Mid-Essex League Division One: Jas Hothi calls on Rainham to stay focused ahead of Hornchurch Athletic derby
PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 July 2017
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Spring Farm Park club eyeing seventh consecutive league victory this weekend, as they target title
Rainham captain Jas Hothi knows the next five matches in the Mid-Essex League Division One are pivotal to their aims for the season.
The Spring Farm Park club outlined their ambitions at the start of the campaign and expressed their desire to win the league and go up as champions.
Hothi’s team are currently second in the table and on course for promotion, but 12 points behind leaders Aythorpe Roding.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Rainham host local rivals Hornchurch Athletic and they are eager to earn a seventh consecutive league victory.
“We have always had good games with them over the years and the last one was very close and finished a tie in May,” said Hothi.
“You look at the fixtures and we have some big ones coming up with the derby on Saturday of course and then Writtle away the following weekend, and they are a good side.
“Hornchurch have some good batsmen and opening bowlers, so we are fully aware of the challenge facing us.
“We also have leaders Aythorpe and third-placed Tillingham back-to-back soon, so I think the next five or six weeks will decide who finishes first and second.
“Obviously we know we need to keep winning and everyone has seen each other now and knows more, so we need to keep on it because it won’t be easy.”
Rainham showed no complacency last Saturday, as they thrashed struggling Stock following an excellent batting and bowling display.
Sid Patel struck 53 at the top of the order and Rushi Patel added 52 down the order, as Hothi’s team were dismissed for 229.
Bhavik Patel then maintained his excellent form with the ball by claiming four wickets to bowl Stock out for just 94.
“We haven’t taken anybody lightly this season because we know anyone can beat anyone and we have seen that,” said Hothi.
“At the same time we know if we play to our best then we are a match for anybody and it was good to see Rushy do well.
“We have always had people step up for us and on Saturday it was Rushy and Sid’s turn, so that was pleasing.”
Hothi continued: “Bhavik has been unbelievable and I stand at slip and just watch batsmen struggle because they don’t know which way the ball is going to go, so he is doing well.”