Mid-Essex League Division One: Jas Hothi full of praise for Rainham after clinching title with top team display
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 September 2017
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Runs from Tom Hertbert, Garnet Shallow and Jon O’Neill were backed up by the bowling efforts of Rushi Patel and Biren Patel
Jas Hothi knows Rainham need to up their game to handle life in the Mid-Essex League Premier Division, but has backed his squad to cope after finishing the 2017 season on a high last weekend.
The Spring Farm Park club won by 95 runs at home to Burnham Sports to clinch the Division One title ahead of Aythorpe Roding.
After a long battle with the Dunmow-based outfit, Hothi’s men finally shook off their rivals in the end to be crowned champions and now they can’t wait for next year.
He said: “It is going to be a big step up next season and we know we are not going to be rolling through sides.
“We all need to make sure we raise our game from an individual and team point of view, so we’ll be working on that during the winter.
“The challenge for us to make sure we are ready and able to compete and we’ll be trying our best to do that.”
A solid batting display last Saturday helped Rainham set a total far too big for already relegated Burnham to chase.
Wicket-keeper Tom Herbert smashed 40 off 36 balls at the top of the order before Garnet Shallow showed his class with an unbeaten 61.
Fireworks from the consistent Jon O’Neill (57) and some late hitting by Hothi (27*) helped Rainham reach 228-5 from their 45 overs.
“I have to give credit to Tom because he got us off to a flier and Garnet has been very good all year,” said the skipper.
“Garnet got in and did what he does best and Jono played his shots and was very impressive to make sure we got maximum batting points.”
Burnham made a decent start to their chase with two batsmen going past 30 before Rushi Patel (3-34) dismissed them both.
Biren Patel (2-3) also backed him up, while Abdul Altak claimed 2-12 to bowl the visitors out for 133.
Hothi added: “They had two set batsmen, so it was all about trying to keep them guessing by mixing it up with our bowlers.
“I have so many options, so we went through a lot of them and Rushi and Biren was the one to work.
“Once we got one of the batsmen we were able to go through them and get the victory, so it was pleasing.”
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