Ilford hope to signal intent by beating rivals Wanstead
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 July 2018
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Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa believes defeating Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead & Snaresbrook would show the Valentines Park club are to be taken seriously in this season’s title race.
The two London Borough of Redbridge rivals meet on Saturday, with Ilford hosting the Herons.
The Valentines Park outfit currently sit fifth in the standings after a 125-run defeat at Chelmsford last weekend.
However, just 16 points separate Ilford from Wanstead at the top of the table, and Tavarasa is looking to inflict a second successive league defeat on the leaders, who were beaten by four wickets at home to Hornchurch last weekend.
“It’s a local derby, so there’s always going to be a bit more riding on the game,” he said.
“They’re top, but there’s not much of a points difference to us and hopefully we can close that gap with a win this weekend.
“Wanstead are a very talented team, but they lost to Hornchurch at the weekend and we beat them a couple of weeks ago, so that gives us confidence.
“We’re still the underdogs heading into the game, but we want to prove we’re good enough for a title challenge by winning, rather than being a mid-table side.”
At Chelmsford last weekend, Ilford lost the toss and were put into the field, but restricted their hosts to 220-8 as Haaris Ayub took 4-62.
However, Ilford never got going in reply and were all out for 95 as Ayub top scored with 19.
Tavarasa admits losing the toss again did not help Ilford away from home, but knows their batting has to improve in the coming weeks.
“Losing the toss against Chelmsford didn’t help and that’s something I’m hoping improves in the coming weeks as I haven’t had the best of records,” he added.
“I don’t believe we’ve put a foot wrong with our bowling and fielding this season, and that’s saved us in some games.
“We know we need to bat better, especially in the current format as it’s all about who can get the most runs.
“We’re maybe a step behind in that department at the minute, but I’m confident we can improve.”
Tavarasa will hope that improvement comes for Ilford against Wanstead on Saturday.
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