Tavarasa insists Ilford must end batting struggles soon to avoid a relegation battle

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 July 2018

Ashar Zaidi plundered 128 runs for Ilford last weekend, but will miss the trip to Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ashar Zaidi plundered 128 runs for Ilford last weekend, but will miss the trip to Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Theeban Tavarasa is hoping Ilford’s trip to Shenfield in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division on Saturday marks an end to the club’s batting struggles.

The Valentines Park outfit have found runs hard to come by this term, passing 200 just once in their last five innings in the league.

That form has seen Ilford fall down the standings after a promising start to the campaign, and Tavarasa knows his team must start performing with the bat to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.

“Having confidence in something is one thing, but it is another thing altogether actually doing it,” he said.

“We’ll have Akash Raji and Saf Imtiaz back, which will strengthen our batting line-up.

“There are going to be tough times with a young team, but we need to start batting out the full 50 overs and not be bowled out before the end.

“From the openers down to the tailend, we all have to take responsibility and we need people to start chipping in with half-centuries.”

At home to Billericay last Saturday, Ilford suffered a five-wicket defeat despite a stunning century from Ashar Zaidi.

Zaidi turned 37 on Friday and delivered something of a late birthday bonanza the following day when plundering 128 off 114 balls as the Valentines Park outfit were all out for 196.

Tavarasa acknowledged it was a scintillating knock from the Essex spinner, but was disappointed it ultimately counted for little.

“We scored 196 in 40 overs, so it shows it was a good wicket and we could’ve got a big score if we saw out those final 60 balls.

“It’s something we need to learn from, especially as we come towards the run-in to the end of the season when we want to be looking up, not down.

“If we had a partner that stuck around with Ash, we could have got a good score and it could have been completely different against Billericay.”

Zaidi was also on form when Ilford last played Shenfield in May as he top scored with 92 in an 88-run victory for the Valentines Park outfit.

However, with the 37-year-old set to feature for Essex Eagles against Hampshire in the Vitality Blast on Saturday, he is set to miss Ilford’s game in the league this weekend.

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