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Mid-Essex League Division One: Rainham celebrate promotion after crushing Tillingham win

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 August 2017

Rainham face the camera after sealing promotion to the Mid-Essex League Premier Division (pic: Rainham CC).

Rainham face the camera after sealing promotion to the Mid-Essex League Premier Division (pic: Rainham CC).

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Jon O’Neill and Bhavik Patel shone with the ball at Vicarage Lane before Jas Hothi hit fifty

Rainham sealed promotion to the Mid-Essex League Premier Division with a stunning performance away to Tillingham last weekend.

Jas Hothi’s team knew a victory on the road over the third-placed side would put them on the verge of securing at least a second-place finish.

But such was the comprehensive nature of Rainham’s victory, they managed to wrap up promotion following a 10-wicket success.

Hothi lost the toss at Vicarage Lane and Tillingham decided to bat first, which proved an unwise decision.

Jon O’Neill ripped through the top order and claimed 3-18 from his eight overs after bowling four maidens.

Andy Mee (35) and Christopher Ashworth (21) looked to have steadied the ship for the visitors until Bhavik Patel entered the fray.

The Rainham bowler dismissed both set batsmen and ended up with sensational figures of 4-6 from seven overs.

Dipal Patel (1-31) and Tyler Bunn (2-31) also claimed scalps as Tillingham were all out for 96 after 30 overs.

It never looked enough to cause Rainham any problems and Hothi played a true captains innings at the top of the order.

The skipper reached fifty and ended on 55 not out with fellow opener Biren Patel unbeaten on 32 as they won by 10 wickets.

It was enough to give them a comprehensive victory, which means they are now 83 points ahead of Tillingham with only three games left.

Rainham will be plying their trade in the Premier Division, but they have still not given up hope of chasing Aythorpe Roding.

The Spring Farm Park club closed the gap on the leaders to just three points and after both clubs sealed promotion, all eyes will now be on who claims the Division One title with the season ending on September 2.

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