Tavarasa concedes Ilford lost out to a ‘good team’ in Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 July 2018

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

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

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The Valentines Park club suffered an 85-run loss to their nearest rivals, but remain fifth in the table

Theeban Tavarasa is hopeful Ilford’s loss to Wanstead in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday will be a learning curve for his young side.

A low-scoring contest at Valentines Park went the way of the visitors after they won by 85 runs.

Ilford had dismissed Wanstead for 202, when they were well set on 116-1, but a poor display with the bat, not for the first time this year, saw them dismissed for 117.

Captain Tavarasa said: “The story of our season is we haven’t had a guy go on and get a big score.

“Ash (Zaidi) has been doing well when he has played for us, but no one has scored a big hundred or a match-winning fifty in a one-day game yet, so with nine games to go, we have to improve in that area.

“We have 119 points, if we can double it and get 238 come the end of game 18 we should comfortably be fifth.

“Obviously we’ve lost to Wanstead, but there are good things to look at and it is not the be all and end all.

“We have such a young team and a few of the guys are only in their first year at the club, so we are still learning and these things happen. I am disappointed we lost, but we did lose to a good team.”

Tavarasa was pleased with the way Ilford fought back when Wanstead looked set for a big score.

When Kishen Velani (72) and Bilal Patel (46) were at the crease, the Herons were on course for a score in excess of 200, but the home skipper picked up 2-41 while Zaidi took 2-19 and Mohammad Ahktar (3-47) helped clean up the tail.

Unfortunately Ilford’s chase never really got going and although Essex all-rounder Zaidi hit 33, the next best score was 23 from number eight Haaris Ayub.

It resulted in the hosts’ losing to their nearest rivals and the result sees them remain in fifth position.

“To be honest, the way Wanstead started we were looking at chasing around 270, but the way Ash bowled, Haaris and others bowled we pulled it back quite well,” said Tavarasa.

“At halfway, I thought chasing 203 we could get home because one end at our ground is very small, we literally have a 15 metre boundary, so I thought if someone gets stuck in we could cruise it, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”

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