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Rainham captain eyeing two lots of bragging rights over local rivals Goresbrook

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 July 2018

Garnet Shallow in batting action for Rainham against Goresbrook (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Garnet Shallow in batting action for Rainham against Goresbrook (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The two local clubs will be very familar with each other come the end of Saturday’s match

Rainham and Goresbrook will do battle twice over the next couple of days and Jas Hothi is eager to make sure his team triumph two times and claim bragging rights.

The first meeting will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 6pm in the Essex Cricket Foundation Participation T20 Cup at May & Baker and it is a precursor ahead of Saturday’s clash at Spring Farm Park.

Hothi’s Rainham will then host their local rivals in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division with the winner set to finish the weekend in third place.

“It will be a tough game, it is a derby, but everyone is really looking forward to it,” said the skipper at Spring Farm Park.

“They are starting to hit form now, but we have won three in a row so our confidence is high.

“We have actually got to play them on Friday in a T20 game, so we will see a lot of each other this weekend and hopefully we can get two wins.”

If Rainham can triumph it will be their fourth victory in a row and second in successive at their Spring Farm Park home.

Last weekend, Hothi took his team to Canvey Island and saw a low-scoring fixture go the way of the visitors in Essex.

Rainham could only get up to 97 with the bat before they were all out and their top score was 33 by extras, but it proved enough.

Bhavik Patel had Canvey in a spin and picked up 5-10 to leave them in trouble at 37-7 when the game took a scheduled break to allow the sides to watch England in the World Cup quarter finals.

After the Three Lions victory over Sweden, Rainham wrapped things up after spin king Biren Patel claimed 3-10 to help dismiss the hosts for 64.

It has boosted the confidence of Hothi’s team and they will take on Goresbrook with several positives to draw on from their last battle.

Back on May 12, Rainham hit 277-6 at May & Baker thanks to 83 from Ronnie Jackson and a fifty by Jon O’Neill, but the rain saw the fixture abandoned before the hosts could come out to bat.

Hothi said: “It is hard to judge much from the first game, but I think it would have boosted our confidence more. Their pitch is an absolute road and the outfield is lightning, so it is very different to Spring Farm Park.

“We know they have a number of good players, but we are going to concentrate on us and hopefully we get another win.”

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