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Ilford’s Tavarasa keen to face high flyers Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 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’s Theeban Tavarasa is looking forward to their game against Essex League Premier Division high flyers Brentwood this weekend.

Tavarasa and his side play host to second-placed Brentwood on Saturday and he admitted they are keen to keep up their good home form at Valentines Park.

“We’re looking forward to it,” he said.

“We just need to bowl well together and bat well all round.”

The skipper also believes his side must be confident going into the match and said they could be boosted by two key players returning to the line-up.

“We have to be confident going into every match now,” he added.

“Ashar Zaidi is back in the line-up and Gurdeep Kandola is coming back, which is a boost as he’s our number three batsmen. With Ash he can bat and bowl well.”

But the captain did also admit the pressure is now on his side after losing yet another game last weekend to league strugglers Colchester at Castle Park.

“We go into the last six games with a little bit of pressure on us, as we have only won one in our last nine games,” he said.

Tavarasa heaped praise on this weekend’s rivals and believes their next two fixtures against the top two sides – Brentwood and Wanstead – will be tricky.

“They’re a good all round team, they have players like Aaron West, who has scored big for them over the last few years,” he said.

“They have Rishi Patel who plays for Essex twos and they have the young lad Charlie Griffths who is having a good season. We have two tough games coming up, but if we can win one of those we will be safe I think.”

Ilford are sinking closer to the relegation spots each week, but Tavarasa isn’t hitting the panic button yet, as five of their last six league matches are on home turf at Valentines Park.

“The last six games we’re playing five of them are at home,” he confirmed.

“We have won most of our games at home anyway, so that’s a boost for us.”

Ilford host Joe Buttleman’s Brentwood from 12.30pm on Saturday.

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