Ilford’s Tavarasa ‘disappointed’ with Colchester defeat

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 August 2017

Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: TGS Photo)

Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: TGS Photo)

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Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa is ‘disappointed’ with his side’s performance as they slipped to Essex League Premier Division defeat in a rain-affected match at Colchester’s Castle Park.

The visitors had reached 101-5 when the weather intervened and an early tea was taken.

Both sides lost 11 of their 50-over allocation as a result and Ilford were all out for 154, with Mohammad Ahktar (28) their top scorer.

Tavarasa said: “It was disappointing on a flat wicket we should have scored more than we did, we were out for 154.

“The rain intervention didn’t help us, but that’s no excuse we batted poorly.”

Colchester were set a revised target of 149 from 39 overs in reply and Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa (2-13) struck with the first and fourth balls of their innings.

“We bowled really well,” he admitted.

Hussnain Kazmi had success at the other end to leave the hosts 10-3, with Haaris Ayub dismissing the dangerous Jack Hebron with the score on 34.

“Myself, Haaris and Mo bowled really well,” Tavarasa said.

“They still won it with an over to spare and out batting is not been good this season at all, so we need to correct that.”

Colchester lost two more wickets without addition to find themselves in deep trouble at 34-6, before Ollie Lovejoy put on 61 with Darren Eckford.

Ahktar (2-35) struck again to raise Ilford’s hopes, but Eckford held firm to finish unbeaten on 63 and seal a three-wicket win.

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