Tavarasa believes Ilford will see big change in fortunes before season comes to end
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 August 2018
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Valentines Park outfit lost by 48 runs at home to Hadleigh & Thundersley last weekend
Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa is confident results will start to pick up over the run-in to the end of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season, starting with Saturday’s trip to Southend-on-Sea & EMT.
The Valentines Park outfit have been in poor form of late and have lost each of their five games in the league, though still sit two places and 34 points clear of the relegation zone.
The latest defeat for Ilford came at home to Hadleigh & Thundersley last Saturday, with the Valentines Park outfit losing by 48 runs.
Despite the defeat, there were periods when Ilford looked like they could have got the better of Hadleigh.
Tavarasa admits there was a sense of what might have been after that loss, but knows his team can ill-afford to dwell on the result for too long.
“We have to dust ourselves done, go again and hopefully do well in the final six games of the season,” he said.
“The aim for us is still to finish in the top five, which is still very much achievable, or we could still get dragged back into the relegation battle.
“It could go either way, but of course we believe we can still do what we need to do and finish in the top five.”
Against Hadleigh last week, Ilford were without two of their key men in the form of Shane Snater and Ashar Zaidi.
Snater was away on international duty, representing the Netherlands against Nepal and the MCC, while Zaidi’s Essex commitments have seen him miss several games this term.
Had either one of the pair featured last weekend, they may well have inspired the Valentines Park outfit to a victory.
Tavarasa is pleased Ilford players are getting recognition while playing for the club, but knows it hampers the team’s chances of success.
“It’s great that we have these players at the club who play for their country or the county, but we do miss them when they’re not playing for us,” he added.
“We struggling with the availability of our senior players, but I’m sure we’ll come good in the end.”
Ilford also had some special guests at Valentines Park last Sunday as former England Test cricketers Nasser Hussain and Sajid Mahmood watched their six-wicket friendly success against Ilford Town.
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