Ilford skipper Tavarasa impressed with young side

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 May 2019

Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa impressed with his young squad’s bowling as they picked up a five wicket over local rivals Buckhurst Hill.

Buckhurst Hill chose to bat first at Valentines Park and openers Hendro Puchert (21) and Ryan Karaunakaran (24) both made starts before falling to Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa (2-21).

Ricky Reynolds (21), captain Prashant Chand-Bajpai (34) and Daniel Parkinson (22) also battled hard at the crease as Hill reached 162 in 57 overs.

Mehtab Malik (4-35) and Mohammad Ahktar (4-53) shared the other wickets to fall for Ilford, who had 51 overs to reach their target and got there with a handful to spare.

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They slipped to 52-3 as Roham Bhome (3-55) had early success, but key innings from Akash Raji (34), Ahktar (38) and Harsh Kumar, who hit an unbeaten 55 off 110 balls including a six and five fours, sealed a five-wicket win.

"We bowled quite well, obviously our new recruit Mehtab bowled really well," Tavarasa said.

"The bowlers set the game up quite well and being as we've been batting good it was positive, we batted sensibly and got through.

"The good thing is we got a few with some runs, Harsh played really well, he steadied the ship and batted so well.

"He's only 18 or 19, so the future is looking good."

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