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Rainham hoping to cause a shock at unbeaten leaders Springfield

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 July 2018

Rainham captain Jas Hothi in batting action (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Rainham captain Jas Hothi in batting action (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Jas Hothi has told his team to play with freedom at Coronation Park this weekend

Rainham cricket club are looking to recruit more players for all age groups (pic: Rainham CC).Rainham cricket club are looking to recruit more players for all age groups (pic: Rainham CC).

Rainham captain Jas Hothi is excited to see how his team fare on Saturday at T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division leaders Springfield.

The Spring Farm Park club travel to the only unbeaten side left hoping to cause a big upset at Coronation Park.

After losing at home to local rivals Goresbrook last time out, Rainham are hoping to have a positive response, but know Saturday will be tough.

Hothi said: “Winning 11 out of 11 shows how good they are, but to be honest there is no pressure on us.

“We just need to go there, play with freedom and see what happens on the day. If we can enjoy our cricket, then I will be happy.

“Springfield and Bentley seem in a league of their own, but if we could beat one of them before the end of the season it would really be the icing on the cake for our first year in the Premier.”

During the earlier meeting between the clubs, Rainham were able to bowl the leaders out for 163, but scuppered to 105 in reply.

While it was disappointing to let such a good chance of a statement victory slide, Hothi is thinking of ways which his team can pull off a surprise.

He added: “Springfield probably have the two best batsmen in the league and their top order are very good.

“I guess if we could get through them early and test their middle order we may actually find they are a little bit undercooked.

“We know they are a great side, but we believe in ourselves and have a great opportunity to try and be the first team to beat them this season on Saturday.”

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