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Mid-Essex League Division One: Rainham target second clean sweep

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 May 2017

A new cricket season is underway

A new cricket season is underway

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Jas Hothi returns for derby clash with Hornchurch Athletic at Hylands Park

Rainham will aim for another clean sweep this weekend in the Mid-Essex League after a brilliant start to the new 2017 campaign for all three of their teams.

Jas Hothi’s first- team make the short trip to Hylands Park to face local rivals Hornchurch Athletic in their second Division One clash of the season tomorrow (Saturday).

And the Spring Farm Park outfit got off to a winning start at home to Stock last weekend as they managed to post 227-5 from their 45 overs.

Without captain Hothi, Jon O’Neill skippered the side and struck 40 alongside Ronnie Jackson (40).

Daniel Skipper’s unbeaten 42 was also crucial, as the hosts posted a strong total in their league opener, which was something they had failed to do enough of in 2016.

With plenty of runs on the board, the advantage was with Rainham, but Stock put up a strong fight at Spring Farm Park.

Eventually the visitors were all out for 178 with Biren Patel taking 4-33 to give Rainham a winning start to the new campaign.

Hothi will be back for the derby game at Athletic, who lost their first match of the campaign by nine

wickets at Great Totham (see right).

Meanwhile, Rainham’s seconds begun their Division Five campaign with a five-wicket success against Ingatestone & Fryerning.

Bhavik Patel’s four-wicket haul ensured the hosts could only reach 183-9 from their 45 overs at Fairfield Recreation Ground.

George Gough struck 40, before Charlie Puncher hit an unbeaten 58 to see them home.

And Rainham thirds ensured it was a clean sweep for the club with a two-run triumph at home to East Hanningfield in Division Eight.

Ben Little’s 57 helped the hosts get up to 155 and despite the low total, Kenny Sims was inspired with the ball and claimed 4-33 to help keep East Hanningfield to 153-8 from their 40 overs.

The seconds visit Ingatestone twos this weekend, while the thirds visit Willow Herbs twos.

Havering-atte-Bower will look to get off the mark in Division Two this weekend at Bentley seconds after a home defeat to Rayleigh seconds last Saturday.


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