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Hothi knows Rainham can’t afford to get carried away

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 July 2018

Rainham all-rounder Jon O'Neill walks off after being dismissed at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Rainham all-rounder Jon O'Neill walks off after being dismissed at Bentley (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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After ending June with back-to-back wins, Rainham will seek a third on Saturday at Canvey Island

Jas Hothi wants Rainham to try and remain grounded ahead of this weekend’s trip to Canvey Island in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division.

The Spring Farm Park club made it back-to-back wins on Saturday with a last over victory against fierce rivals Aythorpe Roding.

After their dramatic one-wicket win, Rainham have moved up to third, but they know the table can change very quickly, especially with seventh-placed Goresbrook not too far behind them.

Hothi said: “We want to keep our momentum going. We have been playing some good cricket of late and our last two wins have been against really good sides.

“At the same time, we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves just yet. We are confident, but we know Goresbrook are only 10 points behind us.

“It is so tight in this little mini-league in the middle of the table, so we need to keep going and keep getting results because we want to finish as high as possible.”

When Rainham and Canvey did battle on the opening day of the season, on May 5, the visitors won after defending a total of 105 at Spring Farm Park.

It was the fifth time Hothi’s side have lost to the Essex club since they were in Division Two back in 2014 when the Islanders clinched promotion and the title.

Rainham also lost twice in 2016 when both clubs were in Division One – another year where Canvey claimed the title and went up.

Now they are Premier rivals, Hothi is desperate to finally get one over the fifth-placed side.

We have never beaten Canvey, but we are playing as well as we have done and we are full of confidence, so we have a great chance of breaking that duck on Saturday,” added the captain.

“They are a top side with really good opening bowlers, so we know what to expect from them and it won’t be easy, but confidence is high and it is about time we beat them so hopefully we can do it.”

As Hothi mentioned, Rainham’s spirit is extremely positive after their one-wicket success against Aythorpe Roding on Saturday.

Jon O’Neill’s 3-22 was backed up by Biren Patel (3-43) to restrict the visitors to 186-8 from their 45 overs at Spring Farm Park.

Rainham’s chase seemed to be going well with Rushi Patel (49) and Garnet Shallow (27) at the crease, but when they went, it was left to Hothi to get his team home.

The captain didn’t disappoint either and finished on 53 not out as they won with three balls left.

“It was one of the best victories we’ve had for a long while and it was special given how dramatic it was,” said Hothi.

“We normally lose the really tight games, so that helped make it that extra bit special for us. It was a great feeling.”

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