Mid-Essex League Division One: Rainham and Jas Hothi all set for huge weekend of cricket

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 September 2017

Rainham Cricket Club president Barry Bumpstead is given a guard of honour ahead of the President's vs Chairman match (pic: Rainham CC).

Rainham Cricket Club president Barry Bumpstead is given a guard of honour ahead of the President's vs Chairman match (pic: Rainham CC).


Spring Farm Park club are chasing success on three different fronts and are in action later today

Rainham are ready for a massive few days and if things go how captain Jas Hothi would like, he could be holding three pieces of silverware come the conclusion of the 2017 campaign.

Today (Friday), at 4pm, they will host local rivals Hornchurch Athletic in the semi-finals of the Essex Foundation Participation T20 Cup.

After that game they entertain Burnham Sports (12.30pm start) in the Mid-Essex League Division One on Saturday knowing a victory would seal the title.

And to round off a huge weekend, Rainham host Harold Wood in a Essex Sunday League play-off (1pm start) looking to seal a spot at finals day.

Hothi said: “It is a massive few days which starts with us playing Hornchurch Athletic in the semi-finals of the Essex Cricket Foundation T20 Cup first.

“Then we can then be crowned champions of Division One if we can beat Burnham and on Sunday we play Harold Wood in the Essex Sunday League last four.

“It is a big weekend of cricket and we all just want to get the ball rolling now and play that first match with Hornchurch.”

Hothi’s priority at the start of the season was to guide the first-team to promotion from Division One and after achieving that last month, he has his eyes set on being champions.

The Rainham captain has often expressed his desire that the Spring Farm Park club are the best in the league and with one game to go the table shows that.

A one-wicket success at South Weald last weekend, coupled with Aythorpe Roding losing away to Tillingham, resulted in Hothi’s men going back to first place.

With basement club Burnham visiting Spring Farm Park on Saturday, everything points to a home win, but the captain is not resting on his laurels just yet.

“It is nice to finally be top after saying for a while how we felt we were the best team in the league,” said Hothi.

“But we are taking nothing for granted ahead of Saturday and know it will not be easy.

“They may have been relegated already, but that may work in their favour because they can play with freedom.

“All of the pressure is on us, but we are experienced enough to deal with it and I am confident we can handle it.”

Jon O’Neill claimed 3-10 away to South Weald to help Rainham dismiss the hosts for 200 and they chased it down with one wicket in hand thanks to Tom Herbert’s 63.

Hothi was delighted to see his talented all-rounder deliver again, but called on others to follow in his footsteps over the next few days.

He added: “Jon is a big gun player and looking ahead to next week we need more of our other older lads to step up.

“I include myself in that, so with a lot to play for over the next few days we need people to perform.”

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