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Jas Hothi knows Rainham Cricket Club need more consistency for success in Mid-Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 May 2016

Rainham's first team celebrate promotion in 2015 (pic: Rainham CC)

Rainham's first team celebrate promotion in 2015 (pic: Rainham CC)

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Spring Farm Park outfit visit rivals South Weald this weekend looking to build on their win at home to Brookweald

Rainham captain Jas Hothi is sure his team will turn up this time when they travel to South Weald in Mid-Essex League Division One tomorrow (Saturday).

The two clubs went head-to-head for the Division Two title last year and the Spring Farm Park outfit lost out – finishing as runners-up by 13 points.

Hothi’s team did defeat the champions by 10-wickets on the opening day of the 2015 season on home soil, but suffered a 183-run loss in the reverse meeting.

The Rainham skipper was disappointed his side failed to turn up on that day, but expects them to put it right this weekend after winning their first match in Division One last Saturday.

“We are looking forward to playing on a decent track and we’re confident ahead of the game,” said Hothi. “Last season we didn’t turn up at their place, but we did manage to win at our ground so I think we can expect a good match.

“Inconsistency was our problem in 2015, we would be really good for two or three games and then not turn up at all.

“But in Division One, nothing gets handed to you on a plate, so we need to always be at our best.

“It will be a difficult match for us, but all the boys are up for it and we want to try and get another positive result.”

Rainham picked up 22 points last weekend at home to Brookweald following a thriller at Spring Farm Park.

Hothi’s team bowled out the visitors for 140, before they just got over the line with only three wickets still in hand.

After beginning the season with a 51-run loss at Canvey Island on May 7, the Rainham skipper is satisfied with their start to the new campaign.

“Our first few matches have been difficult because we played Canvey, who were third last year, and then Brookweald, who were fourth,” said Hothi.

“Canvey’s pitch wasn’t the greatest either and neither was ours on Saturday to be honest, so that’s made it tough as well.

“We would have liked to have two wins from two, but one isn’t bad considering the opposition we’ve had to face.

“Last weekend we backed up what we did at Canvey because our bowling and fielding was excellent that day as well.

“The only thing letting us down at the moment is our batting, but we’re ticking all the other boxes.”

Biren Patel again impressed for Rainham on Saturday by taking 2-16 from his 10 overs and then leading them home with 20 not out having come in at number seven.

Jon O’Neill (2-32), Charlie Puncher (2-24) and Tyler Bunn (2-20) did most of the damage with the ball to dismiss Brookweald for 140 – a fine feat considering they had scored 285 in their first match a week earlier.

Rainham’s chase started well with Hothi making 28 and fellow opener Sid Patel hitting 23.

But the rest of the middle-order struggled and it was left to Biren Patel to come in and see the side home with 20 off 28 balls.

Hothi added: “Biren is a quality cricketer and somebody we can rely upon with the bat and not just to take wickets either.

“If needed, he can really tighten up one end and do a job. He is one person in the lower order who we know can do well.

“He has shown more maturity this season because he was always about smashing it before, but now he’s showing he can get us over the line, which is pleasing.

“It was good for our belief to get our first win in Division One last weekend and especially up against a good team in Brookweald.”

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