Ilford too good for Chingford in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 July 2016

Ashar Zaidi of Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Ashar Zaidi of Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Zaidi impresses again with bat

Ilford's Theeban Tavarasa appeals for a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)Ilford's Theeban Tavarasa appeals for a wicket (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Ilford maintained their good form in the Essex League Premier Division with a comfortable win over near neighbours Chingford.

Half-centuries from Nigel Jacobs and Ashar Zaidi led the way as Ilford amassed 251-7, before Theeban Tavarasa’s four-wicket haul helped bring about an 82-run victory.

Mo Ahktar (27) put on 76 for the first Ilford wicket with Jacobs, who departed for 73 off 77 balls having hit two sixes and 12 fours, to make it 113-2 in the 26th over.

Essex all-rounder Zaidi clubbed two sixes and eight fours in his 59 from just 37 deliveries, as Abid Ali (32) and Saf Imtiaz (37 not out) also contributed with the bat.

Mo Akhtar in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)Mo Akhtar in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

And there were early wickets for captain Shaz Hafeez, Salim Akbar and Zaidi as the home side slipped to 61-3 inside 15 overs.

Zaidi struck again to dismiss Ben MacGregor, taking a return catch off his own bowling, with the total on 86, and Tavarasa got in on the act to dismiss Alfie Taylor and make it 109-5.

The home side rallied with a 53-run stand for their sixth wicket, between Andrew MacGregor and Liam Lanne, but both then fell in quick succession to Tavarasa (4-39), who added the scalp of Chris Baldock.

Ahktar (2-25) then claimed the final two wickets as Chingford were dismissed for 169, having lost their last five batsmen for just seven runs.

A fourth league win of the season sees Shaz Hafeez’s men comfortably in mid-table, some 36 points above the bottom two with eight matches remaining.

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