Cricket: Shenfield captain Jack Kliber disappointed with heavy defeat to Ilford
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 May 2018
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Shenfield Cricket Club captain Jack Kliber is disappointed with heavy 88 run defeat to Ilford in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash at Valentines Park.
Kliber lost the toss to Ilford skipper Theeban Tavarasa who chose to bat but saw openers Harsh Kumar and Akash Raji dismissed cheaply by Charlie Haddon and Jack Plom.
Haddon (2-29) struck again to leave the hosts 38-3, with Mohammad Ahktar and Shane Snater falling to Mitchell Edwards to make it 87-5.
But Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi held firm and struck two sixes and 12 fours to reach 92 off 110 balls before becoming the fourth victim for Edwards to leave Ilford 155-7.
Haaris Ayub and Vikrant Venkathesan both reached double figures to lift the total to 197, as Edwards finished with 5-40 from his 21 overs.
“Very much so, very disappointed with that match, I mean there were a couple stages in the game where we were right on top but they had their Essex guy Zaidi playing,” Kliber said.
“We knew he was going to be dangerous and credit to him he played really well and his 90 odd runs were the difference.”
Kliber did heap praise on bowler Edwards who took five wickets for his side in the match.
“Mitch was really good once again and he has been rewarded with an Essex Two’s call up this week and has started the season so well for us.”
Shenfield lost Alan Jones and Ollie Ekers cheaply to Snater and Tavarasa.
Captain Jack Kliber was dismissed by Zaidi, with Ryan Plom bowled by Tavarasa to make it 23-4.
Tom Ballington helped Edwards (23) steady the ship, before three more wickets fell in quick succession to Zaidi and Tavarasa.
Tom Austin (35 off 41 balls) and Garry Sapsford dug in to share 51 for the eighth wicket, only for Shenfield to lose their last three wickets without further addition to their total as they were dismissed for 109, with the wickets shared between Tavarasa (4-27), Snater (3-21), Ahktar (2-4) and Zaidi (2-42).
“Tom Austin came in and with Garry Sapsford they dug in and it’s that sort of character we needed to show the whole way through to get a better result.”