Ilford’s Tavarasa rues missed opportunities in Shenfield defeat

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 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 rues missed opportunities in defeat to Shenfield in their latest Essex League Premier Division outing.

The current skipper believes some of his team-mates stepped up brilliantly to hit big numbers, but admitted their bowling wasn’t good enough and some players didn’t perform.

“We lost the toss, they batted first and we were doing ok until the last eight overs and that’s when they scored more than 100 in those overs,” he said.

“We had to go after 327 and on that wicket we knew it would be hard.”

Shenfield’s stand-in captain Tom Austin chose to bat after winning the toss, but Arshad Ali and Ryan Plom fell cheaply to Hussnain Kazmi (3-73) leave them 33-2.

Jack Potticary held firm and put on 131 for the third wicket with Haris Mahmood, before Haaris Ayub ended his innings on 103, having hit five sixes and 10 fours.

Ayub (2-52) also accounted for Ollie Ekers, with Mahmood falling eight runs short of his century to Mohammad Ahktar after hitting five sixes and nine fours.

Tom Ballington (21) and Jack Plom (21) chipped in, with Matthew Salisbury (58 not out) hitting five sixes and five fours to see Shenfield close on 327-7.

Ilford lost in-form Nishad Deven Gabhawala to the first ball of their reply from Salisbury, but Gurdeep Kandola (36) put on 101 with Saurav Prabhakar before falling to Ali.

Prabhakar went for 59 with the score on 141 and Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi fell for just a dozen runs to Richard Abson-Bennett to give Shenfield a huge lift.

“Nishad and Ash didn’t really contribute, but we still score nearly 300, so that’s a big positive for us,” he admitted.

“If we had bowled better we could have walked away with a win on another day.”

Ahktar hit two sixes and 11 fours in his 83 from 71 balls before being bowled by Jack Plom to make it 248-5, while Akash Raji was run out by Mahmood for a quickfire 30.

Jack Plom (3-59) and Austin (2-49) then shared the last four wickets to fall as Ilford were dismissed for 295 in the 48th over and Tavarasa had nothing but praise for Ahktar.

“I think he batted brilliantly, he got 83 from 71 balls.”

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