Tavarasa demands another triumph from Ilford after ending long wait for victory
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 August 2018
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Valentines Park outfit beat Southend-on-Sea & EMT by two wickets last time out
Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa hopes his team can grab another success at home to Brentwood on Saturday after ending a long wait for a win in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division last weekend.
The Valentines Park outfit ended a run of five straight defeats in the league by recording an eight-wicket win at Southend-on-Sea & EMT last Saturday.
That result lifted Ilford back up to fifth in the table, and Tavarasa now wants his side to get back on a good run of form after ending their losing streak.
“Winning any game is important and hopefully we can now get back into the habit of winning games,” he said.
“Brentwood are a good side in all areas of the game, so it should be a really good test for us on Saturday.”
Against Southend last week, Ilford were inspired by a strong bowling display from Arshad Haroon.
The overseas signing took 4-40 in his final game for the Valentines Park club as the hosts were all out for 156.
And Tavarasa was pleased Haroon was able to sign off from his time with Ilford in fine style.
“Arshad did really well in our his last game for us, but we hope to have Shane Snater back which will be a boost for us,” he added.
“It has been tough at times this season with players coming in and out of the side, but it has given those coming in a chance to prove themselves.
“It’s great having players playing for Essex and for their countries, but the strength in depth we have is something we might have to think about going forward.”
Harsh Kumar then top scored with an unbeaten 52 as Ilford completed their chase inside 28 overs.
Kumar who is another who is unavailable for the game with Brentwood, but Tavarasa was nonetheless pleased with his knock at Southend.
“Harsh played really well and it was a really good wicket for him to bat on,” added the skipper.
“He deserved an innings like that for the way he has played recently and I’m pleased for him.”
Ilford are also expected to be without the likes of Ashar Zaidi, Saf Imtiaz and Gurdeep Kandola for the game with Brentwood.
But with confidence high following last weekend’s win against Southend, Tavarasa believes his side can grab another success.