Ilford’s Tavarasa keen to prove a point against Shenfield

PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 September 2017

Ilford's Theeban Tavarasa appeals for a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Ilford's Theeban Tavarasa appeals for a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa is keen to prove a point against Shenfield despite having nothing left to play for on the last day of the Essex League Premier Division season.

Tavarasa’s men have home advantage at Valentines Park and are looking to pay Shenfield back for defeat earlier in the season.

“Shenfield beat us earlier in the season and we want to prove a point to them by winning this time round,” said Tavarasa.

“We have nothing to play for now as we’re away from relegation, but hopefully we can build into next year and keep implementing what we’ve been doing in the last three weeks.”

Ilford will be without Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi and Saf Imtiaz, but Tavarasa believes it’s an opportunity for some of the club’s youngsters to step up and play a match with no pressure.

They are expecting to pick two of the club’s youngsters, with one being confirmed as 15-year-old Prahathen Jayrooban, after he impressed in pre-season and for the seconds all season.

“We will give a few youngsters a chance to make their debuts,” Tavarasa said.

“It’s an opportunity for two youngsters to come up and show what they’ve got.

“Prahathen impressed us in pre-season, in the T20 and has done well for the twos.”

The key bowler also admitted they will not be going in unprepared as they know Shenfield have an impressive young side.

“Shenfield are fifth in the table and want to finish as high as possible yet,” he said.

“They have a very good team and always seem to finish in the top half consistently, which is something I personally want to get us doing year after year.

“They’ve got players like Jack Plom who plays for England under-19s and I’ve heard he’s playing and also heard Matt Salisbury, who plays for Hampshire, is available, so they will be very strong.”

Ilford go into the clash after securing their safety in the top flight with a comfortable 10-wicket win over Southend.

“We needed to win so we didn’t have to go into the final match against Shenfield having to worry,” said Tavarasa.

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