Bad weather prevents exciting finale between Rainham Cricket Club and Springfield Cricket Club in Mid-Essex League Division One
PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 July 2016
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Jas Hothi impresses with the bat and Nikhil Patel and Garnet Shallow nab braces, but Spring Farm Park clash is abandoned
Rainham were left frustrated on Saturday as the weather prevented them from trying to achieve a third consecutive win in the Mid-Essex League Division One.
Jas Hothi’s men were dismissed for 125 by Springfield seconds, but had the visitors struggling on 68-5 in the 26th over when rain forced the game to be abandoned.
The hosts won the toss at Spring Farm Park and decided to bat first, but lost Sid Patel for just six.
Garnet Sallow and Hothi joined forces and put on a decent partnership before the former was bowled for 14.
Jon O’Neill was next to the crease and smashed 22 off 20 balls in a breezy innings as Rainham looked to score quickly.
Hothi went three short of his half century off 70 balls – his second highest score of the season for the club.
But the lower order struggled with Ronnie Jackison, Daniel Skipper and Nikhil Patel all going without scoring.
Rainham were eventually all out for 125 in the 42nd over, but still harboured hopes of claiming a victory against Springfield.
Nikhil Patel made an excellent start by getting rid of the visitors two opening batsmen cheaply.
He finished with 2-30 off his eight overs while Shallow picked up 2-12 as Springfield were 68-5 off 25.3 overs when the players were forced off.
No more play was possible and what might have been an exciting finish was prevented due to the poor weather.
Rainham remain fourth in the table and trail top of the table Canvey Island by 30 points with nine matches played.
Hothi’s men host the leaders this weekend having lost to them on opening day after failing to chase 167.
Canvey made 166-9 from their 45 overs and Rainham were all out for 115 in reply, but they will aim to avenge that loss on Saturday.
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