Ilford’s Tavarasa praises Wanstead ahead of their clash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 August 2017

Ilford's Ashar Zaidi looks on as Aron Nijjar bowls for Wanstead during their earlier meeting this season (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford's Ashar Zaidi looks on as Aron Nijjar bowls for Wanstead during their earlier meeting this season (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa praised Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead ahead of their derby clash this weekend.

Tavarasa and his side host the defending champions at Valentines Park on Saturday and he is hoping they can finally break their losing streak on home turf.

“Wanstead are arguably one of the best four clubs in the country,” he said.

“They have a very good team led by Joe Ellis-Grewal, they have some very experienced players and lots of county players and just all-round quality players like Hassan Chowdhury.”

Tavarasa also believes being underdogs could play into their favour as they desperately search for a win to break their rotten run.

“We’re looking forward to this derby match,” he added.

“We’re the underdogs, but we all love an underdog story, so it would be great to get one over Wanstead.”

Tavarasa admitted that his side now go into their favourite format of games and hope it can help keep them away from relegation.

“We’re back into timed games which I always think is our strongest suit,” he added.

“In the last three to four years we have been very bad in the one-day games and it was the same this year as we only won one.

“On our day we are just as good as anyone.

“We definitely need a win, as we’re only 20 points away from relegation.”

Ilford are expected to put out the same line-up that suffered a three-wicket defeat to second-placed Brentwood.

“We’ll probably have the same team as last weekend. If I’m honest this is the strongest team we have available,” added Tavarasa.

“We are missing one or two, but you’re normally always missing a few to injuries or other commitments.”

Ilford only have four games left this season and Tavarasa hopes to avoid getting dragged into a relegation battle, adding: “I would be happy to just stay away from relegation after our recent form and then regroup for next year.

“We’re under pressure and we’re feeling it, but then it doesn’t matter if you’re at the top or the bottom you’re always under pressure to perform well.”

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