Hothi hoping Rainham can put defeats behind them and finish strongly
PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 August 2018
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After producing consistent displays for much of the campaign, the new boys have struggled in August
Rainham captain Jas Hothi has told his team to remember they have not turned into a bad side overnight after suffering back-to-back defeats already this month.
The Spring Farm Park club were looking well placed to finish third in the T-Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division ahead of a trip to Rettendon on August 4.
A frustrating loss put pressure on Rainham going into their clash last weekend at home to Bentley and the 2017 champions proved too strong as Hothi’s men lost by 132 runs.
Two consecutive defeats have seen the new boys drop to sixth in the table, but they are not out of the battle for third just yet.
Hothi said: “Our target now is to finish the year with three wins from three. We need to forget about the last two results and remember we haven’t become a bad side overnight.
“We need to back ourselves, be confident and try to be a little bit more professional because our application with the bat has let us down in recent weeks.”
Rainham were dismissed for 78 at home to Bentley last time out in pursuit of 211 to win at Spring Farm Park.
The 2017 champions batted first and reached 210 before they were all out with Ben Little taking four wickets and Jon O’Neill, Charlie Puncher and Biren Patel picking up two wickets apiece.
Hothi’s side struggled in reply, however, and only the captain and Ronnie Jackson made it past 10 as they were dismissed cheaply.
But he insisted: “Our chances of finishing third are not over.
“For some strange reason we haven’t performed over the last two weeks, but we need to look forward now.
“We have still got to play Old Chelmsfordians and Aythorpe Roding, both above us, before the end, so hopefully we can get back on track and finish strongly.
“As a club we definitely don’t want the year to end with a bit of damp squid, so we will be doing everything we can to bounce back on Saturday.”
This weekend Rainham travel to eighth-placed Brookweald in desperate need of a victory and they will not take the strugglers lightly, especially after losing at home to them on June 16.
Hothi added: “We lost to bottom of the league a couple of weeks ago, so I can guarantee no one will take this game for granted.
“We know what Brookweald are all about and we haven’t won over there much in the past, so it will be tough.
“Their batsmen normally come out swinging, so we can’t afford to be caught cold again like we have been recently, but hopefully we can put in a good performance.”