Ilford’s Tavarasa pleased with Southend victory

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 July 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 stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa is pretty pleased with his side’s 71-run win at Southend in their latest Essex League Premier Division outing.

The skipper believes the result was extra-special considering the side was missing their two big hitters captain Shahzad Hafeez and Essex star Ashar Zaidi.

“The game was pretty pleasing, as we were without Zaidi and Shaz who are the top two scorers for us,” Tavarasa said.

“We batted incredibly well to get the result.”

Put into bat by the home side, they saw Saurav Prabhakar (24) put on 70 with Nishad Deven Gabhawala, who added another 150 with Gurdeep Kandola.

The impressive Gabhawala hit a six and 16 fours in his 135 from just 105 balls, with Mohammad Ahktar (29) also chipping in, and Kandola made 78 from 102 deliveries, with six fours, as the visitors closed on a challenging score of 323-5.

And Tavarasa had nothing but praise for starting battsmen on his performance.

“He is coming to the party now, last game against Hornchurch he got 68 and was very unlucky to get out,” he admitted.

“This game he could have got a couple hundred, he was that good.”

Hussnain Kazmi struck the first blow with the ball in Southend’s reply, with Kalpesh Chandracant also having some success, before Tom Phillippe (61) and Harry Ridgewell (50) put on 93 for the third wicket.

Ahktar (3-46) made the breakthrough and had good support from Haaris Ayub (2-37), before Kazmi (3-51) came back into the attack to claim two more wickets in the space of three balls.

“Our bowling went quite well and we got a few early wickets and then our spinners all came to the party to finish the job.

“It was a perfect performance from us.”

Before adding: “Harris, Mo and Hussain were really good and we knew they were going to come really hard at us after our score, so it was nice to see it go well.”

Sam Rowe finished unbeaten on 50 from 54 balls as Southend closed on 252-9.

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