Ilford’s Tavarasa disappointed with Brentwood defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 August 2017

Mohammad Ahktar in batting action for Ilford (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Mohammad Ahktar in batting action for Ilford (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa disappointed as his side fell to yet another defeat to Essex League Premier Division high flyers Brentwood.

The hosts suffered a three wicket defeat after being put into bat by the visitors at Valentines Park on Saturday.

Thomas Moore made the breakthrough with the ball, before Max Osborne (2-42) and Charlie Griffiths (2-45) nabbed braces to reduce the hosts to 92-5.

Mohammad Ahktar hit 51 off 62 balls for Ilford, before Nishad Deven Gabhawala (43) and Saurav Prabhakaer (31) put on 52 for the sixth wicket.

Ian Belchamber ended their stand and Moore (2-26) picked up another scalp as Ilford were dismissed for 183.

“We’re really disappointed with the way we batted,” Tavarasa said.

“We went into bat first and had a decent start, but it was the same story as our last nine games as once we lost one wicket, we normally lose a few in a row.”

Brentwood slipped to 51-3 in reply, as Theeban Tavarasa, Haaris Ayub and Ahktar all had success with the ball.

Anthony Alleyne (32) put on 50 with Essex youngster Rishi Patel, who hit a six and seven fours on his way to a decisive innings of 73 from 80 balls.

Osborne finished unbeaten on 30, from 33 balls, having hit two sixes and a four as the visitors secured a three-wicket win with seven balls to spare to keep on the heels of Wanstead.

“I thought we bowled really well,” he said.

“In the first few overs we limited them to a low score, but we still need to take more crucial wickets to beat a team like Brentwood.”

Ilford will now face league leaders Wanstead this weekend.

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