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T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Jas Hothi and Rainham out to show they can handle life with big boys

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 May 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

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The Spring Farm Park club have gone from strength to strength since 2011, but are not content with standing still in the top flight

Jas Hothi is hoping Rainham can pull off a few surprises this season in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division, but are definitely not just there to make up the numbers.

It has been a remarkable few years for the Spring Farm Park club and it culminated in promotion to the top flight in 2017.

Back in 2011 Rainham were in Division Five, but after five promotions, they are now a Premier team and yet Hothi is not finished there.

He said: “We’ve been trying to reach this level for a long time, so it was nice to actually manage it last season.

“I remember when we started out back in Division Five, so it has been a fantastic journey, but we don’t want to be in the Premier Division for a short while.

“We want to stay there and then eventually try to win it in a few years time.”

First things first, Rainham will aim to consolidate this season and adjust to the high level of cricket played in the Premier Division.

While Hothi is fully aware of the challenge at hand, he is hoping his young improving team can surprise a few of the big clubs in 2018.

He admitted: “I just want us to go out there and enjoy it.

“We are a young squad and we are enthusiastic anyway, so we’ll just try to do our best, but I do think we will surprise a few teams.

“They won’t know too much about us, but we know all about them, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage this season.”

Rainham’s confidence is understandable given their success over the last couple of years, but Hothi knows it will only take them so far.

After targeting a place in the Premier Division for such a long time, they must now show they belong there.

“We have been talking about playing at a higher level for years, but now we need to make sure we don’t only talk the talk, but walk the walk,” insisted Hothi.

Rainham warmed up for the new campaign with a trip to the seaside and the team bonding trip has increased the optimism in the camp.

“We went to Brighton for a mini pre-season tour, so that was good and a lot of fun,” said Hothi. “We are all back in the grove now and ready to show what we can do.”

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