellis-Grewal reduced Ilford to 17-4, before Saf Imtiaz and Nishad Deven Gabhawala (28 not out) put on 40 for the fifth wicket to take Ilford to the brink of their five-wicket triumph.

“At one stage we were at 17-4 when we lost Zaidi, but Nishad (Deven Gabhawala) and Saf Imtiaz batted really well to get us back on track.

“We took the 20 points and it was a much needed win after our recent form.”

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