Essex League Premier Division: Ilford ready for Hornchurch even if Essex star Ashar Zaidi is absent

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 June 2017

Essex's Ashar Zaidi in batting action for Ilford against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Essex's Ashar Zaidi in batting action for Ilford against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Spinner Theeban Tavarasa talks up the talented youngster at Valentines Park and urges them to take their first-team chances

Ilford players look on during their innings against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). Ilford players look on during their innings against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ilford may be without Essex’s Ashar Zaidi for Saturday’s Essex League Premier Division home match against Hornchurch and Theeban Tavarasa feels they must find a way of winning when the talented all-rounder is absent.

The Valentines Park club are sixth in the table with 76 points after winning two of their opening six league fixtures.

Zaidi played a key role on both occasions when Ilford tasted success in the division, but if the former Sussex ace is absent on Saturday, Tavarasa is looking for one of the club’s youngsters to grasp their opportunity.

He said: “Hornchurch are very similar to us and mid-table and I have been told they are missing one or two players.

“We might not have Ashar. It depends on Essex, but we need to work out a way of playing without him anyway.

“If Ashar doesn’t play then we might have to get a youngster from the twos, so it will be a good opportunity for someone to come in and do well.

“It is all about getting your chance. When I started playing I was 15 or 16 and 15 years later I am still here playing first-team cricket, so this is how it starts. People need to grab their opportunities.”

Tavarasa is filling in for regular captain Shaz Hafeez at the moment, who is out with a heel problem.

The spinner revealed Ilford are aiming to achieve a top-five finish this season, but is aware they must improve against the best teams.

Ilford’s three Premier Division defeats in 2017 have come to the current top three and on Saturday they host fourth-placed Hornchurch.

After losing by five wickets last weekend to Wanstead, Tavarasa is eager to see his young side learn from their mistakes.

He added: “We have made a decent start to the season and our three losses have been against the top teams in Chelmsford, Brentwood and Wanstead, so it is not too bad.

“Wanstead have a couple of Essex lads playing for them and some good youngsters, but if we want to compete against them, we need to be better.

“Obviously you can’t go too hard on the youngster, but you just need them to learn from these experiences.”

Although Tavarasa was disappointed to lose at Wanstead on Saturday, there were some positives for Ilford to draw from the defeat.

Youngster Hamza Muhammad scored an unbeaten 26 to bounce back following ducks against Brentwood and Colchester.

Kalpesh Chandracant also made the most of his chance to bowl more than previously and took 1-54 from his nine overs at Overton Drive.

Tavarasa added: “This experience is good for the youngsters and Hamza came in at eight and got 26 not out.

“Stuff like that is a positive and allows us to look back when we go home and be happy and Kalpesh bowled pretty well.

“He’s not bowled as much as he would have liked because we have played on a lot of spinning wickets.

“Against Wanstead he did well and all of our youngsters can go away and think about what they could have done better and come back stronger next time.

“The season is only six games old and we have 12 matches to come so if we can go strong over that period you never know what can happen. Our aim is to finish in the top five.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

Essex (206 & 88-4) trail Nottinghamshire (380 & 266) by 352 runs

After an excellent win at Chelmsford last weekend, spirits are high for Billy Gordon’s team ahead of Saturday’s game against Ilford


Dunlop MSA British Touring Car rookie Bobby Thompson will tackle the 2.13-mile Croft circuit for the first time in competitive racing this weekend as the record-setting 60th anniversary season of Britain’s premier domestic race series reaches its half way point.


Brazil and Costa Rica were winless in their opening matches at the World Cup and were both hoping for their first victory of the tournament at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.


Valentines Park side looking to bounce back after 93-run loss at home to Chingford last weekend


Shenfield captain Jack Kliber says it’s not time to panic as they face basement club Southend-on-Sea this weekend.


Wood head into weekend three points adrift of a promotion spot

It has been a tough few weeks for the recently relegated side, but performances have been improving this month


The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now