Mid-Essex League Division One: Rainham captain Jas Hothi hoping for quick start against Stock

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 May 2017

Rainham's Jon O'Neill and Jas Hothi celebrate victory at Ingatestone & Fryerning in 2016 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Rainham's Jon O'Neill and Jas Hothi celebrate victory at Ingatestone & Fryerning in 2016 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Spring Farm Park club begun campaign slowly in 2016 and are keen not to suffer a repeat this time around

Rainham captain Jas Hothi knows his team must start the new Mid-Essex League Division One season strongly at home to Stock tomorrow (Saturday).

The Spring Farm Park club finished fourth last year after winning promotion from Division Two in 2015.

A laboured opening month of the campaign cost Rainham the chance to sneak into the top-two, so Hothi knows a repeat can’t happen again this time.

He said: “Last season was good and especially after a slow start because we were near the bottom, but we have talked about our mistakes.

“Our batting cost us dearly, but as soon as we fixed it in the middle of the campaign we showed what a good team we are.

“I am hoping we have learnt from that and can start this season strongly instead of playing catch up again.”

Hothi felt Rainham may have let complacency creep into their game after going up from Division Two in 2015.

After promotion, Rainham didn’t manage to score over 150 until their fifth league match of the season.

Eventually the Spring Farm Park club adjusted to life in Division One and when they did, they didn’t look back.

“When we were in Division Two and struggling, we learned a good score was 180 to 200 because our bowling line-up were good enough to defend that,” said Hothi.

“Maybe last year we were a bit too relaxed at the start and we have learnt from that and it is all about showing it at the crease.

“Results didn’t go our way at the beginning of the season, but hopefully we can learn from them mistakes and push forward.”

The way Rainham ended 2016 should give them plenty of confidence ahead of their league opener this weekend.

Hothi’s team won four of their final five Division One games with their last fixture getting rained off.

“It was a good finish to 2016 for all teams, especially the twos and threes because they got promoted,” said Rainham’s skipper.

“With us, we bounced back and won about four games at the end and really we were unlucky not to finish third.

“Our last game of the season against Springfield got rained off and we had nearly chased down 240 in about 25 overs, so if it wasn’t for the bad weather we would have finished third - that was gutting, but we are keen to build on it this year.”

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