Mid-Essex League Division One: Rainham captain Jas Hothi excited about Great Totham trip
PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 May 2017
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After excellent start to 2017, Spring Farm Park club keen to get another victory on Saturday
Rainham captain Jas Hothi has backed his batsmen to enjoy this weekend’s trip to Mid-Essex League Division One strugglers Great Totham.
The Spring Farm Park beat Writtle by 25 runs on Saturday despite making only 154-9 with the bat on a tough wicket.
It maintained Rainham’s unbeaten start to 2017, which places them second after three games, and Hothi is now eyeing another victory at Bull Meadow.
He said: “The pitches should be better this weekend because the sun has been out and Great Totham is one of the best places to bat on.
“I think all of our batsmen will be licking their lips and we are excited about Saturday’s match.”
Rainham are still unbeaten after three games with skipper Hothi (4-11) and the consistent Biren Patel (4-26) helping bowl Writtle out for 129 last weekend.
An unbeaten 29 from Rushi Patel was also crucial, as he and last man Tyler Bunn (11*) made sure the hosts batted out all of their overs.
Hothi has been pleased to see so many different players step up and contribute so far, but is aware it must continue.
He added: “We know we need to be consistent and we can’t afford to slip up this year, so we are taking nothing for granted.
“I think already you can see a mini-league developing in the division and we know Great Totham are near the bottom.
“We host leaders Aythorpe Roding on Saturday week, so we have two big games coming up and we want two wins.”
If Rainham can see off Great Totham this weekend, it will set them up nicely for an intriguing contest with the early pace-setters on June 3.
Hothi was delighted to see his squad show their fighting quality on Saturday after initially struggling against Writtle.
Garnet Shallow (20), Sid Patel (22) and Jon O’Neill (21) all made starts, but it was left to Rushi Patel to get his team up to a competitive total, which changed the game.
“Saturday was hard. We lost the toss and the rain we had during the week didn’t help the pitch,” said Hothi.
“We didn’t lose any early wickets, but Garnet and I struggled and even when we did find the gaps, the outfield was so slow you would only get one.
“Eventually we got going and then we lost a cluster of wickets and we were something like six down with 100 on the board.
“It was a case of déjà vu to last season, but full credit to Rushi and Tyler because they dug in and made sure we batted out the overs.
“You could see Writtle were disappointed, I think they wanted to restrict us to 120 or 130 and the last wicket stand gave us momentum.”